Sporting Lisbon win first Portuguese title in 19 years

Striker Paulinho struck the only goal of the game as Ruben Amorim's side saw out the win to claim the club's 19th league title.

Sporting Lisbon players celebrate first league title in 19 years, Image credit: Facebook/Sporting Lisbon FC
PUBLISHED: May 12, 20212 MINUTE READ

Sporting Lisbon ended a wait of nearly two decades for a Portuguese league title. Sporting defeated relegation-threatened Boavista 1-0 on Tuesday to win the league for the first time since 2002. This brought to an end the reign of powerhouses Porto and Benfica. Porto had won 11 titles and Benfica seven since Sporting last lifted the trophy 19 years ago.

The victory left Sporting Lisbon eight points ahead of second-place Porto with two rounds to go. Benfica, which won 3-1 at last-place Nacional de Madeira earlier on Tuesday, was 12 points back in third place. Paulinho scored the title-winning goal for the Lions in the 36th minute. He smashed one into the top of the net from close range after a low cross into the area.

Sporting’s 19th league title comes three years after the club endured one of the worst crisis’ in its history. Dozens of fans with their faces covered forced their way into the team’s training complex and assaulted players and staff.

The shocking attack, which attracted worldwide headlines, came after Sporting missed out on a Champions League berth. This further compounded ongoing internal disputes involving players, club directors and its controversial president at the time.

Sporting back on top

The game took place behind close doors in of Sporting’s Alvalade Stadium but thousands of supporters had gathered across the city of Lisbon in hopes of being able to celebrate the much-anticipated title.

Sporting could have clinched the title on Monday had Porto lost points against bottom side Farense, but won 5-1 at home.

Sporting had to play most of the match without defender Pedro Porro, who recently was called up for Spain’s national team for the first time. The right back got injured less than 20 minutes into the match.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who began his career with Sporting Lisbon, also posted a celebratory photo of the current squad on his Instagram account, saying “Congratulations, champions.”



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