Sporting drew at home 0-0 against FC Porto in the Taça da Liga despite being the better team with the visiting team ending the game with 10 men.
Leonardo Jardim made a few changes from his usual first team for this cup tie. Marcelo Boeck started in goal with Eric Dier in defence. Islam Slimani started ahead of Fredy Montero for the first time this season and André Martins got through his injury to start in midfield.
It was a hugely entertaining game with the home side in charge through most of the game. Wilson Eduardo had the best chance of the first half when he found space behind Porto’s back line but his shot was straight at goalkeeper Fabiano.
The fast pace of the first half carried straight on into the second half with Sporting again the better of the two teams.
The two best chances of the game nearer the end and fell to Vítor Silva, who was on for André Martins.
Perhaps the best of the chances came in the 81st minute when Vítor was put through to goal by an other substitute in André Carrillo but midfielder’s shot was well saved Fabiano.
Then Carlos Eduardo was given his marching orders by referee Olegário Benquerença for a second yellow card after a foul on Vítor.
Sporting had another chance to win the match right near the end and again it fell to Vítor Silva but this time the shot went just wide of the post.
Porto managed to hang on in the end but will know they only managed to do so through the heroics of Fabiano.
The result means that all of the teams in Group B are even as Marítimo played out a goalless draw with Penafiel earlier in the day.
SPORTING XI: Marcelo Boeck; Cédric Soares, Eric Dier, Marcos Rojo, Jefferson; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, André Martins (Vítor Silva, 77′); Wilson Eduardo, Diego Capel (André Carrillo, 67′), Islam Slimani (Fredy Montero, 63′)
Substitutes Not Used: Rui Patrício, Maurício, Gérson Magrão, Diogo Salomão