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Match Day Live - Benfica v Pompey

Pre-season is cranked up another notch this evening as we continue our participation in the City of Guimaraes Trophy against Benfica.

Pompey line up:

Begovic
Moutaouakil
Kaboul
Distin
Belhadj
Mullins
Basinas
Pancrate
Kranjcar
Bopp
Utaka


Subs
Niemi
Finnan
Wilkinson
Mokoena
Cowan-Hall
Nugent
Subotic
Kanu


For those of you not at the game in Guimarães - however you are keeping up with events, remembering it is on The Quay, why not make a few comments below as the game unfolds.

So guys, share these thoughts...

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 1 2009

Time: 7:14PM

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I think we'll put out a more experienced team tonight and hopefully have a different ref who is actually watching the same game. Did anyone see Mendes play in the Emirates Cup earlier? My god we could do with him now, if only cry baby Davis had pi**sed off when we tried to sell him he may still be here. I'm glad he's doing well up at Rangers though, there was no doubt that he would really. I reckon he must love playing in blue white and red! PUP
moley2
Can we actullaty Mathmaticly still win the tourment?
PompeyFcMad
We can still win the tournament, Mad. But I'm not sure that anyone from Guimaraes has decided on the rules yet in case of a tie, or they haven't told Pompey.
wellyit
anyone fancy writing the match report for this game?
pompeyrug
I see that the OS has Pancrate and Bopp playing wide with Niko supporting Utaka up the middle. Sounds attacking. Must be Bopp's last chance.
wellyit
Begovic is in goal and Quay reckon Niemi is on the bench.. Saviola starts for Benfica.
wellyit
so its begovic in goal, right? official site said jamo...
no takers wishing to write a match report then?
pompeyrug
omg utaka has just chased back
Football_Casual
saviola looking sharp
pompeycook
tough game
pompeycook
we will do well to get a result tonight...
pompeyrug
1-0 down
pompeycook
ffs this ref is another joke
Football_Casual
yh hopefuly we do well, we have got nearly our strongest side out.
PompeyFcMad
1-0 pablo aimar
Football_Casual
1-0 good goal acording to the quay
PompeyFcMad
who mentioned cardoz for pompey ?? he is right he looks imense
Football_Casual
good free kick poor foul by distin
southportpompey
and i guess that is why Gino has been bigging cardozo up so much...
pompeyrug
well lets hope finnan and mokeona get their debut goals?
pompeycook
thought it was cordoba not aimar ?
southportpompey
yeah sorry southport
Football_Casual
http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/sat1.8/Benfica_Portsmouth.html good quality coverage of the game.
PompeyFcMad
we need poulson in midfeild
pompeycook
hart should NOT sign bopp he is useless .He has hardly done anything would rather have another collins mbsuema.
Football_Casual
u should watch it on the link i did, its good all u need is a flash player and if you can watch utube vids, that means u have already got flash so u can watch the Pompey game http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/sat1.8/Benfica_Portsmouth.html
PompeyFcMad
thats well good thanks pompeyfcmadd
pompeycook
when has mullins being playing :S i aint even heard his name yet
Football_Casual
2-0 absolute *****
Football_Casual
how ******** deep are we playing again - am i the only one who would rather see us spanked at least having a go than get spanked, as we could and probably should be already, in sitting deep...
pompeyrug
gonna end up about 6 i reckon!
southportpompey
i know must of you would probaly agree but i think hart should go soon. Give him around 7/8 games and i bet u we will be around the ******** bottom. HART OUT !!! YOUR RUINING OUR CLUB
Football_Casual
Feel very sorry for those that have flown out there - embarrassing to watch at the moment, both games. Given absolutely nothing.
Battenberg
same old Paul Hart formation,thinking he"s billy big spuds,ffs just for one half,play 4-4-2.The bloke is an absolute *****,sorry I know I should stand by him,but I just cant,I really cant.
JASON R
most would have gone out for the weather, the break and the superbock - the 'football' would have just got in the way!
pompeyrug
a well worked 2nd though
pfcadz
half time : mullins should go never knew he was playing he soo ***** then i heard he gave it away. Mokoena should come on. That right back looks god going forward but finnan should come on. CHANGE THE ******** FORMATION PAUL HART U MUG
