Khalid Boulahrouz Finalises Brøndby Move

You may have wondered what happened to several of the players who left Sporting in the summer (or maybe not, there were few great ones). Khalid Boulahrouz has though made his move to Danish football to join Brøndby IF. The deal had been on the cards for a long time but his 1 year contract has only recently been finalised. It’s hard to believe this is a man who Jaap Stam once thought of as his successor.

For those wondering Valeri Bojinov there are mixed reports, some say he has joined Budapest Honvéd whilst other sources declare he is still a free agent. He was most recently seen saving a man’s life.

Elsewhere Oguchi Onyewu is still without a club. Although recently he has been linked with a possible move to Valencia after centre-back Adil Rami got himself into hot water with his comments about the club and could be forced out.

Hugo Ventura, who had a brief spell on loan from Porto, is also a free agent.

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Sporting News Round-Up

It’s been a busy week for Sporting with a few games, the close of the transfer window, and the Europa League groups drawn so it’s time for another huge round-up of all the Sporting news.

First, we’ll catch up with Sporting’s last two games in which Sporting had varying success.

The first was a massively disappointing 0-1 defeat at home to Rio Ave. Edimar’s well worked goal in the 40th minute was enough for the visitors to secure the win. The game was typical of the first opening games for Sporting. Sporting had plenty of possession but failed to break through the Rio Ave defence and at times looked hugely out of ideas – and when they did make chances proceeded to miss them. In the second-half also saw the debut of the new Argentine forward Valentín Viola.

Sporting XI: Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo (YC), Emiliano Insúa; Gelson Fernandes (YC) (Valentín Viola 72′), Adrien Silva (Zakaria Labyad 46′), Elias (André Martins 46′); André Carrillo (YC), Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço, Danijel Pranjić, Jeffrén Suárez

After the game Ricardo Sá Pinto was furious and promised a win and goals in the next game in the Europa League against AC Horsens. Last week the sides drew 1-1 and Horsens goalkeeper Frederik Rønnow stole the show.

Sá Pinto’s side truly delivered with a thumping 5-0 victory to secure a place in the Europa League group stages (draw to follow). Danijel Pranjić started ahead of Emiliano Insúa at left-back to make his full Sporting debut.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who had been misfiring in previous games, opened the scoring after 8 minutes with a lovely half-volleyed finish. Thomas Kortegaard was unfortunate to see a ball bounce cruelly off his knee and then into the net to put Sporting 2-0 ahead at half-time.

After the restart Ricky van Wolfswinkel got his second goal from close range after some poor Horsens defending from a corner. André Carrillo scored the goal of the game when his superb strike from the edge of the area hit the underside of the cross bar and went in before a good Elias strike finished the hammering.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Danijel Pranjić; Gelson Fernandes (Daniel Carriço 74′), Adrien Silva (André Martins 65′), Elias; André Carrillo (Jeffrén Suárez 65′), Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Xandão, Emiliano Insúa, Zakaria Labyad

On Friday 31st August came the Europa League draw which saw Sporting drew in Group G alongside FC Basel, KRC Genk, and Videoton FC.

Interestingly, Hungarian side Videoton are managed by one-time Sporting player Paulo Sousa. As well as that Renato Neto is also on loan at the Hungarian club from Sporting and it is where former Sporting player Marco Caneira is currently playing.

Full fixtures:

20th September: SPORTING vs. Basel
4th October: Videoton vs. SPORTING
25th October: Genk vs. SPORTING
8th November: SPORTING vs. Genk
22nd November: Basel vs. SPORTING
6th December: SPORTING vs. Videoton

Before we move onto all the transfer news there will be Sporting players involved for Portugal over the next international window:

Portugal: Rui Patrício
Portugal U-21: Cédric Soares, André Martins and Pedro Mendes

Speaking of Rui Patrício. Patrício signed a new contract with the club keeping him at the club now until the end of the 2017/2018 season. On top of that Rui Patrício’s release clause has been increased to €40,000,000.

So now to the transfers.

Sporting completed only one transfer in to the club and that was of Júlio Alves (brother of Bruno Alves) joining Sporting B on loan for the season from Turkish club Beşiktaş.

There were plenty of moves out of the club though, albeit almost all loan deals…

Florent Sinama Pongolle cancelled his contract with Sporting meaning he is now a free agent. Pongolle spent last season on loan at Saint-Étienne and will be widely remembered as being one of Sporting’s most wasteful signings.

