It was a disappointing result for Sporting’s first competitive friendly of the 2016/2017 season, losing 4-1 to Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco in Switzerland.
Jorge Jesus started the game with just one recognised midfielder, debutant Radosav Petrović played alongside captain Bryan Ruiz in the middle of the pitch. Otherwise, there was some familiar names to the starting line-up.
Sporting started off well but Valère Germain scored early on for Monaco. Daniel Podence pulled one back with great skill after the 20 minute mark but the lead didn’t last long when Radamel Falcao was given space in the box to head home.
In the second-half Monaco were much the better side, ex-Sporting manager Leonardo Jardim’s side were clearly in better shape and sharpness after having started pre-season earlier. Radamel Falcao grabbed a second to make it 3 before Guido Carrillo finished the scoring.
Sporting will be back in action tomorrow against Stade Nyonnais before facing Zenit St. Petersburg, PSV Eindhoven and Lyon.
SPORTING XI: Ažbe Jug; Ezequiel Schelotto, Sebastián Coates, Rúben Semedo, Marvin Zeegelaar (Jefferson, 74′); Radosav Petrović (João Palhinha, 64′), Bryan Ruiz (Alberto Aquilani, 74′); Matheus Pereira (Bruno César, 64′), Gelson Martins (Teófilo Gutiérrez, 64′), Daniel Podence (Scored, 21′, YC) (Iuri Medeiros, 64′); Hernán Barcos (Islam Slimani, 64′)