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Amorim: "It's frustrating because we should have won"

By Sporting CP
22 Feb, 2024

The coach comments on the Europa League progress

Rúben Amorim talked after Sporting CP moved on to the Round of 16 of the Europa League, expressing that his team deserved to have translated their superiority against BSC Young Boys into a second victory in the playoff tie.

In the second leg Sporting CP created more than enough opportunities to win, but the opposition goalkeeper had an excellent second half, even denying Viktor Gyökeres from the penalty spot.

“I'm not worried about the players missing, because we haven't missed a lot. Sometimes it's a half, or a goal we've lacked, but there are days like that. We do have to have a feeling of frustration because we should have won this game, we should have had another victory in Europe, which I think is always important. It didn't happen, but I don't have much to reproach the players for, as there was no drop in opportunities, there was no drop in our level of performance or intensity. I really think we should have another victory in Europe. It didn't happen, but we demonstrated in both legs that we were the better side and I think that became even clearer in this second game”, the coach Leonino began by saying, stressing: “We won 2-1 against Raków, but we didn't have the feeling that we played very well in that game. This time, we played very well and created a lot of opportunities. We were superior, we went through, and the only point of frustration that exists is because we didn't win and we should have won”.

The next European opponents will be revealed this Friday in the Round of 16 draw, but Sporting CP are already looking to the domestic league and Amorim is not worried about anything else.

“I have no preference for the draw because, honestly, we are only focused on Rio Ave FC. We cannot drop points. In the Europa League you need to be lucky -and when I say lucky, it's not just in terms of the opponents, it's the games themselves, not having injuries so you can rotate and be prepared for anything. The opposition is indifferent at the moment. Of course there are teams that are more difficult to beat, but I’m only thinking about Rio Ave”.

Amorim also spoke of the support for Gyökeres, who had the Sportinguistas chant his name even louder after he missed the penalty.

“This is also an excellent sign. It’s because they like him a lot and because they see the team pushing to be superior to the opposition, and they want to give the player strength. I've already said it: You can feel the connection between the fans and the players”.

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Mission accomplished with Europa League Round of 16 qualification

By Sporting CP
22 Feb, 2024

Sporting CP draw 1-1 with BSC Young Boys, advancing on aggregate

Sporting Clube de Portugal booked a place in the Round of 16 of the Europa League, thanks to a 1-1 draw in their playoff with BSC Young Boys at the Estádio José Alvalade. The 1-3 first leg result in Switzerland the previous week was enough to give an aggregate advantage to Os Leões.

Coach Rúben Amorim made adjustments to a starting XI consisting of Antonio Adán, Eduardo Quaresma, Ousmane Diomande, Gonçalo Inácio, Ricardo Esgaio, Morten Hjulmand, Daniel Bragança, Matheus Reis, Marcus Edwards, Viktor Gyökeres and Francisco Trincão.

Ahead of the game, Ousmane Diomande's success with the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations was recognised, and there was a minute's silence held in honour of Artur Jorge, a former club and national team coach who passed away this Thursday.

Just like they had in Switzerland, Sporting CP started the match well, imposing their will from the opening minutes and scoring even earlier - after 13 minutes. Viktor Gyökeres received the ball from Francisco Trincão with his back to goal, spun, took the central defenders out of the equation and shot past goalkeeper David von Ballmoos, thus putting Sporting CP in front and increasing the difficulty for their opponents.

Always dangerous, Gyökeres received deliveries both from the right and the left wings, with the opportunity to score twice immediately following his goal.

BSC Young Boys defended resolutely and had a few approaches on the Sporting CP area, but Antonio Adán had a relatively calm first half.

Meanwhile, at the other end, the threat of another goal was always present, with Daniel Bragança trying to make it 2-0, twice, with shots off target.

Before the halftime whistle, Marcus Edwards also had the opportunity to score, receiving from Gyökeres on the right, but miscued his attempt.

Sporting CP went into the break ahead, and Amorim made a switch for the restart, bringing on Nuno Santos and withdrawing Gonçalo Inácio.

Despite increased aggressiveness from BSC Young Boys, Sporting CP were always on top, continuing to attack. In the 56th minute, they won a penalty when Trincão was fouled in the area, but Gyökeres was unable to convert. Off the rebound, Bragança was also denied by David von Ballmoos.

After an hour of play, Amorim decided on a double substitution, introducing Pedro Gonçalves and Koba Koindredi - making his home debut - in place of Trincão and Morten Hjulmand.

