Taça de Portugal Draw: Famalicão (Away)

The draw for the Taça de Portugal has been made and Sporting will face FC Famalicão away from home on the 16th October.

The game takes place just before the game against Borussia Dortmund so expect a second string Sporting side to feature.

The last time the two teams met was also in the Taça de Portugal back in January 2015 when goals from André Carrillo, João Mário, Paulo Oliveira, and Fredy Montero completed a comfortable 4-0 win.

SPORTING 2-0 Legia Warszawa

Sporting had a comfortable night in the Alvalade against Legia Warszawa. Bryan Ruiz and Bas Dost’s first half goals were enough to seal the win.

Sporting were without Jorge Jesus after his sending off against Real Madrid last time out. Assistant coach Raul José was the main man at the dug out in his place.

The Polish side themselves have just gone under a chance of management and in the first 10 minutes they looked hugely improved over the time that were thrashed by Borussia Dortmund in their first round game.

However, Sporting soon grew in confidence and dominated the rest of the second half.

Gelson Martins had a golden opportunity when a corner fell his way. The ball was coming at him quick but Gelson was just a few years in front of an open goal when his shot cannoned off the cross bar.

The first goal came from a corner in the 28th minute that was flicked on by a Legia player but it went straight to the feet of Bryan Ruiz. The Costa Rican calmly passed the ball into the net.

Sporting got the second when a pinpoint Adrien Silva pass found Bas Dost who peeled away from his marker. The Dutch striker made no mistake in boosting his excellent scoring record so far this season.

The game after the break was completely different. Sporting didn’t put too much effort into looking of a third goal where as Legia didn’t look threatening going forward. It’s the kind of half that could have done with Jorge Jesus screaming manically from the sidelines.

The second half did see the debut of Serbian midfielder Radosav Petrović as a late substitution but that is as interesting as it got.

Still, it’s 3 important points with these 2 games against Legia must wins for Sporting.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Sebastián Coates, Rúben Semedo, Jefferson; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Bruno César (Lazar Marković, 66′), Gelson Martins (Joel Campbell, 76′); Bryan Ruiz (Scored, 28′) (Radosav Petrović, 87′), Bas Dost (Scored, 37′)
Substitutes Not Used: Beto, Ezequiel Schelotto, Paulo Oliveira, André

Player Ratings: Rio Ave vs. SPORTING

Well, instead of (maybe) writing a match report after last night’s shambles against Rio Ave, I thought it would work out better to give ratings to the players instead of telling you everything you already saw. So, here we go:

Rui Patrício – 6: Couldn’t do anything about any of the goals and made plenty of good saves in between.

Ezequiel Schelotto – 3: Looked very shaky defensively and wasn’t much of a threat going forward.

Sebastián Coates – 5: He seemed very out of sorts after ordinarily being assured at the bank since he arrived.

Rúben Semedo – 6: Probably the best player on the pitch for Sporting. Made some crucial interceptions and his pace and strength were evident throughout.

Bruno César – 0: After playing so well and scoring against Real Madrid, this is probably Bruno César’s worst performance in a Sporting shirt. Jorge Jesus’ experiment with him at left-back is head scratcher when Jefferson is such a superior replacement.

William Carvalho – 5: Some good moments but generally a poor overall performance from William.

Adrien Silva – 6: As always, he gave 100%. He created more chances in centre midfielder than most of our strikers.

Gelson Martins – 4: Back to earth for Gelson Martins after his stella performance in Madrid. Perhaps the reports in the press comparing him to Cristiano Ronaldo and Luís Figo went to his head. He did however set up the goal and took a whack to the head by the goal post in the process.

Joel Campbell – 2: Looked lost on the pitch and couldn’t get involved. On the left he offered little support for Bruno César.

Alan Ruiz – 3: Couldn’t influence the game at all, had a few bright spots but was most anonymous.

André – 2: If Alan Ruiz was mostly anonymous then André was definitely anonymous. Didn’t do anything the entire game.

Substitutes:

Bryan Ruiz – 5: Certainly a big improvement when he came on and he was a far more creative than any of the other attackers in the first half. His cross helped set up Sporting’s goal.

Bas Dost – 6: 2 goals in 2 games is a great start for Bas Dost. He had a few other decent chances and looked the part up front.

Lazar Marković – 4: Couldn’t put his stamp on the game and was booked at the end for diving to try and win a penalty. That only works at Benfica, Lazar.

Jorge Jesus – 3: After the usual egotistical comments in the press, it was a dramatic slice of humble pie for Jesus. Clearly made a mistake in his initial team selection and the Bruno César at left-back experiment is still worrying.

