Famalicão, 0-Sporting CP, 1
Markovic on target to move Sporting into the Portuguese Cup 4th round
A much changed Sporting side moved into the next round of the Portuguese Cup this Thursday night with a hard fought win in Famalicão. Beto and Douglas were handed their first starts since moving to Alvalade and it was looking to be an easier night's work than it turned out to be, with Markovic netting after just ten minutes after a pass from Elias.
Although facing much stronger opposition, the hosts were determined to make a game of it and shortly after the opening goal Beto was called into a tough save. In response Elias had a golden chance to extend Sporting's lead, but the Brazilian fired off target after linking up with Alan Ruiz.
Jesus used half-time to make his first change, bringing off Petrovic and introducing William Carvalho to the action. However, not even the presence of the Portuguese international was enough to kill of Famalicão's fighting spirit. Sporting could well have put the result to bed on various occasions, but Elias took too long to pull the trigger on one occasion and chance for Gelson finished just inches wide.