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Wednesday, 22 September 2010 23:17

Simao on mark for Atletico; Bebe makes United bow

Wednesday night action

Simao Sabrosa scored his first goal of the season as Atletico Madrid ended Valencia’s 100% start to the campaign by earning a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla. Meanwhile, Bebe was handed his first appearance for Manchester United in the English Carling Cup.

Valencia entertained Atletico having won each of their opening three La Liga matches, and the hosts selected Miguel and Ricardo Costa in defence for the occasion. Manuel Fernandes was issued a place on the bench by Unai Emery, while visitors Atletico started with Simao, but there was no sign of Tiago Mendes in the travelling squad.

Simao opened the scoring in the 18th minute, finishing off a fantastic counter attack from Atletico that also involved Diego Forlan and Antonio Lopez. For a long time it appeared that the former Benfica captain’s strike would prove the winner, but Valencia forward Aduriz levelled with seven minutes left on the clock.

Elsewhere on the night, Tiago Gomes came off the bench to play the final twenty-five minutes, as newly promoted Hercules came away from their match at Real Zaragoza with a goalless draw.

Carling Cup

On a night of surprises in the English Carling Cup 3rd round, Manchester United survived an early shock to beat Scunthorpe 5-2. Portuguese under-21 international Bebe enjoyed a bright debut after he was brought on for the final 17 minutes, as United came from behind to win thanks to goals from Darron Gibson, Michael Owen (2), Chris Smalling and Ji-Sung Park.

Nani was rested by the Red Devils, who go through on a night that saw Manchester City and Liverpool suffer surprise eliminations. Liverpool did not call on Raul Meireles for what appeared a routine home tie with Northampton Town. However, the visiting team, who play in League Two, England's fourth tier, won through on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Premiership champions Chelsea were also knocked out, by Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, with Paulo Ferreira included in a Blues side that surrendered an early lead to eventually lose 4-3 in London.

On the previous evening, Paulo Sousa’s Leicester City, with Miguel Vitor and Moreno in the line-up, progressed with a 2-1 win at Portsmouth, while Manuel da Costa and Luis Boa Morte helped West Ham edge Sunderland 2-1 away from home. Joao Silva was an unused substitute as Everton crashed to a penalty shootout defeat at Brentford following a 1-1 draw.

Serie A

In Italy, Miguel Veloso played his part in Genoa’s 1-1 home draw with Fiorentina. Genoa’s Giandomenico Mesto played a nice one-two with Veloso before firing past Frey to cancel out Alberto Gilardino’s opener for Fiorentina. Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo joined Veloso in the Genoa starting line-up.

By Sean Gillen

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Comments (4)
4 Thursday, 23 September 2010 11:08
I watched the genoa game and Veloso was Genoa's best player. He played a very similar role to Xabi Alonso and he did very well. He isn't a very physical and athletic player, so it's good that he chose italy over england.
Great round up!
3 Thursday, 23 September 2010 01:08
Mateus Medeiros
Thanks Sean! Well written. These articles are a great summary on the Portuguese footballers in action and the video links save me time looking for them on Youtube.
Good stuff simao
2 Thursday, 23 September 2010 01:02
Simao scores another goal for atletico, and JJ for some reason didnt want him, i ask you JJ how many goals have your wingers scored this year?

Not bagging Benfica just their coach for letting a quality player and a fan favourite go.
1 Thursday, 23 September 2010 00:18
Excellent through ball. People were saying that Veloso was going to flop but he has tactical awareness and strength which is a vital part of the Serie A. I believe in you Miguel!

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