Coates rescues Sporting

A goal from Uruguayan central defender Sebastián Coates gave victory to a league-leading Sporting de Portugal in the last minute, who had to suffer to beat Santa Clara.


A goal in the discount of Uruguayan Sebastián Coates gave Sporting de Portugal victory today against Santa Clara (2-1), a result that helped the "lions" to break their own record and add, for the first time in their history , 22 days without knowing the defeat. The Verdiblancos have accumulated 18 victories and 4 draws in this league, which they lead with 58 points, with an advantage of 12 and 13 with Braga and Porto, respectively, who still have to play their commitments for this day.

Pedro Gonçalves "Pote" put Sporting ahead in the 23rd with his 15th goal in the league championship, in which he stands out as top scorer. Santa Clara managed to tie in 84 with a goal from Rui Costa, but in 93 Coates headed the ball into the nets to give the leader the victory. The Azores remain seventh despite the defeat. In the opening of the 22nd matchday, Paços de Ferreira beat Nacional 2-1 with two goals from South African Luther Singh, who secured him fifth place. The Honduran Bryan Róchez scored, already in the discount, the goal of Nacional.

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