Sporting kept the pressure on Porto with a comfortable win in the Algarve against Olhanense
With Marcos Rojo injured Leonardo Jardim chose Eric Dier ahead of Rúben Semedo to replace him. Elsewhere Diego Capel started ahead of André Carrillo after the Peruvian’s international commitments saw him return late from South America.
The first half started off edgy but Sporting got into their stride late on in the half. Diego Capel in particular had an excellent chance midway through the half but his shot was hit straight at Ricardo.
Olhanense did give Sporting one major concern from a corner when Oumar Diakhité hit the bar from a corner but for the most part if it was Sporting on time.
Sporting improved greatly after half-time and soon started the scoring just 5 minutes after the restart.
It began when Rui Duarte fouled Diego Capel outside the area. André Martins took the resulting freekick which Fredy Montero jumped ahead of Ricardo to nod home. Replays showed that Montero had been in an offside position but the goal was allowed to stand and the Colombian scored his 6th of the season.
Sporting doubled the lead on the 58th minute. Wilson Eduardo picked up on the ball on the left-hand side and cleverly crossed low across the face of goal for André Martins to pop up and score his first ever goal for Sporting to make it 2-0.
From there on Sporting looked comfortable. There was time for Leonardo Jardim to also give new signing Vítor Silva his debut as Sporting wrapped up all 3 points.
Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Maurício, Eric Dier, Jefferson; William Carvalho (YC), Adrien Silva (Fabián Rinaudo, 82′), André Martins (YC) (Scored, 58′) (Vítor Silva, 69′); Diego Capel (André Carrillo, 69′), Wilson Eduardo, Fredy Montero (Scored, 50′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Rúben Semedo, Gerson Magrão, Islam Slimani