Sporting v Porto - Liga ZON SAGRES - 5.1.2013
This is it. The biggest game of both these team's seasons so far. First versus second, and only two points between them. Sporting could move five clear with a win today, whereas if Porto win, they could go top by a point. You can feel the tension building up here in Lisbon as we near kick-off.
Sporting will have encouragement that they have finally found some consistent performances using a 4-6-0 False No. 9 tactic, although we could see them switch to something which involves a striker so they can play van Wolfswinkel, their top scorer and star striker.
Here are the lineups for both teams:
Sporting (4-6-0): Patricio, Rodriguez, Xandao, Rojo, Insua, Carrico, Elias, Pranjic, Izmailov, Adryan, Capel
Porto (4-1-2-2-1): Helton, Danilo, Maicon, Otamendi, Sandro, Fernando, Moutinho, Maniatis, Varela, Groskreutz, Martinez
Sporting are sticking with their 4-6-0 tactic which has worked well so far, whereas Porto have 16-goal Martinez up front. This should be an interesting one.
Commentary from Martin Tyler
1 min: Sporting kick off this top of the table clash.
HT: A dull first half here in Lisbon, hopefully it'll improve in the second. Sporting make two changes, bringing Carrillo on for Izmailov and Soares on for Capel.
50 min: Rodriguez intercepts Sandro's pass and plays it over the line for Carrillo, who plays it back to him. Carrillo gets it back and runs at the Porto defence. He cuts inside... he's on the edge of the box... CARRILLO!!! He smacks the ball past Helton, and Sporting have the lead! As it stands Sporting are going five clear!
66 min: Adryan has the free kick 45 yards out... he whips it in for XANDAO!!! Xandao was lurking at the back post, and outjumped the Porto defender to double Sporting's lead! How can Porto recover now?
70 min: Moutinho takes the corner for Porto, but it's headed away to Varela 30 yards out. He plays it back out wide for Moutinho. He plays the ball in low and finds Marinez... he lays it off for GROSKREUTZ!!! Porto back in it with 20 minutes to go thanks to a neat Groskreutz finish! Can Sporting hang on?
FT: The ref blows the whistle on an exciting second half, and Sporting move 5 clear!
Manager's Press Interview
Obviously every win we get is fantastic, and we've managed to win every game so far this season, but to win such an important game, and such a good game to is brilliant. We fully deserved the three points today, and Xandao fully deserved his man of the match award. Carrillo is really starting to impress me as well, and the new tactic is working really well. Now we're five points clear, we just have that bit of breathing space, and I think we can make the league our own now.