Sporting had to comeback from behind to beat a physical Marítimo side with the visitors up 2-1 at the break. An Adrien Silva penalty gave Sporting the win in the end with the Madeira club finishing the game with 10 men.
Leonardo Jardim made 4 changes from the team who lost to Porto in the last round. Vítor Silva, Jefferson, Diego Capel and Eric Dier all started the game.
It was a tough game against a very strong Marítimo game with referee Bruno Esteves in the spotlight for various controversial decisions.
Sporting took the lead with just under a half-hour gone in the game when Diego Capel’s shot from outside the box rifled past Johnny Leoni.
It didn’t take long for Marítimo to reply when a soft freekick was awarded outside the Sporting area and Rúben Ferreira scored directly. Rui Patrício may well have been disappointed in himself for failing to save at the near post.
The away side then took the lead from another controversial decision. Jefferson was unlucky to have conceded the penalty for what was judged to be a foul on Sami. Héldon slotted easily past Patrício to make it 2-1 to Marítimo before the break.
Sporting were unhappy when Diego Capel was seen to have been elbowed off the ball but this was an incident entirely missed by the referee at the time.
Jardim made a change on half-time with the ineffective André Carrillo being replaced by Wilson Eduardo. The substitute firing just over from long range not long after appearing.
Fredy Montero had a rare misfiring day so it was down to another substitute, Islam Slimani, to grab the equaliser. The Algerian forward headed in at the far post after Diego Capel’s left-wing cross. Slimani now with his second goal for the club and his first in the league.
The referee awarded a penalty to Sporting when Fredy Montero was pushed in the box whilst attempting to go for a header by João Diogo, the defender then received his second yellow card of the game. Adrien Silva stepped up to slot home impressively to put Sporting back on track.
Sporting are now just 3 points behind Porto after their draw against Belenenses with Benfica in the Taça de Portugal the next opponents.
SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Eric Dier, Marcos Rojo, Jefferson (YC); William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (Scored, 76′), Vítor Silva (Islam Slimani, 63′ – Scored, 67′); André Carrillo (Wilson Eduardo, 46′), Diego Capel (Scored, 28′) (Carlos Mané, 82′), Fredy Montero (YC)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Maurício, Fabián Rinaudo, André Martins