Sporting 2-1 Benfica (a.e.t.)

Sporting came from behind to beat Benfica in extra time and make progress to the 5th round of the Portuguese Cup in a typically intense Lisbon derby at the Alvalade tonight. 

Mitroglou gave Benfica an early lead, with Adrien equalising for the hosts on the stroke of half time.

No more goals were added until near the end of extra time when Islam Slimani continued his knack of striking at the crucial moment, netting what turned out to be the winner in the 112th minute. 

A big crowd awaited both teams, who went head to head less than a month after the Liga encounter at the Estádio da Luz which ended in a convincing 3-0 victory for Sporting. With Jorge Jesus also having got the better over his former employers in the Super Cup in August, the pressure was on Benfica to avoid the ignominy of a third consecutive defeat to their city rivals. 

Early strike

And after surviving a scare in the opening exchanges, with Slimani heading Bryan Ruiz's cross against the post, Benfica made the perfect start, taking the lead just six minutes into the game. Gaitán switched play intelligently with a sweeping cross-field pass from the right to the left flank, Pizzi brought down the ball and Mitroglou applied a rasping finish that flew into the net under Rui Patrício's legs. 

Despite enjoying an increasing amount of possession as the game went on, Sporting were not as dominant as in the previous matches against Benfica in 2015/16, with the Eagles looking dangerous when hitting the home side on the counter-attack. 

But the Lions gradually began to exert more and more pressure on the visitors. Slimani almost scored an equaliser on the half hour mark, Benfica goalkeeper Júlio César pushing his interception against the striker, with the ball ricocheting just over the bar - almost repeating Teo Gutiérrez's opening goal in last month's encounter. 

Jefferson then forced César into a sharp save with a stinging shot from distance, and Sporting were on level terms just before the break. Slimani reacted fastest to a looping ball in the box, crossing over Júlio César's head, and Adrien showed tremendous composure to wait for the ball to drop before smashing a volley into the net. 

Sporting started the second half strongly, with substitute Gelson Martins and João Mário especially lively, but the Green and Whites struggled to make clear openings. Indeed, Benfica had more efforts on goals as the second half went on, Talisca trying his luck from distance twice, albeit without troubling Patrício, Gaitán almost taking advantage of a mix-up in Sporting's defence and Eliseu firing in a firm shot that the Portugal number one kept out with a sprawling save. 

César to Benfica's rescue

The home side ended the half on top though, forcing a series of corners and peppering the Benfica goal in the final minutes, with Brazilian goalkeeper César producing a sensational save to deny Slimani. 

Neither side found the breakthrough in the 90 minutes, so into extra time we went, with Benfica enjoying their best period since the opening 20 minutes, pushing Sporting back in the first half of extra time and looking the fresher side. 

But with neither team creating chances it looked like penalties were on the cards. Slimani had other ideas. In the 112th minute Adrien skidded a fierce low shot towards goal that César did well to keep out, only for the Algerian to gleefully knock home the rebound. Benfica's players protested vehemently with the referee that Slimani had taken advantage of an offside position (wrongly, as TV replays would show), and Samaris was sent off for a second yellow card in the commotion. 

Benfica threw everything at Sporting in the final moments, Luisão taking a nasty tumble and fracturing his arm in an incident where Benfica claimed a penalty. But Sporting held on and the final whistle was greeted by thunderous cheers from the vast majority of the 41,244 crowd. 

by Tom Kundert, at the José Alvalade Stadium

Sporting: Rui Patrício, João Pereira, Paulo Oliveira, Ewerton (Tobias Figueiredo, 100'), Jefferson (Esgaio, 93'), William Carvalho, Adrien, João Mário, Bryan Ruiz, Montero (Gelson Martins, 45'), Slimani 

Benfica: Júlio César, Sílvio, Luisão, Jardel, Eliseu, Samaris, Pizzi (André Almeida, 61'), Talisca, Gonçalo Guedes (Jonas, 105'), Gaitán, Mitroglou (Jiménez, 95')

Goals:

[0-1] Mitrolglou, 6'

[1-1] Adrien, 45'

[2-1] Slimani, 112' 

 

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we have no medfielders or just dont have a coach that sees nothing wrong with the team . Rui Costa open the eyes of the team
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hubba
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Rui Vitoria must have his mind clouded he has said that the last 3 games against Sporting were either 'lucky result or unfair result' and now that the 'best team did not win' not sure what game he saw but Benfica played like a smaller team,...

Rui Vitoria must have his mind clouded he has said that the last 3 games against Sporting were either 'lucky result or unfair result' and now that the 'best team did not win' not sure what game he saw but Benfica played like a smaller team, scoring one goal and defending like mad afterwards while Sporting continued to attack relentlessly maybe for only 15mins out of the 120mins were Benfica the better side,

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Anubis
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Rui Vitoria is delusional. Saying there should have been three penalties, and saying Slimani's goal was offside. Open your eyes. You're just another mediocre Portuguese coach who's going nowhere. Sporting with three for three. I mean honestly,...

Rui Vitoria is delusional. Saying there should have been three penalties, and saying Slimani's goal was offside. Open your eyes. You're just another mediocre Portuguese coach who's going nowhere. Sporting with three for three. I mean honestly, SLB looks like a joke. Sporting beat you three times with JOAO PEREIRA starting?! Are you kidding me? He stinks and yet SCP still wins.

