Sporting return to the top of the table with a 2-0 win away to Gil Vicente thanks to goals from Fredy Montero.
Leonardo Jardim made just one change from the team that beat Paços de Ferreira 4-0 at the Alvalade last week. Wilson Eduardo started ahead of André Carrillo.
It was the team from Barcelos who had the first chance in the game. Luís Martins strong effort was well saved by Rui Patrício.
Just 6 minutes later though Sporting took the lead. Cédric Soares’ cross caused panic in the Gil Vicente box and right-back Gabriel could only head his clearance into the path of Fredy Montero. The Colombian making no mistake from close range and slotting past Adriano Facchini.
Gil Vicente almost equalised not long after that when João Vilela hooked his shot just over the bar from a corner. André Martins had two good chances before the break as well both, unusually for a player of his size, headers won in the Gil Vicente box.
After the break Wilson Eduardo had a superb chance to double Sporting’s lead. A cross from deep by Cédric Soares found the winger in plenty of space and onside inside the Gil box. Wilson Eduardo though fluffed his lines and skies his shot.
Gil Vicente started looking the stronger team after that and almost scored through Paulinho after a through-ball from César Peixoto. Fortunately Rui Patrício was there to smother the shot and prevent the equaliser.
The home side’s hunt for an equalising goal was badly hurt by centre-back Pecks. The young Cape Verdean’s late and nasty tackle on William Carvalho fully deserving of the red card he received.
To their credit Gil Vicente still tried to attack with 10 men but the game was effectively finished in the 74th minute when Fredy Montero grabbed his second goal. Diego Capel found himself in space down the right wing and cut inside. His shot was parried away by Adriano but only into the path of Fredy Montero to make is 13 in goals in 12 league games for him this season.
Gil Vicente had one final chance of the game in the 90th minute when substitute Brito hit the post.
In the end it was a well deserved win for Sporting that seems them back on top of the table by 2 points. I’m not sure after all that happened last season we could have expected such a brilliant start to the league.
Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Maurício, Marcos Rojo (YC), Jefferson (YC); William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (YC), André Martins; Diego Capel (Diogo Salomão, 80′), Wilson Eduardo (André Carrillo, 68′), Fredy Montero (Scored, 19′, 74′) (Islam Slimani, 88′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Fabián Rinaudo, Gérson Magrão