Sporting Clube de Portugal made it 6 wins in a row thanks to Diego Capel’s first half goal. In a match that saw Fabián Rinaudo sent off and Sporting having to play with 10 men for the majority of the game.
Sporting have made quite the habit of scoring early in games recently and this game was no different. After 7 minutes Stijn Schaars won the ball in midfield and fed in Diego Capel who ran towards goal and fired an unstoppable shot past the helpless Nilson.
Fabián Rinaudo was sent off on the 22nd minute mark by referee Bruno Paixão, a decision that was probably a correct one. Rinaudo’s tackle on Maranhão was deemed to be dangerous play and the Argentinian midfielder was given a straight red-card.
In spite of losing a player Sporting stayed comfortable in the match, only Edgar’s header in the 38th minute was a true clear-cut chance for Guimarães.
At half-time Sporting still comfortably led 1-0 over the low-confidence Vitória de Guimarães team, who also featured former Sporting loanee João Paulo.
For the start of the second half Domingos Paciência made a substitution similar to that of Sporting’s last game at home to Lazio, in which with Sporting down to ten men, Paciência took off forward-thinking André Carrillo only this time replacing him with André Santos.
The decision served to continue to make Sporting comfortable in defence and Paciência made a similar change 10 minutes later, this time bringing on Evaldo Fabiano for the goalscorer, Diego Capel.
Evaldo can count himself extremely lucky to have remained on the pitch, his two-footed tackle on the defender Alex left Sporting’s Brazilian left-back with a yellow card, although it certainly should have been red.
Domingos Paciência’s final change was to bring on Daniel Carriço for Ricky van Wolfswinkel, it is the first time the Dutch striker had played for Sporting and not scored since the 28th August. Had Sporting, who controlled surprisingly well with just 10 men, remained with the full allocation of players there may well have been more goals.
The result shows to the continuing improvements of the squad that now looks entirely different to the team that had an incredibly poor August, the next challenge is for the team to carry on this excellent form after the international break.
SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Ânderson Polga, Oguchi Onyewu (YC), Emiliano Insúa; Fabián Rinaudo (RC), Stijn Schaars (YC), Elias (YC); André Carrillo (André Santos 46′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Daniel Carriço 80′), Diego Capel (Scored 7′) (Evaldo Fabiano 57′, YC)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Matías Fernández, Valeri Bojinov, Diego Rubio