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Convincing win over Moreirense

By Sporting CP
18 Sep, 2023

Sporting CP take an impressive 3-0 win at home

Sporting Clube de Portugal beat Moreirense 3-0 on Matchday 6 of the Liga Portugal season, through second half goals from Morten Hjulmand, Viktor Gyökeres and Ousmane Diomande.

In front of yet another strong attendance at the Estádio José Alvalade, before the opening whistle, Sporting CP futsal players Guilherme Cintra, Bruno Maior, Duarte Correia, Tiago Macedo, Diogo Silva, Pedro Santos and Andriy Dzyalo were honoured for having been part of the Under-19s European Championship winning Portugal side.

Coach Rúben Amorim made one change in the starting XI from the team that began the game against SC Braga (Marcus Edwards replacing Paulinho). Sporting CP did not begin the game in the best way and allowed Moreirense FC to make some dangerous approaches, such as shots from João Camacho -saved by Antonio Adán- and from André Luís -which hit the post.

However, they quickly shored up and began to control the play. In response to the visitors' strong opening minutes, Sporting CP also hit the post: A free kick from Pedro Gonçalves was met by Hidemasa Morita at the back post, who struck the woodwork. The Japanese went for the rebound, but goalkeeper Kewin Silva saved for a corner.

The team's chances increased, including another strike against the post from distance by Morten Hjulmand, who had been set up by Viktor Gyökeres.

Soon after, Sporting CP had the ball in the net through Ricardo Esgaio, but the goal would not stand due to a marginal offside in the moment of Morita's pass.

Goalkeeper Kewin Silva made two great saves from attacks by Nuno Santos and Morita, keeping the score goalless at the end of the first half.

The second half started at full steam. After 48 minutes, Gyökeres came close to turning in Santos' cross with a well-aimed header, but his effort went slightly wide.

After that, Gonçalo Franco tried to score from a long distance, before Sporting CP finally broke the deadlock: Gyökeres played for Morten Hjulmand who, from outside the area, shot hard, low and into the back of the net for his first goal for the club.

It wasn't long before it was 2-0: Santos crossed perfectly into the heart of the area, where Gyökeres, alone, headed home.

The second goal further reassured the home team, who were very comfortable, and Amorim began to change the team, introducing Paulinho, Matheus Reis and Geny Catamo to replace Marcus Edwards, Nuno Santos and Ricardo Esgaio.

Paulinho went close to scoring again shortly afterwards, when, following a cross from Matheus Reis, he headed the ball against the post.

Francisco Trincão and Daniel Bragança then came on to replace Pedro Gonçalves and Hjulmand, but Sporting CP continued on top, with Sebastián Coates having several headers kept out by Kewin Silva.

Against ten men after Macarás was sent off after receiving a second yellow card, Sporting CP made it 3-0 in added time: Geny Catamo's corner was met by Ousmane Diomande to turn it in.

Sporting CP are now top of the Liga Portugal table, and will now go to Austria to face SK Sturm Graz in the first game of the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Sporting CP: Antonio Adán [GK], Ousmane Diomande, Sebastián Coates [C], Gonçalo Inácio, Ricardo Esgaio (Geny Catamo, 75'), Morten Hjulmand (Daniel Bragança, 82'), Hidemasa Morita, Nuno Santos (Matheus Reis, 75'), Marcus Edwards (Paulinho, 75'), Pedro Gonçalves (Francisco Trincão, 82') and Viktor Gyökeres.