Sporting came out on top in a hard fought win against Vitória de Guimarães thanks to Marcos Rojo’s second half goal.
The game came one year after Bruno de Carvalho was elected Sporting president. The occasion saw the Sporting players don the names of sócios on the back of the shirts.
Leonardo Jardim elected to keep Carlos Mané in the team ahead of André Martins as Martins returned from injury. Elsewhere Héldon Ramos and Diego Capel supported Islam Slimani up front.
Sporting had the better of the first half but failed to create much in the way of clear goal scoring opportunities with the visitors defending well. Islam Slimani though was causing plenty of trouble for the Guimarães defence.
The game was more open in the second half and it wasn’t long until Sporting had the lead.
Marcos Rojo pounced on a cleared ball to see his deflected shot go past goalkeeper Douglas in the 48th minute.
Sporting scored a second goal only for it to be wrongly disallowed by the officials. A superb ball by Jefferson found Fredy Montero at the far post who slotted home.
Fortunately, despite late Guimarães pressure that decision did not prove to be costly for Sporting and they passed a tough test at the Alvalade to keep the pressure on Benfica and stay clear of Porto.
SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Maurício, Marcos Rojo (YC) (Scored, 48′), Jefferson; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (YC), Carlos Mané (André Martins, 81′); Héldon Ramos (Fredy Montero, 46′), Diego Capel, Islam Slimani (YC) (André Carrillo, 74′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Vítor Silva, Wilson Eduardo