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Statements by Pepa, coach of V. Guimarães, after the 1-3 defeat against Sporting, in a match linked to the 27th round of the Bwin League
Expulsion: “I can count the times I’ve been sent off on one hand. Yellow cards exist. I left the technical area, and the yellow was right. I’m sorry I got sent off, but I I can’t do anything. It was a well-played game. The first game was intense and hard-fought, with no big chances to score”.
Minho Display: “In the second half, we started very well, with chances. [ao minuto 54] it was a key moment. Sporting managed to connect the game more and gain the upper hand. After the 2-1, we looked for everything with a header, but Marcus’ counter-current goal [Edwards] closed the game. I want to congratulate the players and the fans for everything they have done.”
Game decided in details? “The details are part of the game. With the entry of Pedro Gonçalves, Matheus Nunes came down and created difficulties for us. The team had personality and character. Then you have to have great emotional control, because we had a lot of yellow cards early on. [Veríssimo] made a good match technically. It’s a pity that we didn’t avoid Sporting’s second goal, where everything was played very well”.
Results: “We didn’t win, but we did everything to get another result. We had to go further. The 3-1 is a penalty, but the players are to be congratulated. Sporting were on top for 10-15 minutes. . balanced game”.
Absence of Ricardo Quaresma: “It was by choice.”