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Sporting CP 2016

The magnificent 5 star rated Estádio José Alvalade, which has been the host of UEFA Cup finals and Euro 2004 games in recent years, was the perfect setting for a close-fought game between our two Sporting Clube de Portugal teams on the evening of Sat 14th May. The Away team narrowly won an end-to-end game 4-5 under the floodlights, however both sets of Lions fans could be immensely proud of their efforts.


Date: Saturday 14th May 2016
Venue: Estádio José Alvalade
Sporting CP (Home) vs Sporting CP (Away)
Kick Off: 20:30 pm


It was a thrill for the Football Aid team to be back in Lisbon for only our 2nd ever game with Portuguese giants Sporting CP. Our players had travelled from all over Portugal, the UK and Italy to be there and they were thrilled to be gracing the hallowed turf as well.

With the sun setting, and the weather cooling down nicely the game kicked off in perfect conditions under the floodlights and the players wasted no time in trying to make a name for themselves, with chances at both ends coming in the frantic opening minutes of the contest.

The Home side broke the deadlock in the 25th min when a great left footed finish from the boot of No 9 Alessandro Dell’Orto evaded the goalkeeper’s dive (1-0).

The Away side responded well to their setback though and pushed hard to find the equaliser and their persistence paid off in the 40th min when Away No 9 Diogo Correia showed great skill to fire the ball into the goal at the back post (1-1).

Four mins later, the lively Away No 9 Diogo Correia doubled his team’s lead just before half-time with another clinical striker’s finish (1-2).

The players were putting on a great display for the spectators under the floodlights and going into the interval the Away team were just edging the game by the odd goal in three.


Half Time: Sporting CP (Home) 1 - 2 Sporting CP (Away)

We didn’t have to wait long for the goals to arrive in the 2nd half, the Away team scoring their 3rd goal of the evening courtesy of goal machine Diogo Correia who struck home to get his hat-trick in the 50th min (1-3).

However, it didn’t take long for the Home team to get themselves back into the game, and No 10 Sam Denne scored at the back post in the 53rd min to make the score (2-3).


Despite the Home team’s comeback, the Away team were next to score. No 6 Emanuele Tamburrini capitalised on a Home team mistake in the 55th min to score easily (2-4).

The fine play continued from both teams and the hard fought contest looked as though it could have gone either way until the elegant Away No 7 Daniele Dussoni scored an audacious chip with the outside of his foot on 75mins to extended his side’s lead to (2-5).

Fighting until the final whistle, the Home team weren’t out of the game just yet. No 17 Miguel Soares headed home from close range in the 85th min to bring his side back within 2 goals (3-5) and the same player doubled his tally in the 87th min and brought the battling Home side to within one goal of the Away team (4-5).

However despite the 2 late goals from the Home team, the Away had enough reserves of energy to hold on for the victory, ending up 4-5 victors in a brilliant, close-fought game. Thanks to all the players and spectators involved on the night and also thanks to Sporting Clube de Portugal for allowing the opportunity for the players to use the facilities at the eye-catching Estádio José Alvalade.

Full Time: Sporting CP (Home) 4 - 5 Sporting CP (Away)

Man of the Match Home: Vladimiro Lovadina
Man of the Match Away: Diogo Correia
Moment of the Match: Daniele Dussoni


Home Team: Vladimiro Lovadina, João Gomes, Pedro Prata, José Quintela, Pedro Martins, Hugo Casimiro (C), Nuno Costa, Alessandro Dell’Orto, Sam Denne, Robert Green, Emanuele Tamburrini, André Pereira, Joan Tell, Miguel Soares
Home Mascots: Santiago Casimiro & João Costa

Away Team: Alberto Marchese, Bruno Silva, Duarte Costa, Massimo Garaventa, Emanuele Tamburrini, Daniele Dussoni, Hermani Estevão, Diogo Correia, Matteo Bennati, Mike Burke, Robert Fullam, Francisco Mathias, Diogo Brehm (C).

Match Report written by Matt Annis.