Sporting made it 10 wins in 10 games win a 2-0 win against Feirense from Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s penalty and a Stijn Schaars strike.
Domingos Paciência made just one change from the team that beat Gil Vicente 6-1 on Monday with Oguchi Onyewu returning in the place of Ânderson Polga in defence. Jeffrén Suárez also made his return on the substitutes bench.
Sporting initially struggled to impose their game on a Feirense side that defended well. Indeed, it was Feirense who came closest to opening the scoring after 10 minutes when Miguel Pedro whipped in a dangerous corner, Daniel Carriço got a touch to it and Varela was inches away from making contact with the ball that would have certain resulted in a Feirense goal.
The first real chance for Sporting came in the 23rd minute when Diego Capel whipped in a low cross that Ricky van Wolfswinkel was just too late to reach.
The biggest moment of the first half was a big penalty shout as Elias was bundled over by Varela. The Brazilian midfielders fall was somewhat theatrical but there was certainly contact and it would not have been a surprise to see referee André Gralha point to the spot.
Just before the break Ricky van Wolfswinkel forced goalkeeper Paulo Lopes into a fine save but for the most part the first half lacked the sort if incision that Sporting have shown in recent games.
As the teams began the second half it was again Feirense who started off the bright of the two teams and perhaps had the best chance of the game so far. Carlos Fonseca’s shot forced Rui Patrício to save but he could only palm the ball into the path of Nuno Henrique who could not convert an easy chance.
Feirense were at it again shortly after when a Alexandre Ludovic shot from long-distance only just went over the Sporting goal – almost a spectacular goal from the Feirense midfielder.
From there though it went all downhill for the home side (although Sporting fans were certainly the majority in the stadium) when Nuno Henrique was booked for a foul on Diego Capel. Just 3 minutes later and once again Henrique fouled Diego Capel and was then give his second yellow card and sent off.
The advantage of an extra man meant Paciência could add an extra attacking emphasis to Sporting and he brought on André Carrillo on for Elias. The next substitution though will have been more popular as Jeffrén Suárez finally returned after his injury troubles in the place of his compatriot Capel.
Sporting were awarded a penalty on the 63rd minute when Cris foolishly brought down Stijn Schaars unnecessarily in the area. Ricky van Wolfswinkel stepped up once again and smashed the ball into the top left hand corner to give Sporting the lead.
Feirense were lucky to still have 10 men just a couple of minutes later when Sténio Santos lunged into Jeffrén with two feet but received only a yellow card for his dangerous tackle.
Jeffrén was close to scoring not long after that when his long range strike forced Paulo Lopes into a superb save and the Feirense goalkeeper just managed to tip the strike onto the woodwork.
Sporting managed to finish the game in the 77th minute when Daniel Carriço’s blocked shot fell to Stijn Schaars who hammered a shot from the edge of the area into the lower right hand corner leaving Paulo Lopes helpless to react.
The rest of the game was played out fairly without incident and Sporting in the end cruised to a very impressive 10th straight victory leaving the Verde e Brancos 3rd in the Liga table.
SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Daniel Carriço, Oguchi Onyewu, Emiliano Insúa; Fabián Rinaudo (YC), Stijn Schaars (Scored 77′), Elias (André Carrillo 57′); Matías Fernández (Valeri Bojinov 79′), Diego Capel (Jeffrén Suarez 63′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Scored 64′)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Bruno Pereirinha, Evaldo Fabiano, André Santos