I'm glad my team didn't get Mitroglou. Yeah, he scored, but then what? He's lazy. Slimani works the whole game. This dude just got back from starting from Algeria, to play two hours on the pitch and come up with the winning goal late on. He's a beast.

Gelson Martins running rampant all over that pig Eliseu. Keep kicking the ball at Mario when he's down, keep trying to complain to Sporting players about calls. Keep your terrible crosses coming. I'll gladly let my team accept them. Unfortunately you're going to keep getting called for Portugal because any time the FPF actually sees a Benfica jersey on an actual Portuguese player they get called. It's so rare, after all, for a Portuguese player you actually start for Benfica.

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PP
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Another impressive performance and win for Sporting .

I am trying to keep my expectations grounded this season with so many games left to play but sporting was again superior throughout the contest

Slimani has stepped it up huge this season . I...

Another impressive performance and win for Sporting .

I am trying to keep my expectations grounded this season with so many games left to play but sporting was again superior throughout the contest

Slimani has stepped it up huge this season . I fear our attack is heavily reliant on him right now.

Meanwhile the other players like Joao Mario etc continue to get better under Jorge Jesus.

Lots of games left , seems like the major titles will be between porto and sporting but I am honestly not overly worried about porto. If sporting keeps this up and avoids injuries to key players like slimani or william then I can definitely see us winning the double this season which would be amazing

Again I will keep my expectations in check after years of dissapointment has left me jaded

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SPORTING! I didn't get to see this match but I was wondering what would happen. Whether my team Sporting would keep up their intensity and drive to win or they would come into the game a little complacent because of beating benfica twice this...

SPORTING! I didn't get to see this match but I was wondering what would happen. Whether my team Sporting would keep up their intensity and drive to win or they would come into the game a little complacent because of beating benfica twice this season already.

Well after this match I can say I'm real proud of Sporting! They gave their all and fought for the win and now its 3 wins out of 3 vs the arch rival. Incredible work by JJ and the team! Massive boost for the rest of the season as well! Keep it up Sporting!

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Eddie
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@PP Joke teams lose 3-0 against Skenderbeu.

I'll admit, Sporting has played very well against Benfica, but they have been less than spectacular in games in which they don't have their opposition's former coach.

Johnny
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@Johnny - 3 starters played that game against Skenderbeu. Mostly kids and bench warmers. JJ doesn't give two Andre Almerdas about the Europa League.

I wanna see Benfica's bench against that team. Benfica's almost complete first team barely...

@Johnny - 3 starters played that game against Skenderbeu. Mostly kids and bench warmers. JJ doesn't give two Andre Almerdas about the Europa League.

I wanna see Benfica's bench against that team. Benfica's almost complete first team barely squeaked by Vianense.

A joke team leaves this Sporting game saying stuff like "we were the better team" when they obviously were nothing close to the better team. Sore losers who need to grow some thicker skin.

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PP
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Well obviously disappointed to lose again to Sporting, but I can't complain because Sporting deserved to win, no question. Aside from one match (against Atletico) I just haven't been impressed with Rui Vitoria all season so far. He seems a little...

Well obviously disappointed to lose again to Sporting, but I can't complain because Sporting deserved to win, no question. Aside from one match (against Atletico) I just haven't been impressed with Rui Vitoria all season so far. He seems a little unclear in his approach and against strong opposition he gets us playing like smaller teams. This is SLB, not Guimaraes, and he has to learn this quickly. Well after 3 losses to Sporting in 2 months it's very clear who is the more talented manager. I still believe Benfica have a stronger overall squad than Sporting, but they clearly have a better manager than we do at the moment.

But looking at some of the comments here, some of my thoughts in response. Some Sporting fans are getting overly euphoric about being top of the table and finally beating their city rivals, but take it easy guys, you haven't won anything yet and don't forget which club you're talking about. The number of major titles won by Sporting in the last 3 decades suggests some caution is in order. One comment suggests the title is already between only Sporting and Porto...in November lol, we'll see about that in due time. I also agree that apart from the Benfica games, Sporting havent looked particularly impressive yet this season, and have actually looked awful in Europe. There's no excuse for even Sporting's bench players losing 3-0 to a team from Albania. That was a humiliation of note. And it wasn't all bench players either, was it? Patricio, Adrien and Joao Mario all played in that match. And as per usual I didn't see any comments from Sporting fans on the report of that match on this site, lol! Lots of football yet to be played this season, lets see what materializes by the business end of the season.

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Andre/UK
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"JJ doesn't give two Andre Almerdas" lol gets me everytime I look at it

SCP
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The irony when Sporting has epic meltdown's in Europe... like the Skenderbeu debacle and CL playoffs leading CSKA 1-0 at HT in the 2nd leg (3:1 agg) and crashes out after conceding three 2nd half goals but then manages to beat Benfica...

The irony when Sporting has epic meltdown's in Europe... like the Skenderbeu debacle and CL playoffs leading CSKA 1-0 at HT in the 2nd leg (3:1 agg) and crashes out after conceding three 2nd half goals but then manages to beat Benfica consecutively who are on track to finish top of a CL group consisting of teams such as Atletico Madrid.

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