Leading adrift lions lose in Azores – Football

If 2021 was the year of the lion, 2022 doesn’t start at all well. Without commander Rúben, Sporting lost its way on the trip to the Azores and suffered its first defeat of the season in internal competitions, even after having been twice ahead. Merit for Santa Clara and profit for FC Porto, which this Saturday could be isolated at the top of the League.

And if we’re talking about bad starts, the truth is that Sporting got in on the right foot, as tradition dictates. From Straw, in this case. Still far from goal, the midfielder fired a rocket that ended up in celebration. The ball entered Marco’s goal post and after 10′ it was 0-1.

But the goal didn’t add up to the match, quite the opposite. The Santa Clara rose and immediately implied that the island would not be a ride for lions. Jean Patric, on 27′, burst through the opposing area at great speed and missed the target by centimeters.

The threat became real three minutes later, by the same Jean Patric. Sagna cross and the Brazilian headed freely for the tie, facing the passivity of Ricardo Esgaio, watching in the front row.

At half-time, despite being sidelined by Covid-19, Rúben will have pulled the athletes’ ears from a distance and, once again, the entry into the field was with the right foot, now from Pablo Sarabia, who is even left-handed. Perfect pass by Pot and the Spaniard’s first shot for 1-2.

New year, new mistakes. Sporting is usually able to manage advantages, but this lasted even less: in the next move, Lincoln, the figure of the game, broke the dishes again and left-footed shots for a two-goal draw.

The game was… broken and it benefited Santa Clara. Ricardo Esgaio loses the ball in an unbelievable blunder and opens a highway for Lincoln, who later serves Ricardinho. Perfect shot for the end result. In desperation, Coates failed to be the emergency room, Paulinho missed the target and Bragança was sent off, stepping on an opponent. Leo opens the year with a negative test and it is the dragon that can be isolated.

+Lincoln changed history
Excellent performance by Santa Clara, whose coach continues with the status of interim. The Azoreans were twice at a disadvantage, but they changed history, with Lincoln in particular standing out.

-Ricardo… Ricardinho
Horrible day of Ricardo Esgaio. Caught sleeping in the first at Santa Clara, he is also involved in the second and is the main culprit in the third. Ricardo’s mistake gave the winning goal… to Ricardinho.

resolute expulsion
Benefit from the doubt in a confused bid in which the Azoreans claim penalty, for lack of Matheus Nunes. The expulsion of Daniel Bragança was decided, with the intervention of the VAR.

game moments
Mansur cuts the ball to Sarabia, but the same remains for João Palhinha. Still far from the goal, the midfielder fires a sling that goes into Marco Pereira’s goal post.

Pierre Sagna, with space on the right side of the attack, has time for everything before crossing the far post. Jean Patric took advantage of Esgaio to fall asleep and headed for 1-1.

Ricardo Esgaio kicks the atmosphere and leaves the ball with Lincoln, who drives with class until he serves Ricardinho. The striker’s shot still hits the bar before entering. 3-2.

“Amorim’s absence is no excuse”

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t win. We tried until the end to score goals. The team struggled, but it wasn’t our day. It’s not this defeat that will take our focus. The road is long and we knew this would happen one day. Amorim’s is no excuse,” said Palhinha.

Spanish tear does not reach the champion
Adam – A quiet defense just to open. No work and no blame for goals.
Grandchild –
Disfocused and almost always surpassed by Jean Patric. He shares with Esgaio the failure to score in the tie. Weak.
Coates –
Some unusual positional lapses. Afterwards, not even as a forward was worth to Sporting.
Matheus Reis –
He found it very difficult to stop Cryzan, who always fell to his side.
Esgaio –
Watching Jean Patric score 1-1. Badly in the 3-2 move. All in all: a real disaster.
Nuno Santos –
Difficulties in curbing Cryzan’s strength. A few crosses in the attack and little else.
Straw –
Unlocked the result after just 10 minutes in a withering shot. He appeared several times in a shooting position. One of the best.
Matheus Nunes –
He rehearsed some of the usual sprints. Very little.
Pedro Gonçalves –
Two front trims. A perfect assist for Sarabia and another that almost gave away a goal.
Paulinho –
Incredible lost at the end sums up the display.
Sarabia – If in the first half it was off, after the break it changed completely. A goal worth 1-2. Then he came close to scoring again. Top quality, but insufficient.
Tabata –
A few crossings and little else.
Daniel Bragança –
He entered and was expelled.

Castellanos on the Alvalade route
Valentín Castellanos is being considered to strengthen Sporting. THE CM you know there have been discussions about the 23-year-old Argentinian, who has scored 22 goals in 35 games for New York City FC this season.

On the table is a loan for two or three seasons, with a purchase option of 12 million dollars (just over 10.6 million euros at this Friday’s exchange rate). Within the scope of the deal, Man. City, the main club under the aegis of the group that owns the American team, will have the option to purchase an (average) player from the lions.

Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.

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