Report: Millwall 2-3 CD Tondela




CD Tondela

 Onyedinma 14, Williams 45 Venue: The Den
Attendance: 2,402
Tinoco 7, Wagner 16, Luis Machado 67

MILLWALL'S unbeaten pre-season run came to an end after Portuguese side CD Tondela claimed victory at The Den.

Luis Tinoco put Tondela ahead in the seventh minute before Fred Onyedinma levelled the score seven minutes later.

The away side recaptured the lead almost immediately when Wagner squeezed a shot past David Forde.

The Lions battled well as the half went on, though, and Shaun Williams got a deserved second equaliser on 45 minutes when he headed in a Lee Martin free-kick.

But the away side got the winner on 67 minutes when Luis Machado found space at the back post to plant a header beyond the reach of Forde.

Tondela just about shaded it in what was an often fractious contest that threatened to boil over a number of times.

Neil Harris had said during the week that the line-up against the Portuguese side would be a strong indicator of the team to face Shrewsbury next week.

He made two changes from the team that defeated Stevenage 1-0, with Onyedinma coming in on the right of midfield for Paris Cowan-Hall and Ed Upson partnering Williams in the centre of the park instead of Jimmy Abdou.

Harris was cautious before facing Tondela, something of an unknown quantity after a spectacular rise from the fifth tier of Portuguese football to the top flight in little over ten years.

And they were immediately into their composed stride as they dominated possession early on.

Deep-lying midfielders Lucas and Luis Alberto were orchestrating cleverly as a definite clash of styles became evident: the Portuguese attempted to play the ball out from the back and through the lines to frustrate Harris’ side.

They pressed high and closed down quickly and it took Williams and Upson some time to realise they wouldn’t have the time on the ball that they had in previous games.

Millwall, meanwhile, were trying to hit strikers Lee Gregory and John Marquis early and get Onyedinma and Martin involved from the wings.

But it was the away side who took the lead on seven minutes, Tinoco’s free-kick from the left floating over everyone and deceiving Forde who may have thought it was drifting wide.

Millwall responded well though and levelled seven minutes later.

It was a fine goal too as Martin broke away and when he found Onyedinma the 18-year-old still had a bit to do. But he drove into the box and lifted the ball expertly over the advancing Matt Jones.

CD Tondela took the lead again a couple of minutes later when Wagner’s left-footed shot from just inside the box crept in at the near post past Forde.

The Lions, however, stuck to the plan and their physical approach earned them a number of set-piece opportunities.

As at AFC Wimbledon, though, they came to nothing until the stroke of half-time when Martin dinked a ball in from the left to find Williams. Jones got a fingertip to the midfielder’s header but it wasn’t enough to prevent the ball going in off the post.

The second half settled into a similar pattern with the away side dominating possession, yet it was a defensive lapse after a long ball that saw them go back in front, the diminutive Macahdo finding himself in acres of space at the back post to nod past an exposed Forde.

Marquis had an excellent opportunity to square for a trio of Millwall players a few minutes later but his cross was cut out just when a third equaliser looked like it was on the way.

The striker and Tondela’s Pica were then booked late on but the Portuguese side saw out the game to end Millwall’s unbeaten run.

John Kelly


22 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 2-3 CD Tondela

  • August 1, 2015 at 16:16

    They'll be dancing in the streets of CD Tondela tonight!

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  • August 1, 2015 at 16:27

    for anyone who has seen us play all of pre-season, and for the last 6-8 months, there was only 1 player at fault for the first two goals and he was in between the sticks. Forde you have served our club well, but it's time for a change, would have Archer as our starting no.1.

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