Portuguese Primeira Liga
Sporting0Benfica1

Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Benfica

Kostas Mitroglou
Kostas Mitroglou made three appearances for Fulham after signing from Olympiakos for £11m in January 2014

Kostas Mitroglou scored the only goal as Benfica won 1-0 at derby rivals Sporting Lisbon to take over at the top of the Portuguese League.

The on-loan Fulham striker slotted home his 17th goal of the season after a 20th-minute ricochet fell at his feet.

Sporting's first home league defeat since May 2014 saw them go two points behind in the title race.

Mitroglou's former Fulham team-mate Bryan Ruiz missed two second-half chances to equalise.

Costa Rica international Ruiz twice failed to convert low crosses with his second miss, 18 minutes from the end, defying belief as he skied over an open goal.

Sporting captain Adrien Silva was sent off after being substituted for protesting against the referee's decision not to send off Benfica teenager Renato Sanches for a terrible challenge on Ruiz.

Defending champions Benfica have now won 11 of their last 12 league games.

Line-ups

Sporting

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 21João PereiraSubstituted forSchelottoat 77'minutes
  • 13Coates
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 4NascimentoBooked at 70mins
  • 17João Mário
  • 14Carvalho
  • 23Adrien SilvaBooked at 87minsSubstituted forBatalha Martinsat 77'minutes
  • 11César ZanakiSubstituted forGutiérrezat 59'minutes
  • 9Slimani
  • 20Ruiz

Substitutes

  • 2Schelotto
  • 6Aquilani
  • 19Gutiérrez
  • 26Jug
  • 29Barcos
  • 44Gomes Pereira
  • 60Batalha Martins

Benfica

  • 1Ederson
  • 34Magalhães de Almeida
  • 14Nilsson-LindelofBooked at 70mins
  • 33Jardel
  • 19Eliseu
  • 21Afonso FernandesSubstituted forFejsaat 73'minutes
  • 7Samaris
  • 85Renato SanchesBooked at 87mins
  • 10GaitánBooked at 52mins
  • 17Gonçalves OliveiraBooked at 46minsSubstituted forSalvioat 78'minutes
  • 11MitroglouBooked at 67minsSubstituted forJimenez Rodriguezat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Fejsa
  • 9Jimenez Rodriguez
  • 13Pedro Lopes
  • 18Salvio
  • 20Ganchinho Guedes
  • 30Souza Conceição
  • 50Cabral Semedo
Referee:
Artur Dias Soares
Attendance:
49,699

Match Stats

Home TeamSportingAway TeamBenfica
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Sporting Lisbon 0, Benfica 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sporting Lisbon 0, Benfica 1.

Attempt missed. Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.

Offside, Sporting Lisbon. Sebastián Coates tries a through ball, but Islam Slimani is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ederson Moraes (Benfica) because of an injury.

Offside, Sporting Lisbon. João Mário tries a through ball, but Jefferson is caught offside.

Dismissal

Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon) is shown the red card.

Booking

Renato Sanches (Benfica) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Renato Sanches (Benfica).

Foul by Teófilo Gutiérrez (Sporting Lisbon).

Eliseu (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jefferson (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andreas Samaris (Benfica).

Attempt missed. João Mário (Sporting Lisbon) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.

João Mário (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andreas Samaris (Benfica).

Foul by Ewerton (Sporting Lisbon).

Eduardo Salvio (Benfica) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Eduardo Salvio replaces Jonas.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting Lisbon. Ezequiel Schelotto replaces João Pereira.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting Lisbon. Gelson Martins replaces Adrien Silva.

Attempt blocked. André Almeida (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Benfica).

Corner, Sporting Lisbon. Conceded by Ederson Moraes.

Attempt saved. Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Islam Slimani.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Lubomir Fejsa replaces Pizzi.

Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon) left footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Islam Slimani.

William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by André Almeida (Benfica).

Booking

Nilsson-Lindelöf (Benfica) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nilsson-Lindelöf (Benfica).

Booking

Jefferson (Sporting Lisbon) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Benfica. Renato Sanches tries a through ball, but André Almeida is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Raúl Jiménez replaces Kostas Mitroglou.

Booking

Kostas Mitroglou (Benfica) is shown the yellow card.

Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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