SHEFFIELD Wednesday were beaten 2-0 by a classy Sporting Lisbon side in the Municipal Stadium, Albuifera, Portugal, tonight.
It was a decent run out for Dave Jones’ squad and gave the manager a few things to mull over.
The Owls started in the Algarve with Carlos Henriques in goal, a 19-year-old keeper from Portimonense.
But his new defence was soon under pressure and it wasn’t long before he was pulling the ball out of the back of the Wednesday net.
Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, 23, wriggled around Anthony Gardner and set up midfielder Andre Martins to knock home from five yards.
Chris Maguire posed some questions of the Lisbon rearguard as the Owls tried to get back into the game.
Jose Semedo, who is Portugese ofcourse, was also on his game with Jermaine Johnson looking lively against Lisbon, who were runners-up in the 2004-05 UEFA Cup.
Generally, Wednesday looked sharp in the tackle, their pre-season training obviously kicking in.
They certainly were not overawed by the task of playing the 106-year-old Primeira Liga club.
Half time: Sporting 1 Wednesday 0
Jones made changes after the interval, Marlon Harewood, Ryan Lowe, Joe Mattock come on for Gary Madine, Kieran Lee and Chris Maguire.
Harewood is a strong competitor and illustrated that power in brisk exchanges with Lisbon.
Miguel Llera and Mike Jones entered the fray to replace Gardner and Nejc Pecnik.
But the changes did not bear fruit, in fact Van Wolfswinkel put Lisbon further ahead with an easy conversion, to swing the game completely in their favour. The goal had been the product of another smart passing move. And the same player headed just wide later.
But it was no disgrace for the Owls to go behind with players such as former Bayern Munich midfielder Danijel Pranjic and former Seville man Diego Capel among the opposition.
After all Lisbon were fourth in their Primeira Liga last year.
Owls starting line up: Henriques, Lee, Beevers, Gardner, R Johnson, Semedo, Lines, Pecnik, J Johnson, Madine, Maguire.
*Wednesday’s sudden goalkeeping blow: Monday’s Star.