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

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Result: Gil Vicente 0-4 SPORTING

Sporting bounced back from the midweek disappointing with a vastly improved performance away to a listless Gil Vicente. Adrien Silva, Nani, Islam Slimani and André Carrillo all got on the scoresheet but it was João Mário’s performance that stole the show.

Marco Silva made a few changes from his midweek team. Jefferson was suspended and so Argentinian left-back Jonathan Silva took his place to make his debut for the first team. Elsewhere Diego Capel started ahead of André Carrillo and João Mário made his first start at the expense of André Martins. Rui Patrício’s start meant he completed 200 Primeira Liga games for the club.

It took just 10 minutes for Sporting to open the scoring when Adrien Silva unleashed a powerful drive that Adriano Facchini was unable to stop after Slimani’s pass.

Almost immediately after Sporting topped that goal with an even better one. João Mário found Nani who’s fantastically skilful give and go with Adrien Silva found the winger just outside the area. Nani’s strike was perfectly placed to beat Adriano and double Sporting’s lead in style.

Marco Silva’s side were dominant through out the first half with plenty of shots on goal. The pick of the chances fell to Islam Slimani who was put clean through by João Mário but was denied by Adriano.

The intensity of Sporting dropped after the half-time break allowing Gil Vicente to find more of the ball but they were unable to cause much concern for Rui Patrício.

Meanwhile Sporting looked more dangerous on the break and got the 3rd goal of the game in the 69th minute. Sarr’s headed clearance was won by Slimani who played a great one-two with João Mário. Again the midfielder found Slimani in an excellent position and this time the Algerian made no mistake.

Sporting completed the scoring in the 84th minute this time through an excellent counter attack. Substitute Fredy Montero started the attack picking up a loose ball in midfield and fed the ball to João Mário. João Mário then spread the ball out to the left for Nani who returned it again to the midfielder. Selflessly, the youngster laid the ball on for André Carrillo to score off the bench and end a fantastic attacking move.

The result will give Marco Silva’s side plenty of confidence ahead of Friday’s derby at the Alvalade against Porto. João Mário’s fantastic man of the match performance will surely cement his place in midfield and Jefferson finally sees his left-back spot under threat by the very solid Jonathan Silva.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Maurício, Naby Sarr, Jonathan Silva; William Carvalho (YC) (Oriol Rosell, 63′), Adrien Silva (Scored, 10′), João Mário; Nani (Scored, 12′), Diego Capel (André Carrillo, 71, Scored, 84′), Islam Slimani (Scored, 69′) (YC) (Fredy Montero, 74′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Paulo Oliveira, Ricardo Esgaio, Carlos Mané

Result: SPORTING 2-0 GIl Vicente

Leonardo Jardim chose to start Carlos Mané in the place of André Martins with André Carrillo and Diego Capel supporting Islam Slimani. Elsewhere it was the usual starting XI for Sporting.

Sporting made the perfect start to the game when Islam Slimani had headed past Adriano Facchini with just 30 seconds gone in the game. The goal came through great play down the right-hand side through Cédric Soares and André Carrillo.

The home side were well in control for the first-half, although Gil Vicente did look threatening when they had the ball. Despite the much larger possession from Sporting they found it difficult to create clear cut chances.

Despite the need for a second goal Sporting started the second-half slowly and seemed to lack any urgency to kill the game off.

With 15 minutes gone in the second-half Leonardo Jardim reacted to the sluggish start by bringing on André Martins for Carlos Mané.

Sporting did almost double their lead in the 63rd minute when Marcos Rojo’s long range thunderbolt cannoned off of the back of the cross bar. The central defender was close to a truly brilliant goal.

Cédric Soares was booked for a late tackle on Diogo Viana which means he will miss next week’s trip away to Belenenses.

Although Sporting improved after the substitution they still found it difficult to find the killer ball o get the second goal. Fortunately Gil Vicente lacked any attacking threat in the second half making it a comfortable night for Sporting.

Sporting added some gloss to the score line when Fredy Montero played a superb pass through to André Carrillo. The Peruvian’s low cross found substitute Héldon Ramos to tap in from close range and grab his first goal for his new club.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Maurício (YC), Marcos Rojo, Jefferson; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (YC), Carlos Mané (André Martins, 59:); André Carrillo, Diego Capel (Héldon Ramos, 88′, Scored 90’+2), Islam Slimani (Scored, 1′) (Fredy Montero, 75′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Gérson Magrão, Wilson Eduardo

Result: Gil Vicente 0-2 SPORTING

Sporting return to the top of the table with a 2-0 win away to Gil Vicente thanks to goals from Fredy Montero.

Leonardo Jardim made just one change from the team that beat Paços de Ferreira 4-0 at the Alvalade last week. Wilson Eduardo started ahead of André Carrillo.

It was the team from Barcelos who had the first chance in the game. Luís Martins strong effort was well saved by Rui Patrício.

Just 6 minutes later though Sporting took the lead. Cédric Soares’ cross caused panic in the Gil Vicente box and right-back Gabriel could only head his clearance into the path of Fredy Montero. The Colombian making no mistake from close range and slotting past Adriano Facchini.

