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Saturday, 03 April 2010 07:54

Yannick Djalo fires hat-trick as Sporting destroy hapless Rio Ave

Sporting 5-0 Rio Ave

Yannick DjaloSporting took a big step towards securing a 4th-place finish in the league with a 5-0 hammering of Rio Ave at the Alvalade. A Yannick Djalo hat-trick and goals from Liedson and Joao Moutinho gave the Lions an easy win, marred only by the sending off of Marat Izmailov.

After a positive first half of the season, Rio Ave are a team in free-fall. Carlos Brito’s side have won only two of their last 12 league matches and conceded five goals for the second successive game. A listless performance lacking any passion made the Vilacondense outfit easy fodder for the hosts.

From the moment Yannick fired Sporting ahead in the 6th minute there was only ever going to be one winner. Postiga, Yannick and Liedson were combining well and the Levezinho doubled Sporting’s lead shortly before the break, heading in Postiga’s cross.

Midfield duo to the fore

In the second half Sporting stepped up a couple of levels, putting together a series of wonderful attacking moves, with Joao Moutinho and Miguel Veloso, both returning after suspension, heavily involved in most of the team’s good work.

Further goals from Djalo and Moutinho followed naturally. The best was left till last, as Djalo completed his hat-trick with the goal of the game in the 74th minute, producing a fine acrobatic finish to a flowing move to volley in Liedson’s cross in style.

Watch Yannick Djalo’s spectacular third goal:

The one disappointment for Sporting was the straight red card given to Izmailov just ten minutes after coming on as a late substitute for a reckless lunge with both feet on Chidi. The Russian will now miss the Lisbon derby against Benfica on 13 April.
by Tom Kundert

Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Carrico, Tonel, Grimi, Pedro Mendes (Adrien, 82), Miguel Veloso (Matias Fernandez, 70), Joao Moutinho, Yannick, Postiga (Izmailov, 70), Liedson.
Yellow Cards: Carrico
Red Card: Izmailov (81)

Rio Ave:
Carlos, Ze Gomes, Gaspar, Fabio Faria, Silvio, Villas Boas, Wires, Tarantini (Sidnei, 89) Vitor Gomes, Nelson Oliveira (Bruno Gama, 57), Bruno Moraes (Chidi, 24)
Yellow Cards: Vitor Gomes, Andre Villas Boas, Fabio Faria,

[1-0] Yannick Djalo, 6
[2-0] Liedson, 39
[3-0] Yannick Djalo, 55
[4-0] Joao Moutinho, 65
[5-0] Yannick Djalo, 74
Comments (3)
Yannick's chance
3 Monday, 05 April 2010 00:49
I think Yannick's time may come during Euro 2012. He still needs to work on his touch even though it appears to be improving. His speed is awesome but his control still fails him too frequently. Still, I look forward to seeing him complement Liedson or Almeida very soon. He has such great speed, it's fun to watch.
Djalo for south africa
2 Saturday, 03 April 2010 18:29
I've been screaming since 1 year to turn your attention and Queiroz's attention to this young called Djalo! Believe me he can play and give his best for the Seleccao! Come on Queiroz! OPEN YOUR EYES!
Nifty Yannick
1 Saturday, 03 April 2010 17:18
What a nifty 3rd goal Yannick had for the hat trick. On that goal Liedson played in the ball well into the area before he ball went out of play and Yannick put the icing on the cake with a beautiful mid air volley 3rd goal. Love to see this young man play when he is at full health, Yannick is very nice complement to Liedson and maybe 1 day our future striker for the senior seleccao. Good show by Yannick, Liedson, Veloso had nice game back, as well as the rest of Sporting. (Except Izmailov that was stupid tackle, now cant play Benfica) Rio Ave played horrid defence, but still Sporting desereve credit for netting their most goals in a game this season.

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