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Monday, 24 October 2011 22:40

Dazzling Sporting hit Gil for six

Sporting 6-1 Gil Vicente

Daniel Carrico opens scoring for SportingA scintillating second-half performance pushed Sporting up into third place after they put six past Gil Vicente thanks to goals from Daniel Carrico (pictured), Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Capel and Valeri Bojinov, the latter two each with a brace. Roberto provided Gil Vicente’s consolation.
The big surprise in Domingos Paciencia’s selection was the inclusion of both Matias Fernandez and Elias in the same side with Elias taking the central role and Matias on the right. Gil Vicente were without defender Claudio who had played every game and was the top scorer for the Barcelos side before this tie.
As has become habitual this season, Sporting scored early on, with the two centre-backs creating the goal. Seven minutes were on the clock when Gil Vicente failed to deal with a corner and the ball broke to Anderson Polga, who crossed for captain Carrico to head into the net. Gil Vicente looked menacing on break, using their pace in attack whenever possible with Laionel in particular causing problems for the Sporting defence.
Sporting held possession well but could not create many clear-cut chances in the first half. One of the best of them involved a neat interchange between Joao Pereira and Matias Fernandez, with the Portugal right-back attempting a deft chip that forced goalkeeper Adriano into a superb save to tip the ball over the crossbar. Gil Vicente suffered a setback after 25 minutes as Pedro Moreira, on loan from Porto, was forced off with an injury and replaced by Guilherme. However, the performance of substitute Guilherme, another loanee, from Braga, was impressive for the remainder of the game and softened the blow of the injury

Floodgates opened

Paulo Alves’ side started the second half the brighter but when Ricky van Wolfswinkel won a penalty after 57 minutes, which he emphatically converted, it triggered what would be a goal-filled end to the game. It took just four minutes for Sporting to get a third, this time Joao Pereira’s ball in from the right hand side found the head of Diego Capel. Capel’s header had enough power behind it to ensure it went in despite Adriano’s valiant attempts to save.
That goal made Sporting’s victory almost certain and Domingos Paciencia soon made a change, replacing Matias Fernandez with Andre Carrillo. The young Peruvian has impressed so far in his time at Sporting and he made an instant impact off the bench.
Carrillo made a determined run into the box just moments after coming onto the pitch, and he found himself one on one with Adriano. His shot was well saved by the Brazilian keeper, but Diego Capel was on hand to easily nod in a fourth goal for Sporting.
Gil Vicente soon pulled one back after substitute Roberto impressively headed in a Luis Carlos cross for a consolation goal. In the scheme of things it was a deserved goal for the Gilistas who still attacked whenever they could. Another four minutes passed and Sporting had another goal. This time Valeri Bojinov got his first goal for Sporting after another driving Carrillo run found the Bulgarian in space. His low shot snuck just under the body of Adriano – unfortunate for the Gil Vicente goalkeeper who had a very good game.
Sporting and Valeri Bojinov weren’t finished there though and with the last kick of the game Bojinov grabbed his second and Sporting’s sixth from an Insua cross, with Carrillo again involved, to ensure a thumping win and keep the Lions’ winning run going. Domingos Paciencia’s side have now clocked up nine successive victories.  
Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Polga, Daniel Carrico, Insua, Elias, Rinaudo (Diego Rubio, 70), Schaars, Matias Fernandez (Carrillo, 63), Van Wolfswinkel, Diego Capel (Bojinov, 74)
[1-0] Daniel Carrico, 7

[2-0] Wolfswinkel, 58 (pen)
[3-0] Diego Capel, 62
[4-0] Diego Capel, 65
[4-1] Roberto, 75
[5-1] Bozhinov, 79
[6-1] Bozhinov, 92
Richard Cole

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Comments (10)
Carrico's form
10 Sunday, 30 October 2011 13:02
Has anyone been following all Sportings games this season? I had no doubt Paciencia would work his magic on the Lions, but how do Sporting fans rate Daniel Carrico? I was surprised to see he was promoted to captain as in previous games Onyewu had been taking his spot.
Would he make a better option for the seleccao than the hapless Rolando? Paulo Bento also knows him very well from his time at Sporting so im thinking he might be a better option. Any thoughts?
On a roll
9 Wednesday, 26 October 2011 08:09
Things are looking up at the Alvalade.
Sporting winning at home is huge. A 30,103 gate for Gil Vicente is impressive.
This score line will only bring more out to the games.