Bragança found himself alone in front of goal, when the defence was more concerned with Marcus Edwards, but Von Ballmoos again denied him -this time with an almost accidental save with his leg.

Serving up a scare, in the 66th minute the visitors had the ball in the net, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

Sporting CP responded with a couple more opportunities, Gyökeres being thwarted by Von Ballmoos again, although it would be BSC Young Boys who struck next: Edwards handled the ball inside the box and, from the 11-metre mark, Silvère Ganvoula converted the penalty to make it 1-1.

Iván Fresneda came on to replace Ricardo Esgaio late on, and both Gonçalves and Bragança had efforts to put the home team back in front, but the match ended in a draw. Sporting CP now enter into the draw for the Round of 16 of the European competition.

The team travel to Vila do Conde this Sunday to face Rio Ave FC in Liga Portugal action.

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Amorim: "We didn't give away any opportunities"

By Sporting CP
19 Feb, 2024

The Sporting CP coach reflects on the win over Moreirense FC

At the end of the Sporting Clube de Portugal's 0-2 victory away at Moreirense FC, Rúben Amorim spoke in a press conference and began by thanking the thousands of fans who turned out for the Monday night game.

"When we arrived here, we saw the number of fans that Sporting CP bring along. We will really need them on Thursday in the Europa league and, once again, thank them very much. You can feel the atmosphere and the connection with the team in the stadium," he commented.

"We knew the game was going to be very difficult, but everyone was very competent. We scored at the beginning of the match and it gave us peace of mind. We had a very intense first half, we were very strong in reacting to losing the ball, created chances and gave almost no balls away in transition. This is very important against a team with the quality of Moreirense FC, who were always waiting on our mistakes, but we were very solid."

"This was seen in Moreirense FC's lack of opportunities. Even in our worst period of the game, we gave nothing to Moreirense FC, and we had two breaks in which we should have done better. We were always very competent and that's an excellent sign. Not only did we not concede goals, but we didn't give away any opportunities, and that is crucial to winning here," Amorim continued.

For the coach, the least positive phase was in the second half, but even then Sporting CP managed to be strong in most aspects and control play.

"We lacked some energy and that could be a consequence of the number of games we've been playing, but it's not an excuse, because in the last 20 minutes we controlled things better and had more opportunities. These are phases in the game and Moreirense FC were very smart, they deserve credit. We dropped the pace a little when we won the ball, but we were always very quick when we lost it."

After revealing that the team will have changes to the starting lineup against BSC Young Boys this Thursday, Amorim explained that such a decision is necessary if Sporting CP want to "win every game."

"The UEFA Europa League tie is not decided, then we have another difficult away trip against Rio Ave FC," he warned.

Finally, he denied any type of euphoria: "The fans can be happy, because they should celebrate every victory to the fullest, but they have to know that we are not even in first place right now. The fans should enjoy the moment, be happy for the team and the way that things at the club are healthy, but now it's 0-0 again. There's no reason for euphoria, although there's reason for confidence. We have to win the title, we don't have to be the team that scores the most goals. That becomes indifferent."

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Monday night win in Minho for Sporting CP

By Sporting CP
19 Feb, 2024

The team start the week with a 0-2 victory over Moreirense FC

Sporting Clube de Portugal kept their run of form going with a 0-2 win against Moreirense FC on Liga Portugal Matchday 22. Hidemasa Morita and Pedro Gonçalves scored the goals early in the first half, leading their side to victory in a Monday night fixture.

Thousands of Sportinguistas made the trip to the Estádio Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas, for a meeting with a side who began the game in sixth place in the league table. Four changes were made to the starting lineup for Sporting CP: The return of Sebastián Coates in place of Matheus Reis and the presence of Geny Catamo, Morita and Francisco Trincão in place of Ricardo Esgaio, Daniel Bragança and Marcus Edwards. On the bench, highlights included the presence of Iván Fresneda, back from injury, and Ousmane Diomande, in his first involvement since winning the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast.

Debuting their new fourth kit, Sporting CP could not have started the game better. Following a corner kick from Francisco Trincão, Morita appeared at the far post to compete for the ball with Frimpong, gaining the upper hand and opening the scoring after just two minutes of play.

Both Trincão and Geny Catamo tested Kewin Silva, Moreirense FC's goalkeeper, in the following minutes, before Morita headed wide off a free kick delivered in by Pedro Gonçalves.