Gil Vicente almost equalised not long after that when João Vilela hooked his shot just over the bar from a corner. André Martins had two good chances before the break as well both, unusually for a player of his size, headers won in the Gil Vicente box.

After the break Wilson Eduardo had a superb chance to double Sporting’s lead. A cross from deep by Cédric Soares found the winger in plenty of space and onside inside the Gil box. Wilson Eduardo though fluffed his lines and skies his shot.

Gil Vicente started looking the stronger team after that and almost scored through Paulinho after a through-ball from César Peixoto. Fortunately Rui Patrício was there to smother the shot and prevent the equaliser.

The home side’s hunt for an equalising goal was badly hurt by centre-back Pecks. The young Cape Verdean’s late and nasty tackle on William Carvalho fully deserving of the red card he received.

To their credit Gil Vicente still tried to attack with 10 men but the game was effectively finished in the 74th minute when Fredy Montero grabbed his second goal. Diego Capel found himself in space down the right wing and cut inside. His shot was parried away by Adriano but only into the path of Fredy Montero to make is 13 in goals in 12 league games for him this season.

Gil Vicente had one final chance of the game in the 90th minute when substitute Brito hit the post.

In the end it was a well deserved win for Sporting that seems them back on top of the table by 2 points. I’m not sure after all that happened last season we could have expected such a brilliant start to the league.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Maurício, Marcos Rojo (YC), Jefferson (YC); William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (YC), André Martins; Diego Capel (Diogo Salomão, 80′), Wilson Eduardo (André Carrillo, 68′), Fredy Montero (Scored, 19′, 74′) (Islam Slimani, 88′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Fabián Rinaudo, Gérson Magrão

Match Report: Gil Vicente 2-0 Sporting

Sporting were on the end of a surprising and controversial defeat to Gil Vicente.

Ricardo Sá Pinto made just one change from the side that progressed in the Manchester City game on Thursday. Elias came in for Daniel Carriço and João Pereira replaced the injured Bruno Pereirinha.

Gil Vicente started the game well and opened the scoring through a fantastic long-range Rodrigo Galo strike with just 13 minutes of the game gone.

The home side started out the brighter but as the half continued Sporting started to create more chances. Emiliano Insúa’s strike from a freekick perhaps the best strike of the first half forcing a solid save from Adriano.

Ricardo Sá Pinto made changes at half-time. Jeffrén Suárez and André Martins coming on in place of Matías Fernández and Ânderson Polga. Elias dropped deep as a centre-back.

The main incident that the game will be remembered began in the 53rd minute. Referee Bruno Paixão adjudged Stijn Schaars to have handled inside the area, although the decision was incredibly controversial. Schaars looked to be outside the area and the Dutch midfielder was booked for his troubles.

Cláudio stood up to take the penalty and his shot was well saved by Rui Patrício. Bruno Paixão gave another penalty when he judged João Pereira t o have handled immediately in the attempt to clear Patrício’s save. This time Cláudio made no mistake drilling his shot straight down the middle. To the anger of the Sporting team.

Things went bad to worse for Sporting. Stijn Schaars was sent off when he received a second yellow card for a foul after 68 minutes. Again the decision looked harsh on Sporting.

In response Ricardo Sá Pinto brought on André Carrillo for Diego Capel as Sporting tried to pull the game back.

In fact Gil Vicente almost grabbed a third. On the counter attack Zé Luis almost made things ever worse for Sporting.

This controversial defeat leaves Sporting 5th in the table, unable to capitalise on Marítimo dropped points yesterday. There will almost certainly be a huge aftermath of the circumstances of the defeat soon to come after the terrible performance of referee Bruno Paixão.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Ânderson Polga (André Martins 45′), Xandão, Emiliano Insúa; Stijn Schaars (YC, YC+RC), Elias, Matías Fernández; Marat Izmailov (Jeffrén Suárez 45′), Diego Capel (André Carrillo 73′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (YC)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço (YC), Evaldo Fabiano, Diego Rubio

Taça da Liga Draw: Rio Ave, Gil Vicente, Moreirense

Wednesday’s Taça da Liga draw saw Sporting put into Group A along side Rio Ave, Gil Vicente and Moreirense.

Sporting have still yet to win the new competition and were knocked out of the last year’s cup by Benfica through a late Javi García strike.

The draw is somewhat favourable having avoided the possibility of being paired with Vitória de Guimarães and Marítimo – a fate which was reserved for Benfica.

The fixtures will take place in the new year although the exact date is not yet set. On the 2/3rd January Sporting will travel to face Rio Ave, play at home to Moreirense on the 18th and finally home to Gil Vicente on 4th/5th February.

The final is set to be played in Coimbra on the 14th April. As always the full set of upcoming matches can be found on the Results / Fixtures page.

Match Report: SPORTING 6-1 Gil Vicente

Sporting put 6 goals past Gil Vicente to emphatically ensure 9 games won in a row and move Sporting up to third in the league.

