Result: Porto 3-1 SPORTING

Sporting suffered their first defeat of the season against a superior Porto side. A Josué penalty, as well as goals from Danilo and Lucho González were enough for the away side despite William Carvalho’s first Sporting goal.

There were no surprises in Leonardo Jardim’s team selection. Iván Piris kept his place at left-back with Jefferson only just returning to fitness, although he was in the squad. Wilson Eduardo and André Carrillo were the wingers selected to support Fredy Montero.

Sporting got off to the worst possible start when Maurício gave away a penalty after just ten minutes that midfielder Josué slotted away with ease.

The away side improved somewhat after going a goal behind but failed to create any chances in what was a cagey first half – typical of most games between the two sides.

Sporting did improve somewhat after the break managing to find more space on the pitch than they did in the first half.

William Carvalho poked home after Helton’s clearance from a freekick did not go far but the lead last just over a minute before Danilo made easy work of Marcos Rojo before firing home an unstoppable shot past Rui Patrício.

Porto then caught Sporting on a counter that lead to the third goal with Lucho González finishing from close range. That goal effectively ended the tie on what was a very tough night at the Dragão.

And so Leonardo Jardim suffers his first competitive Sporting defeat. The team were caught out with defensive mistakes and lacked invention whilst going forward. The performances of Piris and, especially, William Carvalho did stand out.

Sporting still sit second in the Liga table by virtue of a better goal difference over Benfica but now trail Porto by 5 points.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cedric Soares, Maurício (YC), Marcos Rojo, Iván Piris (YC); William Carvalho (Scored, 60), Adrien Silva, André Martins (Vítor Silva, 71′); Wilson Eduardo (Diego Capel, 57′), André Carrillo (Gérson Magrão, 81′), Fredy Montero
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Fabián Rinaudo, Islam Slimani

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