Part II: The great Barcelona start
Qualified for the Cup of Winner's Cup, because of the last season's Taça de Portugal win, the Lions started their campaign in Italy, to face Atalanta in September 4, 1963.
Atalanta that had won the Italian Cup last season, would have a fantastic start in this competition. Winning by 2-0, against the Lions, with goals by Calavanese, 74', and Domenghini, 86'.
The second leg was played in Estádio de Alvalade a month later, with almost 38,000 fans in the stadium.
At the sixth minute, Figueiredo made the first for the Lions. And right after that, Atalanta's goalkeeper, Pizzaballa, was injuried and had to leave the pitch. After that, Atalanta would play with only 10 men for the rest of the match, for over 80 minutes.
Even down to 10, the italians got the draw. At the 17', Christensen scored for Atalanta and made the italians go with a two goal advantage for the interval.
In the second half, Sporting's players were ready to win this game.
Mascarenhas at the 63' scored for Sporting, putting the Lions in the front, but still one goal behind to take the match to a draw in the aggregate.
But, 13' to the end, Bé made the third for the green-and-white, and made obligatory a third game to decide who would get through to the Second Eliminatory.
The third match was played in October 14, 1963. Just five days after the Lisbon game. And it was played in Barcelona.
Enrico Nova, at the 20th minute, made the first for the italians, that were, once again, in the front. But only 3 minuted later, Mascarenhas, would make the equalizer.
And then the game reached the end. After three matches, in three different countries, in three different stadiums, the draw persisted. There was only one way out - an extra-time.
At this point was inevitable that this eliminatory would have 300 minutes of play, but now there was only 30 more for the Lions to score and made their path forward.
In the photo, Mascarenhas scoring the goal for the Lions that made the 1-1 in the Barcelona match.
And Lúcio was the man to score the first in the extra-time. At the 98', the man that had already scored in the last year's Taça de Portugal final, had made a very important goal.
5 minutes to the end, was time for Mascarenhas to score his second goal of the night and confirm that Sporting would go through to the next stage.
The Lions had just eliminated Atalanta, and now they would play against APOEL, who was making their European debut season.