Sporting expectedly thrashed a resilient Sport Clube de Alba side 8-1 at the Estádio José Alvalade in the Taça de Portugal.
Leonardo Jardim was making sure there’d be no mistakes with a strong team selection. Fabián Rinaudo made his first start of the season along side Adrien and Vítor Silva in midfield. Vítor making his first start for the first team. Gérson Magrão filled the left-back role whilst Iván Piris played right-back. Jardim went for a very strong front 3 of André Carrillo, Wilson Eduardo and Fredy Montero.
Unsurprisingly Sporting started on top straight away against the minnows from Albergaria-a-Velha. Fredy Montero in particular had an excellent change in the first 10 minutes after being fed in on goal by a great pass from Vítor Silva but his chip sailed over the bar.
Sporting did make the opening in the 16th minute when Fredy Montero was fed down the left-hand channel and he crossed low for Wilson Eduardo to fire home from close range.
After another four minutes the home side then doubled their lead when a Vítor Silva cross was tapped in from close range by Marcos Rojo.
Sporting went close to another goal soon after Iván Piris broke free down the right-side and crossed to Montero who head onto André Carrillo. Carrillo’s close-range shot was well saved by Luís Santos. The Colombian now already in double-figures for the season.
In the 30th minute Wilson Eduardo found Fredy Montero who cleverly finished past Luís to make it 3-0. Replays showed that the striker may have been fractionally offside.
Vítor Silva almost made it 4 in the 38th minute after being put through on goal by Fredy Montero but the midfielder his shot over when he should have easily scored.
The first-half had been an easy game for Sporting, perhaps best proven by the 75% possession they enjoyed.
Leonardo Jardim made one change at the interval with youngster Rúben Semedo on for Marcos Rojo. The young centre-back making his full debut for the first team.
The second-half started much slower than the first with Sporting well in control of proceedings.
There was a big worry when Adrien Silva went down and looks to have took a knock. The midfielder was about to be substituted when Fredy Montero popped up again to grab the fourth goal after an excellent cross from the left-hand side by Gérson Magrão. Montero taking his goals tally for the season up to 11 goals.
Diego Capel made his return for the injured Adrien Silva. It took the Spanish winger just a minute before getting on the scoresheet after somehow excellently getting on to the end of André Carrillo’s cross.
Vítor Silva was the next to get on the scoresheet after some good play by André Carrillo and then Wilson Eduardo who crossed the ball low. Fredy Montero did well to dummy for the charging Vítor Silva to side foot the ball into the net to make it 6-0.
A mix up at the back between Marcelo Boeck and Rúben Semedo meant that Alba managed to get consolation goal. Carlos Santos was left with an empty goal for an easy tap in. Considering the excellent attitude of the Alba team and, especially, their supporters it was a great moment for the club.
Islam Slimani had an excellent opportunity to get his first goal for Sporting but Luís Santos made an excellent save to deny him one-on-one.
The Algerian forward did manage to get his first goal at last in the 85th minute to make it 7-1 to the home side. Vítor Silva again was the man who made the goal, the midfielder giving Leonardo Jardim a headache before his selection against Porto.
The scoring wasn’t done there though as Fredy Montero managed to grab another hat-trick at Sporting. Piris cut back the ball to Montero who did well to go past one play and smash the ball past Santos to make it 8 on the night. Montero getting his 12th goal in just 8 games.
In all it was a comfortable game, as expected, for Sporting. With focus now fully shifted onto the game against FC Porto next week.
Sporting XI: Marcelo Boeck; Iván Piris, Maurício, Marcos Rojo (Scored, 20′) (Rúben Semedo, 45′), Gérson Magrão; Fabián Rinaudo (YC), Adrien Silva (Diego Capel, 57′, scored, 59′), Vítor Silva (Scored, 67′); Wilson Eduardo (Scored, 16′), André Carrillo (Islam Slimani, 68′, Scored 86′), Fredy Montero (Scored, 31′, 57′)
Substitutes Not Used: Rui Patrício, Cédric Soares, André Martins, Carlos Mané