Sep 17, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Ljudski vrt
Sporting Lisbon
Zahovic (92')
Tavares (22'), Ibraimi (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Nani (80')
Mauricio (42')

Sporting Lisbon's Nani: 'We showed our inexperience against Maribor'

Sporting Lisbon's Nani (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the UEFA Group G Champions League footbal match NK Maribor vs Sporting Lisbon in Maribor, Slovenia on September 17, 2014
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Sporting Lisbon winger Nani admits that his side showed their inexperience in the Champions League against Maribor.

Sporting Lisbon winger Nani has put his side's 1-1 draw with Slovenian champions Maribor in the Champions League down to "inexperience".

The Brazilian thought he had won the match for his team when he netted in the 80th minute, but the Portuguese outfit conceded a last-ditch goal to Luka Zahovic.

"We showed that we are an inexperienced team and that costs you in the Champions League," he told reporters.

"Experience can make a difference, like with what happened, but this is also part of football. It is good to learn from it and I'm sure that we will improve in the next game.

"We showed character on the pitch and we played a good football team. Of course we have to correct certain defensive frailties, but we must hold our heads high and keep working."

Nani's goal against Maribor was his first since joining Sporting from Manchester United.

Maribor's Marcos Tavares vies for the ball with Rubin Kazan's Wakaso Mubarak during the UEFA Europa league football match NK Maribor vs FC Rubin Kazan, in Maribor, on September 19, 2013
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