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0-4 triumph over Vitória SC keeps Sporting CP top

By Sporting CP
08 Nov, 2020

The team lead Liga NOS after their latest win and remain unbeaten

Sporting CP remain top of the Liga NOS table after Matchday 7 of the season, thanks to a 0-4 win away from home at Vitória SC. A comprehensive win means they continue as the early pacesetters in the Portuguese top tier, with an impressive goal haul.

Rúben Amorim made just one change to the side that had beaten CD Tondela 4-0 last time out, bringing in Nuno Santos in place of Tiago Tomás. Sporting CP's starting XI consisted of Adán, Neto, Coates, Feddal, Porro, João Mário, João Palhinha, Nuno Mendes, Pedro Gonçalves, Šporar and Nuno Santos.

The decision to bring in Nuno Santos paid off early, with a goal for him after just 11 minutes. He was set up to score by Pedro Gonçalves, getting the team off the mark after they had previously come close with a João Mário shot against the crossbar.

Vitória SC would attempt to respond, and off a Quaresma set piece Suliman almost scored with a header, but Adán would make the save.

Whilst Sporting CP continued to threaten, it was only just before the interval that they doubled their lead. On 44 minutes, a move between Šporar and Porro ended with an assist for the in-form Pedro Gonçalves.

After the break, Vitória had a goal by André André ruled out for offside by both referee Hugo Miguel and the VAR, and Sporting CP recovered from the scare for a stellar second half. Gonçalves scored his second of the game - and his seventh of the season - with a strike on 55 minutes.

With his team 0-3 up, Rúben Amorim made changes to the team, starting by putting Matheus Nunes on in place of João Mário and adding Jovane Cabral and Tiago Tomás to replace Nuno Santos and Šporar. The substitutions paid off, as Jovane Cabral was soon fed the ball by Matheus Nunes to round off the scoring.

Gonçalves came close to a hat-trick, but would be denied by Bruno Varela in the final clear opportunity of the contest. A hefty 0-4 scoreline at the final whistle keeps Sporting CP top, with an international break up next in which to rest and prepare for the next stage of the season.