Al-Ittihad continued, on Wednesday, its mini-European tour. After a successful trip to Brighton (0-0) and before a final friendly match against Feyenoord Rotterdam, Karel Geerts’ men headed to the Algarve to face Sporting Portugal. The meeting ended in a draw at the Municipal Stadium Bella Vista.
If Unionist T1 gets close to his regular first-period side, he still gives playtime to second-keeper Lucas Pirard while leaving captain Teddy Teuma on the bench. As of the beginning of the preparation, he took turns after the break. Note that Casper Nielsen, who is still at the start, received 45 minutes of playing time as at Brighton.
The Portuguese, who finished second behind Porto last season, opened the scoring with a penalty kick after a foul by Sykes in the Brussels rectangle. While Eckert saw an unauthorized goal for offside in the first half, Sykes compensated for the error with a equalizer before the hour mark, and the team returned at night to Belgium before Thursday’s meeting to build the team.
Union SG: Pirard, Sykes, Burgess (75th Kandouss), Van der Heyden (75th Boone), Nieuwkoop (46th Nielsen), Adingra (60 François), Puertas (46th Lynen), Lazare (60th Teuma), Lapoussin (60th Dony) , Eckert (Salah 75), Vanzer (Ziani Alston).
Goals: 20 Pedro Borro on a penalty kick. (1-0), 50 Sykes (1-1).