Result: SPORTING 2-0 GIl Vicente

Leonardo Jardim chose to start Carlos Mané in the place of André Martins with André Carrillo and Diego Capel supporting Islam Slimani. Elsewhere it was the usual starting XI for Sporting.

Sporting made the perfect start to the game when Islam Slimani had headed past Adriano Facchini with just 30 seconds gone in the game. The goal came through great play down the right-hand side through Cédric Soares and André Carrillo.

The home side were well in control for the first-half, although Gil Vicente did look threatening when they had the ball. Despite the much larger possession from Sporting they found it difficult to create clear cut chances.

Despite the need for a second goal Sporting started the second-half slowly and seemed to lack any urgency to kill the game off.

With 15 minutes gone in the second-half Leonardo Jardim reacted to the sluggish start by bringing on André Martins for Carlos Mané.

Sporting did almost double their lead in the 63rd minute when Marcos Rojo’s long range thunderbolt cannoned off of the back of the cross bar. The central defender was close to a truly brilliant goal.

Cédric Soares was booked for a late tackle on Diogo Viana which means he will miss next week’s trip away to Belenenses.

Although Sporting improved after the substitution they still found it difficult to find the killer ball o get the second goal. Fortunately Gil Vicente lacked any attacking threat in the second half making it a comfortable night for Sporting.

Sporting added some gloss to the score line when Fredy Montero played a superb pass through to André Carrillo. The Peruvian’s low cross found substitute Héldon Ramos to tap in from close range and grab his first goal for his new club.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Maurício (YC), Marcos Rojo, Jefferson; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (YC), Carlos Mané (André Martins, 59:); André Carrillo, Diego Capel (Héldon Ramos, 88′, Scored 90’+2), Islam Slimani (Scored, 1′) (Fredy Montero, 75′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Gérson Magrão, Wilson Eduardo

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