It was a disappointing weekend for Sporting as both sides could only manage a draw.
Sporting came back from behind to draw at home to Belenenses but couldn’t find a winner and ended up with just 10-men.
Marco Silva was still without Cédric Soares so Ricardo Esgaio was once again starting at right-back. Otherwise it was what is becoming the usual starting eleven for Marco Silva.
A sign of how Belenenses approached the game was seen early on when English goalkeeper Matt Jones was booked for time wasting with just 23 minutes gone in the game.
Yet it was the Belém side who took the lead when Brazilian forward Deyverson headed past Rui Patrício’s reach with just under a half hour gone in the game.
The away side’s lead only lasted 7 minutes when slack square pass from Belenenses found André Carrillo in acres of space past the last defenders. The Peruvian cooly slotted home to even the scores.
Sporting found it difficult from then on to find any real chances in the game although Nani looked lively through out.
The quest to grab a winner late on in the game was hampered when Jefferson was given a second yellow card from referee Cosme Machado in stoppage time for speaking out of line.
It was a disappointing result and yet another draw for Marco Silva who will hope to get back to winning as the Champions League kicks off this week.
SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Ricardo Esgaio, Maurício (YC) (Fredy Montero, 80′), Naby Sarr, Jefferson (YC+RC); William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, André Martins (Carlos Mané, 61′); André Carrillo (Scored, 35′), (Diego Capel, 61′) Nani (YC), Islam Slimani
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Paulo Oliveira, Oriol Rosell, João Mário
There were parallels for the Francisco Barão’s B side as they could only get a goalless draw at home to Portimonense and also ended the game with 10 men.
Barão elected to bring new signing Hadi Sacko straight into the staring eleven with Jonathan Silva also starting at left back.
It was an even game with neither side really having great chances until the 68th minute when Fabrice Fokobo was given a second yellow card by referee João Pinto.
From that point on it was the visitors pressing hard to find as goal but thanks to Luís Ribeiro Sporting managed to survive and hang on to a point.
SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Mauro Riquicho (YC), Sambinha, Tobias Figueiredo, Jonathan Silva; Fabrice Fokobo (YC+RC), Wallyson Mallmann, Ryan Gauld; Daniel Podence, Hadi Sacko (Gelson Martins, 71′), Ousmane Dramé (Lewis Enoh, 83′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Domingos Duarte, Rúben Ribeiro, Francisco Geraldes, Iuri Medeiros