In the latest edition of ESPN FC's derbies series, which features eyewitness insights into some of the biggest rivalries in world football, Lee Roden went to Lisbon for the clash between Portuguese giants Sporting and Benfica.
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- Man City vs. Man United, by Iain Macintosh
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- Benfica vs. Sporting CP, by Lee Roden
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- Olympiakos vs. Panathinaikos, by Michael Yokhin
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LISBON, Portugal -- At 5 p.m the Benfica supporters start to march from their own stadium into the enemy's heartland. It's Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. They have been gathering outside the Estadio da Luz for around two hours. Once the number of red shirts reaches 2,500, the...
Wolfsburg repelled a string of Sporting Lisbon attacks to reach the last 16 of the Europa League with a goalless draw in Portugal.
With a 2-0 aggregate lead from the first leg, Wolfsburg focused their efforts on keeping Sporting at bay and could thank goalkeeper Diego Benaglio for making a string of saves to frustrate the hosts.
The match was slow to get going but came alive in the second part of the first half as Sporting created a number of chances.
Nani's powerful shot went wide before William...
Manchester United winger Nani has said Louis van Gaal has not spoken to him during his loan spell at Sporting Lisbon but told the Daily Mail he still loves the club.
Nani, who scored a spectacular long-range goal against Gil Vicente on Sunday, has been in fine form since he returned to his first club and hopes he can resurrect his United career next season.
However, asked whether he had spoken to the United boss this season, the Portugal international said: "No.
"I receive some texts from [executive...