The two rivals were facing off in a potential title decider, with the game seeing multiple fouls and eventually turning ugly at the full-time whistle

The Primeira Liga clash between Porto and Sporting descended into chaos on Friday night as five red cards were issued and players and staff, as well pitch-side assistants, clashed during ugly scenes.

Sporting were second, six points behind leaders Porto in the table, ahead of the league meeting at Estadio do Dragao, with a heated match seeing a total of 31 fouls as the game finished in a 2-2 draw.

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As the game approached full-time, Pepe fell to the floor after he collided with Sporting midfielder Joao Palhinha while attempting to head home a late winning goal.

That sparked chaotic scenes as numerous players and staff from both sides clashed with each other on the pitch, leading to pushing and shoving, and even a pitch-side assistant appearing to hit a Sporting player from behind an advertising board.

The referee then sent off an additional four players, two each from either side, with former Real Madrid centre-back Pepe also dismissed during the carnage.

With the full-time whistle having already blown – with the game having ended in a 2-2 draw as Sporting failed to cut the gap at the top of the Primeira Liga table – it would take over five minutes for those on the pitch to eventually make their way down the tunnel.

Frederico Varandas, Sportings president, said after the game: “This game reflects, for me, what the last 40 years of Portuguese football has been about. Of an era where they (Porto) have a president called Pinto da Costa.”

It would appear that Varandas does not hold a high opinion of the 84-year-old, who has been Porto president since 1982, and it remains to be seen what punishments will be handed out following the mayhem that ensued at full-time of the game.

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