Sporting qualified to the Last 16 of the UEFA Europa League with a 1-0 win on the night over Legia Warszawa and 3-2 on aggregate due to Matías Fernández’s late freekick.
Ricardo Sá Pinto brought in Alberto Rodríguez in the place of the injured Oguchi Onyewu, Daniel Carriço took Fabián Rinaudo’s role and Matías Fernández replaced the cup-tied Elias.
The first half was an even contest devoid of much action. Legia failed to create chances against the Sporting defence and the game because a midfield battle. The first half finished with little of note to talk about and with chances in the game few and far between.
The second half had some more action, albeit mostly from Russian referee Vladislav Bezborodov, who handed out 8 yellow cards in that second period with 11 in the game in total. Most of those going to the tough-tackling away side.
Sporting though did get their goal after 83 minutes when Matías Fernández’s freekick went past everyone and into Dušan Kuciak’s goal.
It wasn’t the most exciting game but Sporting progress to face Manchester City (who knocked out Porto) in the next round with games to be played on the 8th and 15th March.
There will be concern for Sporting though, the three substitutions made by Ricardo Sá Pinto were all forced changed due to injury. Marat Izmailov and André Carrillo’s does not look to serious but Alberto Rodríguez will go under further assessment before it can be determined when he will return.
SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira (YC), Ânderson Polga, Alberto Rodríguez (Xandão 71′), Emiliano Insúa; Daniel Carriço (YC), Stijn Schaars (YC), Matías Fernández; Marat Izmailov (Bruno Pereirinha 77′), André Carrillo (YC) (Diego Capel 70′, YC), Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Renato Neto, André Santos, Sebastián Ribas