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Conquest of the Intercontinental is the goal of FC Porto and Sportinga – coaches Hockey em Patins

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Conquest of the Intercontinental is the goal of FC Porto and Sportinga - coaches Hockey em Patins

Sporting CP and Porto will meet on Friday at the Dragão Arena in the first leg of the Intercontinental Ice Hockey Cup, and both coaches have declared their commitment to winning the first trophy of the season.

The decisive game will take place on Sunday at the João Rocha Pavilion in Lisbon, and neither Sporting coach Paulo Freitas nor Porto player Ricardo Ares offer any scenario other than triumph.

The owner of this trophy becomes the club world champion, a title that has not yet been won by any of these emblems.

At the press conference, Paulo Freitas said that he was aware of the difficulties that the “dragons” would pose for his team, and stressed that it was necessary to present “the best Sporting” in order to defeat the opponent.

“It is clear that the Sporting team is ready for this competition knowing the challenges ahead. FC Porto is a great team, very well oriented, and this will cause us a lot of difficulties, just as we will create difficulties for FC Porto, ”said the coach of the Leonian formation.

The only certainty for Paulo Freitas is that it will be two “good hockey points” and that only “the best Sporting CP will be able to defeat FC Porto”.

FC Porto head coach Ricardo Ares believes that the matches “will be decided in detail” taking into account the balance and quality of the two teams.

“This is a two-way competition, with 100 minutes of play on both tracks, so you will decide on the details. Both teams know each other very well, but at the moment FC Porto has maximum ambitions and is very eager to win, ”said the coach of the blue and white.

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Ricardo Ares knows what to expect from the “lions” and emphasizes the need to give all the best “every second”.

“They will try to surprise us, and we will try to surprise them, so these will be two games in which it is very important to be able to manage and make decisions. The competition will be determined in Lisbon, but every minute can be vital to anyone. victories, for this you need to live every second of this final, as if it were the last, ”he concluded.

FC Porto captain Reinaldo Garcia stressed the importance of the first game at home.

“The audience always helps us, constantly pushes us, and it is very important for us that they are in the stands to support them. I know they will be strong in Dragão Arena and of course we have all that support. Play first – at home it is very important to have this support. It remains for us to work on the track, ”he stressed.

Sporting goalkeeper Angelo Girao emphasized the balance of the two teams, but remembered the lion’s desire to win the trophy.

“We are the teams that have discussed almost all titles in recent years. There is a lot of mutual knowledge, as well as the qualities of each player, but not the tactical aspects, the moment and the form of the players in Now we want to win this trophy and take it to Alvalada, ”said the keeper.

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BALL – Porto and Sporting victories (roller hockey)

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FC Porto and Sporting CP struggled to overcome their respective fourth-round visitors Placard, Oliveirense and HC Braga, losing 5-4 and 5-1 respectively.

The national champion signed a quick comeback for the fans present at the Dragão Arena, with four goals in nine minutes and a hat-trick by Carlo di Benedetto, who set the score with seven seconds left (44, 48 and 50 m).

Despite winning the match between title contenders via Telmo Pinto (16m), Porto could not avoid an immediate response from Oliveirense Thomas Pereira (16m and 40m) and Lucas Martínez (17m), who scored twice in the second part. . The Argentine striker’s second goal, converted from a direct free kick (36m), resulted in a blue card for Roque Pujadas, who was actively opposed by FC Porto, but criticism of the refereeing by Ruy Torres and Fernando Vasconcelos spread to Oliveirense.

Gonçalo Alves’ penalty goal (41m) was the game’s turning point as Porto gained momentum.

At the same time, in Pavilhão João Rocha, Sporting could not finish due to the organization of the defense of HC Braga and the play of goalkeeper Nelson Filipe. In addition, Pedro Mendez took advantage of not scoring a goal to give Minho the lead (34m).

The equalizing goal belonged to João Almeida, whose move to Sporting caused controversy with HC Braga he represented, followed by Gonzalo Romero (44m), Ferran Font (45m and 50m) and João Souto (49m).

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BALL – Lost from St. Gilloise on Saturday and leaves a warning to SC Braga (Europa League)

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Club Brugge’s win at the Estadio do Dragao left the football world open-mouthed and still echoes in Belgium, but Saint-Gilloise’s visit to Braga won’t have such a devastating impact, João Gamboa is convinced.

“I think Dragao’s 0-4 won’t happen again, but Saint-Gilloise are a great team and Braga might have difficulty imposing their game,” warns the midfielder, who switched from Estoril to “Leven”. .

Gamboa is well aware of the value of the warriors of the European enemy. Not so much because of the natural knowledge of Belgian football, which he acquired in three months, but because of fresh memories: Leuven met Saint-Gilloise on Saturday and lost at home 0-3.

“Saint-Gilloise is not at the level of Brugge, but they are a team with a very good organization and quite dangerous in counterattacks,” signals the midfielder, who highly appreciates the opposing Warriors’ team. an “intellectual” form of how he plans his game, as well as an indication of some personality that can make a difference.

“Center Burgess is very strong and he makes a difference in set pieces; and Boniface [avançado] It has great quality. In the game with Leuven, he almost did not score a goal from the center of the field, ”he is recovering.

Despite Saint-Gilloise’s ability to make a name for themselves, Gamboa believes the Warriors have a reason to win tomorrow’s game: “Braga is stronger and has European experience that could be decisive against the Belgians.”

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BALL – Ruben Amorim talks about the delay and accuses Marseille of being “immodest” (Sporting)

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Ruben Amorim’s statements after the 1-4 defeat in Marseille.

Delayed arrival at the stadium: “As for the delay, it was due to traffic jams. A meeting is held between members of the two clubs and UEFA where they explain how many minutes it takes to leave the hotel and reach the stadium. This is a learned thing. We were late because we were completely stuck in traffic. It’s not our fault, we sent the team in 45 minutes, warmed up, connected the feet, did a massage and mental activation, I don’t want anyone from Sporting to complain about this. But the tone of the people of Marseille, as if it were our fault… They lacked a bit of humility, and I hope it doesn’t happen to them. And when they talk to us as if we are to blame, it is confusing …. And people at UEFA have to be so sensitive, because we always talk about business, about how the Super League was just business, and at the moment it’s all the same. What we did was protect the players, connect the legs, massage, warm up. We were the ones who got hurt because we didn’t have time. I know it annoys Marseille because they don’t know when to come out for a warm-up, but it’s not our fault and we’re sorry for our delay. We want to follow all the rules. It’s not our fault, we did everything according to the rules.”

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