Sporting Clube de Portugal vs S.L. Benfica

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Liga NOS

March 5th

Estádio José Alvalade, Lisboa, Portugal


20′ Mitroglou

87′ Silva Sent Off

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result could have been so different had Ruiz scored the open goal and had Sanches been dismissed late on. It’s fair to say that Sporting didn’t really offer enough to win the game, with a draw the most they desrved.

FT: So Benfica leapfrog their neighbours to go two points clear at the top of the league. It was Sporting’s first league defeat at home since the 11th May 2014. It was Benfica’s first league win at the Estádio José Alvalade since the 10th December 2012.

90’+5′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end, with Benfica winning the Derby de Lisboa.

90’+5′ Slimani meets a cross from the left, but it’s harmlessly wide.

90’+2′ Slimani is caught offside, it was marginal.

90′ There will be five additional minutes to be played.

89′ Delay in the match as Ederson is down, could be as a result of cramp ironically.

88′ Everything seems to be going against the home side.

87′ Dismissal!! Despite being substituted Sporting’s captain Silva sees Red for dissent after voicing his opinions after watching Sanches’ horror tackle.

86′ Sanches receives a yellow card for a nasty challenge on Ruiz. It was a shocking challenge and he is very fortunate to still be on the pitch.

85′ Jefferson sends in a dangerous low cross but Ederson does well to claim it.

83′ Gutiérrez is penalised for a foul on Eliseu.

81′ Close!! Mário finds space to fire wide.

76′ Double substitution for the hosts as Silva departs for Ezequiel Matias Schelotto and Gelson Martins comes on for Pereira. Final change for the visitors sees Jonas depart for Eduardo Salvio.

73′ What a save!! Ruiz almost makes amends. He wins the ball back in the penalty area and his chipped effort is fantastically tipped away by Ederson.

72′ Second change for the visitors as Pizzi departs for Ljubomir Fejsa.

71′ What a miss!! Slimani gets to the byline and cuts the ball back to Ruiz, who as an open-goal, but he somehow hit it over. Wow!!

71′ Almeida is penalised for a late challenge on Carvalho.

70′ Lindelöf receives a yellow for a cynical challenge.

69′ Jefferson receives a yellow card for dissent after a decision went against him.

67′ Almeida is caught offside, although it appears he was on.

66′ Change for the visitors sees Mitroglou depart for Raúl Jiménez. The Greek international also receives a yellow card for time-wasting.

61′ The delivery is good but no-one is on-hand for the hosts, and the visitors clear the danger.

60′ Chance!! Pereira sends in a wicked delivery that finds Ruiz, who has a tap-in, but he misses the ball completely before Slimani’s deflected effort goes just wide for a corner.

59′ Gaitán is caught offside.

58′ Change for the hosts as César departs for Teófilo Gutiérrez .

57′ Jonas is down following a challenge with Silva.

54′ Appeals for a penalty after César went down but the referee was again unmoved. There was nothing in that, the Brazilian flung himself to the ground with Almeida nowhere near him.

53′ Pereira sends in a teasing delivery that Almeida clears.

52′ Chance!! Jefferson beats Pizzi to send in a dangerous ball but Ederson just tips it away from Ruiz.

51′ Gaitán receives a yellow card for a cynical challenge.

50′ Ruiz tries to find Mário, but his pass is overhit and it runs kindly to Ederson.

49′ Pizzi is penalised after he catches Silva.

48′ Almeida goes to ground after César was adjudged to have fouled him.

47′ Chance!! Gaitán has support from Eliseu, but he goes himself and fires over the bar.

46′ Close!! Sanches receives the ball before firing an effort that drifted narrowly wide of the far post.

45′ Jonas receives the first yellow card of the game, for pulling his man back. It was the Brazlian’s first foul that he committed but the referee wasn’t bothered.

45′ The visitors get the second period underway.

HT: So will Benfica find another or will Sporting come back into this game in what could be the title decider? Join us again for the second half.

HT: It will be interesting to see who scores the next goal, if there is to be one. Benfica as it stands, will top the league and leapfrog their opponents taking them two points clear. If Sporting do get a goal, they would remain a point clear of the neighbours, but ideally, a win would be their best chance of extending their lead at the top of the table.

