Super Cup on Sunday at Algarve Stadium

By Chris Wright, in Sport · 06-08-2015 14:26:00 · 0 Comments

League Champions Benfica meet the Portugal Cup winners Sporting Lisbon in the Super-taça on Sunday evening at the Algarve Stadium, Faro. Benfica, under new coach Rui Vitória, will be keen to put a poor pre-season tour behind them. An 18,000kms trip to Canada and the USA ended with a 3-0 defeat to Monterrey in Mexico.

On the other hand Sporting Lisbon, managed by former Benfica boss Jorge Jesus, will be pleased with their form and especially the win over AS Roma. Sporting made a bright start, with former Fulham man Bryan Ruiz heading narrowly over the crossbar and Slimani also going close.

The Lions took the lead when Jefferson Nascimento’s corner picked out Slimani and the Algeria international headed home. Roma introduced loanee Wojciech Szczesny for his debut at half-time and he was certainly kept busy as the Lions went on the rampage in the final quarter. The Polish keeper - on loan from Arsenal - did extremely well to keep out a firm header from Teo Gutierrez, but was powerless to prevent Mané from doubling Sporting’s advantage moments later with a close-range finish.


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