Estádio José Alvalade, Lisboa, Portugal
5′ Silva (P)
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FT: The result means that Benfica remain top of the league but now move onto 72 points while Sporting remain in third but now move onto 64 points.
FT: Benfica were clinical and made the most of their chances. First Mitroglou forced Patrício into a good save after Pizzi’s managed to find the striker, before Lindelöf’s freekick levelled the scores. Benfica almost found another when Dost flicked-on a Salvio throw-in towards his own-goal but Patrício made the save.
FT: Both sides created good chances in the second-half with Sporting spurning a number of them. First Dost headed a A. Silva cross over the bar before he dragged a strike wide of the target after fine pass from Martins.
FT: So Lindelöf’s freekick has earned the Águias a point.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+2′ Schelotto wins a freekick after a foul from Fejsa.
90’+1′ Luisão is penalised for a cynical foul on Podence and receives a yellow card.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
89′ Augusto is penalised for a foul.
89′ Carvalho is penalised for a foul on Fejsa.
87′ Final Sporting change sees Martins replaced by Joel Campbell.
86′ Slight delay in the match as Martins is down with an injury.
85′ Carrillo is penalised for a foul on Oliveira.
84′ Coates is penalised for a foul on Augusto.
83′ Carrillo is penalised for a foul on B. Ruiz.
82′ Fejsa is penalised for a foul on A. Silva.
82′ Jiménez is caught offside.
81′ Pizzi wins a freekick after a foul from Carvalho.
80′ Carvalho is penalised for a foul.
80′ Jiménez is penalised for time-wasting.
79′ Final Benfica change sees Mitroglou replaced by Filipe Augusto.
79′ Second Sporting change sees Daniel Podence replace César.
75′ Mitroglou is booked for a late challenge on Schelotto.
74′ Jiménez is caught offside.
73′ Second Benfica change sees André Carrillo replace Salvio.
73′ B. Ruiz is caught offside.
72′ Close!! Salvio’s throw-in is flicked-on dangerously by Dost towards his own-goal but Patrício does well to gather.
71′ Carvalho is penalised for a foul on Mitroglou.
69′ B. Ruiz wins a freekick after a foul from Cervi.
68′ César is penalised for a foul on Semedo.
67′ Luisão wins a freekick after a foul from B. Ruiz.
65′ Goal!! Lindelöf curls the freekick home into the top-corner past Patrício.
64′ First Sporting change sees Bryan Ruiz replace A. Ruiz, who receives a yellow card for time-wasting.
63′ Salvio wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from A. Ruiz.
61′ The corner is cleared before Semedo wins a freekick after a high foot from A. Ruiz.
61′ Lindelöf concedes a corner.
59′ Chance!! Pizzi manages to find Mitroglou, who cuts-inside to fire an effort that Patrício saves well.
58′ Schelotto fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.
57′ First Benfica change sees Raúl Jiménez replace Silva.
56′ Mitroglou is penalised for handball.
56′ Salvio fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.
54′ The corner is cleared.
54′ Semedo concedes a corner.
52′ Chance!! Martins sends an early cross into the waiting Dost, who has just Ederson to beat, but he drags his strike wide first-time, when he should have scored.
51′ Dost is penalised for a late foul on Ederson.
50′ Mitroglou wins a freekick after a foul from Oliveira.
47′ Chance!! Dost meets an A. Silva cross but he heads the ball over the bar under-pressure from Semedo.
46′ Semedo wins a freekick after a foul from Dost.
45′ Benfica get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Sporting add to their tally and hold onto their lead or will Benfica come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: There was a penalty appeal from Benfica with Lindelöf going down after a clumsy challenge from behind by César but nothing was given. Sporting will need to add to their tally if they are to seal the victory given Benfica’s quality. Dost has been quiet but his one contribution so far, of winning the penalty, has helped Sporting. The hosts have looked comfortable in defence, catching Mitroglou offside on a number of occasions. Benfica need to find a goal if they are to keep themselves ahead in the league. They have got into some promising positions but their final pass has let them down. Mitroglou has been deprived of service thus far and will need to be fed the ball if he is to cause problems for this well-drilled Sporting defence. They do have Raúl Jiménez on the bench, who may be summoned if things fail to improve.
HT: There haven’t been many chances in this first-half but Ederson’s rash challenge, which resulted in a penalty that A. Silva scored has been the difference. Benfica have dominated the possession but haven’t created much in truth with Salvio firing the ball over the bar from-range before Grimaldo forced Patrício into a fine save from a freekick.
HT: So Sporting lead at the break thanks to A. Silva’s penalty.
45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45′ There will be one additional minute.
45′ The corner comes to nothing.
44′ Close!! Grimaldo curls the freekick over the wall but Patrício palms the effort behind.
43′ Salvio wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Oliveira.
41′ Semedo wins a freekick after a foul from César.
41′ Pizzi is penalised for a foul.
40′ Penalty appeal!! Pizzi’s delivery is cleared to Grimaldo, whose cross is headed wide by Lindelöf, who got a nudge by César but the referee is unmoved.
40′ Coates concedes a corner.
38′ A. Ruiz is penalised for handball.
38′ The delivery is cleared before Mitroglou is adjudged to have been caught offside.
37′ Carvalho is penalised for a foul on Salvio.
35′ A. Ruiz is caught offside.
34′ R. Silva is penalised for a foul on Coates.
33′ Play resumes.
32′ Slight delay in the match as R. Silva is down with an injury. The winger is receiving treatment.
28′ The freekick comes to nothing as César is penalised for a foul.
27′ Dost wins a freekick after a foul from Lindelöf.
27′ Mitroglou is caught offside.
26′ César is penalised for a foul on Salvio.
22′ A. Ruiz is penalised for a foul on Fejsa.
21′ Mitroglou is penalised for a foul on Coates.
20′ A. Silva is penalised for a foul on Pizzi.
18′ Mitroglou is caught offside.
14′ Salvio wins a freekick after a foul from Jefferson.
13′ Semedo wins a freekick after a foul from César.
13′ The corner is eventually dealt with by the visitors.
12′ Fejsa concedes a corner.
11′ The corner comes to nothing as the referee spots an infringement.
10′ Coates concedes a corner.
9′ Salvio cuts-inside to fire an effort harmlessly over the bar from-range.
8′ Mitroglou is penalised for a foul on Patrício.
7′ Pizzi wins a freekick.
6′ Salvio wins a freekick after a foul from César.
5′ César wins a freekick after a foul from Salvio.
5′ Goal!! A. Silva sends Ederson the wrong way to score.
3′ Penalty!! Ederson sends Dost tumbling in the area after a poor touch and the referee points to the spot.
0′ Cervi is penalised for a foul.
0′ Sporting get the game underway
Sporting Clube de Portugal: Rui Patrício (GK), Jefferson, Paulo Oliveira, Sebastián Coates, Ezequiel Schelotto, Bruno César, Adrien Silva, Gelson Martins, William Carvalho, Bas Dost, Alan Ruiz
S.L. Benfica: Ederson (GK), Álex Grimaldo, Victor Lindelöf, Luisão, Nélson Semedo, Franco Cervi, Pizzi, Ljubomir Fejsa, Eduardo Salvio, Kostas Mitroglou, Rafa Silva