Çabout 24 hours after draw with Union St. gilloiseSporting repeated the same result, this Thursday, against Villarreal (1-1)in a game that marked the debut of Francisco Trincao with the Lions jersey.
After having presented an eleven full of youngsters and having promoted several debuts against the Belgian team, Rúben Amorim resorted to regular starters to draw the eleven against Villarreal.
Sporting reached the lead goal close to half-time, in a moment of inspiration from Pote, with a shot from outside the area having a level of success that previous opportunities had not had.
During the second half, the lions’ coach made some changes, with emphasis on the entry of Francisco Trincão in the 65th minute, just before Villarreal reached the equalizer, with a well-aimed shot by Álex Buena.
Many of Sporting’s reinforcements watched the game from the stand, some went to the game and there was still time for some young and old acquaintances to give the air of their grace, in what was the third draw for the lions in the seventh pre-season game.
Magnifying glass reinforcements
Launched roughly in the middle of the second half, Trincao arrived at the game in time to provoke a huge wave of applause at Estádio do Algarve, precisely when he entered the field. The player hired from Barcelona still had one or another moment of imbalance, but his entry in the last 25 minutes took place at a time when the lions had reduced their offensive productivity. The new 17 – Pablo Sarabia’s number last season – is now set to garner more applause.
The right-back entered the field at the same time as Trincao and, in the same way that he made a mistake at the defensive level, it can also be said that he tried to take risks in the offensive chapter. He ends up being linked to the move that gave the opponent’s tie, since he let Pedraza escape in the back of the right side of the defense. Offensively, he still got to the front with some mobility, but without the necessary success in leading Sporting to create more opportunities.
franc Israel and Diogo Travassos
They didn’t leave the bench.
Rochinha, Morita, Diogo Abreu and St. just
They did not integrate the game sheet and, therefore, watched the game from the bench.
There was still room for other players to stand out
Among the eleven players who started out, the name of José Marsà will be, possibly, the least familiar to the fans of Sporting, but it is certain that he proved to be up to playing in the center of defence. Although he started the game with a mistake that almost allowed the opponent’s goal, the Spanish defender was growing in the game and didn’t accuse any kind of pressure for playing in the place usually occupied by Coates. He didn’t hesitate to advance on the field with the ball, he added several high-level interceptions and Rúben Amorim was pleased with the 20-year-old’s display.
In the initial team also appeared the name of Bruno Tabata, which has been a strong bet by the coach of the greens and whites, especially in the pre-season, where he has already played four matches from start to finish. With some sprints on the left flank, the 25-year-old Brazilian injured the opposing defense at times and he also had two shots to go past Jorgensen’s goal.
Just more shots Bowl. The Portuguese international was in the spotlight and, after having tried his luck on two occasions, it would be the third time, with a goal from outside the area in the 40th minute to move the scoreboard. The same Pot still had an opportunity in the second half to extend the lead, in a second half of low offensive productivity by the lions.
Within the last 25 minutes of the match, youngsters like Dário Essugo, Rodrigo Ribeiro and Renato Veiga again deserved an opportunity from Amorim and, although the latter only played for about five minutes, the first two had more time to show themselves and played some interesting details in the handling of the ball.
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