Schalke beats 10-man Sporting 4-3
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Eric Choupo-Moting converted a disputed penalty in injury time to give Schalke a dramatic 4-3 victory over 10-man Sporting in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Adrien Silva had scored two late goals to haul Sporting from two goals down to 3-3, before being penalized for handling the ball — although it bounced off his chest.
Nani had put Sporting ahead before defender Mauricio was sent off in the 33rd minute for his second booking and Chinedu Obasi scored from the ensuing free kick. Obasi then set up Klaas-Jan Hujntelaar to score and captain Benedikt Hoewedes added Schalke’s third on the hour.
But Silva scored with a penalty and then a header to level the match.
“We were very lucky at the end, normally you wouldn’t win anymore,” Hoewedes said.
Schalke’s new coach Roberto Di Matteo, who won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, now has two wins in two matches.
Schalke’s penalty in the second minute of added time secured its first win in Group G. With five points, Schalke is second behind Chelsea, which beat Maribor 6-0 and has seven. Maribor has two and Sporting one.
Nani scored in the 16th minute, despite mishitting the ball after a corner from Joao Mario.
Mauricio was sent off after stepping on the foot of Marco Hoeger and from the resulting free kick, Dennis Aogo sent a cross into the box. Obasi, making a rare start, headed low toward the goal. Goalkeeper Rui Patricio got his hands to the ball, only to then drop it and watch it roll inside the post.
Huntelaar scored in the 51st after a through ball from Obasi and Hoewedes’ header in the 60th off a free-kick cross from Kaan Ayhan appeared to secure Schalke’s victory.
But Ayhan gave away a penalty by fouling Andre Carrillo and Silva cut the deficit.
Silva notched his second when he was left unmarked in the 78th to head home a cross from Cedric at the far post.
Silva was at the center of attention again in stoppage time as he was judged by the referee to have used his hand, although television replays clearly showed the ball had bounced off his chest.