Late Gent surge stuns Sporting
Gent gained revenge over ten-man Sporting Club de Portugal for last month's Europa League thrashing with a 3-1 victory in Group C.
Tim Smolders put the Belgian side ahead after just eight minutes from the penalty spot, with
Gent were hammered 5-1 when the teams met a fortnight ago at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, but a victory over Mechelen 3-1 on Saturday lifted them to third in the Jupiler League and they took renewed confidence into tonight's clash.
Sporting had the best of the very early stages with
However, it was the home side who took the lead after eight minutes after
It took the visitors ten minutes to get back on track and
Sporting had scored 12 goals in their first three games in the group and duly got back on level terms on 38 minutes when Saleiro slotted home from 12 yards.
Good chances were hard to come by in the second half and the key moment came in the 77th minute when Abel was sent off for a second bookable offence. And Gent took just three minutes to make their numerical superiority count, substitutes Arbeitman and Conte combining for the latter to fire home from 12 yards.
The home side put the result beyond any doubt with a third goal three minutes later, Arbeitman heading Yassine El Ghanassy's cross home from six yards.