Domingos Paciência suffered his first competitive defeat at home to Marítimo. Marítimo exploited Sporting’s weakness in set piece defending two secure a stoppage win.
Sporting started the match with the same starting eleven that won 2-1 over Nordsjælland and the match started in a similar with Sporting straight away in control.
Yannick Djaló forcing Peçanha into a good stop in the 9th minute was Sporting’s first real chance but there was also early warning signs about Sporting’s frailty to defend from set pieces.
17 minutes into the match and Marítimo had their first real chance on goal with Olberdam’s header forcing a superb save out of Rui Patrício. Sporting’s inability to defend corners would have a massive impact later on in the match.
There was though a massive decision that went against Sporting. Evaldo Fabiano, who scored in the last game, had the ball in the back of the Marítimo net after Peçanha let loose a Stijn Schaars freekick in to the Brazilians path. The assistant referee flagged for offside but replays showed that Evaldo was definitely onside at the time of Schaar’s freekick. The growing feud between the club and the FPF and the referees may well end even more sour and a farce like before the Beira-Mar game may not be far off.
Not long after that though Sporting had the ball in the net again and this time there was no way it could be ruled out. Marat Izmailov got his second goal of the season with a great strike from outside the area that left Peçanha helpless.
Not long after half-time Marítimo had gone from 1-0 down to 2-1 up. The first a great header by Rafael Miranda from a corner only moments after Robson forced a great Patrício save from another set piece.
The second was a piece of great play from Sami. Who failed to be closed down and was allowed a to shoot from distance, the shot was powerful and although Patrício got a touch, he was unable to do anything about it.
The sudden reversal of the score immediately forced Domingos Paciência to make some changes. Diego Capel and Yannick Djaló were replaced by the returning Jeffrén Suárez and Valeri Bojinov. Paciência made a final change ten minutes later bringing on Ricky van Wolfswinkel for Hélder Postiga.
Jeffrén grabbed an equaliser as he smashed in a freekick but injured himself in the process. Jeffrén has been one of the best performers this season and hopefully his injury will not be too serious.
The injury to Jeffrén meant Sporting now had to finish the game down to ten men and for the most part a draw seemed likely until the 91st minute. Once again another corner came in and this time Baba, the man who may well be set to join Celtic shortly, was the man to grab the goal.
The game finished with boos from the Sportinguistas in the Alvalade and now the team will have to wait until after the international break to grab the team’s first league win of the season.
SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Daniel Carriço, Ânderson Polga (YC), Evaldo Fabiano; André Santos (YC), Stijn Schaars (YC); Yannick Djaló (Valeri Bojinov 54′), Marat Izmailov (Scored 37′, YC), Diego Capel (Jeffrén Suárez 54′, Scored 75′); Hélder Postiga (Ricky van Wolfswinkel 64′).
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Oguchi Onyewu, André Carrillo, Fabián Rinaudo