João Pinheiro – 5: It was generally an easy game to referee but João Pinheiro still got a lot of calls in the middle of the park wrong. However, the bigger calls, (e.g. Marković’s dive) were correct.

SPORTING B 2-2 Gil Vicente

Sporting B were denied a much needed win by a last minute Gil Vicente equaliser in Alcochete.

João de Deus’ men have been struggling to get wins in recent weeks but this time the coach had reinforcements. Ricardo Esgaio, Bruno Paulista and Matheus Pereira all started, the 3 first team players in need of first team action.

All 4 goals came in the last 30 minutes of the game. Gil Vicente struck first through defender Ricardo Miranda.

Sporting hit back immediately through substitute Pedro Marques, who was the hero against Real Madrid in the UEFA Youth Cup, scoring just a minute after Miranda’s goal.

It looked like Marques had struck the winner for Sporting when he made it 2-1 in the 80th minute.

However Gil Vicente stole a point in the end with Brazilian midfielder Arthur Rezende beating Pedro Silva to make it 2-2.

Sporting currently sit way down in 20th place but with so many games left and a young team that should only get better there shouldn’t be any reason for Sporting to panic just yet.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Ricardo Esgaio, Fidel Escobar (Bilel Aouacheria, 46′), Boubakar Kouyaté, Ivanildo Fernandes; Bruno Paulista (YC), Ricardo Guima, Pedro Delgado (Jovane Cabral, 77′); Pedro Empis, Matheus Pereira, Ronaldo Tavares (Pedro Marques, 57′, Scored 61′, 80′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Fabrice Fokobo, Budag Nasyrov, Leonardo Ruiz

SPORTING 3-0 Moreirense

Sporting retained top spot of the Primeira Liga with a comfortable 3-0 win of Moreirense. The visitors were proving difficult opponents until Ângelo Neto stupidly got himself sent off in the first half which made it plain sailing for Sporting.

Jorge Jesus was without the departed Islam Slimani so Bas Dost made his debut in place of the Algerian. Bruno César dropped down to left-back and Joel Campbell made his first start. Alan Ruiz started ahead of Bryan Ruiz whilst new signings Elias, André, and Lazar Marković were on the bench.

Initially Sporting it found it difficult to find time on the ball against Moreirense Pepa’s team pressed high up the pitch and caused Sporting problems with their pace.

Sporting did find a goal though after 27 minutes. William Carvalho’s looped pass found Gelson Martins in the area. The winger, fresh off scoring against Porto, made no mistake here against Giorgi Makaridze.

Moreirense shot themselves in the foot when Ângelo Neto received his second yellow card after just 34 minutes. His first had been for wearing his wedding ring and this one was for a studs up challenge on William Carvalho.

After that the game was all Sporting, especially in the second half when Sporting’s attack flowed more than in the first.

Sporting got the 2nd goal after 52 minutes when Alan Ruiz found the head of Joel Campbell. The Costa Rican made no mistake from close range to continue his eye catching start to life in Portugal.

The third goal came through Bas Dost who needed to goes at it but the Dutch man opened his account.

Sporting breezed through the rest of the match in which Jorge Jesus gave debuts (and re-debuts) to Lazar Marković, André and Elias.

Having the job finished early was important for Sporting with facing Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Ezequiel Schelotto, Sebastián Coates, Rúben Semedo, Bruno César; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (Elias, 67′); Gelson Martins (Lazar Marković, 60′), Joel Campbell; Alan Ruiz (André, 78′), Bas Dost
Substitutes Not Used: Beto, Paulo Oliveira, Jefferson, Bryan Ruiz

SPORTING B 1-2 Vizela

Sporting B’s difficult start to the Segunda Liga season continued with a home defeat to Vizela.

It was a dull game in Alcochete that took until the second half to really get going. Bilel Aouacheria had the first chance on goal when he hit the post.

However Vizela took the lead from the penalty spot midway through the second half. Mama Baldé fouled Filipe Augusto. Elízio converted past Pedro Silva to put the visitors in the lead.

Just 5 minutes later and the visitors scored again. This time Mário Mendonça set up Kukula to make it 2-0.

Sporting did manage to pull one goal back but it was too late in the game to make a difference. Substitute Pedro Empis was fouled in the area by Diogo Lamelas. Leonardo Ruiz stepped up and converted the penalty, the Colombian’s first goal for Sporting.

