Sporting went 5 points clear at the top of the Primeira Liga table with a 3-0 victory of Belenenses. Adrien Silva opened the scoring with a controversial penalty before André Martins and Wilson Eduardo wrapped up the scoring for Sporting.
Match report from PortuGOAL.net:
Visitors Belenenses were without Miguel Rosa who was close to returning to fitness for this game. Meanwhile Leonardo Jardim selected what now seems to be his first eleven with André Carrillo and Diego Capel the two singers.
Belenenses have frustrated both Porto and Benfica already this season and they showed glimpses in the Alvalade of how they did it. Marco Paulo’s men doing well to pressure Sporting players early and high up the pitch.
It took a while for Sporting to get going in the match because of this but a brief flash of skill from André Carrillo almost set up and opening goal. His cross was just behind Diego Capel who could only attempt a flick to try and score but Matt Jones had an easy save to make.
There was huge controversy in the 27th minute when referee Hugo Pacheco gave Sporting a penalty for a foul that had clearly happened outside of the box when Filipe Ferreira brought down Cédric Soares.
Adrien Silva stepped up to take the penalty and made no mistake sending Matt Jones the wrong way to put Sporting ahead.
Matt Jones did make a very good save to deny Jefferson from doubling Sporting’s lead from a well struck freekick.
Though Sporting’s penalty was most definitely unfair they were denied a more clear cut penalty just before half time. Fredy Montero was looking to get onto the end of a loose ball in the box when he was pulled back by João Meira. Not only should have been a penalty, had he given it Hugo Pacheco would probably have had to send João Meira off for the foul as well.
Sporting really had Belenenses on the back foot at the end of the half with Fredy Montero missing a great chance just seconds before the restart.
Belenenses were forced into a change for the second half with Mamadou Diawara picking up an ankle injury. Fábio Sturgeon was brought on to replace him.
Sporting doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half. A Diego Capel cross found André Carrillo in the box. The Peruvian did well to bring the high ball down and pulled back a pass for André Martins to finish.
The second goal seemed to kill Belenenses off. Scoring goals has been a huge problem for the Belém side this season and it seems the team had no belief they could get back into the game.
The visitors going forward lead to Sporting’s third goal in the 85th minute. André Martins putting a superb ball through into substitute Wilson Eduardo. The winger then finishing an excellent counter attacking move off to add gloss to the scoreline.
Another comfortable win for Sporting who are playing with the great confidence that their lead at the table suggests. The three goals from three academy products in particular a highlight for Sporting fans.
Meanwhile Belenenses did not look the team that disrupted Benfica or Porto and they’re still sorely missing the creativity of Miguel Rosa.
SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Maurício, Marcos Rojo, Jefferson; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (Scored, 28′), André Martins (Scored, 53′) (Vítor Silva, 86′); André Carrillo, Diego Capel (Wilson Eduardo, 73′, Scored, 85′), Fredy Montero (Islam Slimani, 80′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Fabián Rinaudo, Carlos Mané