Round 4: FC Porto vs Vitória FC

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  1. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Futebol Clube do Porto vs Vitória FC
    Round 4--Liga Zon Sagres
    Friday, September 8, 2011
    Estádio do Dragão
    20:15


    So a chance to extend our perfect league record before the first CL game next week. Hulk did some light training today and may well start, but the only surprise is Varela being left out in favor of Djalma. Otamendi, Guarin and Sapunaru also miss out due to their recent return from international duty. So hopefully we get another 3 points to keep the momentum going!

    Squad called:

    GK: Helton, Bracalli

    DF: Fucile, Maicon, Rolando, Mangala, Alvaro

    MF: Fernando, Moutinho, Belluschi, Defour, Souza

    FW: Djalma, Hulk, Kleber, Walter, J.Rodriguez, C.Rodriguez

    Injured: Alex Sandro, Rafa
    Not Called: Iturbe, Varela, Kadu, Guarin, Otamendi, Sapunaru


    Possible lineup:

    Helton
    Fucile-Rolando-Maicon-Alvaro
    Fernando
    Belluschi-Moutinho
    Hulk-Kleber-James
     
  2. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    I would like to see Mangala start instead of Maicon but doubt it will happen.

    What a hectic schedule for us, 3 games in 7 days :eek:

    Hoping James can follow up on his Tuesday performance. Odd that Varela wasn't included; I was hoping he & James could start on the wings to give Hulk a break ahead of our CL game next week; looks like Hulk will be asked to play through the slight injury tomorrow and Tuesday :eek:

    Unless VP shocks us and starts James & Djalma.

    Hoping for another 3 points and escaping injury free ahead of Tuesday's massive game!
     
  3. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Interesting to see Varela left out. Last year at this time he was a guaranteed starter, but I don't know if he's every fully recovered from his injuries. Still seems like he lacks confidence, and we'll see if he can regain his place at some point.

    I'd be really surprised to see Djalma start, by the way. If Hulk can't go, O Jogo predicts that VP will play Cristian Rodriguez on the left, with James on the right. We'll see!
     
  4. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    I thought C. Rodriguez wasn't registered for the league?
     
  5. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You know what, I totally messed up on that one. :eek:
     
  6. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Haha it's cool. But O Jogo reported that? Seems like they made a mistake as well.

    someone with your quality of post can make a mistake here or there :D
     
  7. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I actually can't remember where I heard that he wasn't registered, but I should have examined the source more carefully.

    BTW Shakhtar won tonight 5-1 against some Ukranian club, Porto needs to do the same to send a message ahead of the CL game next week! :D
     
  8. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And the starting XI has been announced:

    Captain Helton
    Fucile-Rolando-Maicon-Alvaro
    Souza
    Belluschi-Defour
    James-Kleber-C. Rodriguez​



    --So Defour for Moutinho is the big surprise, but I understand VP giving one of his stars a rest. Up front I'm sure the Rodriguez boys will switch flanks (Cebolla might even start on the right). And hopefully Hulk is available on the bench if needed, but I haven't seen the substitutes list.
     
  9. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    OK here's the bench:

    Walter, Hulk, Varela, Moutinho, Fernando, Mangala and Bracalli.


    BTW, huge opportunities for Cebolla and Defour tonight, hopefully they play well.
     
  10. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Fernando, Moutinho & Hulk all getting a rest ahead of Tuesday's CL game. Souza is a luxury to have now for these league games as we thought he'd be a starter all year anyways.

    We should still be able to win and and get guys like Hulk, Moutinho, Varela, Guarin, Otamendi & Fernando well rested for Tuesday.
     
  11. BatatasFritas

    BatatasFritas Member+

    Nov 29, 2004
    Toronto
    Club:
    FC Porto
  12. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Setubal being saved by the 2nd goalkeeper right now. First a Souza header goes off the post and then a Rolando header off the crossbar just seconds apart!
     
  13. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Wow and another crossbar! James puts in a beautiful lob pass into the box over a defender's head.. Kleber gets to the bouncing ball and volleys it off the bar! A very nice finish attempt by Kleber.

    2 crossbars and 1 post
     
  14. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Is James playing on the left or right, guys?

    Good to hear that we're pressuring and looking for the goal.
     
  15. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    To me, it looks like he's moving around a lot..Right now he's on the left
     
  16. vaiamerda

    vaiamerda Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    Moutinho is coming in:)
     
  17. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    0-0 HT

    Surely we should be ahead (2 crossbars & 1 post) but we haven't been our usual fluent selves. We've dominated possession and had some great chances but it feels like something is missing. But still, we've been the much better team no doubt and we should ahead.

    Wonder if we may see some immediate subs in the second half. I didn't see who, but two players were warming up on the sidelines as the half expired.
     
  18. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Right now? :confused: Injury or tactical decision?

    Edit: Didn't think it was HT yet, lol.
     
  19. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Moutinho on for Souza right at half. Wow, take out the DM and go more offensive. VP is not interested in dropping points here!
     
  20. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Looks like Moutinho scored when I lost my stream momentarily.. I don't know how :mad:

    1-0 57'
     
  21. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Nor should he be, I'd hate to drop points tonight.
     
  22. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Still 1-0, ******** I hate not being able to watch these week-day matches!

    Hope we hold on.
     
  23. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    And still don't know how the goal happened :mad:
     
  24. Figo_7

    Figo_7 Member

    Feb 7, 2007
    what happened to c rodriguez, he seems so slow now, 2-3 years ago he was one of our best players
     
  25. BatatasFritas

    BatatasFritas Member+

    Nov 29, 2004
    Toronto
    Club:
    FC Porto
    OMG!!! Did you guys see the play that led to the second goal? :D
     

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