SPORTING B 5-1 Cova da Piedade

Sporting B returned to winning ways in style with a 5-1 thrashing off Cova da Piedade. A brace from Leonardo Ruiz and goals from Pedro Delgado, Matheus Pereira and Bilel Aouacheria gave Sporting the win.

João de Deus had 2 reinforcements from the first team squad with Ricardo Esgaio and Matheus Pereira both starting to regain their match fitness. Cova da Piedade had a familiar face in their team with Evaldo starting in defence.

It was 21 minutes before Sporting took the lead through Leonardo Ruiz, the Colombian heading in Matheus Pereira’s cross. The Brazilian winger had been the danger for Sporting early on in the game.

Most of the goals came in the second half and it was only a minute after the restart that Ruiz completed his brace. This time it was Mama Baldé with the cross for Ruiz to head in yet again.

However, Cova da Piedade got back in the back when Boubakar Kouyaté fouled Christian Irobiso in the area. André Carvalhas stepped up to put the penalty past Pedro Silva.

This time Sporting B didn’t concede a late equaliser as Pedro Delgado popped up to make it 3-1 in the 66th minute, his first goal for Sporting B.

In the 79th minute Matheus Pereira got a much deserved goal after his excellent display and then just before the end substitute Bilel Aouacheria completed the route.

This was easily Sporting B’s best performance of the season and hopefully they can continue their form against Viseu in their next game to get out of the bottom third of the table.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Boubakar Kouyaté, Ivanildo Fernandes, Pedro Empis; Fábio Martins (Edu Pinheiro, 86′), Ricardo Guima, Pedro Delgado (Scored, 66′) (Bilel Aouacheria, 82′, Scored 90′); Ricardo Esgaio, Matheus Pereira (Scored, 79′), Leonardo Ruiz (Scored 21′, 46′) (Ronaldo Tavares, 71;)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Fidel Escobar, Budag Nasyrov, Jovane Cabral

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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 Squad to Face Real Madrid

Sporting’s squad that travels to Spain to face Cristiano Ronaldo and friends tomorrow has been announced.

The Champions League allows for bigger squads than the Primeira Liga so it’s no surprise to see players like Vladimir Stojković make the cut.

Here’s the full squad:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Beto, Vladimir Stojković
Defenders: João Pereira, Ezequiel Schelotto, Ricardo Esgaio, Rúben Semedo, Sebastián Coates, Paulo Oliveira, Douglas Teixeira, Marvin Zeegelaar, Jefferson
Midfielders: William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Bruno César, Elias, Radosav Petrović, Marcelo Meli, Bruno Paulista
Forwards: Lazar Marković, Bryan Ruiz, Gelson Martins, Matheus Pereira, Alan Ruiz, André, Bas Dost, Joel Campbell, Luc Castaignos

Champions League Squad Announced

The squad for Sporting’s Champions League campaign has been announced. UEFA has yet to publish the “B” list, meaning some youth team players like Matheus Pereira and Gelson Martins don’t feature but that should follow shortly.

All of the new signings feature, the only missing name from the first team squad proper is goalkeeper Ažbe Jug.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Beto, Vladimir Stojković*, Luís Maximiano*, Pedro Silva*
Defenders: Ezequiel Schelotto, Jefferson, Sebastián Coates, Paulo Oliveira, Douglas Teixeira, João Pereira, Rúben Semedo, Ricardo Esgaio, Marvin Zeegelaar, Pedro Empis*, Mauro Riquicho*, Ivanildo Fernandes*, Guilherme Ramos*, Abdu Conté*, Gonçalo Vieira*, Jefferson Encada*
Midfielders: Radosav Petrović, Bruno César, William Carvalho, Elias, Adrien Silva, Marcelo Meli, Bruno Paulista, Alan Ruiz, Bubacar Djaló*, Gelson Martins*, Bruno Paz*, Pedro Ferreira*, Fábio Martins*
Forwards: Lazar Marković, Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz, André, Luc Castaignos, Bas Dost, Luís Eloi*, Matheus Pereira*

*B list

Edited 13/9 to include to include the B squad.

Freamunde 1-2 SPORTING B

The two teams left it late to produce goals as Sporting B travelled to take on Freamunde. Daniel Podence got the first goal in the 87th minute before Matheus Pereira grabbed a second in the second minute of injury time. There was still enough time for Pedrinho to pull one back for Freamunde but Sporting came out on top.

With the long-term injury of Mauro Riquicho, João de Deus gave a debut to 19-year old Ivanildo Fernandes at right-back. With Sambinha defended Fabrice Fokobo dropped into defence and Diogo Salomão also started his first game this season.

