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Oriental Lisbon - One Step Closer

The journey of minnows Oriental Lisbon.
Started on 3 May 2014 by Walter
Latest Reply on 17 November 2014 by Feliks
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Is he future captain material?
2014-07-29 18:11#187010 Griffo : Is he future captain material?

His leadership attribute isn't the highest, no, but his other attributes are crazily good. His PA (I can't tell for sure as I don't use Genie Scout) has to be north of 160-170 though, so I want him to develop here.

Liparoti Saves Oriental

Sergio Liparoti's late equaliser keeps Oriental in their tie with Genoa

Argentine striker Sergio Liparoti was the hero for the home side after his two strikes, including an 82nd minute equaliser, kept Oriental's Europa League dream alive and they will now have to get a good result in Italy to progress to the group stages.

A full house of 8,500 people packed in to the Estádio Eng. Carlos Salema to see Vitor Martins' side pursue their continental football dream and things started lively. Genoa had the fair share of chances but Oriental pushed forward on the counter attack on several occasions.

Sergio Liparoti sent the crowd into raptures after thirty minutes when he finished off a swift break. Pedro Monteiro had cut inside the ball to China who fed the Argentine in on goal and he duly converted.

The roof was lifted, but this only put more pressure on Genoa to attack more fiercely. They sent numbers forward and Gianpiero Gasperini's side got the better of the chances. Just before half time Samuele Longo managed to silence the home crowd and send the teams in to half time back where they started.

Genoa players celebrate with the small legion of away fans

After the break the play was more evenly distributed. While Genoa's four man midfield dominated the player, Oriental's defensive structure was tough to break down, and they threatened on the counter.

Genoa finally regained the lead midway through the second half through Longo's second goal of the game, a placed header into the top corner. Now the stadium was completely silent.

This signalled for Martins to push his side higher up, to try and create more chances. With only seven minutes left Sergio Liparoti was sent through and his finish high into the roof of the net meant every home fan in the stadium could breath a big, big sigh of relief.

Vitor Martins: We played with incredible fight out there and we've got a pleasing result which means we can progress if we play our cards correctly in the second leg. We've got to work extremely hard, but the rewards are in sight for the players - they want it as much as the fans and I do.

Gianpiero Gasperini: It was disappointing not to hold onto the lead we had but we got two away goals - a huge plus. Now it's all about performing in front of our own fans, something which we're used to and we know we can't let them down.
Liparoti <3
Awesome work from Liparoti! :-)
Liparoti is a boss! <3
Justice, Josh & pompey Thanks guys, he's really performing above all expectations!
Fantastic result, now seal it up in the away leg!! :D

Oriental Stun Genoa To Complete European Dream

The Stadio Luigi Ferraris was shocked by a rampant Oriental side

Oriental Lisbon have shocked CFC Genoa by three goals to one in the second leg of their Europa League playoff, meaning the Portuguese minnows will enter the competition for the first time in their history.

After a goalless first half the game sprung to life and iconic forward Sergio Liparoti pounced on an error by the Genoa defence to race in on goal and slot the ball home in front of the away fans. Only a matter of minutes later, Frederico Venâncio headed home a corner to all but put the tie beyond doubt with fifteen minutes remaining.

Or so they thought - as Genoa struck back minutes later to put the aggregate score to 4-3 with thirteen minutes on the clock. But Martins' side refused to back down and continued to play the same style that had put them two goals up.

They were rewarded deep into stoppage time when China dribbled into the area and was carelessly fouled, meaning the tie could all but truly be finished off. Caetano showed nerves of steel to slot home his spot kick in front of his own fans.

Oriental fans heaped praise among the team and manager, stating that getting to this stage of the tournament was beyond their wildest dreams. "Never ever did I think this would ever happen," exclaimed fan Jorge Fernandes. "I have to send my thanks and appreciation to the men on the pitch and touchline, they're worked miracles!"

Genoa fans, meanwhile, were left stunned by their teams shock exit, with many supporters believing they should have put the tie to bed before Oriental struck. "We were sluggish at the start," commented fan Luca Zucchetti. "It was like the team was asleep for the first hour, Oriental's goals woke them up."

The financial rewards that Oriental will gain are music to the board's ears and the chairman André Silva and his directors have expressed their delight at the surprising victory. Silva said that just competing in the group stage would help, advancing any further could change the club forever.

Vitor Martins: "I will be completely honest and say I did not expect to win nor to win in such a fashion. Three goals away is incredible and the credit must go to the players who showed undying determination to get this victory today. They will now reap the rewards and so will the club because the financial benefits of making the group stage are amazing."

Gianpiero Gasperini: "I think we were beaten by the better side on the day. I'm disappointed by our play but some of the credit must go to Oriental and Vitor [Martins] as they proved they are no pushovers. If they get a kind draw they could possibly go far.

Nuff said
2014-07-30 11:18#187224 fzemdegs :

Nuff said
Looool hahaha :D
Great job Walt!
Well done lad! Win it...
Pretty amazing result, following in the Red Star footsteps :P
Also, Feliks' dishwasher is more important than your story. :P

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