Sporting Lisbon Win The Portuguese League With 2 Games To Go

Sporting Lisbon clinched the Primeira Liga title on Sunday after Benfica lost 2-0 against lowly Famalicao, a result that left Ruben Amorim’s side with an unassailable eight-point lead in the standings with two games left. Thousands of elated Sporting fans gathered in the capital Lisbon until the early hours of Monday to celebrate their club being crowned Portuguese league champions for the twentieth time in their history.

Soon after Benfica’s defeat, cars started to beep their horns in celebration and thousands of fans headed to Lisbon’s main square, Marques do Pombal, where players arrived on an open-top bus at around 1.40 a.m. local time. One by one, players went up a big stage set up at the square as upbeat songs were blasted from the speakers and fans waved flags and scarves. Sporting reclaimed the title three years after their last win in¬†2021, when they ended a nearly two decade-drought. The celebrations in 2021 took place during the COVID-19 pandemic and were marred by clashes between the police and fans. The 2021 victory also completed a huge turnaround in fortunes for the club after the squad was attacked¬†by angry fans at the team’s training ground in May 2018.

It was Amorim’s second league title and Sporting can extend their celebrations with a domestic double if they win the Portuguese Cup final against Porto later this month. Swedish forward Viktor Gyokeres’ goals have powered Sporting’s title success and he netted his 27th of the campaign on Saturday to wrap up their victory. Sporting will face Porto in the Portuguese Cup final on May 26th, aiming to secure a double. The striker signed from¬†Coventry City¬†last summer for a club-record fee of ‚ā¨20 million plus add-ons.