Result: SPORTING 4-0 Paços de Ferreira

Sporting top the table after an impressive performance against Paços de Ferreira. William Carvalho started the scoring before a Montero double and an André Martins goal wrapped things up against 10-man Paços.

Leonardo Jardim had Marcos Rojo and Wilson Eduardo available to him again after their suspensions. Wilson Eduardo started from the bench but Marcos Rojo went straight back into centre-defence alongside Maurício.

Sporting took control of the game straight away and opened the scoring after just 15 minutes when William Carvalho nodded home from a corner.

Sporting had plenty of chances to double their lead with Fredy Montero, pouncing on a mistake in defence, having the best of the chances in the first half.

The home side was more clinical after the break and Fredy Montero finally returned to goal scoring ways just 6 minutes after the restart. After good work from André Carrillo down the left wing, the Peruvian squared his pass for Montero to finish from close range despite of the attempts of the Paços defence.

The game was effectively sealed when Filipe Anunciação got himself sent off. The veteran midfielder bizarrely raised a hand in front of Fredy Montero’s header in the box and was given his marching orders. Montero stepped up and scored the goal to make it 3-0.

André Martins got his second career goal to round out the scoring. A Wilson Eduardo cross ended up hitting the bar and the ball bounced out to Martins who smashed home in style.

With Porto’s defeat to Académica, this result now puts Sporting top of the Primeira Liga thanks to a larger goal difference than Benfica. Compare this to this time last season and it’s quite amazing to see how Bruno de Carvalho and Leonardo Jardim have turned this team around.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Maurício, Marcos Rojo, Jefferson; William Carvalho (Scored, 15′), Adrien Silva (Gérson Magrão, 69′), André Martins (Scored, 89′); Diego Capel (YC), André Carrillo (Islam Slimani, 77′), Fredy Montero (Scored, 51′, 72′) (Wilson Eduardo, 85′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Vítor Silva, Carlos Mané


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