Sporting’s youngsters need to improve over the international break to avoid a possible relegation struggle. Their next game is away to Varzim on the 11th September.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Guilherme Ramos (Edu Pinheiro, 80′), Ivanildo Fernandes, David Sualehe; Ricardo Guima, Fábio Martins; Bilel Aouacheria (Pedro Empis, 70), Elves Baldé; Leonardo Ruiz, Ricardo Almeida (Pedro Marques, 70′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Boubakar Kouyaté, Bruno Paz, Budag Nasyrov

SPORTING 2-1 Porto

Match report from PortuGOAL.net:

Sporting were the victors in the first clássico of the season after an entertainingly scrappy affair at the Alvalade.

Felipe gave the Dragões the lead but goals from the departing Islam Slimani and then Gelson Martins gave the win to Sporting, who now lead the Primeira Liga.

There has been plenty of buzz off the pitch in Portuguese football this weekend with the transfer market making the headlines. The more important action though was on the pitch in the first clássico of the season.

Sporting were, of course, without João Mário after the midfielder’s big money move to Inter. Gelson Martins started in his place and Joel Campbell, on loan from Arsenal, started on the bench.

Despite Nuno Espírito Santo’s side having put Roma to the sword in style in order to qualify for the Champions League midweek, there was only one change; Miguel Layún replaced the injured Maxi Pereira.

Porto take an early lead

Porto may have excused for some tiredness after the game against Roma in the fiery Alvalade atmosphere, but it was they who started the game off with a goal after just 8 minutes.

Referee Tiago Martins gave a soft freekick to Porto outside the area. Miguel Layún’s delivery from it was perfect with Sporting defenders unable to cope and Felipe was allowed to put the ball past Rui Patrício from close range. The Brazilian defender made it 2 goals in 2 games.

Slimani scores against Porto again

Sporting found it hard to get going but they hit back in the 14th minute. It was another freekick situation, this time Bruno César’s shot hit the post. Gelson Martins was the first to react to the situation, and he slid the ball under Iker Casillas. The Spaniard got something on it and it looked like the ball was going to bounce on the goal line and out back into play. However, Islam Slimani, who has a knack of scoring for Porto, made sure of the goal when he smashed it in to score what may be his last goal for Sporting.

Gelson gives Sporting the lead

Sporting grew after that goal and got the second in the 27th minute. Bryan Ruiz picked up the ball in the Porto area. Casillas would later claim it was handball but replays showed that although the ball did touch Ruiz’s hand there was little the Costa Rican could have done about it. Ruiz found Gelson Martin whose powerful shot beat Casillas to put Sporting ahead. Casillas was booked for his protest and Gelson for celebrating without his shirt.

Porto almost hit back immediately. André André picked up the ball from outside the Sporting area and unleashed a fantastic curling shot that had Patrício beaten but went just inches wide.

Then it was Sporting’s turn. This time Casillas was caught out going for a ball and Adrien Silva had a chance but the Spaniard recovered in time to stop Adrien’s shot.

It was a fantastically entertaining 45 minutes of football with Sporting narrowly the better of the two sides. In the second half, although the intensity increased the quality dipped. Nuno Espírito Santo replaced the ineffectual Jesús Corona with the returning Óliver Torres at the break, this being the Spaniard’s first game since returning to Porto from Atlético Madrid.

Sporting almost made it three when Rúben Semedo, who was a rock in defence once again, got his head to Marvin Zeegelaar’s cross. The defender couldn’t keep the ball down to head what would have been an open goal. Casillas was needed five minutes later this time to keep William Carvalho’s header from a corner out.

The game then got scrappy. Sporting looked happy to hold onto the lead and to try and counter where as Porto tried to attack but looked unable to get any fluidity in their movements. João Pereira and Rúben Semedo were having stand out performances in the Sporting back line.

Porto needed to try and change things so Laurent Depoitre came on for André André and later Adrián López for Otávio but the Dragões looked tired from their Champions League victory and as the game wore on became less of a threat despite getting into good positions.

Jorge Jesus, sent to the stands during the second half, which is now almost standard practice for any big match, gave Joel Campbell his debut, replacing compatriot Bryan Ruiz. The Arsenal forward looked lively in his cameo.

