The Faro-based side beat Penafiel in the first stage of the Allianz League Cup. After a tight 0-0 draw, the home side won 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out.

Manager Rui Duarte was without new signings Daniel Fernandes, Perisic, Markovic, Teles and Mayambela whose international clearance failed to materialise in time to play. The Algarve side had only five players on the bench and no substitute goalkeeper.