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Saturday, 03 March 2012 23:40

Saturday football: Sa Pinto brought down to earth with a bump in Setubal

Braga march on with tenth straight win

Mossoro celebrationsVitoria Setubal pulled off a big shock tonight, handing Ricardo Sa Pinto his first defeat as Sporting manager. Bruno Amaro scored the only goal in a fiery and controversial game to give Vitoria Setubal victory at the Bonfim.

Earlier in the day goals from Lima, Mossoro (pictured) and Ukra saw Braga come from behind to beat Nacional 3-1 in Madeira. The Arsenalistas are now joint second in the table with Benfica, three points behind leaders FC Porto.


Vitoria Setubal 1-0 Sporting

Ricardo Sa Pinto made some interesting changes to his Sporting side, dropping Joao Pereira and giving a start to Santiago Arias as well as playing Sebastian Ribas up front instead of Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
The game began with a minute’s silence for Jaime Graca the former Benfica and Portugal player who died from illness this week.
It was Setubal who had the best of the first half creating the better of the chances. Early on Bruno Amaro’s free kick from long range tested the returning goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Setubal had a clearer chance through Targino when Anderson Polga miscontrolled in the middle of the pitch and the ball ran through to the forward. Targino went through on goal but was unlucky to see his shot hit the post.
The home side got the goal they had deserved after 20 minutes when Bruno Amaro found more space behind the Sporting defence. Rui Patricio saved his first shot but his rebound strike was deemed to had crossed the line by referee Andre Gralha. Replays were not conclusive as to whether the entire ball had crossed the line as Xandao did his best to try and prevent the goal.
Sporting had a great deal of possession for the rest of the half but the home side defended well and manage to stop Sa Pinto’s team from creating any chances in the first half.

Double change sparks Sporting into life

Pinto made two changes at half time to try and reverse the fortunes of his team, bringing on Matias Fernandez for Daniel Carrico and Andre Carrillo on for Stijn Schaars. The changes seemed to help spark a bit more life into Sporting and their play in the final third began to improve. Marat Izmailov had the team’s first shot of note on target early on in the second half.
Setubal stood up firm to an early Sporting surge and it remained difficult for the Lions to break them down. Vitoria coach Jose Mota made a savvy move midway through the second half replacing Terna Suswam with Tengarrinha. Suswam had miraculously survived three strong fouls on Sporting players after having being yellow-carded for a tackle on Diego Capel in the first half that perhaps could have earned him a red.
After 69 minutes referee Andre Gralha had the spotlight on him once again. Matias Fernandez was bundled over in the penalty area but, much to the anger of Sporting, the spot kick was not given. With just 15 minutes left Ricardo Sa Pinto threw his last roll of the dice, bringing on Diego Rubio for the poor Anderson Polga.

Diego the Vitoria hero

Sporting finally got a penalty after 85 minutes when Hugo Leal brought down Diego Rubio in the box. Matias Fernandez stepped up to take it but his strike was well saved by Diego who pushed it on to the post and Andre Carrillo blazed over the rebound.
Setubal managed to survive until the end of the game. After the final whistle Andre Carrillo was sent off for a clash with Miguelito amid some ugly scenes in the aftermath at the Estadio do Bonfim.
This game serves as a terrible rehearsal for Sporting with the upcoming Europa League game against Manchester City in midweek. Should Sporting defend as they did in the first half the likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero could have field day.
For Jose Mota and his Setubal side it was an ugly victory but they won’t care as they move up to 11th in their fight for survival. Diego will get deserved praise for his excellent penalty save near the end of the game.

V. Setubal:
Diego Costa, Peter Suswan (Tengarrinha, 64), Ricardo Silva, Amoreirinha, Miguelito, Igor, Hugo Leal, Bruno Gallo, Bruno Amaro, Rafael Lopes (Bruno Severino, 75), Targino (Djikine, 90)

Rui Patricio, Arias, Xandao, Polga (Rubio, 76), Insua, Carrico (Carrillo, HT), Elias, Schaars (Matias Fernandez, HT), Izmailov, Ribas, Capel

[1-0] Bruno Amaro, 22

Nacional da Madeira 1-3 Braga

Braga went into the match knowing three points would move them into a tie with Benfica in second place in the table.