Goal number two arrived on 23 minutes: An excellent play by Amorim's men on the right saw Geny Catamo serving up the ball to Trincão. He provided the assist for Pedro Gonçalves in the heart of the area, and the attacker scored for the 13th time in 2023/2024 -his 8th goal in Liga Portugal action.

After half an hour of play, Viktor Gyökeres dribbled past his marker and shot, but it was deflected out for a corner. On the next move, after great confusion in the area, Nuno Santos appeared with a strong, well-placed shot, but Kewin Silva responded with a tremendous save onto the post.

The game lost some intensity in the final minutes of the first half, with Moreirense FC shooting for the first time in the 43rd minute. At the other end, Gyökeres gave Pedro Gonçalves a chance to score again, but his shot was blocked.

At half-time, a 0-2 lead did not show the entirety of Sporting CP's dominance, with 10 shots and 73% possession.

As in the first half, Sporting CP started the second stanza by putting a ball in the back of the net, but the goal was ruled out because Trincão was offside from the initial shot by Gonçalves.

Shortly afterwards, off a well-worked attack, the ball went from left to right and Geny Catamo shot powerfully, but slightly over the crossbar.

Moreirense FC improved in the second 45 minutes, appearing much closer to their usual level of performance and reducing the control from Sporting CP. Nevertheless, opportunities near to Antonio Adán's goal continued to be very scarce. Madson Monteiro, on one of the home team's rare shots, missed the target from long distance in the 65th minute.

Shots from Morten Hjulmand and Gyökeres followed, both efforts going high, then Amorim made the first change in the 82nd minute: Matheus Reis replaced Nuno Santos. In the 89th minute, it was Hidemasa Morita and Pedro Gonçalves who were withdrawn to introduce Daniel Bragança and Marcus Edwards.

There was still time in the third minute of stoppage time, for Gyökeres to isolate Trincão, but Kewin Silva pushed the ball out for the corner, whilst Moreirense FC were denied a consolation goal as Maracás headed wide before the final whistle.

Sporting CP will now host Swiss side BSC Young Boys on Thursday, in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 play-off.

Sporting CP: Antonio Adán [GK], Eduardo Quaresma, Sebastián Coates [C], Gonçalo Inácio, Geny Catamo, Morten Hjulmand, Hidemasa Morita (Daniel Bragança, 89'), Nuno Santos (Matheus Reis, 82'), Francisco Trincão, Pedro Gonçalves (Marcus Edwards, 89') e Viktor Gyökeres.

Amorim: "We have to deal with every moment of the game and the season well"

By Sporting CP
18 Feb, 2024

The coach talks previews the game against Moreirense FC

Sporting Clube de Portugal play on Monday away at Moreirense FC, on Matchday 22 in Liga Portugal. Previewing the match, coach Rúben Amorim said he expects a difficult game and warned about the quality of the opposition.

“It will be a completely different game to the one we had in the Europa League last week. Moreirense FC have no responsibility to do so, but they will want to win the game. We have looked at all of Moreirense FC's home games, on a slightly smaller pitch -mainly in terms of width- and this changes the set pieces, the throw-ins into the box and the way they approach the game. Therefore, the precautions we have to take are to press a lot without the ball. We have also prepared very well for the transitions, which is something which they are very good at. We have prepared all the nuances and we have told the players that the championship is made up of different moments, different feelings, and that everything doesn't always go well the first time around. We don't always control the opposition from the beginning. Therefore, we have to deal with every moment of the game and the season well, knowing that nothing is eternal,” he began by saying.

“We are prepared for a difficult game and also for the mountain that we have to climb from here until the end of the season. I foresee a very difficult game against opponents with a lot of quality."

For this game, the coach revealed that youngster Rafael Nel, who debuted for the senior side last week, would not be travelling, as “we felt it was important, this weekend, for him to stay with the B team, and that Jeremiah St. Juste “still needs to train more”, but stated that Ousmane Diomande will be with the squad.

As for the support from the fans, Amorim explained that he thinks Sportinguistas are pleased with what is being done across the club.

“Above all, I see the fans as more confident in the club itself. They see that there is a path to follow and, obviously, setbacks like what happened last year can happen, but I think the support is more global and not localised in the first team. The club itself is doing better.”

