Helder Postiga inspired Sporting Lisbon to an easy 5-0 win over Levski Sofia as the Portuguese side seized control of UEFA Europa League Group C.

The former Tottenham striker was in superb form as Sporting utterly dominated Levski to keep their 100% record. Goals from Daniel Carrico, Maniche, Diogo Salomao, Postiga and Matias Fernandez saw the Bulgarians well-beaten in Lisbon.

Georgi Petkov saved comfortably from Postiga when the striker headed on goal from near the penalty spot as the hosts started well. Salomao saw his shot blocked by Serginho Greene as Sporting searched for an opener, then the same player shot wide from the edge of the box.

A goal was coming however and Carrico gave them the lead after half an hour. The excellent Fernandez provided the cross from the left by-line and Carrico sent a header high past Petkov from six yards out.

That seemed to spark Levski into life however and Carrico was the hero at the other end with a block to deny Hristo Yovov, while Sporting keeper Rui Patricio did well to deal with a series of three dangerous corners from the visitors. Just before half-time Maniche struck to make it 2-0 with the diminutive midfielder sending in a bullet header after a terrific cross by Sporting's Montenegrin international Simon Vukcevic.

In the second half the one-way traffic continued and Salomao was given the reward for his persistence when he scored with a low shot after being set up by Postiga's header. Postiga himself made it 4-0 with a brilliant strike from 30 yards out, drilling the ball high past Petkov.

The 28-year-old came within inches of a fifth for Sporting only to see his shot from the edge of the area hit the upright. Fernandez did make it five from close range late on to round off a terrific night for Sporting.