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Sunday, 21 October 2012 20:58

Wagner's extra-time winner beats Sporting

Moreirense 3-2 Sporting (aet)

Sporting's poor form continued with an extra-time defeat away to Moreirense that sees them exit the Taça de Portugal at the first hurdle. Fabián Rinaudo opened the scoring before an excellent Pablo Oliveira brace put the home side ahead. Ricky van Wolfswinkel's equaliser took the game into extra time and it was Wagner who got the winner for Moreirense. 

With Sporting yet to decide on a new manager, once again B team boss Oceano was in charge of Sporting. Oceano also showed faith in B team player Santiago Arias who played ahead of Cédric Soares in an otherwise familiar Sporting team. 

Moreirense are finding their return to the Primeira Liga difficult without a win in their last three games. Fortunately, since this was a cup game, goalkeeper Ricardo Ribeiro was still available for selection although he will be suspended for their next league game away to Olhanense.

Fabián Rinaudo puts Sporting ahead


It took Sporting just seven minutes to take the lead after a neat interchange between Diego Capel and captain Fabián Rinaudo. The Argentine midfielder struck a powerful shot from 25 yards out that swerved in midair to deceive Ricardo and give Sporting the lead. The Moreirense goalkeeper however will feel he should have done better with the shot.

Moreirense were looking dangerous, causing confusion in the Sporting defence for Khalid Boulahrouz and Xandão with crosses and set-pieces. Indeed, Moreirense were close to an equaliser after 20 minutes when Nabil Ghilas' looping header landed on top of Rui Patrício's bar.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel had a good chance just before the half-time whistle when his low shot was saved at the near-post by Ricardo.

Jorge Casquilha made a change at half-time taking off Tales, who was making his first appearance of the season, and replacing him with Wagner.

Pablo Oliveira scores a superb equaliser


Moreirense were back on level terms just seconds after the restart. A Moreirense corner was headed out into the path of Pablo Oliveira. The Uruguayan, on loan from River Plate, struck a superb shot into the top-right hand corner that Rui Patrício could do little about.

Jeffrén Suárez gave away a penalty in the 55th minute when he handballed from a corner. It was difficult to see why the former Barcelona player decided to it - a moment of madness from the winger.

Ricardo Pessoa stepped up to take the penalty but his low shot was well saved by Rui Patrício to keep the scores level. The quality of the penalty was poor but nothing could be taken away from the save by Patrício.

Oliveira strikes again


Pablo Oliveira was at it again in the 62nd minute, when he received the ball in the box after some good hold-up play from Ghilas. Oliveira curled another excellent finish around Rui Patrício and into the same top-right hand corner to put Moreirense in the lead.

Oceano reacted to his team going behind by bringing on Valentín Viola and Adrien Silva for Elias and the under-performing Jeffrén and later Danijel Pranjić replaced Diego Capel.

The changes seemed to help and Sporting looked more purposeful. Valentín Viola did well to drive to the by-line and cross for Stijn Schaars. Schaars' header fell to Ricky van Wolfswinkel who tapped in an equaliser from close range.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel was close to getting the winner when Sporting countered through Danijel Pranjić and the Croatian found van Wolfswinkel only for the Dutchman to see his shot go just wide of the post.

Then it was Moreirense's turn to almost grab a winner just into stoppage time. A Moreirense corner found Ricardo Fernandes free in the box but his header found the bar. 

Just seconds before the whistle, Ricky van Wolfswinkel looked to have been brought down in the area but referee Marco Ferreira waved away Sporting's protest. 

Extra time


The final whistle meant that the game was going into extra-time with both teams having used all 3 substitutons. Once again though it was Moreirense who did the better after the restart.

Second-half substitute Wagner found himself in acres of space after Ricardo Riberio's long goal kick was flicked on. The Brazilian midfielder finished well through the legs of Rui Patrício to put Moreirense back in front.

Again Sporting only came alive after going a goal behind. They were close to another equaliser when, after some good play, Ricky van Wolfswinkel set up Danijel Pranjić but the former Bayern player's shot hit the post when it looked liked it was going in.

With the first-half of extra time just finished Sporting had an extra 15 minutes to stay in the Taça de Portugal. Xandão went close when his flick-on header from a corner required a great reflex save from Ricardo. Fito Rinaudo's sent another good shot at Ricardo but once again the goalkeeper made the save for the home side and Khalid Boulahoruz headed against the crossbar in the dying seconds. Anilton's last second clearance from Arias' shot though was the pick of the bunch.

It was a very even game but Moreirense were well worth their win and they will be hoping it gives them the confidence boost they need to regain their form in the league. Pablo Oliveira's excellent performance will be a particular highlight for Jorge Casquilha.

Meanwhile, Sporting require a new manager, sooner rather than later. They are out of the Taça de Portugal straight away in a cup they reached the final of last season. It's hard to blame Oceano, who is taking over in tough circumstances but Sporting need something or risk writing off another season in record time.

by Richard Cole

Moreiriense: Ricardo Ribeiro; Ricardo Pessoa, Anilton, Ricardo Fernandes, Augusto; Vinicius, Filipe Gonçalves; Tales (Wagner, 46'), Fábio Espinho (Renatinho, 80'), Pablo Olivera (Rafael Lopes, 78'); Nabil Ghilas

Sporting: Rui Patrício; Santiago Arias, Khalid Boulahrouz, Xandão, Emiliano Insúa; Fabián Rinaudo, Stijn Schaars (Adrien Silva, 66'), Elias; Jeffrén Suárez (Valetín Viola, 66'), Diego Capel (Danijel Pranjić, 76'), Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Goals: 
[0-1] Fabián Rinaduo, 7'
[1-1] Pablo Oliveira, 46'
[2-1] Pablo Oliveira, 63'
[2-2] Ricky van Wolfswinkel, 79'
[3-2] Wagner, 97'

Comments (4)
Três Grandes
4 Monday, 22 October 2012 08:05
For a club that was once regarded as part of the 'Três Grandes', it's very clear that Braga have definitely taken over that moniker.

This is becoming a very, very sad state of affairs indeed.
Sporting
3 Monday, 22 October 2012 01:14
Sad...just plain sad. I cannot agree more with the first comment by Ivo.
SPORTING!!!
2 Sunday, 21 October 2012 23:03
Youre no longer the Sporting that i used to know
Miserable
1 Sunday, 21 October 2012 22:25
Sporting never cease to amaze me lol. Just when you think they've hit rock bottom, they go ahead and find a way to dig themselves into an even bigger hole. Well done boys, well done.

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