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BALL – Sporting win with a turnaround and eliminate the crisis (League)

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BALL - Sporting win with a turnaround and eliminate the crisis (League)

The end of a run of two defeats in a row after relegation in the Portuguese Cup, at the feet of Varzim (Ligue 3), in Barcelos and 0: 2 suffered at home against Marseille in the Champions League, where Sporting defeated Casa Pia. 3-1, removing the crisis scenario, winning 8th victory in 15 official games this season. But it was far from an easy game for the second-place Portuguese.

Pedro Gonçalves forced Ricardo Batista, the former Lions goaltender, to prove himself on the 7th foot, showing good signs of sporting reaction, but soon after, Lucas Soares (16th) still drew Adana’s left post, showing that Casa Pia had come to Alvalade is not just to play on the bus.

A “show” of lion losses followed as Trincao (18ft) was in a great position to open the scoring by shooting into the clouds, and then Pedro Gonçalves (33ft) and Morita (40ft) met the opponent with a great category. , from among the “geese”. However, since those who don’t score run the risk of getting hurt (an old and wise proverb popular in football), it was Casa Pia, in a fast move, who opened the scoring thanks to Clayton (43′) set off by Godwin.

In the second half, the lion was strong – Pedro Gonçalves (49′) hit the right post, and Trincao (52′) hit the ball into the same iron post – Casa Pia looked graceful, Godwin (55′)), forcing Adan to prove himself, and soon after that, the newly arrived Paulinho (54 ft) made a 1-1 rebound with a headbutt from the avant-garde after a great save by Ricardo Batista from the “bomb” Porro. Almost on the next move (59′) Porro made a long cross to Nuno Santos, who, without letting the ball fall to the ground, struck 2:1.

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Casa Pia quickly suffered two strong blows, the accused and a lot, a double blow, no longer outlined the ability to react, and Sporting had to score again and set the “score” 3: 1, Pedro Gonçalves, from the penalty spot, after a great individual move by Marcus Edwards, stopped only by the force of Eteka’s foul.

With this triumph, Rubén Amorim’s team moved from 6th to 4th place, overtaking Casa Pia in the standings with 19 points, three less than SC Braga and FC Porto and nine less than leaders Benfica . However, Boavista (16 points), who play this Sunday at the home of rivals Vitória de Guimarães, can still equal the Lions if they manage to leave the D. Afonso Henriques Stadium with three points.

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″I couldn’t leave without winning this award″

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″I couldn't leave without winning this award″

Statements from Otavio, the player of FC Porto, who this Monday received the Golden Dragon as Footballer of the Year.

Speech: “I thought and I didn’t say anything that I thought. It happened by itself, I’m very happy, I was looking for [o prémio] a lot of time. I saw others, I couldn’t leave without winning this prize. Thank God I won and now it’s time to make the most of it.”

Did you tell the President that you want the Golden Dragon? “I never commented, asking for an award was not my style, it was deserved, I was very happy, many could have won. I am very happy”.

Feeling: “This is something to be proud of, this is the best person in the club, everyone wants to win, this will go down in history. It will be kept under lock and key in the museum that I have. It will get worse.” , nothing will come of it, it will be well stored.

Gala: “It’s always great, because of covid-19, the gala concert has not been held for many years. It is always special, everyone wants to be part of the gala concert. Being a dragonado, he is even more special. We did a good job and this is proof.”

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″Most competitive costume required, Pepe’s costume″

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Statements by Sergio Conceiçao after receiving the Golden Coach of the Year award at the Golden Dragons Gala

Golden Dragon cost: “I represent many people in this Golden Dragon. The first time I went to Olival with the president in 2017, he named the four essential pillars of FC Porto: rigor, competence, ambition and passion. Looking at it and being with it every day. My players, who don’t usually wear a formal suit as they do today, but the most competitive suit that is required, which is Pepe’s suit, give me great joy when I get up and go to work.”

Technical team and others: “With a super competent technical team, a health department, where there is not only Dr. Nelson Puga and therapists, but also an optometrist, pedologist, a number of people who work daily so that the players do not miss anything. and so that year after year they can get better and win, which is what we want.”

Techniques: “Victory. Not forgetting the people in the kitchen, in the restaurant, the people involved in analysis and observation, the equipment technicians, because today everyone is a technician… [risos]🇧🇷 Lawn techniques too, because I am very picky about the height of the lawn. I think that every detail is important and matters. Finally, a number of people who contribute to making this possible. This is not mine, this belongs to the people of Olival, who are always led by our great, my friend and godfather, the president.”

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A family: “Finally, to paraphrase our Gonzalinho [Borges], I want to dedicate it completely to my family, which is not easy, and parents, as always. Not being among us, they will certainly be very proud, not least because they have received two more extremely important people in the life of the club and that together they are up there watching us so that FC Porto becomes bigger , was getting better. , become stronger and win. And let’s keep it up. Is always. Because we deserve it. We are also honest, serious, dedicated and competent workers.”

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BALL – Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

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BALL - Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

Portuguese football has reason to rejoice as two more world champions will enter the national stages, the first to win the title as part of the Portuguese team, the only ones on the field yesterday, in Qatar, among 35 players who play in one of the top five leagues in the world, so called big 5.

Enzo Fernandez, 21-year-old midfielder, and Nicolás Otamendi, 34-year-old central defender, played 120 minutes for Argentina. would advance to the Argentine penalty as Montiel quickly put an end to doubts – and represented not only Benfica in the list of clubs of great prestige, but also a league of lesser expression, such as the Portuguese, the only one of the less media and powerful ones that had players in the final.

Neither in the starting lineup (see tables), nor in the 13 options used by the coaches – Montiel (Sevilla), Pezzella (Betis), Acuña (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Lautaro Martinez ( Inter) and Dybala (Roma) entered Argentina, from the French side they were also called Disasi (Monaco), Conate (Liverpool), Fofana (Monaco), Camavinga (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bavaria), Muani (Eintracht) and Thuram (Borussia). M’gladbach) – if they found other players who didn’t play in the leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France or Germany, that’s a clear sign of where the money and power come from to attract great players.
Some, like Enzo and Otamendi, are just over the top.ig 5 – if the midfielder was already in vogue among the richest in Europe, followed by Liverpool and Real Madrid, among others, now that he has won the World Cup and the best young player trophy in the competition … – but they shine enough to guarantee yourself a place in the best team in the world.

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