Midtjylland vs Sporting Kick Off Time
NAME: FC Midtjylland – Sporting CP
DATE: 23 Feb 2023
TIME: 17:45 UTC
VENUE: MCH Arena, Herning, Denmark
FC Midtjylland and Sporting Lisbon are back in action in the Europa League when they square off in the second leg of the playoffs at the MCH Arena on Thursday.
With last week’s first-leg clash ending in a stalemate, a place in the round of 16 is still up for the taking and this makes for a nail-biting and thrilling contest.
Egyptian midfielder Emam Ashour opened the scoring at the Estadio Jose Alvalade to hand the Danish outfit a 77th-minute lead, and with victory within their grasp, Sebastian Coates jumped highest to head home the equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
The Wolves backed up their Europa League display with another show of class as they cruised to a 4-0 league victory over Viborg on Monday, with Danish youngster Gustav Isaksen scoring a sensational second-half hat-trick.
Prior to that, Midtjylland were on a run of five consecutive games without a win in the Superliga, where they are currently fourth in the league standings with 26 points from 18 matches.
The Danish outfit, who finished second in Group F of the Europa League, head into Thursday unbeaten in their last six matches, claiming three wins and three draws since November’s 3-1 loss to Viborg in the Danish Cup.
Sporting Lisbon, on the other hand, returned to winning ways in the Primeira Liga as they held their own to edge out a dogged Chaves side 3-2 at the Estadio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira on Monday.
After Pedro Goncalves and Joao Teixeira scored for either side to end the first half level, Goncalves and Nuno Santos netted in a nine-minute spell to put the visitors in a commanding lead before Hector Hernandez grabbed a 96th-minute consolation.
Prior to that, the 19-time Primeira Liga champions saw their run of three consecutive league victories come to an end on February 12 when they suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of rivals Porto.
Following Monday’s result, Sporting Lisbon are now without defeat away from home in four games on the bounce, picking up three wins and one draw since a 1-0 defeat at Maritimo on January 8.
Midtjylland vs Sporting Playing XI
FC Midtjylland possible starting lineup:
Lossl; Andersson, Dalsgaard, Gartenmann, Paulinho; Gigovic, Sorensen, Olsson; Isaksen, Heiselberg, Andreasen
Sporting Lisbon possible starting lineup:
Adan; Juste, Coates, Reis; Esgaio, Morita, Ugarte, Santos; Goncalves, Edwards, Paulinho
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