News Round-Up: João de Deus takes the B team, International Call-Ups, Two Victories

There’s plenty to catch up on after a few days without a post so we’ll start with the most recent news.

João de Deus will be taking over from Francisco Barão as the coach of the Sporting B team. The former Oliveirense and Gil Vicente manager, who had a modest playing career before becoming a coach, will be working alongside Francisco Barão to coach the side. Barão now will be once against the assistant as he was previously when Abel Ferreira was coach.

This week is another international week and there’s plenty of Sporting players involved. The highlights include Ryan Gauld being selected for the Scotland first team and Tobias Figueiredo being named in the Portugal U21 team. Not to mention Sporting having 6 players in new coach Fernando Santos’ first selection. Here’s the full list:

Algeria: Islam Slimani
Japan: Junya Tanaka
Portugal: Rui Patrício, Cédric Soares, William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, João Mário, Nani
Portugal U21: Tobias Figueiredo, Paulo Oliveira, Ricardo Esgaio, Carlos Mané, Iuri Medeiros
Peru: André Carrillo
Scotland: Ryan Gauld

There was plenty of good results across many different Sporting teams in various sports but we’ll focus on the B team and the first team here.

The B team returned to winning ways, in what we know now was Francisco Barão’s last B team game as head coach, with a 2-1 win at home to Trofense. With Tobias Figueiredo called up to the first team for this game Domingos Duarte made his full professional debut in central defence.

Sporting’s first goal came after just 3 minutes when Papa Alassane diverted the ball into his own goal from a corner whilst under pressure from Sambinha.

The second goal came in the 22nd minute when Wallyson Mallmann completed a fantastic chip from outside of the area as he beat goalkeeper Diogo Freire to the ball.

The B team looked comfortable but just after the restart Ricardo Esgaio was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the game.

Hélder Sousa managed to pull one back for Trofense as they enjoyed more of the play with superior numbers but Sporting managed to hold out and pick up a much needed win.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro (YC); Ricardo Esgaio (YC, RC), Sambinha, Domingos Duarte, Mica Pinto; Fabrice Fokobo (Francisco Geraldes, 81′), Wallyson Mallmann (Scored, 22′), Ryan Gauld; Hadi Sacko (YC) (Mauro Riquicho, 56′), Daniel Podence (Iuri Medeiros, 68′), Salim Cissé
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Liu Yiming, Ousmane Dramé, Lewis Enoh

The first team managed to pick up another 4-0 win away from home after an explosive closing third of the game saw Sporting pick up all of their goals. A particular highlight included Fredy Montero grabbing a goal once again.

Paulo Oliveira started in central defence with Maurício out injured. Elsewhere André Martins played alongside William Carvalho and João Mário in midfield giving Adrien Silva a rest.

It was a gruelling first hour for Sporting with Penafiel defending well and Sporting find it difficult to carve out space. Nani could have put the visitors ahead when he connected to André Carrillo’s cross but miscued his effort.

With Sporting labouring in the first half Marco Silva made a double substitution in the 57th minute that turned the tide of the game with William Carvalho and André Martins being replaced by Adrien Silva and Fredy Montero.

Islam Slimani headed home past the diving Alireza Haghighi from Jefferson’s cross in the 69th minute to open the scoring for Sporting.

He then muscled his way into the path of Cédric Soares’ long ball over the top to finish beautifully by hitting the under side of the cross bar and into the net just 2 minutes later.

Fredy Montero’s return to scoring came after an excellent Sporting attacking move. Diego Capel’s low cross found the Colombian able to table in at the far post and end his barren run with his first goal in 300 days.

Montero then turned provider for Sporting’s final goal. Montero’s low ball into the path of Nani allowed the winger to finish with great skill from close range and add extra emphasis to the scoreline.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Naby Sarr, Paulo Oliveira, Jefferson (YC); William Carvalho (YC) (Fredy Montero, 57′, Scored, 82′, YC), João Mário, André Martins (Adrien Silva, 57′); André Carrillo (Diego Capel, 70′), Nani (Scored, 85′) (YC), Islam Slimani (Scored, 69′, 71′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Jonathan Silva, Oriol Rosell, Junya Tanaka

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Result: Penafiel 1-3 SPORTING

Sporting were knocked out of the Taça da Liga despite victory against Penafiel due to overall goals scored.

It’s a cruel end to the competition for Sporting who had played so well against Porto in the first round of games and due to the controversial nature of Porto’s victory against Marítimo last night.

For the game Leonardo Jardim made a few changes. Marcelo Boeck, as usual, started in goal. Eric Dier started in defence along side Maurício, Vítor Silva took the place of André Martins in midfield and Carlos Mané started again.

It was the home side who took the lead with a superb strike from Aldaír that Marcelo Boeck’s stretched hand could not stop from stopping after just 19 minutes in the game gone.

With Sporting needing goals Leonardo Jardim made a tactical change in the 37th minute bringing on Wilson Eduardo for Vítor Silva.

Sporting levelled just before half-time. Fredy Montero was fouled on the edge of the area. The Colombian’s freekick hit the wall but William Carvalho was the first on to the ball and cross for Carlos Mané to head in from close range. Two goals in two starts now for the 19-year old winger.

The away side pushed more after the break to try and get ahead and, eventually, it was the substitute Wilson Eduardo who found the net.