“Then, of course, they also see the team's results, the way the players fight, how they score goals. They see that there are very talented players and this helps to create a positive wave in the team. There is a long way to go and we need our fans. Selling out tickets is very important for us because I feel that there is an increasing connection between the players and the fans," said the coach.

“This is a good moment the team are going through, which gives confidence, but a result changes everything.".

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Amorim: "We are on the right path"

By Sporting CP
16 Feb, 2024

The coach reacts to the 1-3 win over BSC Young Boys

After the 1-3 home win against Swiss side BSC Young Boys, which put Sporting Clube de Portugal in a positive position in the playoff to reach the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League, coach Rúben Amorim expressed his happiness with the performance of his players, only regretting the fact that the team did not score more goals.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game, with a lot of duels and against players strong in one-on-ones close to the area. We started very well, but we always missed the final pass and that is something we have to improve. Antonio [Adán] kept us in it with two great saves and there were a lot of transitions in the first half. We scored the first goal and then the second, but we can't concede to make it 1-2 on the very next move,” the coach began by saying at his press conference.

“We rectified some things at halftime, but what helped a lot was the third goal, because it broke BSC Young Boys down a little, gave us confidence and then we managed the scoreline until the end. We could and should have scored more goals, especially in the second half, as the tie is only halfway through and is very dangerous. The opposition had their chances, but they will be even more courageous in Alvalade to try to turn things around. We have to be prepared for that.”

The coach was then asked why he substituted Viktor Gyökeres in the 73rd minute, in a game in which the Swede was constantly found by his teammates and made numerous runs.

“I wasn't worried at all about his physical capacity, especially because he tracks back slower than the others and we balance that as a team. He came off to manage the game, and in the last 15 minutes there was going to be even more space. The way he looked at his number in amazement [at the time of his departure] is not the look of a player who is tired. Obviously he is very hungry and wants to score a lot of goals, but he will have a lot of games to do that.”

With this result, Sporting CP now have 11 victories in the last 12 games, in addition to 19 goals scored and only one conceded in their last four. But Amorim does not want to relax, and is focusing on Monday's game with Moreirense FC.

“As we won, we will go to  Moreira de Cónegos happy and all the players will feel important because they know they can play. This helps us to prepare for the next game, but now we have to study Moreirense FC and we will be prepared. We know we can't drop points in the league and sometimes the mind is more important than the body. As for the 19 goals scored and one conceded, these are numbers that can change from one moment to the next, as we can lose confidence by dropping points, so we want to maintain this winning streak. This game only helped us confirm that we are on the right path,” highlighted the coach.

In closing, Amorim also made a point of praising the enormous support of the thousands of Sportinguistas who were at the Wankdorf Stadium.

“We started hearing them from when we were at the hotel, it wasn’t even during the warmup. The players are confident and believe in what we are doing, but they also know that there is a way to go and we need their help. We are still only halfway through the tie,” he concluded.

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Advantage Sporting CP in Europa League playoff

By Sporting CP
16 Feb, 2024

The team move closer to the Round of 16 with a 1-3 first leg win over BSC Young Boys

Sporting Clube de Portugal beat Swiss side BSC Young Boys 1-3 in the first leg of the play-off for the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League. The result gives a precious advantage for the second leg, which will be played in one week's time at the Estádio José Alvalade.

At the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, the first ever meeting between these two teams saw an own goal by Amenda, plus strikes from Viktor Gyökeres and Gonçalo Inácio.

Paulinho missed the game through injury, whilst Sebastián Coates stayed in Lisbon as a precaution due to the risk involved with synthetic playing surface. Coach Rúben Amorim made four changes to the first XI by bringing in Matheus Reis, Ricardo Esgaio, Daniel Bragança and Edwards. Rafael Nel, an 18-year-old striker from the B team made his maiden appearance in the squad.

Sporting CP started out with constant attacks in the final third, and came very close to scoring in the opening moments. Gyökeres went forward on the run, played a one-two with Pedro Gonçalves and saw his shot bounce off the goalkeeper's face. In response, from a corner, BSC Young Boys also gave a scare to Antonio Adán.

The opening half hour was almost exclusively a Sporting CP show, as the always had more of the ball and were sharper in attack. Gyökeres created two more excellent opportunities without success, as in the first he shot into the side netting and then the opposition goalkeeper safely stopped his effort.

However, with 31 minutes gone, they finally got the much sought after goal. In a move from the right, Edwards crossed into the area and defender Amenda appeared at the near post, deflecting the ball into his own net and putting Sporting CP 0-1 up.

