Sporting beat Moreirense this Sunday with two goals that “arrived this season” and a third in the last play of the match. Hjulmand and Gyokeres, two of Sporting’s reinforcements for this season, were responsible for breaking the game for the “lions” and Diomande, in the last play of the match, scored the final 3-0.
A first half that was not so exuberant, but a dominating second half, allowed Sporting to add their fourth victory of the season in an entirely fair way, against a team that even caused problems, but only during the first 15 minutes of the game.
Rúben Amorim made just one change to the eleven, leaving the team’s and championship’s top scorer — Paulinho — on the bench, while Edwards was in the starting lineup.
The Sporting coach’s idea might have been to achieve greater mobility and verticality on his offensive front, but the truth is that a well-organized Moreirense defending was able to make the offensive maneuver of the “lions” difficult in the first half.
The “canons” even hit the goal post from Adán’s guard, in the 7th minute. But Sporting reacted, Morita also hit the woodwork and even scored, in a move with the Japanese again in the spotlight and finished by Esgaio, but which was invalidated due to a five centimeter offside.
Little by little Sporting took control of the match and Morita (again) and Hjulmand forced Kewin, Moreirense’s goalkeeper, into two spectacular saves shortly before the break.
The goals would appear, however, shortly afterwards. When the match resumed, Sporting went full throttle and took the lead shortly after the break. With their left flank “carburizing”, largely due to the speed of Nuno Santos, a shot from outside the area by Hjulmand, after a rebound of the ball, opened the scoring (55′).
Sporting “charged” at this stage. Nuno Santos, almost always him, left Moreirense’s defense out of position and a well-measured cross found the Swedish forward’s head inside the Minho area, with Gyokeres wasted and made it 2-0.
Moreirense were no longer able to effectively stop Sporting’s offensive movements as they had done in the first half and Sporting could have extended the lead with a header from Paulinho, who, in the meantime, had been called into the game, replacing a disheartened Edwards — A cross from Matheus Reis found the “Leonine” goalscorer behind Frimpong’s back but his header took the ball to the post.
The game continued until the referee’s final whistle with Sporting completely dominating and Moreirense unable to fight back. The Minho team ended the game with one less player on the field, as a result of Maracás’ expulsion, due to the accumulation of yellow cards. But, at that point, there were two minutes left before the ninety and the “Leonine” victory was certain. The final result was not certain, as it was changed in the last play of the match: Geny Catamo’s corner to the second post, Diomande jumped higher than his direct opponent and headed from top to bottom.
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