FC Porto 1-3 Sporting

Sporting beat Porto at the Estádio do Dragão for the first time since 2007 this afternoon to make progress to the fourth round of the Portuguese Cup and knock the northerners out of the competition.

In an entertaining match Sporting scored from a Marcano own goal, Nani and Carrillo, while Jackson Martínez netted for the Dragons, although the Colombian also missed a penalty.

Porto coach Julen Lopetegui continued his habit of re-jigging his line-up, giving goalkeeper Andrés Fernández, left-back José Ángel and striker Adrián Lopéz rare starts, as well as playing Quintero from the start - a sight seldom seen this season. Opposite number Marco Silva also made changes, with Paulo Oliveira replacing erstwhile first-choice centre-back Sarr, while up front Capel and Montero replaced André Carrillo and Slimani respectively.

Explosive start

Nani nearly gave the visitors a dream start as he burst through the centre and sent a terrific low shot crashing against the post 30 seconds after the referee had blown his whistle for the first time. Porto hit straight back with Jackson Martínez - a constant threat to the Sporting defence - close to giving the home side the lead in the 4th minute.

Both teams continued to attack with purpose and it was Porto who had the next clear opportunity, a fine pass from Herrera setting Adrián free, but Rui Patrício denied the Spaniard and caught Herrera's follow-up header.

Soon afterwards Sporting took the lead. Jonathan whipped in a superb cross from the left touch-line, and Marcano's desperate attempt to prevent Montero reaching the ball resulted in a thumping header into his own net. Porto were soon level, though, as Quintero played a peach of a throughball to Jackson, who produced a classy finish to chip past Patrício and make it 1-1.

The third goal in a frenetic 7-minute spell then arrived to restore Sporting's lead. Casemiro's careless back pass was seized upon by Montero who headed across the top of the box to Nani. The Portugal winger took one touch to control the ball before crashing an unstoppable shot into the top corner of Porto's net.

Patrício shines 

The hosts came out strongly in the second half and seemed set to equalise when Maurício tripped Jackson in the box for a penalty. The striker picked himself up to take it himself but his spot kick was kept out by a fine diving save from Patrício. The Sporting goalkeeper - in magnificent form and full of confidence after his miraculous Chelsea display - then produced an outstanding save to tip over Marcano's goalbound header.

Porto were dominating but Sporting carried a threat on the break, William Carvalho (back to his best with a performance reminiscent of his form of last season), Maurício and Cédric all going close to increasing the Lisbon club's lead. Porto substitute Brahimi was inches away from an equaliser as his low 18-yard shot went just the wrong side of the post.

Another Algerian who came on as a substitute proved decisive, but at the other end of the pitch. Nani slipped a neat pass to Sporting striker Slimani, who turned his man cleverly but was tackled as he was about to pull the trigger. The ball fell kindly to fellow substitute Carrillo who had the easy task of tapping into the empty net to spark wild celebrations in the Sporting dugout and among the travelling fans. There was no way back for Porto.

by Tom Kundert

FC Porto:
Andrés Fernández, Danilo, Maicon, Marcano, José Ángel, Quintero, Casemiro (Rúben Neves, 45'), Herrera, Óliver (Tello, 45'), Adrián (Brahimi, 74'), Jackson

Sporting:
Rui Patrício, Cédric, Maurício, Paulo Oliveira, Jonathan Silva, William, Adrien, João Mário (Rosell, 85'), Nani, Montero (Slimani, 70'), Capel (Carrillo, 77')

Goals:

[0-1] Marcano (o.g.),  30'

[1-1] Jackson, 34'

[1-2] Nani, 37'

[1-3] Carrillo, 82'

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  • Also forgot to say that I'm confident in Paulo Oliveira, he was caught out in the Jackson run which led to the goal, but besides that he's look great and is a good center back, and in my opinion should continue to start alongside Mauricio. Paulo Oliveira and Mauricio should continue to be the starting CB partnership. Naby is a good talent too, but I feel Paulo Oliveira is wiser tactically and just more focused overall.

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  • Guest - antonio/orlando

    Surprise not many comments from Porto fans or anybody for that matter. Sporting was due after 7 years of poor results in Porto. I propose a trade for Porto could save year, Lopetegui for Espirito Santo (who would of thought lol)
    Glad to see Patricio stepping out also William had been poor. if Montero wakes up like he did last 2 games Sporting could be more steady n create some noises. Tuesday could be huge even if we get a tie, should be a good game.

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  • baia said it best. "I've nothing against the Spaniards but they're here passing through, don't have same empathy for club as players coming thro ranks" - Baía.

    I feel porto loaned out some of their best players and loaned in people who should actually playing in B teams for experience.

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  • @ Antonio/Orlando,

    Portistas don't usually comment unless we win. It's a pet peeve I've had for a long time. The game was a shambles from our perspective. Lopetegui likes to shuffle the team a bit too much, and they lack heart. I have to agree with Baia's comments about the Spaniards. It was a problem I had from the outset when I heard about this coach being chosen. However, it has to be said that this is how modern football is. Mercenaries, all of them. Very few players play for the club nowadays.

    It's still early days obviously, but I think there are a few things about the big 3 that are starting to become apparent.

    Benfica:
    - lost majority of their stars, but Jesus has figured out the formula to win the Liga and is sticking to a uniform lineup and tactics to win games consistently. Benfica is still a talented and deep team. Once the Fejsa's and Amorim's recover from injury, they will be tough to beat.

