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Martins reflects on 'great day' for qualified Sporting

Published: Friday 21 October 2011, 11.55CET
After making his debut as Sporting Clube de Portugal became the first team into the last 32, André Martins said Domingos Paciência's side "will not slow down" in pursuit of their goals.
Martins reflects on 'great day' for qualified Sporting
Sporting's Diego Capel (left) vies for possession with Zhivko Milanov of Vaslui ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SportingVaslui

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
0
Attempts off target10
 
0
Corners6
 
0
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed15
 
22
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

Group D

PPts
1Sporting Clube de Portugal Sporting39
2FC Vaslui Vaslui32
3FC Zürich Zürich32
4S.S. Lazio Lazio32
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Friday 21 October 2011, 11.55CET

Martins reflects on 'great day' for qualified Sporting

After making his debut as Sporting Clube de Portugal became the first team into the last 32, André Martins said Domingos Paciência's side "will not slow down" in pursuit of their goals.

Debutant André Martins has promised no let-up from Sporting Clube de Portugal after the Lions confirmed their place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 with three group games to spare – the earliest point at which a team can progress.

The 21-year-old had dual cause for celebration in Lisbon on Thursday following the hosts' 2-0 win against ten-man FC Vaslui. Not only did Sporting seal qualification with their third straight Group D victory – establishing a seven-point lead over the Romanian outfit as well as FC Zürich and S.S. Lazio, who drew 1-1 – they did so on the midfielder's senior debut.

"We want to win every match if possible, we will not slow down," said the academy product, who entered the fray with 12 minutes remaining. "We will keep going with the same intensity. We're still in the group stage but Sporting enter every competition with the intention of winning it, so we will certainly fight to do that."

The triumph was Sporting's eighth in succession and third in a row without conceding. All in all, then, a "great day" for Martins. "Besides my performance the most important thing was the team display," he added. "We played really well again – it's easy to come into the team in this situation. I felt no pressure but of course I was a bit anxious when I came off the bench for my debut."

Winger Diego Capel, meanwhile, expects things to get harder from here on in. "We had to win in order to make things easier in the group," said the Spanish international, a summer signing from Sevilla FC. "I'm very happy with the win and with the team's overall performance. We know things will become more and more difficult in this competition.

"However, I'm delighted with recent results. The team have been playing superbly – Sporting have great players. It's great to be part of this winning group. We're on the right track and must continue like this because we can achieve great things if we stay grounded."

Sporting had taken control after Vaslui captain Wesley was sent off in the 38th minute, opening the scoring through Evaldo on the cusp of half-time and making the points safe through Matías Fernández with 20 minutes left.

Coach Domingos Paciência, who guided SC Braga to last season's UEFA Europa League final, acknowledged that the red card was the turning point. "We scored after they had a player sent off and then things changed. Sporting were deserved winners because we played very well. Qualification is very important but even more so is playing well and with confidence, as we have been doing."

Last updated: 22/10/11 0.13CET

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Lineups

sporting

Sporting

vaslui

Vaslui

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
12
ČerniauskasVytautas Černiauskas (GK)
3
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
3
Papp Paul Papp
Yellow Card17
4
PolgaAnderson Polga (C)
9
BelloYero Bello
Substitution79
6
EvaldoEvaldo
Goal43
10
AdailtonAdailton
Substitution46
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
11
MilisavljevićNemanja Milisavljević
9
Van WolfswinkelRicky van Wolfswinkel
Substitution74
18
SânmărteanLucian Sânmărtean
11
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution78
20
MilanovZhivko Milanov
Yellow Card35
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Goal70
23
PavlovićMiloš Pavlović
Yellow Card23
21
RinaudoFabián Rinaudo
Yellow Card80
26
FarkašPavol Farkaš
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
Substitution62
80
WesleyWesley (C)
Red Card38
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
85
GladstoneGladstone
Substitution71

Substitutes

12
MarceloMarcelo (GK)
22
PuiaClaudiu Puia (GK)
7
BozhinovValeri Bozhinov
Substitution74
5
ZmeuDenis Zmeu
18
CarrilloAndré Carrillo
Substitution62
7
NeaguRăzvan Neagu
26
André SantosAndré Santos
21
BalaurIonuţ Balaur
28
André MartinsAndré Martins
Substitution78
30
CostinRaul Costin
Substitution71
33
Diego RubioDiego Rubio
77
JovanovićPetar Jovanović
Substitution79
34
Tiago IloriTiago Ilori
88
BuhăescuVasile Buhăescu
Substitution46

Coach

Domingos Paciência (POR) Viorel Hizo (ROU)

Referee

Clément Turpin (FRA)

Assistant referees

Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA), Fredji Harchay (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Malige (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Said Ennjimi (FRA), Alexandre Castro (FRA)

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