Wilson Eduardo will be spending next season on loan at Académica after almost making it into the first team this year.

Valeri Bojinov, who was certainly never going to play for Sporting again, has moved on loan to Hellas Verona. Bojinov had long been rumoured to be joining Torino but ended up at Hellas instead.

B-Team defender João Gonçalves will join Vitória de Guimarães on loan.

Another B-Team defender, Atila Turan, will be in Turkey next season playing for Orduspor. He’ll be playing alongside former Sporting player Miguel Garcia.

And finally, in the most surprising move, Oguchi Onyewu will be playing for Málaga next year. Onyewu did little wrong last season with Sporting but his loan deal will mean he get more first-team football. The arrivals of Rojo and Boulahrouz made his departure more likely.

So there you have it! The B-Team are facing Marítimo B later today with a report to follow later.

Leões/Lions Awards 2012

Welcome to the first Leões/Lions awards! I’ll be handing out a couple of awards to Sporting players who I think deserve them. It may not be exactly the end of the season with the Taça de Portugal final still to come but I think I’ve seen enough to hand them out just that little bit early.

Goal of the Season: Marat Izmailov vs. Rio Ave (Link): Izmailov’s goal against Rio Ave is an excellent example of some of the magic that the Russian midfielder can produce. Izmailov beats to Rio Ave players before smashing a shot past the goalkeeper from 25 yards away. Superb goal. (Judging goals is usually based purely on taste, so if you think there’s anything I missed that should be a contender then feel free to share.)
Runners-Up: Matías Fernández vs. Manchester City (Link), André Santos vs. Legia Warszawa (Link), Fabián Rinaudo vs. Nacional (Link)

Worst Signing of the Season: Valeri Bojinov – That penalty incident, you know the one I mean against Moreirense in the Taça da Liga. Not only that Bojinov rarely looked too much like his former self and for such a talented player it’s clear the several injuries in his career have affected him. It was no surprise to see him go on loan to Lecce on January and he won’t be expected back – he’s even been an issue at Lecce too.
Runners-Up: Luis Aguiar (yes, he’s a Sporting player), Elias (average performances for a large transfer fee after a bright start)

Signing of the Season: Stijn Schaars – €850,000 was the transfer fee for AZ captain Stijn Schaars. In a world where fellow midfield man Elias cost more than 10x that it has been Schaars who had been the better of the  two. Stijn has been central to a lot of the rhythm of Sporting’s play as well as being an important part in defensive work and set-pieces. Should Schaars play against Académica in the Taça de Portugal final it will be his 50th appearance for Sporting this season – a sure sign of his importance to the team.
Runners-Up
: Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Emiliano Insúa

Young Player (U-23) of the Season: Ricky van Wolfswinkel – It’s hard to believe that Ricky van Wolfswinkel only just turned 23 back in January (meaning he was 22 at the start of the season and eligible for this award). €5,400,000 brought the Dutch striker from FC Utrecht to Sporting and van Wolfswinkel has managed impressively to fill the void that Liédson’s departure left us. With 24 goals in 45 appearances made all the more impressive by the fact he was frequently up front all on his own with some at times very little service to live on. Perhaps the most telling stat is that in the Primeira Liga this season Ricky van Wolfswinkel is the player to have scored the most winning goals that have produced victories for a season. His goals are frequent and frequently important.
Runners-Up: André Martins, André Carrillo

Player of the Season: Rui Patrício – There’s little that can be said about São Patrício besides… please never leave. Once again Patrício has been world class this season having saved Sporting’s skin on a gigantic amount of occasions. There’s growing speculation that this may finally be Portugal goalkeeper’s last season and should he leave he deserves to go for a massive price tag. He will be vital for any club he arrives at. Had it not been for Patrício then where would Sporting be?
Runners-Up: Stijn Schaars, Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Disagree with anything? Feel free to comment

News Round Up / We’re Back!

Apologies one and all, for the pure laziness of your blogger (since I’ve gone… Sporting even won a game). So, here’s a round up of some of the more recent stories I’ve missed (not all – I don’t have all day.

Vice-President Carlos Barbosa has resigned with the club saying his reorganisation of the commercial structure is done. I’m not sure what this really means to the club.

