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Saturday, 07 November 2009 20:27

Contrasting fortunes for Sousa and Duarte

Portuguese coaches abroad

It was an eventful afternoon for two of Portugal’s young managerial exports, with Paulo Sousa and Paulo Duarte enjoying different outcomes from their matches in England and France respectively.

For Sousa, managing Welsh club Swansea City in the English second tier, the Championship, it was a highly-anticipated clash with fellow Wales club Cardiff City at home. The result would see a dramatic win for the Swans, who are now within touching distance of the play-off positions.

Sousa’s men were 2-0 up after just fifteen minutes through Nathan Dyer and Darren Pratley, but Jay Bothroyd (31’) and Mark Hudson (34’) levelled the match ahead of the break. However, Pratley scored again just after the hour to give Swansea the bragging rights over their rivals.

"It means a lot to all of us, but especially for the fans and the city," Sousa said after the match.

"There is a lot of happiness and I am pleased we could give them that. We can be proud of ourselves and our fans can go to work with more energy and to help the city to grow. The win reinforces our convictions and confidence and tells us once more that we're in a good way.

"I have seen for myself now what it means to be a supporter of this club - and I'm pleased we could give them the win."

Meanwhile, it was a less pleasing evening for Paulo Duarte in France, with his Le Mans side continuing their losing streak with another narrow loss, this time 1-0 at home to Auxerre at the Leon-Bollee Stadium.

Duarte, who currently divides his managerial duties between his club and the Burkina Faso national side, took his side into the game in poor form, having slipped into the relegation zone with a run of four league matches without a win.

That run would continue after Joao Paulo Andrade, a summer signing from Porto, scored the only goal of the game at the wrong end early in the second period. Le Mans stay in 19th place, with Grenoble, who are still without a single point, likely to be propping up the table for the remainder of the campaign.

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