However, it was the islanders who started the stronger, causing Braga problems with their quick breaks and taking a deserved lead early on through Moreno. Diego Barcellos missed an excellent chance to double Nacional’s lead, and his misplaced header proved costly.

Braga levelled shortly before the break through red-hot striker Lima, who was neatly set up by Mossoro. In the 54th minute the roles were reversed as the visitors went ahead, Mossoro taking advantage of a Lima assist.

A much improved Braga were far the better team after the break, and Ukra made sure of the points with a late goal. It was the former FC Porto player’s second goal in successive games since coming back from serious injury, despite summing just 30 minutes as a late substitute in the two matches.

One more reason to consider Braga a serious title contender, despite the insistence of coach Leonardo Jardim that his team have not altered their pre-season objective of finishing in the top four.

Quim, Salino, Douglao, Elderson, Nuno Andre Coelho, Marcio Mossoro (Ukra, 66), Ruben Amorim (Djamal, 82), Custódio, Hugo Viana, Lima (Nuno Gomes, 89), Helder Barbosa

[1-0] Moreno, 12
[1-1] Lima, 40
[1-2] Mossoro, 54
[1-3] Ukra, 88

by Richard Cole & Tom Kundert
Comments (9)
9 Sunday, 04 March 2012 16:21
As I expected, everyone likes Braga. They deserve all the hipe and credit, I'm especially happy that Liga Zon Sagres will be apar with the Premier and La Liga with teams up and coming like Braga . Liga Zon Sagres has a sound to it . Being a Porto fan it get's a boring winning all the time lol. I know I'm gone get sh*t back for this comment ! oh well .
8 Sunday, 04 March 2012 15:45
Forca Braga.....I really would love to see them play in person. They truly deserve all of the hype that they get. I wouldn't mind seeing them win the league this year.
Maca Podres
7 Sunday, 04 March 2012 15:21
Speaking of the big three, it was obviously Paciencia's fault.
After being so down, I was cheered up with Sportings result.
Great job
6 Sunday, 04 March 2012 15:07
Rui, I think that you have it a bit wrong. Braga has a very nice following, along with Guimaraes, but I would be more apt to believe that most Braga fans are actually Porto fans that have once again began returning to their club.

That being said, great job by Braga. Especially after going down 1-0. Jardim has done a wonderful job with this squad. They are obviously in the hunt for the league title, are have clearly put the "big 3" on notice.
I actually think we can win the league
5 Sunday, 04 March 2012 13:01
I'm hoping Emerson covers Alan in the Benfica X Braga game LOL!!!!! GO Emerson :D
4 Sunday, 04 March 2012 11:58
3 Sunday, 04 March 2012 03:56

Again, Braga looked great!
The games with Porto, Sporting, and Benfica will prove vital.
Can this be the year for Braga?
Nice write up.
2 Sunday, 04 March 2012 03:12
For me it's always great to see a smaller team bring down one of the Big 4 (especially Porto), but more so today because Vitoria FC is my team, and also because they play Portuguese players. Of the 14 players to see the field against Sporting, 10 were Portuguese. While we don't have any of our players in the Seleccao, teams like VFC allow more Portuguese players through the ranks, so we get a bigger pool of talent for the Seleccao. Of course, when you have a manager such as Bento who picks Carlos Martins ahead of Braga's Hugo Viana, then it doesn't really matter.
1 Sunday, 04 March 2012 01:33
So! I feel I need to share this with all of your subscribers and see the feed.
Yesterday, I watched the Porto vs Benfica game and I came to the conclusion that a lot of Portistas, Benfiquistas and Sportinquistas have one thing in common ! Braga is their favorite second team.
Being a Minhoto , I must say I will not turn my back on Porto , but I will be cheering for Braga for second place that is of course if Porto stays in first.
I'm very impressed with Braga and I love the fact that if Sporting get's their act together , Portugal will have four (4) competitive teams, correct me if I'm wrong but only the England has that many competitive teams fighting for top spot.

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