Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario handed Portugal a 1-0 win over England in their opening game at the European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic on Thursday with Liverpool FC defender Tiago Illori helping keep Tottenham star Harry Kane and Manchester United’s Jess Lingard at bay. Mario scored the game’s only goal on 57 minutes with a rebound off a shot that hit the post, which took Portugal second in Group B behind Sweden, while England are bottom. England’s attack suffered a heavy blow before the game with West Brom striker Saido Berahino — the top scorer in qualifying with ten goals in as many games — sidelined with a knee injury. England also lost Everton defender John Stones to suspected concussion. Tottenham striker Harry Kane squandered a few chances with Liverpool FC’s Tiago Illori marshaling the defense of Portual. Kane was denied by Portugal keeper Jose Sa after a good shot from 20 yards in the first half. Sa […]

Chelsea host Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in their final group game of the UEFA Champions League tonight. The Blues have already clinched both qualification and the top spot in group G which could mean that they’ll rest a few first team players for the game. Jose Mourinho’s men suffered their first defeat this season at the hands of Newcastle United and will want to bounce back against Sporting. That being said, it’s unlikely that the team that faced Newcastle will get the chance to do so today as Mourinho plans on giving the fringe players a run out. Sporting’s qualification rests in their own hands as a draw will be enough for them to go through to the last 16 regardless of what Schalke do in their game against Maribor in the other game. A loss for the Portuguese side will still do if Schalke fail to register a win. Form guide Chelsea: LWDWWW Sporting: WWWWDW Tactics and probable lineups […]