Abel Ferreira had Eric Dier back for a game in the B team and so the England U21 player started in defensive midfield. The returning Fabrice Fokobo and Betinho started from the bench. With Sporting da Covilhã 5th in the Segunda Liga table at the start of the game. In fact, Francisco Chaló’s Covilhã had not lost a game since August.
There will be concern for Abel and his team when midway through the first-half when Salim Cissé had to be replaced due to injury by Betinho with just 39 minutes of the game gone.
The game was perhaps most notable for its sendings off with Covilhã being reduced to 10 men after 43 minutes when Alex Kakuba was sent off.
After the break it was Sporting B’s turn to go to ten men when Carlos Mané, one of the best players on the pitch, was also sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the game.
Sporting B took the lead late on in the 80th minute through substitute Betinho. The returning striker then doubled his lead just 6 minutes later to seal the win.
It’s a great result for Abel Ferreira’s side as they seem to have shaken off their poor run of form at the start of the season with 3 wins out of the last 3 games against some of the best teams in the Segunda Liga.
Sporting B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Mauro Riquicho, Nuno Reis, Hugo Sousa, Sambinha; Eric Dier, Kikas (YC), João Mário (YC) (Luka Stojanović, 64′); Ricardo Esgaio (YC) (Iuri Medeiros, 69′), Carlos Mané (YC, RC), Salim Cissé (Betinho, 39, Scored, 80′, 86′)
Substitutes Not Used: Mickaël Meira, Edelino Ié, Fabrice Fokobo, Felipe Chaby