Portimonense football club survived the first round proper of the 2009/10 Portuguese League Cup, albeit only after a 6-5 penalty shoot-out success at Feirense following 90 goalless minutes of regular play.

The Algarveans now find themselves drawn into the competition’s Group A where a November 11 home encounter against top division Académica awaits.

Looking further ahead Football League president Herminio Loureiro has admitted that there is a strong possibility that the Stadium of the Algarve will be awarded the March Cup Final for a third consecutive season.

Last Sunday Portimão again relied on lady luck as third tier Real Massama were overcome 4-3 on spot kicks in the opening round of the FA Cup, a tactic which will not be sufficient if all three points are to be gained in this Saturday evening’s televised (live on Sport TV at 7pm) top of the table home clash with Gil Vicente.