Unsurprisingly after his moment of madness, Valeri Bojinov has been loaned to Lecce. Don’t expect to ever see him return and the Bulgarian will probably be sold in summer for an incredibly cheap price. Lecce do have am apparent €2.5m buy-out cause at the end of the season but other clubs may well be interested.

Yannick Djaló incredibly ended his transfer limbo by moving to not Nice or Aston Villa… but Benfica. Yep. It’s fairly satisfying to know that Benfica fans will also soon become incredibly frustrated by his combination of great-talent-bad-brain.

Now your blogger will not be here to post about this weekend’s clash against Gil Vicente but rumours are that Marat Izmailov, Fabián Rinaudo could be in line to start although Ricky van Wolfswinkel may need another week to wait.

Match Report: SPORTING 2-0 FC Zürich

Goals from Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Valeri Bojinov ensured Sporting top Group D with a comfortable victory at home over FC Zürich.

Domingos Paciência selected Valeri Bojinov and gave a first start to André Martins in a much changed side to that that lost away to Benfica last weekend.

The game started evenly until about ten minutes in when Sporting started to take hold of the match. Zürich goalkeeper Johnny Leoni did exceptionally well to save Valeri Bojinov’s close range effort and to stop Daniel Carriço’s shot seconds later.

That was a warning for the Swiss side who were soon 1-0 down after just fifteen minutes. Stijn Schaars played a lovely through ball down the right hand channel for Ricky van Wolfswinkel who controlled well before putting a great finish past Leoni.

Sporting were then in the ascendancy and took full control of the game. In particular praise must be singled out for André Martins who, on his full first start for Sporting, was incredibly assured in possession.

In spite of the greater possession though Sporting failed to add to their goal tally in the first half and it was in fact Zürich who had the better of the player in the closing minutes.

After the restart the game carried on much of the same pattern with Sporting firmly in control of the match. Oguchi Onyewu’s header from a corner was well saved on the line as Sporting looked to add a second goal.

That goal game after 58 minutes when Diego Capel curved in a superb cross for Valeri Bojinov to head home from. The Bulgarian getting his third goal for his new club.

This made the game even more comfortable for Sporting and Domingos Paciência could then make chances and rest some of his key players. Immediately after the goal taking Diego Capel off and bringing on Bruno Pereirinha in his place.

Sporting continued to be on top of the possession, a fact perhaps most confirmed by Zürich’s shot on target tally: zero.

André Santos came on in place of Stijn Schaars and immediately had a shot well saved. The ball rebounded out and André Martins was found on the right hand side but his low squared cross was just inches away from falling into the path of Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel was then replaced by Diego Rubio with sixteen minutes of the game left to play which Sporting played out in complete control.

That win means the forthcoming game against Lazio is a dead rubber and Sporting instead can focus in regaining ground in the league.

In particular Domingos will be incredibly pleased with his side’s performance, conceding no shots on target and perhaps unlucky not to have scored more.

Sporting XI: Marcelo Boeck; João Pereira, Ânderson Polga, Oguchi Onyewu, Emiliano Insúa; Daniel Carriço, Stijn Schaars (André Santos 68′, YC), André Martins; Diego Capel (Bruno Pereirinha 59′), Valeri Bojinov (Scored 58′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Scored 15′) (Diego Rubio 74′)
Subs Not Used: Tiago Ferreira, Evaldo Fabiano, João Carlos, Filipe Chaby

Match Report: SPORTING 6-1 Gil Vicente

Sporting put 6 goals past Gil Vicente to emphatically ensure 9 games won in a row and move Sporting up to third in the league.

Before the match Domingos Paciência had stated the he believed there was room for both Elias and Matías Fernández in the same team and duly played both. Matías Fernández took up the right hand side position with Elias occupying his central role.

It took only 7 minutes for Sporting to score and early goals are quickly becoming a trademark of this Sporting team. A low driven corner caught out Gil Vicente and the ball found its way to Ânderson Polga who floated in a cross for Daniel Carriço to head in from close range.

Gil Vicente did cause some problems for the Sporting defence but for the most part these were dealt with and in the first half Gil Vicente posed little attack threat.

João Pereira and Matías Fernández linked up well on the right hand side and João Pereira went for an fantastic chip on goalkeeper Adriano. The Brazilian just managing to track back and tip the shot over the bar.

Gil Vicente were forced to make a change when Pedro Moreira was injured whilst fouling Fabián Rinaudo. Referee João Capela had initially produced a ref card for the midfielder on loan from Porto but realised his mistake and instead gave Moreira a yellow card. His replacement, Guilherme (on loan from Braga), was perhaps Gil Vicente’s best outfield player throughout the match.

