Sporting were on the end of a surprising and controversial defeat to Gil Vicente.
Ricardo Sá Pinto made just one change from the side that progressed in the Manchester City game on Thursday. Elias came in for Daniel Carriço and João Pereira replaced the injured Bruno Pereirinha.
Gil Vicente started the game well and opened the scoring through a fantastic long-range Rodrigo Galo strike with just 13 minutes of the game gone.
The home side started out the brighter but as the half continued Sporting started to create more chances. Emiliano Insúa’s strike from a freekick perhaps the best strike of the first half forcing a solid save from Adriano.
Ricardo Sá Pinto made changes at half-time. Jeffrén Suárez and André Martins coming on in place of Matías Fernández and Ânderson Polga. Elias dropped deep as a centre-back.
The main incident that the game will be remembered began in the 53rd minute. Referee Bruno Paixão adjudged Stijn Schaars to have handled inside the area, although the decision was incredibly controversial. Schaars looked to be outside the area and the Dutch midfielder was booked for his troubles.
Cláudio stood up to take the penalty and his shot was well saved by Rui Patrício. Bruno Paixão gave another penalty when he judged João Pereira t o have handled immediately in the attempt to clear Patrício’s save. This time Cláudio made no mistake drilling his shot straight down the middle. To the anger of the Sporting team.
Things went bad to worse for Sporting. Stijn Schaars was sent off when he received a second yellow card for a foul after 68 minutes. Again the decision looked harsh on Sporting.
In response Ricardo Sá Pinto brought on André Carrillo for Diego Capel as Sporting tried to pull the game back.
In fact Gil Vicente almost grabbed a third. On the counter attack Zé Luis almost made things ever worse for Sporting.
This controversial defeat leaves Sporting 5th in the table, unable to capitalise on Marítimo dropped points yesterday. There will almost certainly be a huge aftermath of the circumstances of the defeat soon to come after the terrible performance of referee Bruno Paixão.
Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Ânderson Polga (André Martins 45′), Xandão, Emiliano Insúa; Stijn Schaars (YC, YC+RC), Elias, Matías Fernández; Marat Izmailov (Jeffrén Suárez 45′), Diego Capel (André Carrillo 73′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (YC)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço (YC), Evaldo Fabiano, Diego Rubio