    - despite his success domestically, Jorgey boy is still a novice in the Champions League. Any credit he gains by winning domestically is undone when he shows up to the CL. It's really brutal to watch. That first game against Leverkusen looked like men against boys.

    - Benfica are favourites to win, but December/January will be tough for them, and we could see the reverse of last year, which means Porto could turn it around and Benfica could slip.


    Sporting:

    - Marco Silva was the coach I wanted, I make no qualms about it. It was funny to se so many Leoes crapping on the guy after a few draws.

    - Sporting are deeper this year, but still a bit light on the bench. Their core is really gelling, and even though I don't love Nani's performances (selfish), he is proving a good contributor.

    - Silva may be looking at the long-term, and so will try to balance a trip to CL knockouts and a top 2 finish. He is capable of both. Sparkling coach, and maybe even future Seleccao coach.


    Porto:

    - Best quality of players, deepest bench.

    - Lopetegui is a good coach, but unproven at this level. If Porto fail to win the Liga this year, it really is down to him. People disliked him, but Vitor Pereira accomplished a lot with an inferior team.

    - Despite the talent level and the exception of Ruben Neves (who is fantastic), the lack of investment in Portuguese players is what really brings me down about my club this season. What irritates me the most is Lopetegui has come out and said he doesn't care if the players are Portuguese, Spanish or Chinese. This is a joke. Tello is good, but Quaresma not starting is a crime. Josue had a place on this team and they loaned him out. Andre Castro is a solid mid and they sold him. I feel like Porto adopted the Jorge Jesus philosophy of hating Portuguese players.

    Should be an exciting season. Let's hope these teams can make it out of their CL groups and make a splash in Europe.

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  • Guest - antonio/lando

    @Chris
    agree with you on ur comments. However sporting plays 6-7 Portuguese players which im happy n proud but porto n benfas r winning the league. Im also proud of sporting pride being back, I don't care what people say about president , he was sporting fan before he was president, he stands up for the team n club and we appreciate that, ofcourse if u r pinto or Vieira u don't have to make that much noise when u r on receiving end of apito dourado or referees.

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  • Yes its great sporting has so many portuguese players, i wish porto would do the same but we all know that wont happen. The problem with Porto this season is they loaned out great players and loaned in players that could barely be on the bench on the teams they came from. Carlos Eduardo, Josue and even Ba had no reason to be loaned out. Quaresma on the bench? the guy is in the best form of his life, lets ride it out. Porto signs Ricardo, one of the top Portuguese goalkeepers last year, and they dont even have a place for him. Brahimi was an great signing, however I havent seen any of the others that were brought in to be very exciting. We dont need Oliver Torres, especially just to give him some experience so he can leave like he wants. We have Kelvin who has already shown how great he can be. Same thing with Casemiro, We got youth guys just as good as him. Give them the chance, look at the surprise that Ruben Neves was. The coach has also got to stop shuffling the roster, the guys just dont seem to be on the same page sometimes out there.

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  • Guest - Andrew/ny

    Finally we beat Porto! It has been so hard to be a Sporting fan since That Moutinho, Velosa, and Nani team. It is great to see a team with Portuguese players dominate for once, in the Portuguese league.

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  • Guest - Andre/UK

    I didn't see the match so can't comment on details, but a very impressive result for Sporting. Marco Silva is a good up and coming coach and this result is further evidence. This result was a statement of intent by the club that they are challenging for honors this season. However we must remember that last season they were under no pressure at all (and weren't in Europe), which benefited them in their Liga campaign. The demands from the fans this season (and the extra European games) will be a new kind of pressure to deal with for the team, and we will see in the long run just how able they are to deal with that pressure.

    As for Porto, a very disappointing result no doubt. At the moment the Dragao doesn't seem to be the fortress it has been for so many years (Boavista and Braga also put up good performances there lately). Porto has a lot of talented players in their squad and a lot of depth, but the feeling I had at the start of the season was that everything was all too new at the club, practically a new squad of players, plus a new coach and coaching staff. At the start of the season Portugoal (and some other sites I've seen) made them title favorites, and I thought let's wait a while before jumping to such quick conclusions. I thought they might initially struggle to find a real identity with all the changes, and Lopetegui's constant tinkering with the team doesn't seem to be helping.

    Benfica have also changed their personnel quite dramatically over the summer, but crucially have kept the same coaching staff of the last few years intact. While we have disappointed in the CL so far, in the Liga JJ has impressively carried on with business so far. JJ's experience in winning titles gives him a clear edge over his 2 rival coaches. All in all though, this season looks like being much more of an exciting 3 way title fight than it was last season.

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  • Guest - Jonathan

    Thus is a great result for Sporting who are proving that they can be a legitimate threat to win the Liga. Yes they are playing with more pressure because of the Champions league, but keep in mind that as a Footaller more games mean increase in team chemistry. This is what Sporting lacked at the beginning of the season with the arrival of Nani, the emergence of Joao Mario into the starting 11, and the departure of Rojo. It was understandable as a fan for those early results. But going into the Dragao and wliminating Porto from the competition is a feat that cannot be undermined. Yes players will begin to feel some fatigue with the increase of games, but the improved chemistry will be extremely helpful in the Liga.

    Viva Sporting

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  • This was a wonderful victory for Sporting. Anything can happen when the Big 3 play each other and this game did not disappoint. A very sweet victory for Sporting, coming of course at Porto's expense. Always big news when a heavyweight is knocked out of the competition so early on.

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