I feel sorry for Gil Vicente. They've played entertaining football. Hopefully results will start coming their way again.
testicular fortitude
8 Tuesday, 25 October 2011 22:32
Paciencia is the big story here,the man has testicular fortitude when it comes to coaching.It was a big decision to drop high profile players and bring in new ones.Im looking forward to watching how the team is doing halfway thru the season and at the end....my guess is that he will be coaching in Spain or Italy if he makes at least 2nd
Important psychological victory
7 Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:26
Alright, while I am not going to crack open the champagne and start celebrating quite yet, I think it's safe to say that Sporting have turned a corner.

Not to say that they are clear favorites to win anything, but I think this win is important because it puts them in line with the Classic "Big 3" in Portugal with a huge win over a mid table team.

Winning games 2-1 or 2-0 is one thing, but completely dominating a mid-table team (6-1 is pure domination) shows that a team is in great form. It was really, really important that with all of the changes made and money spent before this season that Sporting was able to turn things around and demonstrate that their poor form in recent years was not a show of terminal decline.

If Sporting can pull out at least a second place finish, or even go deep in the Europa League, it will reaffirm that Sporting is a force to be reckoned with, and form a distinct break from the dark years of the past several seasons.

Good job Paciencia! Lets keep them coming and give them something to talk about in the Europa League.
6 Tuesday, 25 October 2011 13:50
This team is clicking on all gears. Playing incisive, fluid attacking football. When watching the game, you can see the confidence in their faces. One of my favorite moments of the game was watching Bojinov's reaction after scoring his first goal for Sporting. Bojinov is very expressive and communicative with the crowd and I enjoy watching it. Whenever he has previously misfired on a shot in previous games, he always apologetically threw his hands up to the crowd and apologized. Yesterday, after scoring he looked at the crowd and emphatically wiped his shirt as if he was washing himself of the burden of not scoring, and the crowd went into a frenzy. After he scored his second, he celebrated in jubilant fashion. For a Sporting supporter, this run of form is sweet and this is why we follow football. Nine in a row, make it ten.
tie breaker rule
5 Tuesday, 25 October 2011 13:19
Steve / D.C. tie breaker is head to head. Since it was 2-2 in benfica vs porto benfica has advantage because of away goals. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the break down looks like this:

1. Head to head points,
2. Head to head goal difference,
3. Head to head away goals scored,
4. Goal difference,
5. Number of wins

Sporting is looking good. I keep scanning the roster to make sure I see at least 2 portuguese players to my surprise I saw 3...lol...

Next season with 3 possible in CL will give portugal an opportunity to move ahead of France since the bonus pts will kick in.
League Table
4 Tuesday, 25 October 2011 12:54
I could be mistaken... but I'm pretty sure FCP are in first place on goal difference... the table at the bottom has benfa in first (not sure why).
Doing well
3 Tuesday, 25 October 2011 06:41
I must admit i thought they would struggle with all the extra players but they are getting better each week i must admit i haven't watched in games so i can't comment but the championship will come down to the games the big four have against eachother and i still think Benfica and Porto are the teams to beat. Anyways hope they can win europa for the first time and boost portugal rankings in europe great job so far domingos but Benfica is still ahead of you
2 Tuesday, 25 October 2011 00:22
Porto, Benfica and Braga Beware. Lions are on the prowl!
Im glad my favorite coach has shifted gears
1 Monday, 24 October 2011 23:29
At the right time too. I knew he would. I wish he could have stayed with us but its business and unfortunately its the biggest mistake Antonio Salvador has made in his career.

Forca Domingos

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