Sporting failed to make it a record consecutive five European wins in a row after they lost 1-0 away to FC Vaslui with Denis Zmeu getting the goal.
It was a much changed starting XI chosen by Domingos Paciência. Rui Patrício sat the game out with João Pereira and Ricky van Wolfswinkel sitting on the bench.
Shortly after the game began there was bad news as Fabián Rinaudo injured his left ankle during sliding to intercept a pass. He was replaced by André Santos and Rinaudo’s injury will be a worry to Sporting.
It was FC Vaslui who had the best of the opening stages of the game. Adaílton having the pick of the chances when his close range header went just over Marcelo Boeck’s crossbar.
Vaslui grabbed the game’s goal after a half hour after Sporting defended a corner poorly – the ball bouncing to Denis Zmeu who’s shot deflected off of André Santos to give the Romanian side the lead much to the delight of their coach Viorel Hiz.
Sporting’s best chance of the game came through Valeri Bojinov who failed to convert a chance just before half-time. Vaslui though had another chance just before the break with Yero Bello inches away from getting on to the end of a cross that would surely have resulted in a goal.
After the second half Domingos Paciência showed he wanted to get a goal as he brought on Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the place of Valeri Bojinov.
It was Vaslui who had the better of the early exchanges though. Marcelo Boeck did well to save a Bello shot and Adaílton failed to convert the rebound.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel had Sporting’s best chance of the game. Some good play from Matías Fernández played him in but he failed to convert the pass into a goal.
Just before the end of the game Diego Rubio was booked for a dive in the area but replays showed that perhaps Icelandic referee Kristinn Jakobsson made the wrong decision.
The defeat ends a run of ten straight wins compiled over all of September and October but with the team already qualified for the knock-out stages of the Europa League meaning the defeat doesn’t have too much meaning. Sporting though do need two more points to ensure they top the group stages with the visit of Zurich to come next before a tough trip to Rome to fact Lazio.
SPORTING XI: Marcelo Boeck; Bruno Pereirinha, Daniel Carriço, Alberto Rodríguez, Evaldo Fabiano; Fabián Rinaudo (André Santos 12′), Stijn Schaars, Matías Fernández (Diego Rubio 65′, YC); André Carrillo (YC), Diego Capel, Valeri Bojinov (Ricky van Wolfswinkel 46′)
Subs Not Used: Tiago Ferreira, João Pereira, Oguchi Onyewu, André Martins