Freamunde were the better side in the game for most of the first and second halves. Pedro Silva was required on occasion and Freamunde will also be unhappy with their in ability to finish.

Sporting B, however, persevered and were rewarded just 3 minutes from the end when Daniel Podence sped through the Freamunde defence Rui Nereu.

Just 5 minutes later Matheus Pereira also burst through the Freamunde defence. The Brazilian went round goalkeeper Nereu before calmly finish to guarantee all 3 points.

Freamunde did grab a consolation goal through Pedrinho but it was far too late in the day for them to try and save a point.

This result now puts Sporting B in second place in the Segunda Liga.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Ivanildo Fernandes, Domingos Duarte, Fabrice Fokobo, Seejou King; Ryan Gauld, Rafael Barbosa (YC) (Hadi Sacko, 76′); Matheus Pereira (YC) (Scored, 90+2′), Diogo Salomão (Daniel Podence, 57′, Scored, 87′); Mama Baldé (YC), Cristian Ponde (Zezinho,  68′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Rúben Ribeiro, Fábio Martins, Jorge Silva

Europa League Squad Announced

Sporting have announced their Europa League squad for the upcoming group stages. No real surprises in the squads, Sporting certainly benefitting from being able to register Tobias Figueiredo, Carlos Mané and Gelson Martins as “B” players.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Ažbe Jug, Guilherme Oliveira*, Pedro Silva*, Vladimir Stojković*
Defenders: Jonathan Silva, Jefferson, Ewerton, Paulo Oliveira, Naldo, Ricardo Esgaio, Tobias Figueiredo*, Domingos Duarte*, Mauro Riquicho*
Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani, William Carvalho, João Mário, Adrien Silva, André Martins, Bruno Paulista, Francisco Geraldes*, Fábio Martins*, Rafael Barbosa*
Forwards: Junya Tanaka, Islam Slimani, Fredy Montero, André Carrillo, Teófilo Gutiérrez, Carlos Mané*, Cristian Ponde*, Daniel Podence*, Gelson Martins*, Matheus Pereira*

*”B list”

Oriental 0-4 SPORTING B

Sporting B picked up a fantastic away win against Oriental, 4-0 with goals coming from Matheus Pereira, Francisco Geraldes, Ryan Gauld and Zezinho.

João de Deus gave a professional debut to young attacker Rafael Barbosa.

Matheus Pereira opened the scoring with 6 six minutes gone, beating former Sporting B goalkeeper Rafael Veloso.

Sporting had plenty more chances, with some excellent attacking play but got the second goal when Pereira combined well with Seejou King down the left hand side after 40 minutes. King’s low cross found Francisco Geraldes who left Veloso with no chance.

10 minutes after the restart Ryan Gauld’s well-placed shot made it 3-0.

Oriental started to make some chances after that with Pedro Silva required to make a good double save to keep his clean sheet.

Zezinho grabbed the fourth after he won the ball in midfield. He gave it to Matheus who ran at the Oriental defence but with Matheus couldn’t find a way through the ball bounced back to Zezinho who finished off the scoring.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mauro Riquicho, Domingos Duarte, Sambinha, Seejou King; Fabrice Fokobo, Francisco Geraldes (Scored, 40′) (Zezinho, 46′, Scored, 85′), Ryan Gauld (Scored, 56′); Rafael Barbosa (Daniel Podence, 51′), Matheus Pereira (Scored, 6′) (YC), Cristian Ponde (Hadi Sacko, 73′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Ivanildo Fernandes, Rúben Ribeiro, Mama Baldé

SPORTING B 1-1 Portimonense

Sporting B came back from behind to draw 1-1 with Portimonense at the Academia Sporting. Mamadu Candé took the lead for the visitors before Matheus Pereira pulled one back for Sporting. Sporting ended the game with 10 men when Bruno Paulista was sent off.

João de Deus’ team was coming off of two wins in a row but trailed early on when Mamadu Candé, today facing his brother Sambinha, scored from a freekick.

It was the visitors first real chance on goal but it was enough to see them go into half-time with the lead.

Matheus Pereira evened the score just 2 minutes after the restart after good work in the build up from Diego Rubio and Francisco Geraldes.

It looked like Sporting were going to take the win until Bruno Paulista was dismissed for picking up a second yellow card in the 72nd minute. Despite a decent performance from the Brazilian, getting sent off won’t help him embed himself in Jorge Jesus’ first team plans just yet.

