After losing their opening games in GROUP F, both team, Sporting and Legia, were entering the second round matchup with an increased significance, hoping to finaly win some points.
Sporting was close of surprising their fans in their first game at Santiago Bernabeu as they came close of winning all three points against Real Madrid, but two late goals by Ronaldo (89th min.) and Alvaro Morata (94th min.) brought a sour defeat to the Portuguese club.
On the other side, the Polish team is going through a rough times as they fail to find the rhythm and their game at the beginning of the season. In their domestic competition they have won only 10 points out of 10 games. The poor performances have be reflected on their game in the Champions league as they have suffered a devastating loss to Borussia Dortmund in the first round. The German side won the game with 6:0. Considering their poor results, the Polish team appointed Jacek Magiera as their new head coach, hoping that he would be able to bring in some fresh energy and will and improve the performance of the team.
Before the match, Sporting’s Coach Jorge Jesus has underlined the importance of the match and said that Legia is a respective opponent and that his players need to be cautious. However, as soon as the referee blew the whistle for the kick-off, it was noticeable that Sporting was going to be the team that will control the game.
Right from the start, Sporting was creating pressure and controlling the ball, creating some nice scoring opportunities. The first scoring opportunity for the home side came in the 18th minute after a nice cross by Jeffersen, who found Gelson Martins just in front of the visitors’ goal. However his shot from a close range ended on the crossbar and the score remained at 0.
The hosts did not have to wait too long for their first goal. After a lovely cross by Bruno Cesar, Bryan Ruiz found himself some open room inside the box and directing a low shot past the visiting goalkeeper Arkadiusz Malarz.
It was 2:0 in the 37th minute already. The home team doubled their lead after a precise pass by Adrien Silva who found the Dutch international Bas Dost, who had no trouble of scoring from a close range.
Although the fans expected more fight in the second half, that did not happen, as Sporting continued dominating the pitch and creating scoring opportunities through Adrien Silva in the 55th minute but the Polish goalkeeper saved his goal with couple of magnificent saves. He was the only reason why Sporting was not up by 4 or 5 goals.
The only real scoring opportunity for the visitors came in the 69th minute of the match. After a nice solo play by Moulin on the left wing, the ball came to Miroslav Radovic just inside the box. However, the Serbian produced an inaccurate shot that finished wide of the right post. Both teams had couple of more looks towards the opponents’ goal, but without any significantly important scoring chances, so the game ended with the score from the first half 2:0.
After this match, it became clear that the Polish team is still not ready to perform at the highest level and that they will need couple of more good games in the domestic league in order to shine in the most important competition – The UEFA Champions league!!!
In the other match Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid finished with a 1:1 draw at the Signal Iduna Arena. After two rounds Dortmund and Real Madrid are at the top of the Group F with 4 points each, Sporting is third with 3 points and Legia is at the bottom of the group with 0 points.