Sporting put Belenenses SAD the biggest homecoming ever to win 8-1 on the 32nd day of the I Liga, with three goals from Bruno Fernandes in a game marked by the expulsion of Muriel who left the team Silas in numerical inferiority after 21 minutes. Bas Dost had not played since March and returned to the competition to make the 6-1.
Jamal afternoon in Jamor. Sporting returned to the National Stadium almost a year after losing the Portuguese Cup final to the Desportivo das Aves and nothing better than to 'eliminate ghosts' with a gala screening with eight goals. With just three weeks to go before the Portuguese Cup final against FC Porto, the green and white team showed confidence, safety and 'hunger for goal' to reach one of the biggest goalscoring losses in Sporting's championship.
By beating Belenenses SAD 8-1, Sporting equalized the top two out-of-bounds scorers by seven goals. In the season 1939/1949 Sporting won in the home of Leixões 9-2 and already in the 1973/1974 season visited the Oriental to win 7-0. The last time the 'lions' won by 8-1 in the national championship was in the 1984/85 season with a reception to SC Braga.
But beyond this historic record, Sporting's result against Belenenses SAD allowed Kaizer's 'lions' to overtake FC Porto in the list of the most concrete clubs of the league with a total of 70 goals scored. Benfica lead the list with 96 goals, followed by Sporting with 70 goals and FC Porto in third with 68 goals.
Muriel's mistakes changed the course of the game
Belenenses's goalkeeper was directly linked to the team's downfall by Jorge Silas and eventually set the course. First, he offered Raphinha the ball in the opening goal, 10 minutes, then being sent off for knocking the Brazilian over the line of the big area and in front position to the goal in the 21 minutes.
To play in numerical superiority for 72 minutes, time included compensation, Sporting, who for this game made two changes in the 'eleven' early in relation to the triumph over the Vitória de Guimarães pushed the Belenenses behind the midfield line and was without difficulties that finished to build the thrashing to the hitchhiking of Bruno Fernandes
Unstoppable Bruno Fernandes
The captain of the 'lions' returned to be decisive for yet another result of Marcel Keizer's team. Despite not being able to hit the target at 25, 28 and 29 minutes, Bruno Fernandes watched Luiz Phellype 2-0 over the interval (45 + 1) in a move in which goalkeeper Guilherme Oliveira looked poorly beaten .
The Belenenses still reacted in the second half and scored by Licá in the 61st minute after a bad pass from Mathieu. The ball was left for Ljujic, who finished off for an incomplete defense by Renan Ribeiro. In reloading the forward had only to touch the bottom of the net, scoring the 10th goal in the I League.
But the joy of Belenenses fans SAD lasted only four minutes because soon after the field gained such a slope that it seemed that every shot to the goal of Guilherme Oliveira ended up shaking the net. In 25 minutes Sporting scored six goals with Bruno Fernandes to score half of those goals. Gudelj made his debut at the 65th, with a shot that the ball still diverted into André Santos and fooled the goalkeeper.
Sagna, at 68, struck out Luiz Phellype in the penalty area. Lisbon captain João Capela scored a penalty. Bruno Fernandes took charge of the charge and made it 4-1 (70). The captain of Sporting would finally score, at 75, after Luiz Phellype stole the ball to Guilherme Oliveira.
With the result so wide, coach Marcel Keizer took the opportunity to put Bas Dost in the 76th minute and a few seconds later the Dutch forward, who returned from injury, made it 6-1 after a shot from his left goalkeeper.
In the 84th minute, the inevitable and unparalleled Bruno Fernandes hat-tricked, with a kick to the half-turn, following a cross from Acuña, with 31 goals in the personal account – 19 in the league -, which mirrors all the influence he has in Sporting.
Before the final whistle, time still to Doumbia seal the result. Bruno Fernandes endorsed the ball to Diaby, who received it and served the Ivorian for 8-1, also writing for the first time the name in the list of markers in the I League.
Moment of play
Muriel was sent off in the 21st minute: After a great pass from Bruno Fernandes, who sent Raphinha to the front, Muriel tried to disarm the leonine striker, but he needed to see the red straight. With less than one player, the Belenenses felt many difficulties to stop the offensive impetus of Sporting and lost arguments to dispute the three points.
Bruno Fernandes – Three goals and one assist. The captain of the 'lions' returned to be decisive in the team of Marcel Keizer and already has 31 goals in his personal account this season in all competitions. In addition, the number 8 of the 'lions' have a total of 13 assists and is just two goals from equaling the Swiss Haris Seferovic in the list of the best national championship scorers.
Bas Dost – The Dutch striker had not played since March 15 and returned to the competition against Belenenses SAD. He only needed one minute on the field to justify the scorer's scoreline by pointing the 6-1. When the season is nearing end, Bas Dost has shown signs that it can be decisive for the achievement of yet another title: the Portuguese Cup.
Muriel – A disastrous late for the Brazilian goalkeeper. The keeper of Belenenses was directly involved in the first goal of Sporting and the lack of discernment with which approached a bid in the 21 minutes left his team to play with less one player against a fearsome opponent and that already win by 1-0 .
Silas: "Until the expulsion, we were playing well"
Belenenses coach SAD lamented their 8-1 loss to Sporting Clube de Portugal but said their side were playing well until Muriel was sent off.
Keizer: "After the red card, the game was different"
The coach of Sporting assumed that the expulsion of Muriel benefited Alvalade's team to reach the victory over Belenenses SAD by expressive numbers.
Keizer: "Everyone plays as a team and they do not just think about themselves"
Silas: "With eleven players, I do not know if we would lose this game"
Bruno Fernandes takes stock of the season: "I think it was us who caught us alone"
Gonçalo Silva and Sporting's thrashing: "What happened is not the image of a team that has 40 points"