From there the champions and current leaders of the Swiss league attempted to react, but it would only last for a short time: In the 39th minute, Edwards was again decisive when he was brought down in the area, which resulted in a penalty. From the 11-metre mark Gyökeres increased the lead to 0-2 and scored his 28th goal of the season.

Despite this, practically from the next move, BSC Young Boys closed the gap again, as Filip Ugrinic found the net just before halftime.

After the break, there was an almost immediate goal, this time for Sporting CP. In the 48th minute, Gonçalves sent a free kick into the area with precision, and Gonçalo Inácio, with the central defender rising high and heading in to make it 1-3.

They never took their foot off the accelerator, continued to insist on the attack and came very close to scoring the fourth goal shortly after. Following another great run by Gyökeres on the left, the Swedish forward entered the penalty area and set up Gonçalves who, unluckily, struck against the post.

The last 15 minutes were played at a slower pace, with BSC Young Boys having more of the ball for the first time, but failed to give Adán much cause for concern -despite having a goal disallowed.

Amorim gave debuts in the competition for winter signing Koba Koindredi and also youngster Nel.

Before the end, Mohamad Ali Camara was sent off for the home team and the intensity faded for both sides. A 1-3 lead gives a healthy advantage to Sporting CP, who will play next Thursday in the second leg with a place in the next round up for grabs. Before that, they play in Liga Portugal this coming Monday, against Moreirense FC on the road.

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Hjulmand: "The team are very confident at the moment"

By Sporting CP
15 Feb, 2024

The midfielder speaks before the UEFA Europa League playoff

Morten Hjulmand talked to the press before the first leg of the UEFA Europa League play-off for the Round of 16, which takes place in Switzerland against BSC Young Boys.

The midfielder acknowledged that the victory against SC Braga in Liga Portugal at the weekend gave even more morale to the team, but he also assured that this is a feeling that has been around since the beginning of this season.

"The team are very confident at the moment, but it has been like that since I arrived. Sporting CP are a great club and we want to demonstrate this in every game we play, but of course when we score a lot of goals that gives us even more confidence", the Danish international began by saying.

The 24-year-old was then asked whether he sees himself as one of the squad's captains - despite not officially being one -, due to the leadership he has demonstrated on the pitch and off it, but he preferred to highlight the fact that several players on the team have this capacity.

"I feel like myself and I don’t think I need to change that. Still, I see many captains in the group and many players with strong personalities who are ready to lead. It’s something you see on the pitch, but I also feel it in the dressing room and when we travel together".

In closing, Hjulmand refused to reveal whether he will be one of the starters in the game, in what is his first season playing in the UEFA Europa League. "The manager will be able to respond to that question".

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Amorim: "We were effective in key moments"

By Sporting CP
11 Feb, 2024

The coach's view on the 5-0 win against SC Braga

Rúben Amorim was satisfied with the 5-0 win over SC Braga, as he told the press in his post-match press conference.

“We are in excellent form, but the important thing for me, besides celebrating the victories, being happy with our performance and not conceding goals, is to look at each game and understand the story behind it. In the same way that we said that the defeat in the Taça da Liga was totally unfair, with a misleading result, I also think that today the victory was clearly fair, but the scoreline was very hefty for what happened on the pitch. Therefore, my big concern is to give a lot of credit to the players, and I want them to be very happy, but tomorrow I will start to understand what happens in each game: what happened at the beginning of the second half, how we got to 5-0, because it’s important that we don’t concede goals,” the coach began by saying, praising the support from the Sportinguistas.

“They help us a lot. Last year, even when we were playing well but missed an opportunity, the team were very nervous. Now it's the opposite. Even if an opportunity is missed, everyone in the stadium feels that the team will create more opportunities and score more goals -and that is a very good sign."

Against SC Braga, Sporting CP were always ahead and in control, even though in the first 20 minutes of the second half the away team threatened to get back into the match.

“The game became much more difficult then and I, as a coach, was obviously worried because we were making mistakes in the first phase of our press. That was how we had scored the goals and controlled things in the first half. If one of the moves in which they pushed us into our area had ended up with the ball going in, the game would have been completely different, but we managed to do that to SC Braga. However, in this game and unlike others, we were effective at the key moments and had the luck.”

Asked whether Sporting CP deserve to be Liga Portugal champions for what they have done so far, Amorim said that it is too early to talk about the title.

