Sporting dropped down to second place after a disappointing goalless draw away to Estoril – this is now Sporting’s third goalless draw in a row.
Leonardo Jardim named Iván Piris in the place of the suspended Jefferson whilst Wilson Eduardo and André Carrillo were chosen as the two wingers.
Both teams were locked in a midfield battle as both were able to prevent each other from playing.
Referee Pedro Proença gave an early yellow card to Cédric Soares meaning the right back will miss his next game after collecting 5 yellow cards so far.
Wilson Eduardo has the best chance in the first half as he was found free on the right side. His chance was almost identical to that he had against Porto and again with the same result – only this time it was Vagner who made the save.
Tiago Gomes had the best chance for Estoril in the first half forcing Rui Patrício into a great save.
There was no change in the game after the break as again fouls and interceptions in midfield dictated a low quality half.
In trying to go and grab the 3 points Sporting left themselves exposed to the counter and Gerso found himself with 2 huge chances to grab a goal but Rui Patrício was the man in the way both times.
The result leaves Sporting in second, 2 points behind Benfica and 1 point ahead of Porto. Although it is great to see Sporting go so long without conceding a goal there are worries aboit the lack of goals being scored.
SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Maurício, Marcos Rojo, Iván Piris; William Carvalho (YC), Adrien Silva, André Martins (Carlos Mané, 87′); André Carrillo (Islam Slimani, 66′); Wilson Eduardo (Diego Capel, 66′), Fredy Montero (YC)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Vítor Silva, Gerson Magrão