A young Sporting side was defeated 4-0 by the Angolan national team in the Estádio 11 de Novembro. The match, a friendly to celebrate the 36th anniversary of Angola’s independence, was a great opportunity for those players not on international duty to keep up their match fitness and to give first team experience to some of the juniors.
Indeed many of the juniors got a chance to play, in the starting XI Domingos Paciência gave playing time to Rúben Semedo, Edgar Ié, and Felipe Chaby.
Angola took the lead after just 13 minutes through Flávio the forward of Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab. It proved to be a very tough match for Sporting’s young centre-back pairing of Semedo and Ié.
The home side doubled their lead after 40 minutes through the young Petro Atlético defender Miguel leaving Sporting with an uphill battle for the second half.
Paciência made changes for the second half bringing on Farley Rosa, Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Tiago Ferreira. The changes made little chance as Sporting looked fairly stale going forward and it was apparent it was indeed being viewed as a friendly game for some of Sporting’s senior players.
Angola got a third later on in the game through another Petro Atlético player, the superbly named striker Love. With the game all but decided Paciência gave playing time to more youngsters with Luís Cortez, Rodolfo Simões and Iuri Medeiros coming on before Caála midfielder Osório made it 4-0 for a great win for the Angolan team.
More important than the result was the match fitness for the first team players before the upcoming Taça de Portugal game against Braga after the international break. The U-19 players too will be happy with their game time for their fitness as they face a trip to Molde in the NextGen Series on Saturday before playing Liverpool at home the week after.
SPORTING XI: Marcelo Boeck (Tiago Ferreira 46′); Santiago Arias, Rúben Semedo, Edgar Ié, Evaldo Fabiano; Felipe Chaby (Rodolfo Simões 85′), André Santos (Luís Cortez 80′), Bruno Pereirinha (Farley Rosa 46′); André Carrillo (Iuri Medeiros 80′), Diego Rubio (Diego Capel 46′), Valeri Bojinov (Ricky van Wolfswinkel 46′)
Subs Not Used: Daniel Carriço