“That is completely irrelevant. Until the 20th matchday, there were phases in which one team played better, others worse. As happened in today's game, I think we were better in the first half and for 20 minutes of the second half they were better, but we scored the goals and killed off SC Braga in mind and body. Therefore, I say again: it is completely irrelevant who deserves to be champions on Matchday 21. The important thing is to reach the end as champions."

He also spoke about Francisco Trincão, saying that, at this point, “he is physically stronger, more daring and, above all, closer to the confidence he had when he left SC Braga for FC Barcelona.”

On Eduardo Quaresma, who also scored from an unusual move, he added: “We've seen him do these things, it's a lot like him and he's been doing this since he was a kid. So it has nothing to do with the coach. It’s a lot down to his ability and the quality he has when he has the ball.”

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5-0 win for Sporting CP against SC Braga

By Sporting CP
11 Feb, 2024

A stellar display gives the team all three points at home

Sporting Clube de Portugal beat SC Braga 5-0 at home on Sunday on Matchday 21 in Liga Portugal.

There were 39,851 fans in the stands, the vast majority of whom were Sporting CP supporters, and the game was preceded by a minute of silence in honor of João Oliveira Pinto.

For the contest, Rúben Amorim brought Hidemasa Morita back into the XI for his first start since returning from the Asian Cup. He joined a lineup consisting of Antonio Adán, Eduardo Quaresma, Sebastián Coates, Gonçalo Inácio, Geny Catamo, Morten Hjulmand, Nuno Santos, Francisco Trincão, Viktor Gyökeres and Pedro Gonçalves.

After two early attempts, first from the left and then from the right, Sporting CP got their opening goal through Francisco Trincão: The winger intercepted a pass from Victor Gomez on the edge of the box and shot low past goalkeeper Matheus.

SC Braga responded soon after, but both Eduardo Quaresma and Sebastián Coates intercepted the breakthrough admirably. Sporting CP were attentive and consistent in defence, and clinical in attack, with Geny Catamo almost making it 2-0 as his shot went just over the Braga goal.

Even so, it didn't take much longer for the green and white to score again: after giving it to Francisco Trincão and Pedro Gonçalves failing to get the shot, after falling, Eduardo Quaresma appeared in the area, recovered and shot to make it 2-0 in a still very early stage of the game. Great play by central Leonino crowned with doubling the green and white advantage.

From then on, playing with the comfort of a two-goal lead after an intense start, Sporting CP started to manage the game more, but were always in control. As a result, they continued to reach the SC Braga area several times and, before the half-hour, won a dangerous free kick that Trincão shot over the top.

Only near the break, off a dead ball, would the away team manage to get close to goal. However, Zalazar's shot from the right did not threaten Adán. The Sporting CP goalkeeper also saw Álvaro Djaló's shot go wide of the mark.

The second half started without changes for either team, but began slightly differently to the first due to the low pace. Sporting CP continued to be the better side, but SC Braga also managed to show themselves more and force Antonio Adán to be more attentive.

In the 62nd minute, after Nuno Santos had shot inches wide and Amorim had brought Daniel Bragança on for Hidemasa Morita, Adán made a stop to deny Álvaro Djaló an almost certain goal. The Braga winger then had another opportunity, without success, and in response, Sporting CP made it 3-0.

Whilst in the first half Viktor Gyökeres had been more successful with crosses than shots, in the second stanza he got his almost inevitable goal: Receiving from Trincão, he beat a defender and, on the fall, shot with his right foot past Matheus.

Pedro Gonçalves then managed to pass to Bragança, and the newly introduced midfielder struck to make it 4-0.

Pedro Gonçalves then managed to pass to Bragança, and the newly introduced midfielder struck to make it 4-0.

Sporting CP still had more than 15 minutes remaining, and thus Amorim made changes again soon after with a double substitution: Quaresma and Gonçalves made way for Matheus Reis and Marcus Edwards, respectively. Before the end, Paulinho and Ricardo Esgaio came on for Gyökeres and Catamo, before the scoring was rounded off.

In a move that included a possible handball inside the area, the ball reached Nuno Santos and the winger made it 5-0 five minutes from the final whistle.

With yet another impressive triumph, Sporting CP gained three more points and returned to the summit of the Liga Portugal table. They will play again on Thursday in Switzerland, against BSC Young Boys, in the first leg of the playoff for the Round of 16 in the Europa League. The next league match is scheduled for February 19th at Moreirense FC.


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