NextGen Report: Liverpool 0-3 SPORTING

Sporting Clube de Portugal’s youngsters got off to a flying start in their first NextGen match with a 0-3 win away to Liverpool at Anfield.

Ricardo Sá Pinto’s side started off a little bit nervous, perhaps understandably so given the circumstances but it was not long before they started to settle more into the match. Liverpool looked dangerous at times, particularly when the promising Raheem Stirling had the ball.

Sporting’s passing was one of the highlights of the game and their ability to work the ball around the pitch well was the catalyst for the first two goals. João Teixeira finished the first one after some excellent build up play, in particular the back heel to put Teixeira through by Betinho – Alberto Coelho.

Sporting’s second goal, another well worked passing move that came to Iuri Medeiros on the right hand side who crossed it Betinho this time to be the finisher.

Liverpool did have some chances in the first, in particular Suso who should have scored from Adam Morgan’s pass but his shot went high over the bar.

For the second half Liverpool had the much better of the ball but found it hard to break through the Sporting defence. Rodolfo Borrell’s side lacked the cutting edge and invention that Sporting had down in the first half.

Perhaps the best goal of the night was the final one in the 86th minute, the young Brazilian Farley Rosa struck a brilliant effort from the edge of the box that left Liverpool goalkeeper, Tyrell Belford, absolutely helpless as the ball struck in the inside of the frame of the goal and went in.

Overall it was a great night for the Sporting U19 team and Ricardo Sá Pinto will be very happy with what he saw, especially the likes of Betinho and João Teixeira. The next game for the young Leões will be at home to Wolfsburg on the 31st August.

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