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Matthaus’ Diary – End of January 2013
Sporting 3-0 Olhanense – TdL R3 – 8.1.2013
Sporting (4-6-0): Patricio, Rodriguez, Carrico, Xandao, Insua, Schaars, Izmailov, Elias, Jeffren, Adryan, Bruma
Subs Used: Rojo for Carrico (89)
Goals: Jeffren (17), Schaars (59), Xandao (67)
MOTM: Izmailov (Sporting)
Braga 1-3 Sporting – Liga ZON SAGRES – 11.1.2013
Sporting (4-6-0): Patricio, Rodriguez, Carrico, Boulahrouz, Insua, Schaars, Izmailov, Insua, Carrillo, van Wolfswinkel, Capel
Subs Used: Pranjic for van Wolfswinkel (HT)
Goals: Michel (40); Boulahrouz (42), Izmailov (pen 64), Elias (87)
MOTM: Elias (Sporting)
Andre Martins has joined Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia for £300k. Some of the fee will go to a third party. I haven’t really got anything against him, just needed some more money to spend on transfers for the rest of the window.
Sporting 4-0 Infesta – TdP QF – 17.1.2013
Sporting (4-6-0): Patricio, Rodriguez, Carrico, Boulahrouz, Insua, Schaars, Pranjic, Elias, Bruma, Adryan, Jeffren
Subs Used: Capel for Jeffren (55)
Injuries: Jeffren (facial injury, 5-7 days)
Goals: Pranjic (18), Adryan (19, 45), Elias (22)
MOTM: Adryan (Sporting)
Gil Vicente 0-2 Sporting – Liga ZON Sagres – 20.1.2013
Sporting (4-6-0): Patricio, Rodriguez, Boulahrouz, Carrico, Rojo, Adrien,Pranjic, Schaars, Carrillo, Adryan, Capel
Goals: Pranjic (pen 3), Schaars (11)
MOTM: Rojo (Sporting)
Denis Suarez has joined Spanish side Guadalajara on loan until the end of the season. This will help with his development as he will be getting first-team football, and also be back in his native country. Guadalajara are lying 15th in Liga Adelante, and this somehow impressed him and persuaded him to join.
Betinho has also joined Portimonense on loan until the end of the season.
Taça da Portugal Semi-Final DrawWe will play our fierce rivals Benfica in the two-legged semi-final of the Portuguese Cup. We stand a good chance of going through, and we should then win the cup against Rio Ave or Academica in the final, which are the other two teams.
The first leg will be played on the 29th January at our stadium, then the second leg will be played away on the 16th April.
Estoril 0-3 Sporting – Liga ZON Sagres – 26.1.2013
Sporting (4-6-0): Patricio, Rodriguez, Boulahrouz, Carrico, Rojo, Elias, Pranjic, Schaars, Carrillo, Adryan, Capel
Goals: Carrico (26), Capel (33), Adryan (38)
MOTM: Carrico (Sporting)
Sporting 3-2 Benfica – TdP SF 1st Leg – 29.1.2013
Sporting (4-6-0): Patricio, Rodriguez, Boulahrouz, Carrico, Insua, Elias, Pranjic, Adrien, Carrillo, Adryan, Capel
Subs Used: Soares for Rodriguez (82), Schaars for Pranjic (82), Izmailov for Schaars (90)
Injuries: Schaars (gashed leg, 8-10 days)
Goals: Capel (39), Artur OG (45+2), Pranjic (pen 65); Cardozo (15), Luisao (62)
MOTM: Capel (Sporting)
Monthly ReviewYet another brilliant month, winning all our games again, beating Benfica and Porto in the process. We went further clear in the race for the title, and gained an advantage in the Portuguese Cup semi-final. We also wrapped up some good transfers, although we are currently £10k over our budget. We will look to solve this by selling Jeffren, who is on £26k p/w, yet barely plays.
We currently lie ten points clear at the top, although Porto still have a game in hand on us.