Some good play by Fredy Montero found André Carrillo on the left wing. The Peruvian’s excellent cross found Wilson Eduardo, playing almost as a second-striker, to latch on to the end and put Sporting in front.

The third goal game as a result of penalty when Eric Dier, making a surging run, was brought down in the box. Adrien Silva stepped up to make it 3-1 and ensure the win for Sporting even though it did not turn out to be enough in the end.

Sporting club president Bruno de Carvalho certain had plenty to say after the game about how things turned on on the night: “I want to congratulate Sporting’s players, because they did what they could to quality for the next round. I also what to thank the fans who came to the game. This isn’t a peculiar situation, it is just the usual stuff. Sporting and a few other clubs felt the need to put together some ideas for the remodelling of Portuguese football. Coincidences like this keep happening and we are going to pretend that we don’t notice them. When the fourth goal in the FC Porto-Penafiel game was off-side; when Sporting had qualified at the end of the game and you see us then eliminated due to a penalty that only certain people could see, then you have to ask questions. Those are the kinds of coincidences that happen in football, because we let them. The sort of things that happened today are what make people say that football isn’t played on the pitch. When things are already decided before games have even kicked off, there is no point making proposals.”

Leonardo Jardim, as usual, was a little more conservation in his assessment of the night: “We won, but it is a shame that Sporting has not achieved one of our objectives. Looking at the supremacy that we showed against FC Porto, the only down side is that we didn’t score. We won 7 points in total, but we didn’t qualify for the next round. Now we have to focus on the League.”

SPORTING XI: Marcelo Boeck; Cédric Soares (YC), Maurício (YC), Eric Dier, Jefferson; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (Scored, 82′), Vítor Silva (Wilson Eduardo, 37′, Scored, 68′); André Carrillo (YC) (Ricardo Esgaio, 87′), Carlos Mané (Scored, 44′) (Diego Capel, 64′), Fredy Montero
Substitutes Not Used: Rui Patrício, Rúben Semedo, André Martins, Gérson Magrão

Islam Slimani Out Injured for Penafiel Game

Islam Slimani was not included in the squad to face Penafiel in the Taça da Liga tomorrow. The Algerian forward was doubtful for the last game against Arouca and had not trained in the build up to the game but despite this came off the bench and provided the spark for Sporting.

It seems though that the game against Arouca has not helped improve his fitness and he is unavailable for selection. Fredy Montero is the only out and out striker in the list of players.

Elsewhere there is a return to the first team squads for Rúben Semedo and Ricardo Esgaio.

Full squad list:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck
Defenders: Cédric Soares, Welder, Eric Dier, Maurício, Rúben Semedo, Jefferson, Ivan Piris
Midfielders: Gerson Magrão, William Carvalho, André Martins, Vítor Silva, Ricardo Esgaio, Adrien
Forwards: Diego Capel, André Carrillo, Wilson Eduardo, Carlos Mané, Fredy Montero

Result: SPORTING B 0-1 Penafiel

Sporting ended the game with 9 men as the lost out at home to Penafiel with Wallyson Mallmann and Mauro Riquicho both being sent off.

Another game for Sporting that resulted in a midfield battle and this was not helped by the heavy rain.

Penafiel took the lead after 32 minutes from the penalty spot after a Mauro Riquicho handball, with the right back picking up a yellow card for his troubles. Rafael Lopes stepped up to finish past Mickaël Meira.

Sporting were unfortunate not to get a penalty themselves soon afterwards when Iuri Medeiros was fouled in the area but no decision was given by referee Luís Ferreira.

Disaster struck just before half-time for Sporting when Wallyson Mallmann was given a straight red card for his foul in Hélder Ferreira.

Still after the break Sporting worked well even with 10 men and proved a threat to Penafiel as they went out to grab the equaliser.

Ricardo Esgaio and Nuno Reis had the best chances for Sporting B in the second-half but goalkeeper Coelho managed to prevent Sporting from scoring.

In the 76th minute the referee gave Mauro Riquicho his second yellow card effectively ending Sporting’s attempts to equalise. Sporting can consider themselves somewhat hard done by with refereeing decisions and were unfortunate not to get anything from the game.

SPORTING B XI: Mickaël Meira; Mauro Riquicho (YC x2), Nuno Reis, Rúben Semedo, Mica Pinto; Fabrice Fokobo, Wallyson Mallmann (RC), Kikas (Hugo Sousa, 82′); Iuri Medeiros (Luka Stojanović, 75′), Ricardo Esgaio, Salim Cissé (Cristian Ponde, 78′)
Substitutes Not Used: Luís Ribeiro, Seejou King, Wilson Manafá, Filipe Chaby

Taça da Liga Draw: Porto, Marítimo and Penafiel

The draw for the 3rd round of the Taça da Liga yesterday and Sporting have been handed a difficult group. Sporting will host Porto (December 29th) and Marítimo (January 15th) before playing away against Penafiel (January 25th).

Should Sporting manage to qualify from Group B they will face the winners of Group D which includes Benfica, Gil Vicente, Leixões and Nacional.

Vítor Golas Given Contract Extension

Vítor Golas has been given a contract extension until 2014. The Brazilian-born goalkeeper, who is on loan at Penafiel this season, had originally had a contract until the end of this season.

The 20-year old will know that there will be opportunities in the future but with goalkeepers not usually peaking until later in their careers – his chance may come. Of course for now Rui Patrício is the number one choice but there will no doubt be more speculation of his departure come next summer.