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Monday, 02 April 2012 03:32

Late Matias strike earns Sporting victory at Leiria

Uniao de Leiria 0-1 Sporting

Matias FernandezMatias Fernandez gave a second-string Sporting a 1-0 win at Uniao de Leiria with a late stoppage time free-kick. It was the first victory on the road for the Lions for five months.
Sporting took the opportunity to rest players ahead of their second leg with Metalist Kharkiv  on Thursday. Sa Pinto chose a young line-up including Diego Rubio, Andre Martins and Santiago Arias in the starting eleven.
Jose Domiguez’s Uniao de Leiria made a more defensive change for this match. Midfielder Marco Soares replaced forward Djaniny who played in the 1-0 defeat to Vitoria Setubal last week.

Insua comes close

The drastic changes by Sporting were evident in the first half as, although the away side had plenty of the ball, there was a lack of precision or cutting edge as they tried to create. Andre Martins did show some craft for the game’s first real chance. His through-ball found Emiliano Insua but the makeshift left-winger fluffed his lines and shot wide when he was through on goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Leiria had their first chance after 15 minutes when Bruno Moraes forced Rui Patricio into a fine save after receiving a great ball from the right-hand side.
Emiliano Insua had another superb chance soon after when he was found by a good cross from Santiago Arias. The Argentine showed exactly why his a left-back and not a striker when he smashed  the ball over the crossbar from close range. There were few chances in the remainder of the first half. Sporting had plenty of possession but found it hard to get through a Leiria team looking to pounce on the counter attack.
Ricardo Sa Pinto recognised his side needed an edge to their play by bringing on Stijn Schaars for Renato Neto at the start of the second half. The change had little effect and the same pattern of play was evident upon the resumption.
Indeed the first excitement of the second half came in the 71st minute when faulty lighting stopped play in the Municipal da Marinha Grande. It took officials nine minutes before the game could be restarted.

Patricio save

The game picked up slightly after the bizarre interruption. Uniao de Leiria had a good chance when Marcos Paulo’s free kick forced a very good save out ouf Rui Patricio. Both teams wanted to grab a winner with Sporting bringing on Ricky van Wolfswinkel for midfielder Elias, as the match went into 14 minutes of added time.
The game finally had a goal after 101 minutes after Maximilian Haas fouled Diego Rubio on the outside of the area. Matias Fernandez stepped up and hit the ball low and hard and into Jan Oblak’s right-hand corner to give Sporting the lead.
Just seconds later substitute Djaniny found himself in a superb position to equalise and gain a massive point for Leiria when he picked up the ball in the Sporting box. Djaniny scored Leiria’s only goal against Sporting in the reverse fixture but his attempt to chip Rui Patricio hit the wrong side of the net.
The away side managed to hold on until the end and gain their first away league win since the 2-0 victory over Feirense back in October. For Uniao de Leiria, relegation seems a certainty as they are now five points behind 14th place Beira-Mar.

Rui Patricio, Arias, Carrico, Xandao, Evaldo, Renato Neto (Schaars, HT), Andre Martins (Matias Fernandez, 64), Elias (Wolfswinkel, 82), Carrillo, Insua, Rubio

[0-1] Matias Fernandez, 90 + 12

by Richard Cole
Comments (6)
Roller Coaster Ride
6 Monday, 02 April 2012 22:02
While the roller coaster of effort and form seems to benefit Sporting in Europa (they play their best), it would be a shame to play so poorly (rest, form, focus) and finish 5th in Liga.
5 Monday, 02 April 2012 16:30
The article mentions this:

"Indeed the first excitement of the second half came in the 71st minute when faulty lighting stopped play in the Municipal da Marinha Grande. It took officials nine minutes before the game could be restarted."
to fresh/canada
4 Monday, 02 April 2012 11:44
There was 9 minutes of delay of game due to the lighting failure, so the clock has to keep going until the playing conditions are safe to continue.
3 Monday, 02 April 2012 11:12
What kind of game goes 90 + 11 minutes of stoppage time?
Cometh The Moment Cometh The Man!
2 Monday, 02 April 2012 06:42
What a way to win it so late on in the game! The many changes to the side from the usual starting eleven made it more difficult for Sporting, but they still did have the majority of the ball and were the team dictating the game but it was tough. Thanks to Matias Fernandes who is world class for winning it for Sporting late in the game when he came on! Thats what big players do! Really happy Sporting pulled out the win, and even though it did disrupt the usual rythym/cutting edge of their game, I'm still happy that Sa Pinto was brave enough to give players like Andre Martins and Diego Rubio starts. Carrico was able to play in center back as well which was nice to see great to see him captaining the team also. Diego Rubio is a player who I think has a lot of talent and I still think he needs to contribute more to this team. We need to have another good goalscorer cause we can't just rely on Wolfswinkel all the time, so it was good to see Diego Rubio but he still needs to step up more. He should have had a goal today. Anyways credit to Sa Pinto for having faith in a lot of the substitute players, it was a good rest for the main starters for this weeks upcoming europa league. And credit to Matias for coming in and winning the game for Sporting! Class! Well done picking up the vital points!
About time
1 Monday, 02 April 2012 04:07
SCP didn't have much flow and again we score on set piece...Thx Matigoal! Definitely one of our big playmakers

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