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Sporting Lisbon win Portuguese Super Cup against rivals Benfica

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Pin Sporting Lisbons players celebrate after scoring a goal during a Portuguese league match at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, in May 2015
Sporting Lisbons players celebrate after scoring a goal during a Portuguese league match at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, in May 2015

Sporting Lisbon win Portuguese Super Cup against rivals Benfica

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Sporting Lisbon clinched the Portuguese Super Cup in Faro with a 1-0 win against archrivals Benfica, following the controversial team swap of coach Jorge Jesus.

Sporting won with a goal from Peruvian Andre Carrillo in the 53rd minute of the match late on Sunday, despite an inspired performance from Benfica's Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Tensions were high at the match after Jesus, Benfica coach for six years, made a shock transfer to coach Sporting earlier this year.

He was replaced at Benfica by Rui Vitoria, who worked as a youth coach at the club from 2004 to 2006 and joined from Vitoria Guimaraes, where he spent the last four years.

Jesus enjoyed a string of successes coaching Benfica, winning three league titles, five league cups and one Portuguese cup, while he also took them to two Europa League finals.

But he controversially agreed to make the short trip to the Estadio Jose Alvalade to join Sporting, a club he represented as a player, after refusing to sign a new contract with Benfica which would have seen him take a pay cut.

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