In the end, the result was a just one with Sporting overall the better of the two teams and it is they that go into the international break leaders of the Primeira Liga.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira (YC), Sebastián Coates, Rúben Semedo, Marvin Zeegelaar; William Carvalho (YC), Adrien Silva (YC); Gelson Martins (YC) (Bruno Paulista, 68’, YC), Bruno César (YC) (Carlos Mané, 90’); Bryan Ruiz (Joel Campbell, 68’), Islam Slimani
Substitutes Not Used: Beto, Ezequiel Schelotto, Paulo Oliveira, Alan Ruiz

Famalicão 1-1 SPORTING B

Sporting B came from behind to draw 1-1 with Famalicão with Ivanildo Fernandes getting the goal.

João de Deus gave a debut to Colombian forward Leonardo Ruiz. Guilherme Ramos returned to the team after his suspension in the place of Fidel Escobar.

It was the home side who started the better and they got their goal through Diego Medeiros after just 14 minutes gone.

Sporting improved after the goal and got an equaliser in the 67th minute when Ricardo Guima’s shot was saved by Victor Braga. The rebound fell to Ivanildo Fernandes who converted from close range.

Sporting almost had the game one near the end through the 16-year old Elves Baldé but it ended 1-1.

It was an improvement over the last game against Fafe but there is still work to do for João de Deus and Sporting B.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Guilherme Ramos, Ivanildo Fernandes (Scored, 67′), David Sualehe; Fábio Martins, Ricardo Guima; Aouacheria Bilel, (YC) Jovane Cabral (Elves Baldé, 63′, YC); Leonardo Ruiz (Fidel Escobar, 85′), Ricardo Almeida (Pedro Marques, 79′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Pedro Empis, Edu Pinheiro, Budag Nasyrov

Paços de Ferreira 0-1 SPORTING

Sporting picked up all 3 points in a hard fought contest against Paços de Ferreira with Adrien Silva getting the winner just before half-time.

Jorge Jesus was without João Mário, with the midfielder presumably even closer to Internazionale, so Gelson Martins started in his position. Islam Slimani also returned to the starting line-up and Bruno César began at left-back.

It was an even game with Sporting the having the better of the first half but finding it difficult to break down Paços de Ferreira.

The goal came just before half-time when Islam Slimani did excellently well to recover what looked like a lost cause with a perfect tackle. The Algerian passed out wide to Bruno César, whose cross found Gelson Martins. The winger headed down centrally to Adrien Silva who showed excellent technique to finish past Rafael Defendi.

Carlos Pinto’s men improved after the break but Sporting had chances to win the game as well.

Perhaps the best chance of the second half for Sporting was when Gelson Martins put in a fantastic cross from the left-hand side and Islam Slimani was just centimetres away converting.

In the end, Sporting will be happy with a hard fought 3 points on a difficult pitch. Sporting can now focus on next Sunday’s match against FC Porto.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Rubén Semedo, Sebastián Coates, Bruno César; William Carvalho (YC), Adrien Silva (Scored, 45′), Gelson Martins (Carlos Mané, 80′); Bryan Ruiz (Bruno Paulista, 90′), Alan Ruiz (Marvin Zeegalaar, 66′), Islam Slimani
Substitutes Not Used: Beto, Ezequiel Schelotto, Paulo Oliveira, Matheus Pereira

SPORTING B 2-4 Fafe

Sporting B failed to hold on to their half-time lead to lose 2-4 against Fafe at the Academia Sporting, Ronaldo Tavares and Pedro Marques scored the goals for João de Deus’ side.

Sporting were without the suspended Guilherme Ramos so Ivanildo Fernandes filled in at centre-back alongside Fidel Escobar. Pedro Marques and Bilel Aouacheria also started in the place of Elves Baldé and Ricardo Almeida.

Sporting played their best football in the first half. Ronaldo Tavares got the lead in the 33rd minute after some excellent individual work.

Alan Júnior pulled one back for Fafe but immediately afterwards Pedro Marques but Sporting back in the lead.

The visitors improved after the break and drew level early on in the second-half through Ferrinho.

Then, two goals in as many minutes gave Fafe the win. First through Evandro Brandão and then Leandro Borges.

Late in the game João de Deus handed a debuts to the Azerbaijani midfielder Budag Nasyrov and Jovane Cabral, the 18-year old Cape Verdean forward.

This defeat is a reminder of what a difficult season it could be for João de Deus and his young team.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Fidel Escobar, Ivanildo Fernandes, David Sualehe (Elves Baldé, 72′); Fábio Martins, Ricardo Guima (YC), Pedro Empis; Pedro Marques (Scored, 42′) (Jovane Cabral, 61′), Ronaldo Tavares (Scored, 33′), Bilel Aouacheria (Budag Nasyrov, 82′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Bubacar Djaló, Edu Pinheiro, Ricardo Almeida