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Sporting CP G2 2017

Our 2nd Sporting CP game of the day provided plenty of entertainment for the watching fans, with both teams playing some great passing football and scoring some excellent goals. After being behind for most of the game the Home team fought back to draw level with minutes to go, however the Away team showed their competitive edge to grab a goal in the dying minutes and earn a narrow 3-4 win. Another fantastic Football Aid European adventure for all involved!

Date: Friday 26th May 2017
Venue: Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon
Sporting CP (Home) vs Sporting CP (Away)
Game 2: Kick Off: 15:00
Legends & Managers: Fernando Mendes, Ivo Silva & Edel

The sun was shining and conditions were perfect at the impressive José Alvalade stadium, home of Lisbon giants Sporting Clube de Portugal. The players had come from far and wide for the game and there was a mix of Portuguese, English, Irish, Italian and Slovakian accents in the tunnel as they prepared to walk up the stairs and onto the immaculate playing surface!

Both sides started the game well, passing the ball about comfortably and making use of the excellent pitch conditions.

The Away team included a group of Slovakian fans who knew each other’s games well and they made the most of their familiarity to create some early opportunities and they opened the scoring with just 10 mins on the clock after a fine finish from their No 9 Lubos Ondrus (0-1).

However the Home team were playing some good stuff themselves and the determination and awareness of their No 15 Moreno Menegatti allowed them to get back on level terms after 18 mins. Menegatti did well to close down Away keeper Pavol Holeczy and after dispossessing him he side footed the ball into the empty net (1-1).

The Away side responded well and after pressure from the opposition the Home No 2 Guglielmi Vito was very unfortunate to put the ball into his own net, giving the Away side the advantage again after 30 mins…(1-2).

The Away side then capitalised on that piece of luck by increasing their advantage 5 mins later, this time it was their No 11 Patrick Kajuch who scored the goal, sliding in to fire the ball past Home keeper Daniel Lloyd (1-3).

The Home side weren’t downhearted though and they came roaring back at the Away team right from the restart, No 20 Emilio Di Stasio burst into the box and after he was fouled in the area he stepped up and converted the penalty himself to reduce the deficit to one goal again on 38 mins (2-3).

Both sides continued to attack in the closing minutes of the half but the defences held firm and as the ref’s whistle went the Away side went into the break with the narrowest of advantages with the score 2-3.     

Half Time: Sporting CP (Home) 2 - 3 Sporting CP (Away)

Playing Legends Fernando Mendes and Ivo Silva spent the halftime break praising their players efforts, and encouraging them to do more of the same in the 2nd half and their troops responded well to their expert advice and both teams started the 2nd period as they finished the 1st, passing the ball accurately and using the wide open spaces of the Alvalade pitch to probe the opposition’s defence.
With the defences being well marshalled by centre halves Oddone and Frank for the Home team and Matlak and Holeczy for the Away team, chances were at a premium. In addition whenever goalkeepers Daniel Lloyd and Pavol Holeczy were called into action their handling and shot stopping skills were immaculate.  

That meant the game was extremely tight in the 2nd half and it took until the 84th min for the deadlock to be broken and it was the Home team who were celebrating the equalizer after another penalty. Powerful midfielder Campodonico Nicolo' was felled in the area and the skilful Italian No 10 stepped up and coolly sent Holeczy the wrong way from the spot to draw his side level (3-3).

However the Home team’s celebrations were cut short after a dramatic end to the game minutes later. The Away team broke up the other end of the pitch and after the ball rebounded off the head of a Home player, leaving him prone, the Away No 17 Jeremy Fullam was on the rebound in a flash and showed great composure to slide the ball home in off the far post and into the net to restore his side’s lead with time running out (3-4).  

It was a devastating blow for the Home team and despite their last ditch efforts they couldn’t draw level again, and the game was brought to an end with the Away team just edging a fantastic encounter 3-4. Both sets of players were cheered off the pitch at the end at the end of a tremendous game for all supporters of Sporting CP.

Once again we’d like to say a massive thanks again to Sporting Clube de Portugal, the club’s Foundacion and all the former players of the club who leant their expertise and support to our games.

Full Time: Sporting CP (Home) 3 - 4 Sporting CP (Away)

Man of the Match Home: Moreno Menegatti
Man of the Match Away: Rich Duffy
Moment of the Match: Daniel Lloyd

Home Team: Daniel Lloyd, Guglielmi Vito, Fernando Mendes, Francesco Oddone, Paolo Frank, Paulo Sergio (C), Kevin Watts, Massimiliano Gessaroli, Emilio Di Stasio, Campodonico Nicolo', Massimiliano Vulpani, Moreno Menegatti, Davide Gianelli Mascot: Martim Pereira

Away Team: Pavol Holeczy, Bruno Fernandes, Ivo Silva, Ivan Matlak, Jergus Holeczy, Rich Duffy, Mojmir Kollar, Francesco Turi (C), Lubos Ondrus, Patrik Kajuch, Massimiliano Gessaroli (H8), Jeremy Fullam

Match Report written by Simon Farnan


"Well I'm absolutely knackered. 90 mins 1st game then 75 mins 2nd game in the Portuguese heat. I've been lucky enough to play at some amazing stadiums but this one has been another level. Great experience playing with multiple nationalities. The ex pros have been class too. Proper lived the dream today."
Rich Duffy - G1 Home Team No.4 & G2 Away Team No.6

"It was fantastic to play in the stadium Alvalade. Next year I come back for sure."
Francesco Turi - G2 Away Team No.27

"It was spectacular to play in the stadium gave me club "Sporting Portugal". I hope that for the year to repeat the experience and that this time win."
Paulo Sergio - Home Team Captain & No.6