Football_Casual
benfica are a class act, but we have to at least have a go in the 2nd half, get on some support for utaka and go 4-4-2, get cowan hall on to play on one flank to create something and get bopp off!
pompeyrug
aint paris cowan hall suspended for 3 games ??
Football_Casual
Hi guys, I'm at a mate's house because my laptop has broken. I hate to say it, but yes, I was right about Cardozo. I reckon we could get him on the cheap given that Saviola has joined, but to be honest, if he's impressing in pre-season he may have a shout at the first team. He'll be playing in the Premiership soon though, mark my words!!!
PFCGino
Not impressed by what I could see. Hart hasn't been given any money, so it's not totally his fault. Perhaps he needs an assistant (BK) to give him a few pointers.
wellyit
Lets just call TJ waist !!!
samouraipompey87
sounds like you were being sicastic pompeycook lol when u said thanks, im sure u wasnt.
PompeyFcMad
They showed a pic of Primus on Have i got news for you lol. It was on the odd one out game and the answer was they were names of ovens sept one.
PompeyFcMad
mokoena , finnan and kanu on but still no 4-4-2 :@
Football_Casual
lets not be overly harsh on hart - if he was bringing in player after player and still offering nothing fair enough, but while his hands are tied its tough to be that unfair to him, altho actually looking like offering something offensively wouldnt go a miss!
pompeyrug
Finnan, Mokoena and Kanu on for Moutouakil, Bopp and Utaka. That should put some more solidity in the middle with Niko and Pancrate wide. I hope.
wellyit
Second half not to bad, playing some nice footy with Finnan having a shot
pom165
methinks the commentators have been on the lash today...
pompeyrug
First positive of the day - Finnan's looking quite good, could do a job for us this year
Battenberg
agree pom165, welcome to vital pompey aswell, much better this half - retaining possession which helps!
pompeyrug
TJ waist me say !!!!!
samouraipompey87
who are TJ waste taking away then samouraipompey87?
pompeyrug
They're number one in Portsmouth town
Battenberg
Look 5-7 players were mentioned we were bringing in,2 so far and the usual pompey dragging there heels on decent players and losing them,you look at the league this year and the likes of Fulham,Sunderland,even bloody wigan are looking better than us.I heard a rumour that paul Harts no 2 would be GR.................
JASON R
we still have the best part of a month to go in this transfer window, so lets see what happens in this time...
pompeyrug
Grim Reaper,!!
JASON R
Pompeyrug if we cant get the Croatian chap then we are in the brown stuff. Someone on here mentioned Ronaldinio lol More like Roland...............Anyway seems three players that came on have made a difference hopefully Hart will loose Bopp now
pom165
I though you meant Tony the Tiger Adams!! (He's GR..........EAT!) Sorry.
pompeysloth
ow no sos if it sounded like that. POMPEYFCMAD i been looking for one of these sites for ages were u watch the game for free.
pompeycook
But Rug, rather worryingly, 14 short days until our first Premiership game. And if we want any new signings to have had a run about in a pre-season friendly first we have... 5 working days to sign them. Uh oh.
Battenberg
Finnan is injured already thats his season over
pom165
your kidding me, finnan injured already!
pompeyrug
one up front just doesnt work - especially kanu... its not like we're protecting a lead!
pfcadz
NOW STEVE FINANS GONE
pompeycook
Couldn't write this, could you?
Battenberg
Yh he was limping off NOOOO!!
PompeyFcMad
so who's gona be glens replacement then?
pompeycook
3-0
pompeycook
Physio was playing with Finnans knee, and yes one up front and its Kanu. Unfortunately he is chasing shadows and now a goal
pom165
it just gets better 3-0
PompeyFcMad
3-0...sad days
plymouth graham
hamstring injurey finnan has got
PompeyFcMad
Thay was on the cards for the whole of the seocnd half. We have got to chuck on another forward...........
L L Blue
Terrible defending one Benfica player and two Pompey players right by him and he scrored with his head. One shot on goal of note second half, 30 mins gone.
pom165
Its Finnans hamstring thats gone,
JASON R
i'm done watchin this game
pompeycook
whilst i wanted kalinic, as i think he would have given everyone a lift, i think if we thought he would have made the complete difference that we wanted thats wrong - the benefits with him are he is mobile with pace, and knows how to score so would offer us something... but, we have missed him havent we?