Sporting continued to have possession throughout the remainder of the second half but couldn’t find a way through to goal. Matías Fernández’s long range freekick that forced a good save just before the half-time whistle being the better of the later chances.

After the interval Gil Vicente started the brighter side but when Ricky van Wolfswinkel won a soft penalty after being impeded by Halisson the game was essentially over. The penalty kick from the Dutchman was a superb strike and made it 9 goals now for the striker.

Another 4 minutes gone and Sporting got a third. This time João Pereira’s ran down the right hand side and produced a looped cross for Diego Capel who powerfully headed home.

With three goals to the good Domingos soon made a chance bringing on André Carrillo for Matías Fernández.

The young Peruvian winger made an instant impact and, after a typically determined run, found himself through on goal. His shot hit Adriano and bounced out to Diego Capel who headed home his second, and Sporting’s fourth in to an empty net.

Gil Vicente pulled one back through Robert who converted Luis Carlos’ deep cross with a clever header into Rui Patrício’s left hand corner. It was a deserved consolation for Gil Vicente who, although they could not possibly match Sporting’s possession, still tried to take the fight when they could.

Valeri Bojinov, who came on as a substitute for Diego Capel, soon got his first Sporting goal. Another superb André Carrillo run found him in space in the box and the Bulgarian hit a shot that slipped just under Adriano to make it 5 for Sporting.

With the last kick of the game Bojinov then made it an emphatic 6-1 on the night after he cleverly tucked in another André Carrillo cross to make it a superb night in the Alvalade.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Daniel Carriço (Scored 7′), Ânderson Polga, Emiliano Insúa (YC); Fabián Rinaudo (YC) (Diego Rubio 70′), Stijn Schaars, Elias; Matías Fernández (André Carrillo 63′), Diego Capel (Scored 63′, 66′) (Valeri Bojinov 74′, Scored 79′, 90+2′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Scored 59′)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Oguchi Onyewu, Evaldo Fabiano, André Santos

Sporting Players Called for International Duty

A whole host of Sporting players have been called up for international duty by their respective clubs.

The international week will take place this week until Sporting return to action in the Taça de Portugal to take on Famalicão on the 15th October.

Below is the full list of Sporting players who will be on international duty this week;

Argentina: Emiliano Insúa and Fabián Rinaudo
Brazil: Elias
Bulgaria: Valeri Bojinov
Chile: Matías Fernández
Netherlands: Stijn Schaars
Peru: Alberto Rodríguez
Portugal: Rui Patrício and João Pereira
Portugal U21: André Martins, Luís Ribeiro, Cédric Soares, Pedro Mendes and Wilson Eduardo
USA: Oguchi Onyewu

Report: SPORTING 2-1 Nordsjælland

Sporting didn’t make it easy for themselves but in the end qualified for the Europa League group stages with a 2-1 win at home to Nordsjælland. André Santos and Evaldo Fabiano got the goals for the Leões before a Andreas Laudrup consolation for Nordsjælland.

There was a tense atmosphere in the José Alvalade after a few unimpressive recent displays meant it was possible that Sporting could be knocked out by Nordsjælland. Sporting’s most recent problems have come in the final third with bad decision making and even worse finishing meaning that 4 points have been dropped in the league already.

Sporting did almost scored in the first 5 minutes, with the team’s high pressure forcing goalkeeper, Jesper Hansen into a mistake, the ball came out to Izmailov who found Postiga, Postiga turned to give the ball to Stijn Schaars for a simple tap in but a last second tackle stopped the Dutchman from scoring.

The best chance of the first half though fell to Daniel Carriço, who was starting his first competitive game this season. From a Schaars corner the ball fell to Postiga who, with a kick over his head, found Daniel Carriço in front of an empty net but the central defender failed to get the right connection and the ball flew high over the net. It’s the kind of chance that summed up much of Sporting’s finishing through out the majority of the night.

Most of the Sporting attacking threat came down the wings, with Diego Capel the star of the show once more. Postiga and Yannick both should have scored from closer range headers from crosses but the impressive Hansen was able to save them.

Nordsjælland for the most part were penned in their own half, and tried to counter but the Sporting defence coped well with André Santos as the deepest midfielder as Fabián Rinaudo sat on the bench.

