A Sporting with a Nordic accent takes the lead


Sporting de Portugal beat Moreirense 3-0 on Sunday, thanks to the good work of its two Nordic players, the Danish Morten Hjulmand and the Swede Viktor Gyökeres, and became the leader of the Portuguese Primeira Liga, equal on points with Porto.

In a goalless first half, Hjulmand and Gyökeres They overtook the Lions by two goals, in a victory supported by an injury-time goal from the Ivorian Ousmane Diomande.

For this match on the fifth day of the tournament, the Verdiblancos coach, Ruben Amorimdecided to leave the main scorer of the team sitting on the bench, João Paulo Dias Fernandes, ‘Paulinho’, after a disappointing draw (1-1) against Braga before the national team break. And the strategy worked.

And Sporting have shown that they have high-quality long-distance finishers such as Nuno Santos, the Japanese Hide Morita or Hjulmand, who debuted as a scorer this season in the Portuguese league.

The game started evenly with Moreirense on the attack against Sporting playing at home, at the Alvalade stadium.

No goals in the first half

Both teams approached the match strategically, with a contact game and short passes, without fear, although the goal did not come until after the first 45 minutes.

However, Sporting created many scoring chances in the first half of the game.

In the 14th minute Morita wasted perhaps one of the clearest scoring opportunities: after a free kick from Pedro Gonçalves, The Japanese shot the post and when he took advantage of the rebound to try to score again, the ball ended up in the hands of the Moreirense goalkeeper. Kevin Silva.

Fifteen minutes later, after checking with the VAR, the referee Manuel Oliveira goal disallowed by the Sporting defender Ricardo Escaio because of the fire loss of only five centimeters.

Nordic connection

Moreirense’s goal proved elusive in the first half for those from Lisbon, thanks to the efforts of Guimarães’ goalkeeper, the Brazilian Kevin Silva, until the first goal of the match came in the 48th minute, after an assist from Gyökeres who took advantage Hjulmand with a low shot that went into the net.

In this quantity, Hjulmand He scored for the first time for Sporting and the Portuguese league after his signing in August.

The second goal of the game came in the 66th minute from the hand, or rather the head, of Gyökereswho took advantage of a long pass from Nuno Santos from the left wing to launch a powerful header against the goal of his rivals, impossible for him Silvato stop it.

Just when the game seemed over, the Ivorian defender Ousmane Diomande scored Silva’s goal in injury time.

Source: La Verdad


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