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Saturday, 09 April 2011 23:23

Stunning Yannick Djalo brace earns Sporting win

Sporting 2-0 Academica

Yannick DjaloTwo wonderfully taken first-half goals from Yannick Djalo and a series of outstanding saves from Rui Patricio gave Sporting a welcome three points against Academica at the Alvalade tonight.
It was only the Lisbon club’s second victory in 13 games, but it allowed the Lions to reclaim third place in the table, at least until Braga play Vitoria Guimaraes on Monday.
On a warm night in the Portuguese capital, good skill from Helder Postiga teed up an early chance for Zapater, but the Spaniard produced a weak shot that was easily gathered by Academica goalkeeper Peiser.
Both sides had goals ruled out for offside in quick succession. Carreno bundled the ball into the net from close range but the linesman had already raised his flag, and shortly afterwards Vukcevic nodded in a rebound after Polga’s header had thumped against the post, but again the officials made the correct decision in chalking off the goal.
Sporting and Portugal goalkeeper Patricio made an excellent diving save in the 25th minute to deny Hugo Morais, and his opposite number Pieser then athletically tipped over Polga’s header.

Spectacular strike

An evenly contested game suddenly turned in Sporting’s favour with two quick-fire goals. In the 31st minute there did not seem much on as the ball fell to Yannick Djalo to the right of the box, but the striker cracked an unerring angled shot that arrowed into the top corner of the Academica net.
Watch Yannick’s superb opening goal:
Two minutes later Vukcevic dinked an excellent pass over the last defender for Yannick to run onto and produce a clinical lob over Peiser to make it 2-0.
Academica almost got straight back into it as Bischoff’s free-kick seemed destined for the top corner, only for Patricio to pull off a breathtaking leaping save. On the stroke of half time Bischoff held his head in disbelief as another perfectly struck free-kick, this time heading for the bottom corner on the opposite side of Patricio’s net drew another fantastic save from Sporting’s number one.
The second half began in exactly the same manner as the first, with Zapater making a mess of an excellent scoring opportunity. As the match deteriorated in quality, the chances dried up. Academica substitute Grilo had the best of them in the 69th minute, but could only head Diogo Valente’s inviting cross wide from close range.
Sporting were far from convincing but will be delighted to get a victory under their belts. As Andre Santos pointed out after the match, “a 3rd place finish, which is our main objective, is in our own hands.”
[1-0] Yannick Djalo, 31
[2-0] Yannick Djalo, 34
by Tom Kundert
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Comments (10)
This is Kind of Sad to See
10 Tuesday, 12 April 2011 03:38
There are so many young Portuguese players who have this odd stuttering form, where they have several bad games bookmarked with really outstanding performances. This shows you that the potential in our youth is there, given that the Portuguese seem to naturally have good technical ability in football. However, what isn't there is a league with good coaches that give these young players a chance.

Our players have the good feet, but they lack true footballing brains. Coaches need to refine these talents, and teach them a good mentality because that is what good, consistent form is based on; knowledge and esteem.
i agree with nathan nj usa/slb aswell
9 Tuesday, 12 April 2011 01:43
i know he has flaws agree completely about the coach i believe other than pace he has good dribbling skills moves tricks works much harder than quaresma defensively and attacking he though needs to work on ball control and technical part his game if he goes to england to a mid table team fighting for europe possibly everton fulham tottenham england suits him he is really good against english teams everton game he played good yannick as stiker to see how it works with ronaldo and nani or varela as stiker interchanging with ronaldo also the day he scored a hatrick against rio ave last season the bicycle how nice was that goal and how many of our stikers /players could do that.... i believe he needs to work on decision making control also confidence look at nani now i believe yannick could emulate him ... give him another call up he can be key and
keep it up
8 Monday, 11 April 2011 14:13
I agree with NJ about not being too excited about one good performance but I sure would like to see things continue like this. Any player who possesses the kind of raw characteristics that Yannick does (mainly speed) is likely to have a "breakthrough" game every now and then. Every time I watch him play I am always underwhelmed at how little he can contribute to the overall team effort, outside of providing blinding pace. What he needs is a better coach. With proper instruction, he could be really good, except time is not on his side as he is already almost 25. He is certainly the type of player that would blend well with players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, that is, if he could ever develop a graceful first touch/finishing touch. His passing game needs some work as well.
Everybody settle down a little bit
7 Monday, 11 April 2011 02:14
A once in a while show of promise does not make a star, or even very good player.
I didn't watch the match, so I'll go with everyone saying he looked great. But in matches that I've watched him, I just saw a guy that had pace down the line and not much else. If that didn't get him past the defender he got pushed off the ball easily. He's showed poor decision making and no creativity.
Can he still develop into an all around player? Yes. But he isn't Seleccao material yet.

In any case, a much needed win for Sporting.
6 Sunday, 10 April 2011 23:27
fruitiest hairstyle i have ever seen in my life.
5 Sunday, 10 April 2011 22:10
yannnick should be on the sellecao yannicks pace with nani ronaldo is lethal he needs to improve on control decision making an finishing i have hin m as the3 or 4th winger if not the stiker hopwe he goesto england he will improve drastically nd hell b akey player
Good to see
4 Sunday, 10 April 2011 16:36
Yannick and Patricio were outstanding. I'm glad to see Bischoff playing well. He was unfortunate to get a goal.
3 Sunday, 10 April 2011 14:45
This is the 1st time i read a comment in portuGOaL which is nothing to do with the topic ..haha,(anyway chill out buddy,you point out the other good news :)..yeah that was thunderous free kick from Simao,,i think he's better free kick shooter than CR somehow..and i hope Almeida can keep scoring like this,good performance for mini seleccao at besiktas so far,,admirable!!
and i want to share the other good news too..that eduardo play awesome against juventus,not as his usual..
and please somebody tell me that Yannick is truly a Centre forward..position that we're looking for right now
Supremo I have to disagree
2 Sunday, 10 April 2011 13:59
We need to give our youth a chance. Yannick Djalo played amazing as did Patricio in this game. Give Vieirinha or Djalo their spot.
1 Sunday, 10 April 2011 01:34
I'd like to mention that Simao also scored a brace this weekend on each end of an Almeida goal assisted by Fernandes. First a superb Figo style free kick curving into the corner. The 2nd, a true goal poachers goal with Simao following up on the rebound. The Portuguese are dominating at Besiktas.

I really hope Bento can persuade Simao back onto our National team because it could be very important to our qualification campaign incase CR gets injured. We need this type of player with the leadership and experience on the frontline who can score important goals when our strikers go invisible.

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