At half-time there was anxiety from the fans who had once again see their side with the possession but none of the finishing touche when it mattered.

Sporting were right on the attack again at the start of the second half. This time Marat Izmailov had a chance that went miles over the bar after some great work to find his own space in the box.

The pressure was beginning to build as Sporting had more and more chances with Nordsjælland unable to cope with Diego Capel in particular.

Yannick Djaló soon aimed another header towards goal but once again Hansen was able to save it, it would be Djaló’s last action of the match as he made way for Valeri Bojinov in the 62nd minute. The Bulgarian making his competitive debut for Sporting.

It wasn’t long before he too was guilty of missing a chance, another cross came in and found his head but his header went inches to the wrong side of the post.

Valeri Bojinov was soon to be in the thick of things again, in the 76th minute he was booked for diving after appearing to have been taken out by the goalkeeper, but the replays showed the Bojinov did indeed take a tumble.

A minute later though, Bojinov provided the assist for André Santos. Another Capel cross had forced Nordsjælland to head the ball away but the ball fell only to Bojinov who laid the pass off with André Santos needing only to pass the ball into the net.

There were huge celebrations for the goal, mostly from relief of having finally got the goal after, by that stage, over a staggering 27 shots.

Only 5 minutes later and Sporting had scored again. This time a corner from Capel was not dealt with by the Danish side and the ball bounced into Evaldo before going in. The Brazilian left-back didn’t know too much about it but the goal ensured in the 82nd minute that Sporting were essentially home and dry and into the group stages.

André Carrillo also made his competitive debut coming on for Marat Izmailov in the 84th minute to help provide pace in the counter as Nordsjælland now had to attack.

Nordsjælland did manage a consolation goal in the 93rd minute, a mix up in defending a corner led to Andreas Laudrup, son of the great Michael Laudrup, to grab a goal. Had the goal come minutes earlier than there would have perhaps been some moments of panic but Nordsjælland only had a minute or so left after Laudrup’s goal.

At the full time whistle there was a great relief from fans, and although it was not the greatest performance it was a big improvement on the first leg and the last game against Beira-Mar. The Europa League draw takes places tomorrow.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Daniel Carriço, Ânderson Polga, Evaldo Fabiano (Scored 82′); André Santos (Scored 77′), Stijn Schaars (Fabián Rinaudo 70′, YC); Yannick Djaló (Valeri Bojinov 62′, YC), Marat Izmailov (André Carrillo 84′), Diego Capel; Hélder Postiga.
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Oguchi Onyewu, Diego Rubio, Ricky van Wolfswinkel

SPORTING vs. Nordsjælland Preview

After failing to win all 3 of the his first competitive games as Sporting manager, Domingos Paciência will know that this is his most high pressured match yet. It seems silly to be mentioning pressure so early in a manager’s career but the last two Sporting performances were incredibly toothless in attack and not easy on the eye. Being eliminated from the Europa League so soon against a team like Nordsjælland would also be a huge shock and a massive cause for concern.

Sporting are still favourites to qualify of course based on the strengths of the two squads although there will be a few absentees. Alberto Rodríguez picked up an injury in the 0-0 draw away to Beira-Mar last time out and is out for this match, though injury though is not as bad as it was first feared. Matías Fernández, Luis Aguiar, Bruno Pereirinha and Jeffrén Suárez are also all unavailable.

This means that youngster André Martins is into the Sporting squad for the match. Tiago Ilori also trained with the first team squad this week and he could feature at some stage.

Valeri Bojinov is also much closer to playing again and could be on the bench, and perhaps possibly make his competitive debut.

Carrying a goalless draw from the away leg into the home tie means a home win will put Sporting through but a score draw could spell disaster as Sporting would be eliminated on away goals.

In the absence of Alberto Rodríguez, this should mean that Daniel Carriço will make his first start of the season to partner Ânderson Polga in the central defensive shots.

Although the defence really is not the issue at the moment for Sporting, with only 1 goal in the first 3 games after a pre-season full of goals and with tonight’s incentive, scoring is a must. Paciência faces a few tricky calls on who to play up front either Hélder Postiga, Ricky van Wolfswinkel or both as the out and out striker. Diego Rubio and possibly Valeri Bojinov could provide further attacking options.

