Sporting progressed into the next round of the Taça de Portugal through a brace from the in-form Ricky van Wolfswinkel against a Famalicão that ended the game with 9 men on the pitch.
Domingos Paciência played a relatively strong team from the start with the likes of Stijn Schaars, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Capel and Emiliano Insúa all starting. Paciência also handed a debut to summer signing Marcelo Boeck in goal.
Sporting were the better side through-out the match unsurprisingly with the gap of stature and position between the two sides. Although Famalicão did well for what was a great occasion for the club and its fans that was in the top flight almost a decade ago.
Sporting’s first great chance came through André Santos, his powerful shot from outside of the area. João Pereira with a shot went close with Pedro Silva needing to clear the ball after the line.
For the second half Paciência made two changes at half time, bringing on Alberto Rodríguez for Daniel Carriço and Bruno Pereirinha for Oguchi Onyweu, moving Evaldo into the centre.
As Sporting went longer without a goal it gave a fighting Famalicão team more hope of pulling off an unlikely story. Famalicão finally forcing Marcelo Boeck into a good save through former Porto youth team player André Claro.
Sporting finally managed to take the lead through a penalty converted by the in-form Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Famalicão’s defender Palheiras brought down Matías Fernández in the area to give Sporting their first penalty of the new season.
The goal seemed to take the wind out of Famalicão and the sending off just minutes later seemed to make the result a certainty. Jorginho picked a second yellow card for a foul on Stijn Schaars.
Things then got bad to worse for Famalicão, Bruno Pereirinha breaking down on the right hand side and swept in a great cross for van Wolfswinkel to head home from close range and to make it 8 goals in 9 games for the Dutch forward.
The second goal effectively ended the game as a contest and the game was beyond doubt when Famalicão’s Talocha hand ball meant referee Artur Soares Dias had to reduce the home side to 9 men.
It was a fairly basic victory and gives the team a platform to build on before the Europa League game against FC Vaslui and excellent run out for some of the players who’ve yet to play a large amount of minutes..
SPORTING XI: Marcelo Boeck (YC); João Pereira, Daniel Carriço (Alberto Rodríguez 46′, YC), Oguchi Onyewu (Bruno Pereirinha 46′), Evaldo Fabiano; André Santos, Stijn Schaars, Matías Fernández; Diego Capel (YC) (Diego Rubio 75′), Emiliano Insúa, Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (Scored 62′, 67′)
Subs Not Used: Tiago Ferreira, Santiago Arias, Ânderson Polga, André Martins