Sporting’s draw during the visit to Manchester City (0-0), in the knockout stages of the Champions League, left a bitter taste for the lions. While it is true that they did not avoid elimination from the millionaire competition (at the cost of a 0-5 at Alvalade), Rúben Amorim’s team became the first Portuguese team to leave the stronghold of the Citizens without defeat.
Although short, Manchester City has a 100% track record by hosting Portuguese clubs, in a story that began in 1970 with the victory against Académica (1-0 ap), in the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners’ Cup.
Since then, there have been two visits from Sporting and FC Porto. The Dragons were beaten twice (0-4 in the 2011/12 Europa League Round of 16 and 1-3 in the 2020/21 Champions League group stage), while the Lions succumbed in the first visit (2-3 in the 2011/12 Europa League Round of 16) but ended that streak on Wednesday night with a nil goal.