Sporting put 6 goals past Gil Vicente to emphatically ensure 9 games won in a row and move Sporting up to third in the league.
Before the match Domingos Paciência had stated the he believed there was room for both Elias and Matías Fernández in the same team and duly played both. Matías Fernández took up the right hand side position with Elias occupying his central role.
It took only 7 minutes for Sporting to score and early goals are quickly becoming a trademark of this Sporting team. A low driven corner caught out Gil Vicente and the ball found its way to Ânderson Polga who floated in a cross for Daniel Carriço to head in from close range.
Gil Vicente did cause some problems for the Sporting defence but for the most part these were dealt with and in the first half Gil Vicente posed little attack threat.
João Pereira and Matías Fernández linked up well on the right hand side and João Pereira went for an fantastic chip on goalkeeper Adriano. The Brazilian just managing to track back and tip the shot over the bar.
Gil Vicente were forced to make a change when Pedro Moreira was injured whilst fouling Fabián Rinaudo. Referee João Capela had initially produced a ref card for the midfielder on loan from Porto but realised his mistake and instead gave Moreira a yellow card. His replacement, Guilherme (on loan from Braga), was perhaps Gil Vicente’s best outfield player throughout the match.
Sporting continued to have possession throughout the remainder of the second half but couldn’t find a way through to goal. Matías Fernández’s long range freekick that forced a good save just before the half-time whistle being the better of the later chances.
After the interval Gil Vicente started the brighter side but when Ricky van Wolfswinkel won a soft penalty after being impeded by Halisson the game was essentially over. The penalty kick from the Dutchman was a superb strike and made it 9 goals now for the striker.
Another 4 minutes gone and Sporting got a third. This time João Pereira’s ran down the right hand side and produced a looped cross for Diego Capel who powerfully headed home.
With three goals to the good Domingos soon made a chance bringing on André Carrillo for Matías Fernández.
The young Peruvian winger made an instant impact and, after a typically determined run, found himself through on goal. His shot hit Adriano and bounced out to Diego Capel who headed home his second, and Sporting’s fourth in to an empty net.
Gil Vicente pulled one back through Robert who converted Luis Carlos’ deep cross with a clever header into Rui Patrício’s left hand corner. It was a deserved consolation for Gil Vicente who, although they could not possibly match Sporting’s possession, still tried to take the fight when they could.
Valeri Bojinov, who came on as a substitute for Diego Capel, soon got his first Sporting goal. Another superb André Carrillo run found him in space in the box and the Bulgarian hit a shot that slipped just under Adriano to make it 5 for Sporting.
With the last kick of the game Bojinov then made it an emphatic 6-1 on the night after he cleverly tucked in another André Carrillo cross to make it a superb night in the Alvalade.
Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Daniel Carriço (Scored 7′), Ânderson Polga, Emiliano Insúa (YC); Fabián Rinaudo (YC) (Diego Rubio 70′), Stijn Schaars, Elias; Matías Fernández (André Carrillo 63′), Diego Capel (Scored 63′, 66′) (Valeri Bojinov 74′, Scored 79′, 90+2′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Scored 59′)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Oguchi Onyewu, Evaldo Fabiano, André Santos