pompeyrug
I've lost sound. Who's come on for Finnan?
wellyit
Have to laugh or I would cry, kanu has stopped running, found a nice spot in the centre circle.
pom165
me too..bye folks...bye EPL
plymouth graham
kanu run? when :-) it was wilkinson who came on for finnan, who had come on for moutaouakil - who had done ok...
pompeyrug
pompeyrug, if this kalinic is watching I think he would be happy he missed coming to us. Who would supply the crosses or the nice through ball to latch onto and dispatch into the back of the net. The guy would be a spectator
pom165
Belhaj hasn't completed a pass in the last tem minutes. Cranie for Finnan Wellyit.
L L Blue
think a couple of sound beatings could be a blessing in disguise. Think about it.... It might just be the wake up call the powers that be need, confirming that our current squad, as a whole, are just not up the the required standard. If we managed to scrape a draw or narrow defeats in Portugal then it would probably give everyone false hope.
pompeysloth
your up and down like a yoyo graham!
pompeyrug
pompeysloth like your thinking, come on Benfica stick 10 past us lol I still dont think it would make a blind bit of difference we have the poorest arab in the whole wide world
pom165
belhadj on the left and 'maybe' pancrate on the right could supply goals, with kranjcar's creativeness in the middle - so its possible but not looking pretty...
pompeyrug
4
pom165
ffs 4-0
PompeyFcMad
i do not think the defeats will do any harm, well no more. but spankings would not really would they? 3-0 will do a possible 'minor' morale boost by winning the penalty... or 4-0!
pompeyrug
i think dr saf wants to spend money but i think the takeover has cost him alot of money as it is so i think he will spend in january. 4-0 dissapointing but predictable
pompeycook
Now that one was taking the P*ss
L L Blue
own goal by wilkinson
PompeyFcMad
Corner we have a corner
pom165
Apparently Kalinic's move to Pompey fell through as we only offered 52 camels for him.
pompeysloth
Have to say this is a little embarrasing, taking a rubbish team like we have to Benfica. What was the management thinking. If this ends up being the squad to start the season we are royally screwed. Xmas we will be in the bottom three. No player in this current squad will get double figures in goals
pom165
Its not who we are bringing in,,,,after the last 10 days,its who we can keep,Distin and Nico if they had an ounce of sense should be banging down Harty"s door first thing demanding a transfer,this team are a shower of s#@t
JASON R
Sorry to be so negative but anyone who knows anything about football would know we would struggle to stay in the championship with this squad
JASON R
Full time, now for the bloody penaltys
PompeyFcMad
if they were doing that jas then i would say ***** 'em no matter how limited we are, i wouldnt want to keep them if that is how they felt!
pompeyrug
no shoot out good
pompeycook
We're not doing the penaltys looks like they agreed not to do them.
PompeyFcMad
Sorry Jason think we would be fine in the championship no way would that team be relegated but would not be good for promotion either. I would say mid table championship maybe a tad lower but not relegated.
pom165
pompey bipolar....none of this means anything really, Benfica are a top top side 9 I sound like HR) so that game means nowt...we need some guile and creativity in the middle and another striker, KANU HAS HAD HIS DAY. please, and not another old git, we need a quick one and a strong one, a Dean Ashton/ Kevin Davies type- a young Viduka, and quick sharp type Owen?defoe being prime examples, in the middle of the park a passer and sprayer of the ball- a Mendez- not Basinastoke. at the back we are short of a young quick rb and lb. I think Kaboul and Distan will be fine, over and out
plymouth graham
i'm done
pompeycook
i do understand what youre saying Rug,but after playing with quality player for the last couple of seasons and now playing with this shower of s#@t would you not blame them for wanting to go.
JASON R
Lets hope some big surprises come. Perhaps when the takeover is complete we will see quality players comes in. If we get Viduka he will be in the treatment room more than on the pitch. Finnan a prime example one game now crocked. If not we are in for a long and hard season, baffles me why this Arab brought us. No money and he expects to stay in the premier???????????????