Before the match Domingos Paciência had stated the he believed there was room for both Elias and Matías Fernández in the same team and duly played both. Matías Fernández took up the right hand side position with Elias occupying his central role.

It took only 7 minutes for Sporting to score and early goals are quickly becoming a trademark of this Sporting team. A low driven corner caught out Gil Vicente and the ball found its way to Ânderson Polga who floated in a cross for Daniel Carriço to head in from close range.

Gil Vicente did cause some problems for the Sporting defence but for the most part these were dealt with and in the first half Gil Vicente posed little attack threat.

João Pereira and Matías Fernández linked up well on the right hand side and João Pereira went for an fantastic chip on goalkeeper Adriano. The Brazilian just managing to track back and tip the shot over the bar.

Gil Vicente were forced to make a change when Pedro Moreira was injured whilst fouling Fabián Rinaudo. Referee João Capela had initially produced a ref card for the midfielder on loan from Porto but realised his mistake and instead gave Moreira a yellow card. His replacement, Guilherme (on loan from Braga), was perhaps Gil Vicente’s best outfield player throughout the match.

Sporting continued to have possession throughout the remainder of the second half but couldn’t find a way through to goal. Matías Fernández’s long range freekick that forced a good save just before the half-time whistle being the better of the later chances.

After the interval Gil Vicente started the brighter side but when Ricky van Wolfswinkel won a soft penalty after being impeded by Halisson the game was essentially over. The penalty kick from the Dutchman was a superb strike and made it 9 goals now for the striker.

Another 4 minutes gone and Sporting got a third. This time João Pereira’s ran down the right hand side and produced a looped cross for Diego Capel who powerfully headed home.

With three goals to the good Domingos soon made a chance bringing on André Carrillo for Matías Fernández.

The young Peruvian winger made an instant impact and, after a typically determined run, found himself through on goal. His shot hit Adriano and bounced out to Diego Capel who headed home his second, and Sporting’s fourth in to an empty net.

Gil Vicente pulled one back through Robert who converted Luis Carlos’ deep cross with a clever header into Rui Patrício’s left hand corner. It was a deserved consolation for Gil Vicente who, although they could not possibly match Sporting’s possession, still tried to take the fight when they could.

Valeri Bojinov, who came on as a substitute for Diego Capel, soon got his first Sporting goal. Another superb André Carrillo run found him in space in the box and the Bulgarian hit a shot that slipped just under Adriano to make it 5 for Sporting.

With the last kick of the game Bojinov then made it an emphatic 6-1 on the night after he cleverly tucked in another André Carrillo cross to make it a superb night in the Alvalade.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Daniel Carriço (Scored 7′), Ânderson Polga, Emiliano Insúa (YC); Fabián Rinaudo (YC) (Diego Rubio 70′), Stijn Schaars, Elias; Matías Fernández (André Carrillo 63′), Diego Capel (Scored 63′, 66′) (Valeri Bojinov 74′, Scored 79′, 90+2′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Scored 59′)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Oguchi Onyewu, Evaldo Fabiano, André Santos

SPORTING vs. Gil Vicente Preview

Sporting Clube de Portugal will go into Monday’s game at home to Gil Vicente with an all-time high of confidence after now winning 8 games in a row.

Newly-promoted Gil Vicente are coming off a surprising Taça de Portugal exit at the hands of lowly II Divisão Zona Sul side SCU Torreense. The Barcelos based team, who are managed by former Sporting striker striker Paulo Alves currently sit 9th in Primeira Liga – a good position for a newly promoted side.

The last time the two sides met in Lisbon at the Alvalade was back on the 5th March 2006, Sporting took all 3 points that day due to 2 goals from on-loan player Koke (now of Rayo Vallecano).

Domingos Paciência will have a few head aches for his team selection this weekend after Thursday’s win over FC Vaslui. Ordinarily Paciência would start with Emiliano Insúa and Elias but due to the good performances from Evaldo Fabiano and Matías Fernández the two goalscorers against Vaslui may retain their positions. In particular Matías Fernández’s performance was excellent and he showed what he can truly be capable of as a player.

Fabián Rinaudo’s suspension after he was sent off in the 1-0 win against Vitória de Guimarães back before the international break means a likely return to a starting role for André Santos.

Oguchi Onyewu and Alberto Rodríguez both remain doubts, with Rodríguez the more likely of the two to make play but with a view of caution it may be that Daniel Carriço and Ânderson Polga keep their roles in the centre of defence.

The return of Jeffrén Suárez is getting closer and closer, it seemed like he may possibly make the bench and perhaps feature at some time.

Sporting could be set to make it 9 wins in a row for the first time since 2006 coincidentally a win over Gil Vicente featured in that run. That 2006 run of wins ended after 10 consecutive victories and when you consider the forthcoming fixtures up until the Derby de Lisboa on the 26th November. A winning sequence like this would ensure the team be confident and gain an advantage going into that first big game of the season.

Possible SPORTING XI:

Rui Patrício

João Pereira – Daniel Carriço – Ânderson Polga – Emiliano Insúa

André Santos – Stijn Schaars

André Carrillo – Elias – Diego Capel

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel