Sporting Clube de Portugal finished their pre-season time in the Netherlands with another win – and another clean sheet to go with it. Hélder Postiga, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Diego Rubio provided the goals in what was, in the end, and easy win.
Straight from the kick-off at the Wezep-Hattemerbroek Stadium, Sporting were in full control of Ankaragücü. The club from Turkey’s second-city, Ankara could not deal with Sporting’s passing and movement in which Fabián Rinaudo and Stijn Schaars looked good in the ball early on.
It only took 7 minutes before Hélder Postiga buried a well taken freekick by Stijn Schaars. Postiga had an excellent game through-out the match had much of the best chances in the first half with Özden Öngün goalkeeper Ankaragücü making some top notch saves from the Portuguese forward. Indeed, Postiga was close to scoring an incredible goal in the 11th minute, once again from a Sporting freekick that was headed clear, on the outside of the box Postiga hit a sublime volley that smashed the post.
Ankaragücü couldn’t live with Sporting going forward and that lead to Sporting win quite a few freekicks and then in the 41st minute, Ricky van Wolfswinkel was brought down in the box, and subsequently buried the penalty to make it 2-0. Özden Öngün managed to get a hand to it but the Dutchman’s shot had too much power and the ball went in the bottom right-hand corner regardless.
Domingos Paciência changed things over in the second half, Rui Patrício came on for Marcelo Boeck, André Santos on for Fabián Rinaudo and Bruno Pereirinha on for Marat Izmailov.
The second half was not quite as engaging as the first as Ankaragücü looked unlikely to make any head-way going forward, with the ball getting held up in a scrappy midfield battle.
It was a great time then for Domingos Paciência to bring about more changes, as he gave time to Diego Rubio, Oguchi Onyewu, Ricardo Esgaio, André Martins, Tiago Ilori and Bruma all got get time.
It was Diego Rubio who finished off the scoring in the 78th minute. As Rubio broke through the Ankaragücü defence, he went one-on-one with the impressive Öngün and as he tried to go around the former Turkey international, he was brought down and subsequently scored the following penalty.
All in all, it was an easy afternoon for Sporting and they will go into their next friendly against Juventus with much-deserved confidence.
SPORTING Team (4-1-3-2): Marcelo Boeck (Rui Patrício 46′), João Pereira (Tiago Ilori 80′), Ânderson Polga (Bruma 80′), Daniel Carriço (Oguchi Onyewu 69′), Evaldo; Fabián Rinaudo (André Santos 46′); Marat Izmailov (Bruno Pereirinha 46′), Stijn Schaars (Ricardo Esgaio 69′), Yannick Djaló; Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Scored 42′, YC) (Diego Rubio 59′ Scored 78′); Hélder Postiga (Scored 7′) (André Martins 69′)
Subs Not Used: Valeri Bojinov, Zézinho, Edgar Ié, João Mário, Juary