Taça de Portugal Draw: Famalicão (Away)

The draw for the Taça de Portugal has been made and Sporting will face FC Famalicão away from home on the 16th October.

The game takes place just before the game against Borussia Dortmund so expect a second string Sporting side to feature.

The last time the two teams met was also in the Taça de Portugal back in January 2015 when goals from André Carrillo, João Mário, Paulo Oliveira, and Fredy Montero completed a comfortable 4-0 win.

Famalicão 1-1 SPORTING B

Sporting B came from behind to draw 1-1 with Famalicão with Ivanildo Fernandes getting the goal.

João de Deus gave a debut to Colombian forward Leonardo Ruiz. Guilherme Ramos returned to the team after his suspension in the place of Fidel Escobar.

It was the home side who started the better and they got their goal through Diego Medeiros after just 14 minutes gone.

Sporting improved after the goal and got an equaliser in the 67th minute when Ricardo Guima’s shot was saved by Victor Braga. The rebound fell to Ivanildo Fernandes who converted from close range.

Sporting almost had the game one near the end through the 16-year old Elves Baldé but it ended 1-1.

It was an improvement over the last game against Fafe but there is still work to do for João de Deus and Sporting B.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Guilherme Ramos, Ivanildo Fernandes (Scored, 67′), David Sualehe; Fábio Martins, Ricardo Guima; Aouacheria Bilel, (YC) Jovane Cabral (Elves Baldé, 63′, YC); Leonardo Ruiz (Fidel Escobar, 85′), Ricardo Almeida (Pedro Marques, 79′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Pedro Empis, Edu Pinheiro, Budag Nasyrov

Match Report: Famalicão 0-2 SPORTING

Sporting progressed into the next round of the Taça de Portugal through a brace from the in-form Ricky van Wolfswinkel against a Famalicão that ended the game with 9 men on the pitch.

Domingos Paciência played a relatively strong team from the start with the likes of Stijn Schaars, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Capel and Emiliano Insúa all starting. Paciência also handed a debut to summer signing Marcelo Boeck in goal.

Sporting were the better side through-out the match unsurprisingly with the gap of stature and position between the two sides. Although Famalicão did well for what was a great occasion for the club and its fans that was in the top flight almost a decade ago.

Sporting’s first great chance came through André Santos, his powerful shot from outside of the area. João Pereira with a shot went close with Pedro Silva needing to clear the ball after the line.

For the second half Paciência made two changes at half time, bringing on Alberto Rodríguez for Daniel Carriço and Bruno Pereirinha for Oguchi Onyweu, moving Evaldo into the centre.

As Sporting went longer without a goal it gave a fighting Famalicão team more hope of pulling off an unlikely story. Famalicão finally forcing Marcelo Boeck into a good save through former Porto youth team player André Claro.

Sporting finally managed to take the lead through a penalty converted by the in-form Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Famalicão’s defender Palheiras brought down Matías Fernández in the area to give Sporting their first penalty of the new season.

The goal seemed to take the wind out of Famalicão and the sending off just minutes later seemed to make the result a certainty. Jorginho picked a second yellow card for a foul on Stijn Schaars.

Things then got bad to worse for Famalicão, Bruno Pereirinha breaking down on the right hand side and swept in a great cross for van Wolfswinkel to head home from close range and to make it 8 goals in 9 games for the Dutch forward.

The second goal effectively ended the game as a contest and the game was beyond doubt when Famalicão’s Talocha hand ball meant referee Artur Soares Dias had to reduce the home side to 9 men.

It was a fairly basic victory and gives the team a platform to build on before the Europa League game against FC Vaslui and excellent run out for some of the players who’ve yet to play a large amount of minutes..

SPORTING XI: Marcelo Boeck (YC); João Pereira, Daniel Carriço (Alberto Rodríguez 46′, YC), Oguchi Onyewu (Bruno Pereirinha 46′), Evaldo Fabiano; André Santos, Stijn Schaars, Matías Fernández; Diego Capel (YC) (Diego Rubio 75′), Emiliano Insúa, Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (Scored 62′, 67′)
Subs Not Used: Tiago Ferreira, Santiago Arias, Ânderson Polga, André Martins

Famalicão vs. SPORTING Preview

Finally the international break is over and it’s back to watching Sporting once more. This Saturday (20:00 kick off) Sporting will travel to take on third-tier side Famalicão.

Opponents Famalicão currently sit 10th in the II Divisão Norte with 1 win, 3 draws and 1 defeat thus far, they progressed to this stage in the tournament after beating União da Madeira on penalties in the last round.

The last time the two teams faced each other in Taça de Portugal was just under a decade ago, Sporting traveling to the Municipal 22 de Junho in Vila Nova and winning 3-1. Robert Špehar and Alberto Acosta grabbed the goals for Sporting that day.

Sporting look to make it 7 wins in a row – and it seems Domingos Paciência will make sure it happens as he looks to field a relatively strong side against the minnows. Paciência told the press “normally that [fielding a weakened team] is what happens when taking on a team from a lower division, but we can’t just go making as many changes as people would like us to”

It makes the possible selection a more difficult matter to predict. The likes of Tiago, Marcelo Boeck, André Martins and Santiago Arias are yet to play a single first team game all season and this would seem like their best chance to try and fight for regular first team action.

Jeffrén is close to recovery but will probably not play this weekend and be saved perhaps for the Europa League game at home to FC Vaslui next Thursday. Besides the absence of Marat Izmailov Domingos has almost a fully fit squad to work with.

It should be a routine win for Sporting and a great way for the squad to reconnect after the international break and find the momentum that had been established before the break..

Possible SPORTING XI:

Marcelo Boeck

Santiago Arias – Ânderson Polga – Daniel Carriço – Evaldo Fabiano

André Santos – Elias

Bruno Pereirinha – Matías Fernández – André Carrillo

Valeri Bojinov

Taça de Portugal Draw: Famalicão (Away)

Sporting Clube de Portugal got a relatively easy draw in the Taça de Portugal with an away fixture to Segunda Divisão Norte (Second Divsion North) side Famalicão.

The lower league side from Vila Nova de Famalicão in the Braga region were promoted last year from the Terceira Divisão Série B (Third Division Group B) last season as runners-up. José Augusto is the current coach and his team were knocked out in the Taça by Serzedelo in their first game last year.

The match will be played on the 15th October at the Estádio Municipal 22 de Junho. You can check all the upcoming fixtures here.

It will be interesting to see what sort of team Sporting field for this game, the likes of André Martins and Marcelo Boeck could be given their first appearances of the season – or perhaps some of the prospects from the youth sides.

The last time the clubs met was the last time Famalicão were in the top flight, back in the 1993/1994 season. The last game was at the old Alvalade and Sporting ran out 3-0 winners with Paulo Torres scoring two and the great Luís Figo the other.

The last time though the two sides met away from Lisbon ended in a 1-1 draw. Andrzej Juskowiak scored one for Sporting before João Mário equalised for the home side.