From that point on it was all Portimonense as the visitors tried to take advantage of their superior numbers. Sporting B, however, stayed firm and held onto a point, leaving Sporting B 6th in the table.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mauro Riquicho, Sambinha, Domingos Duarte, Seejou King; Fabrice Fokobo, Bruno Paulista (YC+RC); Matheus Pereira (Scored, 47′), Daniel Podence (Hadi Sacko, 65′); Diego Rubio (Ryan Gauld, 72′), Ousmane Dramé (Francisco Geraldes, 36′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Ivanildo Fernandes, Filipe Chaby, Mamadu Baldé

Sporting’s Champions League Squad Announced

Sporting have sent their squad list to UEFA which includes some notable absentees. Both Miguel Lopes and Shikabala are absent from the least leading to speculations over their future, the latter is expect to return to for a 4th stint with Zamalek. There were though inclusions for Ryan Gauld, Ramy Rabia, Hadi Sacko and André Geraldes.

The full list:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Luís Ribeiro, Guilherme Oliveira*, Pedro Silva*, Vladimir Stojković*
Defenders: Cédric Soares, André Geraldes Ricardo Esgaio*, Ramy Rabia, Maurício, Paulo Oliveira, Naby Sarr, Jefferson Jonathan Silva, Mica Pinto*, Tobias Figueiredo*, Domingos Duarte*, Wilson Manafá*, Bruno Wilson*, Bernardo Carlos*, Hugo Meira*, Mauro Riquicho*, João Serrano*
Midfielders: William Carvalho, Oriol Rosell, Simeon Slavchev, Adrien Silva, João Mário*, André Martins, Ryan Gauld, Wallyson Mallmann*, Filipe Chaby*, Francisco Geraldes*, Fábio Martins*, Rafael Barbosa*, Edelino Ié*
Forwards: Diego Capel, Nani, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané*, Héldon Ramos, Nani, Hadi Sacko,Junya Tanaka, Fredy Montero, Islam Slimani, Cristian Ponde*, Iuri Medeiros*, Daniel Podence*, Gelson Martins*, José Postiga*, Matheus Pereira*

The players with asterisks are part of the UEFA “B list”.

Weekly News Round-Up 15/03/14

Apologies, it’s been a while our last update, so we’ll review what has happened in a busy week for Sporting starting with last week’s controversial game away to Vitória de Setúbal.

Referee Vasco Santos grabbed the headlines in a hugely controversial game. Islam Slimani and Adrien Silva were the goal-scorers for Sporting whilst Rafael Martins and Ricardo Horta scored for the home side. The result saw Porto get within 2 points of Sporting and Benfica pull 7 points clear.

President Bruno de Carvalho was particularly outspoken after the game stating: “[We ask] the fans to mobilise and that they do not accept a situation which is damaging the Club. Sporting has already had 7 points taken away in the league this season. The only chance that Sporting has of playing is if the fans come together and say enough is enough of this situation that has damaged the Club for long enough.”

Expect a protest from Sporting fans in tomorrow’s game against Porto at the Alvalade.

Before that Sporting B lost again, this time to AC Viseu. Wilson Manafá was sent off but Shikabala returned from injury with Vítor Silva and Iván Piris also making appearances. Fausto Lourenço 70th minute goal grabbed the victory for the home side.

K.A.A. Gent announced that they have agreed to sign Sporting’s on-loan midfielder Renato Neto at the end of the season. Renato Neto joined Sporting in 2007 and graduated through the academy ranks.

In better news Sporting announced that 18-year old forward Gelson Martins had signed a new deal with the club. As with many previous deals, this is long term (until 2019) with a minimum release clause of €45m.

There was more good news for Gelson Martins when he was again picked in the Portugal U-19 squad along side teammates João Palhinha, Domingos Duarte, Rúben Ribeiro, Francisco Geraldes and Guilherme Oliveira.

And if that wasn’t enough for Martins he scored for the Sporting youth team as they beat Benfica 2-1 in the Juniores A 2ª Fase Apuramento Campeão. Domingos Duarte was sent off before Pedro Rebocho equalised for Benfica. Brazilian forward Matheus Pereira got the win for 10-man Sporting though in 74th minute.

And finally we look forward to tomorrow’s big game at the Alvalade against Luís Castro’s Porto. Maurício picked up another yellow card in the Setúbal game and will miss this match meaning Eric Dier is likely to start alongside Marcos Rojo in defence. Elsewhere Carlos Mané returns from the injury he picked up in international duty that put him out of the last game.