Result: SPORTING B 2-0 Marítimo B

Abel Ferreira’s B team responded well after their disappointing defeat to Farense.

The game was held at the Sporting Academy with the club trying to save the Alvalade pitch for the first team.

Diogo Salomão set up Betinho to get the opener after 24 minutes with Sporting well in control of the game.

Sporting B deservedly doubled their lead early after the half-time break. This time Iuri Medeiros was the scorer with the help of a deflection after a short corner.

After 59th minutes there will be concerns for Abel when Samba had to be replaced due to injury with Fabrice Fokobo taking his place in central defence and Kikas moving on to midfield.

Despite Sporting being relatively comfortable throughout there was plenty of action for referee Manuel Oliveira, who had out plenty of yellow cards. Mauro Riquicho was sent off in stoppage time after receiving a second yellow card.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Mauro Riquicho (YC, YC), Nuno Reis, Samba (YC) (Kikas, 59′), Hugo Sousa (YC); Fabrice Fokobo (YC), Wallyson Mallmann, Iuri Medeiros (YC) (Scored, 49′) (Luka, 70′); Ricardo Esgaio (YC), Diogo Salomão, Betinho (Scored, 24′) (Cristian Ponde, 80′)
Substitutes Not Used: Mickaël Meira, Filipe Chaby, Seejou King, Wilson Manafá

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Match Report: SPORTING B 3-2 Marítimo B

Sporting B will go into the international break as Segunda Liga leaders after beating Marítimo B 3-2 in their latest game.

After losing the first game of the season Sporting B have won every game since then.

It didn’t look too easy at first when it was Marítimo who took the lead through young German defender Patrick Bauer after just 15 minutes of the game gone. It was though against the run of play with Sporting having the majority of possession.

Sporting’s possession finally told when Diego Rubio set up Betinho to equalise just 8 minutes after falling behind.

There will be some concern for Pedro Mendes who was taken off injured not long after the equaliser with an injury to be replaced by Tobias Figueiredo. With Santiago Arias still out injured it leaves the B team looking light in defensive options.

Sporting won a penalty after referee Luís Ferreira spotted a handball in the area. Ricardo Esgaio stepped up to score his 3rd goal of the season, all of which have been from penalties.

After the break Luís Ferreira was on hand to spot another Marítimo handball in the area and award Sporting their second penalty of the game. This time it was not Ricardo Esgaio taking the penalty but instead Diego Rubio who also scored from the spot.

Marítimo gave Sporting a nervous end to the match when substitute João Vieira pulled a goal back but Oceano’s men (or boys) held on to take the win.

Sporting B XI: Victor Golas; Ricardo Esgaio (Scored 38′), Pedro Mendes (Tobias Figueiredo 24′), Tiago Ilori, Michael Pinto; João Mário, Filipe Chaby, Zezinho; Bruma (YC), Diego Rubio (Scored 57′, YC) (Iuri Medeiros 70′), Betinho (Scored 23′, YC) (Nii Plange 75′)
Subs Not Used: Luís Ribeiro, Kikas, Lucas Patinho, Gaël Etock

Sporting News Round-Up

It’s been a busy week for Sporting with a few games, the close of the transfer window, and the Europa League groups drawn so it’s time for another huge round-up of all the Sporting news.

First, we’ll catch up with Sporting’s last two games in which Sporting had varying success.

The first was a massively disappointing 0-1 defeat at home to Rio Ave. Edimar’s well worked goal in the 40th minute was enough for the visitors to secure the win. The game was typical of the first opening games for Sporting. Sporting had plenty of possession but failed to break through the Rio Ave defence and at times looked hugely out of ideas – and when they did make chances proceeded to miss them. In the second-half also saw the debut of the new Argentine forward Valentín Viola.

Sporting XI: Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo (YC), Emiliano Insúa; Gelson Fernandes (YC) (Valentín Viola 72′), Adrien Silva (Zakaria Labyad 46′), Elias (André Martins 46′); André Carrillo (YC), Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço, Danijel Pranjić, Jeffrén Suárez

After the game Ricardo Sá Pinto was furious and promised a win and goals in the next game in the Europa League against AC Horsens. Last week the sides drew 1-1 and Horsens goalkeeper Frederik Rønnow stole the show.

Sá Pinto’s side truly delivered with a thumping 5-0 victory to secure a place in the Europa League group stages (draw to follow). Danijel Pranjić started ahead of Emiliano Insúa at left-back to make his full Sporting debut.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who had been misfiring in previous games, opened the scoring after 8 minutes with a lovely half-volleyed finish. Thomas Kortegaard was unfortunate to see a ball bounce cruelly off his knee and then into the net to put Sporting 2-0 ahead at half-time.

After the restart Ricky van Wolfswinkel got his second goal from close range after some poor Horsens defending from a corner. André Carrillo scored the goal of the game when his superb strike from the edge of the area hit the underside of the cross bar and went in before a good Elias strike finished the hammering.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Danijel Pranjić; Gelson Fernandes (Daniel Carriço 74′), Adrien Silva (André Martins 65′), Elias; André Carrillo (Jeffrén Suárez 65′), Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Xandão, Emiliano Insúa, Zakaria Labyad

On Friday 31st August came the Europa League draw which saw Sporting drew in Group G alongside FC Basel, KRC Genk, and Videoton FC.

Interestingly, Hungarian side Videoton are managed by one-time Sporting player Paulo Sousa. As well as that Renato Neto is also on loan at the Hungarian club from Sporting and it is where former Sporting player Marco Caneira is currently playing.

Full fixtures:

20th September: SPORTING vs. Basel
4th October: Videoton vs. SPORTING
25th October: Genk vs. SPORTING
8th November: SPORTING vs. Genk
22nd November: Basel vs. SPORTING
6th December: SPORTING vs. Videoton

Before we move onto all the transfer news there will be Sporting players involved for Portugal over the next international window:

Portugal: Rui Patrício
Portugal U-21: Cédric Soares, André Martins and Pedro Mendes

Speaking of Rui Patrício. Patrício signed a new contract with the club keeping him at the club now until the end of the 2017/2018 season. On top of that Rui Patrício’s release clause has been increased to €40,000,000.

So now to the transfers.

Sporting completed only one transfer in to the club and that was of Júlio Alves (brother of Bruno Alves) joining Sporting B on loan for the season from Turkish club Beşiktaş.

There were plenty of moves out of the club though, albeit almost all loan deals…

Florent Sinama Pongolle cancelled his contract with Sporting meaning he is now a free agent. Pongolle spent last season on loan at Saint-Étienne and will be widely remembered as being one of Sporting’s most wasteful signings.

Wilson Eduardo will be spending next season on loan at Académica after almost making it into the first team this year.

Valeri Bojinov, who was certainly never going to play for Sporting again, has moved on loan to Hellas Verona. Bojinov had long been rumoured to be joining Torino but ended up at Hellas instead.

B-Team defender João Gonçalves will join Vitória de Guimarães on loan.

Another B-Team defender, Atila Turan, will be in Turkey next season playing for Orduspor. He’ll be playing alongside former Sporting player Miguel Garcia.

And finally, in the most surprising move, Oguchi Onyewu will be playing for Málaga next year. Onyewu did little wrong last season with Sporting but his loan deal will mean he get more first-team football. The arrivals of Rojo and Boulahrouz made his departure more likely.

So there you have it! The B-Team are facing Marítimo B later today with a report to follow later.