Sporting win Portuguese title

… after 19-year wait

Sporting celebrate

Sporting Lisbon fans clashed with police after the club were crowned Portuguese champions for the first time since 2002 after they beat Boavista 1-0 at home on Tuesday. Striker Paulinho scored the only goal of the game in the first half.

The victory took unbeaten Sporting to 82 points after 32 games, an unassailable eight-point advantage over second-placed Porto with just two games to play. The result also marks the end of Porto and Benfica’s 19-year hold on the Primeira Liga title.

ESPN report that Sporting fans celebrating their club being crowned Portuguese champions for the first time in nearly two decades clashed with riot police in the early hours of this (Wednesday) morning.

Sporting fans celbrate in Funchal

Fans had gathered on Tuesday evening outside their Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon to celebrate , hugging, waving flags and shouting “Champions” as hundreds of cars blew their horns in the usual manner.

Soon after the match, fans spread across the city and thousands gathered in Lisbon’s main square, Marques do Pombal, one of the stops where Sporting players paraded the trophy on an open-top bus.

Some broke down metal barriers put in place to keep them from getting too close to the bus, prompting riot police to fire rubber bullets and use batons to disperse the crowd.

Sporting fans in Madeira were also celebrating on the streets of downtown Funchal (pictured), again with the usual beeping of car horns. Police began to move them on as the 11:00 pm curfew approached. No rubber bullets in Funchal though!

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