HT: The hosts have threatened with some dangerous crosses but the closest they came to finding an equaliser was when Jefferson’s effort struck the bar.

HT: There are few players are quite fortunate to be without a card in this match with Ewerton and Sanches both guilty of one-too many fouls. However, the referee has done well to keep his cards in his pocket.

HT: So Benfica are ahead at the break, and it was deserved. They’ve defended well and when they’ve come forward they’ve looked a real threat.

45′ Silva takes and it goes harmlessly off-target. That is the last kick of the first 45 minutes as the referee blows his whistle.

44′ Slimani goes down under a challenge from Sanches and wins a freekick. Good position for the hosts.

42′ Ewerton fouls Mitroglou again. He’s fortunate to escape a booking.

41′ Almeida concedes a corner. The corner is met by Ewerton, but Ederson makes the save.

40′ Coates then wins a freekick in a good position. Jefferson takes and it’s poor hitting the bottom of the wall.

39′ So close!! Jefferson fires an effort onto the crossbar following the corner.

39′ Cheap corner for the hosts as Eliseu makes a mess of an easy nod back to his keeper.

38′ Ewerton fouls Mitroglou.

37′ Almeida does well to stop César and concede the corner. The resulting set-piece comes to nothing.

36′ The corner comes to nothing.

36′ Mário’s delivery is scrambled away for a corner.

35′ Sanches fouls Ruiz.

30′ Ruiz is caught offside.

29′ Silva is penalised for a foul on Pizzi.

28′ The hosts win  a corner off Gaitán. The delivery is good and tests Ederson, who punches clear, but the referee awards a freekick to the keeper.

26′ Appeals for a penalty for the hosts as Silva goes down in the area, but Sporting’s captain made a meal of it and the referee is unmoved.

25′ Jonas wins a corner from Ewerton. Pizzi’s delivery is good and it falls to Samaris, but he wasn’t expecting it and Sporting clear.

24′ Pizzi’s delivery is too deep and the opportunity is wasted.

23′ Jonas wins a freekick in a promising area after a challenge from Carvalho.

23′ Chance!! Sanches bursts forward but his touch is heavy and Ewerton slides in to clear the danger.

22′ Gaitán catches Mário so the referee awards a freekick.

20′ Goal!! Samaris’ effort is blocked by Carvalho and falls invitingly to Mitroglou, who slots home with the outside of his foot.

18′ Now Gaitán collides with the advertising boards after a tussle with Coates.

17′ Mitroglou is barged into the advertising boards by Slimani.

16′ Jonas wins a freekick following a foul from Carvalho.

15′ Slimani sends in a dangerous low cross but Lindelöf clears the danger.

13′ Eliseu tries to find Jonas, but the Brazilian is offside.

11′ Sanches fouls Silva.

10′ Mitroglou wins a freekick after being caught late by Ewerton, who gets a stern talking to from the referee.

9′ Gaitán gets to the byline but his cross is poor and the chance is wasted.

8′ Chance!! Patrício comes out to try and claim the ball but doesn’t get close to it, Pizzi crosses into the area, but Mitroglou can’t get onto it and the danger passes.

6′ Test for Ederson as a looping ball puts him under pressure, but Coates is penalised for a foul on the keeper.

5′ César takes and the visitors deal with it.

4′ César wins a freekick after a challenge from Eliseu, it was quite soft in truth.

2′ Gaitán goes down under a challenge from Coates, but the referee waves play on. Should have been  a freekick in my book.

1′ Mitroglou tries to find Jonas, but his pass is just overhit. Sanches then tries to find Eliseu, but his pass goes out for a throw-in.

0′ The hosts get us underway. Slimani is caught offside early on.

Team news:

Sporting Clube de Portugal: Rui Patrício (GK), Jefferson, Ewerton, Sebastián Coates, João Pereira, Adrien Silva, João Mário, Bruno César, William Carvalho, Islam Slimani, Bryan Ruiz

S.L. Benfica: Ederson Moraes (GK), Eliseu, Jardel, Victor Lindelöf, André Almeida, Andreas Samaris, Renato Sanches, Pizzi, Nicolás Gaitán, Kostas Mitroglou, Jonas


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