Sporting thrashed Vitória de Setúbal at the Alvalade thanks to goals from André Carrillo, Adrien Silva and a Fredy Montero brace.
Leonardo Jardim was without the injured Jefferson, so Iván Piris was the man to take his place for his full first team debut. Elsewhere Wilson Eduardo started ahead of Diogo Salomão in attack with Diego Capel still out injured. Meanwhile José Mota’s Vitoria de Setúbal have so far had just one win in their opening six games of the season.
It was Sporting who began the stronger and André Carrillo had a superb curling effort just hit the outside of Carlos Servín’s left-hand post. Sporting were in charge of most of the game although they found it hard to create chances.
Setúbal did manage one good chance in the first half but Ramón Cardozo’s header was easily saved by Rui Patrício.
The deadlock was broken after an awful back pass from Rafael Martins left Fredy Montero with all the room in the world in front of goal. The Colombian forward kept his composure, used his skill to beat Servín and slotted home to put Sporting ahead before half-time.
The game continued into a similar fashion eight minutes after the restart with Sporting not looking like slipping as they did in the Rio Ave game. Indeed, Sporting emphatically doubled their lead with some superb link up play between André Carrillo and Adrien Silva. Carrillo got the ball back from Adrien and finished well with his left foot.
Sporting were not done yet and Fredy Montero popped up once again after some more lovely passing from Sporting to tap in from close range from Piris’ cross, the Colombian scoring his 9th goal in just 8 games.
Referee Duarte Gomes then awarded a penalty to the home side after Javier Cohene brought down Maurício in the penalty area during a corner kick. Adrien Silva stepped up and confidently tucked the ball away.
Things were so comfortable for Leonardo Jardim’s side that he was able to hand a debut to promising forward Carlos Mané, who came on in place of Wilson Eduardo. Setúbal did look a bit more lively late on in the game but it was all in all an easy night for Sporting.
Sporting jump to the top of the Liga table once more, at least until Porto play, with a superb performance. Leonardo Jardim will be pleased with his team’s display. Ivan Piris’ fine debut also means that Jefferson’s injury may not be such a large cause for concern. This result sets up a mouth-watering league game after the upcoming international break as Sporting travel north to take on Porto at the Dragão.
Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Maurício, Marcos Rojo, Iván Piris; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (Scored, 75′) (Gérson Magrão, 77′), André Martins (Vítor Silva, 63′); André Carrillo (Scored, 58′), Wilson Eduardo (Carlos Mané, 83′), Fredy Montero (Scored, 40′, 71′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Fabián Rinaudo, Islam Slimani