Sporting, 2-Feirense, 1
Double strike from Bas Dost in a deadly showing with Alan Ruiz secures three points against Feirense
Sporting CP beat Feirense 2-1 this Seunday night, courtesy of two goals from Bas Bost that sees the Dutchman become Liga NOS top goalscorer.
Alan Ruiz was given a start and the Argentinean's creativity had Feirense chasing shadows in the early stages. Giving another option in attack, Ruiz's presence also gave extra space to Joel Campbell and Gelson Martins coming in off the wings in support.
Looking to get onto the scoreboard early, it took Sporting CP just five minutes to find the back of the net. Bruno César, again featuring at left back, triggered a brilliant move foward with Joel Campbell, leaving Bas Dost with little more to do than tap in from a few yards out. An opening goal can often be difficult to come by, but Sporting CP got the anxiety out of the way early and continued to press home the advantage. In the 8th minute Bas Dost released Gelson down the right, but the winger was unable to find the target from a tight angle. Adrien Silva fired over the bar in the 14th minute, before Bas Dost netted his second three minutes later after a deadly pass from Alan Ruiz.
The second-half saw Feirense pull a goal back (61'), after Nuno Santos had shifted his side into a more attacking format in search of a goal. Coates (62') made fantastic last ditch tackle a minute later to deny the visitors an equaliser, followed by another by Bruno César (70') nine minutes later to deny the shot on Beto's goal.
The introduction of Bryan Ruiz (69') saw Sporting CP settle and begin to hold down possession. Forays forward again began to materialise for the hosts, led by Joel Campbell roaring down the wing. The Costa Rican himself came close in the 76th and 79th minute, before setting up his compatriot Bryan Ruiz, but his chipped effort was off target.
Sporting CP will next be in action in a visit to Desportivo de Chaves on the 14th of January.