pom165
So would you say youre happy with the team the way it is then pom?We are nowhere near as good as any of the three teams that were relegated last season and we are not as good as the 3 that came up either,I know I am having a bit of a rant but it doesnt take a genius to see that this club is going down.
JASON R
Agreed 100% we are relegation candidants, no way will that squad compete in fact wpuld say we will get hammered and likely to beat Derby's 11 points. Even if there was money we have two weeks till kick off. Players need time to gel some woulod say a season some would say 3-6 months. We dont have that, by Xmas we could be down. Very sad , from Fa cup winners to this.
pom165
yep, i know its looking grim, its looking desperate and everyone can see as things are at the moment its going to be one hell of a struggle but if we decide that we are already down, and will be down by christmas, what is the point in going on?
its hard, even more so as there is a radio silence from the club, but we have got to back the club like only pompey fans can - if we do not do that then we really have not go a prayer!
pompeyrug
we need to get rid of belhadj
samouraipompey87
Pompeyrug agree with what your saying, think its the radio silence that is doing all the fans heads in. If only someone could be up front and tell us how it is. IE we are really in the poo and the rich arab has now pulled the plug we have no money and the team your saw tonight will start the season. If that was said no more bickering and just get on with it. It the not knowing................................
pom165
Jason said' it doesnt take a genius to see that this club is going down' You are SO RIGHT.. So what does that make our Arab Billionaire? will he buy? back out? is he stupid? or does he have an alterior motive? PS.. I have never seen such a load of rubbish from a Pompey team as I saw tonight. Div 2 standard at best - did you see Steve Finnan's face? (a look of what have I done coming to this team-not that he was much good). Points by Xmas maybe 10? expect a drubbing every week..we cannot score either..
PompeyExile
The reason for carrying on rug is that Portsmouth have to carry on,its a buisness after all,I just dont understand how sascha is taking so much money,17 million fron Johnson,9 from Crouch,I know its pread out over time so why doesnt SaF just pay him off,he is gonna get the money back over that period of time,the Crouch fee is either a Redknapp pay over 35 years deal or,we wanted 12 million,but for cash he is yours for 9.There is a very eerie silence around the corridors of fratton park,the natives are getting restless and SaF might not be getting the great welcome he thinks he is gonna get.
JASON R
pompeysloth said 'think a couple of sound beatings could be a blessing in disguise'. Think about it.... It might just be the wake up call the powers that be need'. Jsu WHO are the powers that be that will do anything? The Arab is not a power is he? It should become obvious now to him that he needs to spend BIG to keep us up!!! - OR Maybe not - maybe continue with his 48 page plan in the Championship. If he has been getting stories that the players we have are good enough (from Hart) then he will have a big wake up call that Hart is not the man either.. unless the Arab he is stupid. What concerns me most is that Pompey is fast becoming a LAUGHING STOCK and every team will look forward to giving us a thumping too
PompeyExile
Final word from me.. Even if we now decide to get some DECENT premier quality players...no-one in their right mind would want to sign (unless you are a Viduka or Finnan looking for a years pay at the end of your career).
PompeyExile
what are the players u want out?
samouraipompey87
i do not think getting anymore players out if the solution is it! we need to bring them in...
pompeyrug
Oh .. I have to have a final say..about one glimmer of hope I hold out for. If anyone who is owner/manager thought we had a good squad and our team is well managed, he MUST have had a wake up call. As the season hasn't started yet, they have time to get their act together, but I cant see it happening.
PompeyExile
Jeez - I'm glad I missed the game .. I was going to ask whether it was as bad as all that .. but just read all the comments on this article.. DOn't think I need to ask the question anymore..
Chix
 

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