Sporting will be extremely disappointed to only get a point at home to Paços de Ferreira. André Carrillo’s first half goal was cancelled out by Pelé’s penalty after João Pereira was sent off for a foul on Cícero.
Jorge Jesus started Alberto Aquilani ahead of Adrien Silva in midfield for his first start, and Fredy Montero started ahead of Teófilo Gutiérrez.
Perhaps tired from the game against CSKA, Sporting started off slowly in the game, though with plenty of possession.
Indeed, when Sporting did get their rhythm, late in the first half, it lead to the opening goal. André Carrillo slotting home after some excellent build-up play with Bryan Ruiz getting another assist.
Paços improved in the second-half but Sporting still looked closer to find a goal with Gelson Martins impressing.
Jorge Jesus was forced into a change after 71 minutes when Jefferson picked up an injury forcing Jonathan Silva on. Sporting will be hoping the Brazilian is fit enough for Wednesday’s big game.
Sporting fans had been happy with referee Manuel Oliveira and it so it was ironic that when he decided to send off João Pereira for a foul Cícero and award a penalty it was probably one of the few decisions Sporting fans agreed with. Midfielder Pelé made no mistake, sending Rui Patrício the wrong way.
With 10 men Sporting couldn’t find another way through a resolute Paços de Ferreira defence and there will be huge disappointment to be dropping 2 points at home so early in the season.
SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira (RC), Paulo Oliveira, Naldo, Jefferson (Jonathan Silva, 71′); Alberto Aquilani (Adrien Silva, 63′), João Mário; Bryan Ruiz, André Carrillo; Fredy Montero (Gelson Martins, 46′), Islam Slimani
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Ricardo Esgaio, Carlos Mané, Teófilo Gutiérrez