Sporting’s win over Leixões was overshadowed after a terrible injury to Mauro Riquicho could keep the right-back out for the rest of the season.
João de Deus brought in Rúben Ribeiro for the player’s Sporting B debut, slotting in at left back.
Coming off a great win over Oriental last time out Sporting kept up their excellent play.
Indeed, it took just 2 minutes for Sporting to get the lead when Matheus Pereira’s freekick was headed in from close range by Sambinha.
An even better set piece came 7 minutes later when a clever passing move from Sporting found Domingos Duarte able to score from close range.
Diogo Nunes pulled one back for Leixões in a half with goals all scored by central defenders.
Not long after the restart João de Deus brought on Diogo Salomão for Rafael Barbosa. The winger showing excellent attitude to play for the B team despite being unable to find a new club over the summer.
The incident the game will be remembered for came in the 62nd minute when Alemão went in on a tackle on Riquicho. Immediately the players signalled to the physio to deal with the terrible injury that could end the defender’s season.
Sporting tried to seal the game and get a third but the balance in the game shifted after Sambinha saw a straight red card.
Leixões went in search for an equaliser which allowed Sporting to counter and just before the end Cristian Ponde made it 3-1 to secure all 3 points.
SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mauro Riquicho (Mama Baldé, 65′), Domingos Duarte (Scored, 9′), Sambinha (Scored, 2′) (RC), Rúben Ribeiro; Fabrice Fokobo, Ryan Gauld, Rafael Barbosa (Diogo Salomão, 55′); Daniel Podence (YC) (Hadi Sacko, 73′), Matheus Pereira, Cristian Ponde (Scored, 89′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Ivanildo Fernandes, Seejou King, Zezinho