Possible SPORTING XI:

Rui Patrício

João Pereira – Daniel Carriço – Ânderson Polga – Evaldo Fabiano

Fabián Rinaudo

Marat Izmailov – Stijn Schaars – Diego Capel

Ricky van Wolfswinkel – Hélder Postiga

 

Week’s News Round Up: Nordsjælland, Ramón de Carranza

Since your author has been away for the last week obviously there hasn’t been any new posts over the past week so it’s time to just remind everyone and myself of what happened over the past week:

Sporting were drawn against the Danish Superliga side Nordsjælland in the Europa League qualifying round. FC Nordsjælland qualified for the tournament after winning the the 2011 Danish Cup. The first leg will be played in Denmark at Nordsjælland’s Farum Park on the 18th August before the return leg at the José Alvalade on the 25th August.

Interestingly, included in the UEFA squad for the Europa League games is Valeri Bojinov. Bojinov was thought to be out until September but his inclusion may indicate a more rapid recovery than expected. Matías Fernández features for the first time after his summer in the Copa América with Chile. There had been rumours of Yannick Djaló departing the club but his inclusion means should he play then he would be cup-tied in Europe.

The squad for the game follows beneath but changes are allowed until midnight the day before the first tie.

SPORTING Squad to face Nordsjælland:
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Tiago Ferreira and Marcelo Boeck
Defenders: Alberto Rodríguez, Daniel Carriço, Ânderson Polga, Oguchi Onyewu, Evaldo Fabiano, João Pereira, Atila Turan
Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, Marat Izmailov, Diego Capel, Matías Fernández, Fabián Rinaudo, Luis Aguiar, Bruno Pereirinha, André Santos, Jeffrén Suárez, André Carrillo, Yannick Djaló
Forwards: Valeri Bojinov, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Rubio, Hélder Postiga

Last weekend there was the Ramón de Carranza Trophy in Cádiz between Cádiz, Málaga, Udinese and Sporting. Sporting finished last in tournament having lost out to Spain’s big-spenders Málaga 3-1 and Italy’s most entertaining team, Udinese, on penalties. The game against Málaga also featured the debut of the new signing, Jeffrén and Atila Turan made his debut against Udinese.

Diego Rubio though was perhaps the most outstanding player over the two games as he continued to try and force his way into the starting XI for Saturday’s opening Liga game at home to Olhanense.

For point of reference here’s the details for both of the games:

Sporting XI vs. Malaga: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Oguchi Onyewu (Daniel Carriço 45′), Alberto Rodríguez, Evaldo Fabiano; André Santos; Yannick Djaló (Fabián Rinaudo 45′), Stijn Schaars (André Martins 58′), Diego Capel (Jeffrén Suárez 45′); Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Diego Rubio 58′, Scored 61′), Hélder Postiga (André Carrillo 45′)
Subs Not Used: Tiago Ferreira, Marcelo Boeck, Atila Turan, Ânderson Polga
(Goals for Málaga: Júlio Baptista 35′ & 76′, Ruud van Nistelrooy 42′)

Sporting XI vs. Udinese: Marcelo Boeck; Bruno Pereirinha, Daniel Carriço (Alberto Rodríguez 45′), Ânderson Polga, Atila Turan (Evaldo Fabiano 45′); Fabián Rinaudo, André Martins; Jeffrén Suárez (André Carrillo 76′), Stijn Schaars (André Santos 45′), Yannick Djaló (Diego Capel 45′); Hélder Postiga (Diego Rubio 45′, Scored 48′ & 90+3′)
Subs Not Used: Tiago Ferreira, Rui Patrício, Oguchi Onyewu, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, João Pereira
(Goals for Udinese: Almen Abdi 14′, Antonio Floro Flores 81′)
(Sent off for Udinese: Danilo Larangera)

Penalties:
SPORTING 9-10 UDINESE

André Martins Scored
Diego Rubio Scored
Diego Capel SAVED
André Carrillo Scored
André Santos Scored

Ânderson Polga Scored
Bruno Pereirinha Scored
Evaldo Fabiano Scored
Fabián Rinaudo Scored
Marcelo Boeck Scored
André Martins SAVED
Antonio Floro Flores Scored
Giampiero Pinzi Scored
Juan Surraco Scored
Neuton SAVED
Diego Fabbrini Scored

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu Scored
Dušan Basta Scored
Joel Ekstrand Scored
Giovanni Pasquale Scored
Samir Handanovič Scored
Antonio Floro Flores Scored