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Sunday, 02 October 2011 20:09

Capel fires Sporting to victory in Guimaraes as Braga are surprised by Leiria

Nacional down Olhanense, Maritimo and Feirense share spoils

Diego CapelAn early Diego Capel goal proved enough to earn Sporting a sixth straight win, against Vitoria de Guimaraes this afternoon. For the second match running the Lions were forced to defend their lead for a long time with ten men, following Fabian Rinaudo's red card midway through the first half. Domingos Paciencia's men held on surprisingly comfortably against a Vitoria Guimaraes side low on confidence.

Elsewhere there was a surprise defeat for Braga at Leiria, Nacional beat Olhanense and Feirense and Maritimo shared the points.


Vitoria Guimaraes 0-1 Sporting

Spanish winger Diego Capel has proven a high quality acquisition for the Lisbon club, and the former Seville player was again a constant hub of activity, making things happen in the final third for Sporting. On 7 minutes Schaars won the ball in midfield and immediately played in Capel down the left flank. The wide man showed a clean pair of heels to Freira and crashed a unstoppable shot high into the net past Nilson.

Capel did his best to return the favour shortly afterwards, setting up Schaars, whose well-hit shot stung Nilson's hands as the Vitoria goalkeeper turned the ball away for the corner. Vitoria had been non-existent as an attacking force up until this point, but were handed a boost in the 22nd minute when Rinaudo's crunching tackle on Maranhao was deemed a sending off offence by referee Bruno Paixao.

Even reduced to ten men, Sporting retained control of the ball well and Vitoria's only chance in the first half fell to the head of Edgar, who nodded Maranhao's cross wide when he should have done better.

And truth be told that was as good as it got for the home side. Sporting soaked up what little pressure Vitoria could muster in the second half without alarm, aided by Domingos Paciencia's timely introductions of Andre Santos (for Carrillo at half time), Evaldo (for Capel, 57') and Carrico (for van Wolfswinkel, 82')

Goal:
[0-1] Capel, 7'



Sunday round-up

Manuel Cajuda could not have hoped for a better start to his latest stint as Uniao de Leiria coach, steering his new charges to their first home triumph of the season. Luis Leal's goal on 27 minutes proved the winner. It was Braga's second defeat in four days, but just like on Thursday against Clube Brugge in the Europa League, the Arsenalistas only had themselves to blame after spurning a series of goalscoring opportunities.

One goal was also enough to settle the outcome in Madeira in the clash between Nacional and Olhanense. Eliseu's early strike gave the islanders a much needed win against Dauto Faquira's men.

The other Madeira side, Maritimo, saw their winning streak come to an end after a 2-2 draw against Feirense in Aveiro. Twice the home side took the lead through Ivory Coast midfielder Siaka Bamba, but twice Maritimo equalised thanks to goals from Olberdam and Danilo Dias.

Tom Kundert

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Comments (8)
Reply to (NJ/USA/SLB)
8 Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:44
Hi, sorry for my late reply. I've only just read your post.

The crowd was around the 1,900 mark definitely. I predicted about 2,000 and my Dad likewise. Braga were well represented but I would say the crowd was about 60/40 in UDL's favour.

There is no doubt about it, Marinha Grande is a much better home to UDL than the Magalhaes was. The atmosphere was much better although it is a weird feeling with only half a stadium, so to speak. The running track certainly doesn't help (I've never liked grounds with tracks around them) but it's a decent atmosphere for the players now I think.
Wow
7 Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:12
Paul/UK, you were at the match?
That's fantastic.
I have a couple of questions.
It was posted that 1,968 showed up for this one. Do you think that there were that many?
I assume that it was a pro Braga crowd as well. No?
I have never liked the stadiums with the running track. For example, when I went to see Belenenses at the Stadio do Restelo, I felt too far removed from the action. The track almost acted like an additional barrier.
I know that Marinha Grande only holds 6,000 to Restelo's 25,000, so I was wondering how intimate it might have felt.
UDL
6 Tuesday, 04 October 2011 16:12
I was at the game on Sunday and UDL looked like lambs to the slaughter in the first half. Braga had two clear-cut chances to score but then almost failed to turn up in the second half. UDL started to impose themselves on a wasteful Braga side and I think deserved the win over the 90 minutes. A great start for Cajuda. Frente Leiria!
Capel
5 Tuesday, 04 October 2011 14:08
Capel is very quickly becoming one of my favorite players on this team. He drives a lot of the offence and he is playing really well with his teamates. I am very happy with what is happening this season.
Excellent Sporting
4 Monday, 03 October 2011 16:15
Winning in the face of adversity is a great way to build team morale and it's fantastic to see Sporing pulling of their last two wins by showing real team spirit and grit. Capel is turning out to be a true revelation for the squad and if they continue to play like like this while improving their chemistry, the future looks bright indeed.
RE NJ
3 Monday, 03 October 2011 11:55
I told you Leonardo is a moron. The guy benched all his best players for this game with Leiria. Hugo Viana, Lima, Barbosa, and Nuno Gomes... epic moron.
nj slb usa
2 Monday, 03 October 2011 11:34
yeah im sure as a benfiquiosta you would perfer more hiccups along the way...so would mr paixao with that ridiculous red card
Thoughts
1 Monday, 03 October 2011 02:13
Happy to see Sportings current run of form. As a Benfiquista I would prefer a few more hic ups along the way.
I also wanted to mention that A Sporting Clubhouse, Juventude Leonina, was going to this match and root in protest. They are apparently angry at Sporting collaborating with police in the arrests of nine club members due to their actions. Apparently eight have been released. Juve Leo hierarchy is demanding a meeting with Godinho Lopes in regards to the situation. Sporting is denying any participation with police into the matters.
Really? Sporting should dismiss these clowns and explain how they won't tolerate bad fan behaviour. This type of fan/fan club behaviour that is killing attendance in Italy.
This isn;t only for Sporting, due to Benfica and others having the same issue with idiots.

Bad loss for Braga. I guess the players started their Int'l break early.

For me it was an even bigger drop in points for Maritimo. They were on a very nice run, and have to be disapointed in only getting a draw vs Feirense.

Let me add that I thought Academica would have done better vs Porto. Not win, but not as harsh a lost.

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