Match Report: SPORTING 1-0 Paços de Ferreira

>Sporting picked up their first win under new manager, Ricardo Sá Pinto, with a 1-0 home win over Paços de Ferreira.

Sá Pinto made just one change from the side that earned vital away goals against Legia Warszawa last time out with Elias taking the place of Matías Fernández.

Immediately Sporting enjoyed great possession in the game but were without any creation in midfield and in fact it was Paços de Ferreira who had the best chance early on.

Michel found himself in lots of space behind the Sporting defence and found himself 1-on-1 with Rui Patrício but his shot went just wide.

There was more cause for concern for Sporting when Oguchi Onyewu injured himself in a challenge and had to be replaced by Daniel Carriço.

Carriço soon had a big part to play in Sporting’s goal. A Stijn Schaars freekick from the left was crossed into the box and missed by goalkeeper Cássio. Carriço challenged for the ball with Ricardo and it was the Paços player who had the last touch that resulted in Sporting taking the lead.

The game took the same picture after half-time when once again Sporting were in control but still finding it hard to create. Once again it was Paços with the first change of the half when Manuel José forced Rui Patrício into a good save early on.

After 63 minutes Fabián Rinaudo seemed to take a bit of a knock and was replaced with the man who scored the equaliser in the last game, André Santos. The two injuries could be a cause for concern for Sá Pinto before the second leg.

Sporting earned a penalty after 68 minutes with Ricardo was judged to handball in the area. The decision was harsh on Ricardo who was trying to keep his arms away from the ball.

The Paços players were incensed by the decision and continued to argue with the referee for a few minutes before Ricky van Wolfswinkel stepped up to the take the penalty. The Dutch striker, usually clinical from this range, hit his penalty poorly and Cássio saved well. Cássio did move far off his line to save it but either way it was a poor penalty from van Wolfswinkel.

The team managed to sit the rest of the game out without much incident, except a bloody (and perhaps broken) nose for Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Earning Ricardo Sá Pinto his first win as Sporting coach and will perhaps help to give the side confidence before the big second leg against Legia.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira (YC), Ânderson Polga, Oguchi Onyewu (Daniel Carriço 27′), Emiliano Insúa; Fabián Rinaudo (André Santos 63′), Stijn Schaars, Elias; Marat Izmailov (Bruno Pereirinha 59′), André Carrillo (YC), Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Evaldo Fabiano, Matías Fernández, Diego Rubio


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