Sporting and FC Porto tie in Alvalade

Sporting and FC Porto tie in Alvalade
Sporting and FC Porto tie in Alvalade

Sporting and FC Porto drew (2-2), this Saturday at Estádio de Alvalade, in the fourth round of the League, in a first classic of the season marked by many debuts, strong emotions and uncertainty until the end.

After the adjustments in the transfer market and the pause for the commitments of the teams, the expectation fell on the news that the duel between lions and dragons could bring.

Thus, Sporting guided by Rúben Amorim entered with six new faces compared to last season – Adán, Feddal, Porro, Pedro Gonçalves, João Palhinha and Nuno Santos -, while FC Porto, by Sérgio Conceição, was more restrained and bet at first only in the Zaidu reinforcement.

The game had not yet completed a minute and Adán was already shining with a difficult defense to stop a treacherous free kick by Sérgio Oliveira. The national champions showed great intensity and personality in the first minutes, pushing the hosts to their defense, but it was precisely against this trend that Sporting ended up opening the scoring.

After seeing Marchesín deny Matheus Nunes the goal, leonina even took the lead in the next play, on eight minutes, with Nuno Santos submitting the first and forcefully to the second post, without the Porto goalkeeper being able to avoid the shot. The goal was a balm of tranquility for the young lions, who started to show a very practical and objective football in quick exits to attack.

However, FC Porto were not disunited in the face of adversity and Uribe and Luís Diaz were both close to scoring the goal that would only arrive in the 25th minute. At Zaidu’s perfect cross, Uribe came up with a first shot from the left foot in the heart of the area, signing the equalizer with a showy goal.

Equality somewhat calmed the pace of the encounter, which would again reach a peak over the interval. First, with the 2-1 for FC Porto, by Corona, who took advantage of the surplus of an individual bid by Luís Diaz and showed art and ingenuity to deceive Adán.

Then, on the rebates, referee Luís Godinho took a penalty over Pedro Gonçalves and expelled Zaidu, with a yellow second, but reversed the decisions, alerted by the VAR, after watching the television images next to the field.

Following this decision, the Leon coach, Rúben Amorim, was expelled from the bank due to protests, and the whistle for the break appeared shortly afterwards.

In advantage, FC Porto proved to be cooler and more competent in the management of the spaces and did not allow as many advances to Sporting as it had consented during the first half. Sporting was now a less dangerous team, despite apparently having more possession of the ball, only inconsequential and harmless.

From the bench, Rúben Amorim was suffering and shouting to the field with no sign of an answer. However, the best response came in the 56th minute with the arrival of Vietto, who would prove to be decisive for the challenge, as it was the Argentine striker who scored the equalizer in the 87th minute, following an insistent play of the Leo attack.

The classic also had space for the debut of Toni Martinez, Felipe Anderson and Nanu among the dragons, as well as João Mário for Sporting. In the final minutes, the game broke completely and could have fallen in favor of either team, but balance ended up being the dominant note and prevailed, justly, in the final tie.

With this result, Sporting and FC Porto both have seven points after four rounds, although the lions have a game overdue. In front of the I Liga, the leader Benfica continues, with nine points, who can extend this Sunday the advantage in the match with Rio Ave.

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