Sporting Lisbon FINALLY ends 19-year wait to win Portuguese league title after Paulinho only scores a goal to beat struggling Boavista … but wild parties marred by violence as fans clash with police
- Sporting Lisbon finally ended their 19-year wait to take home the Portuguese league title
- They defeated the relegation-threatened Boavista 1-0 on Tuesday to become champions
- Fans filled the streets in the Portuguese capital to celebrate the title victory
- However, clashes with police marred the celebrations late Tuesday night
Sporting Lisbon’s 19-year wait for a Portuguese league title is finally over after they defeat Due to relegation, Boavista threatened 1-0 on Tuesday to push Porto and Benfica to first place.
It is Sporting’s first league title since 2002, with the Portuguese league mainly dominated by Porto and Benfica. Porto had won eleven titles and Benfica seven since Sporting last took the trophy 19 years ago.
Paulinho scored the title-winning goal for the Lions in the 36th minute, hitting the top of the net from close range after a low cross in the area, sparking scenes of pandemonium in the nation’s capital.
Sporting Lisbon finally ended their 19-year waiting period on Tuesday to take home the Portuguese league title
Sporting defeated the relegation-threatened Boavista 1-0 on Tuesday to be crowned champion
The win left a currently unbeaten Sporting eight points ahead of second place Porto with two games to play. Benfica, who defeated Nacional de Madeira 3-1 earlier on Tuesday, is 12 points behind in third place.
Sporting supporters in the club’s green and white colors took to the streets to celebrate wrapping up the title, waving flags and chanting ‘champions’ at the same time.
Police had warned fans not to congregate on the street and obey social distance guidelines if they were to party in and around the Alvalade stadium.
While many celebrated the title win peacefully, small groups of Sporting fans were involved in clashes with the police, which should be a joyous event for the fans involved.
Sporting’s title comes three years after the club went through one of the worst crises in club history when dozens of fans with covered faces entered the team’s training complex and attacked players and staff.
Paulinho scored the title-winning goal for the Lions in the 36th minute at the Alvalade Stadium
The shocking attack, which made headlines worldwide, came after Sporting missed a Champions League berth, exacerbating ongoing internal disputes between players, club directors and the controversial president of the time.
Fans were not allowed in Sporting’s Alvalade Stadium, but thousands of supporters had gathered in the city of Lisbon in hopes of celebrating the long-awaited title.
Sporting could have taken the title on Monday if Porto had lost points to second-last place Farense, but they won 5-1 at home.
Sporting had to play most of the game without defender Pedro Porro, who was recently first called up to the Spain national team. The right back was injured after less than 20 minutes.
However, fan parties in the streets of Lisbon were marred by clashes with the police
Police with riot shields make their way through a Lisbon street during the title celebrations
Sporting supporters who don the green and white colors of the club are confronted by the police
Fans and police clash during the title celebrations in the Portuguese capital