SC Braga and Estoril fight for last spot in the League Cup ‘final four’

Vitória SC misplaced immediately the chance to qualify for the ‘closing 4’ of the League Cup after shedding to Benfica, at Estádio da Luz, within the tie by penalties, after being 83 minutes forward of the marker.

Vitória put themselves forward within the sixteenth minute, in a purpose by Oscar Estupiñán, and the draw for the ‘eagles’ got here near the top (83), with Pizzi efficiently changing a penalty to punish foul on Pedrinho.

With the tie on the finish of the 90 minutes, the winner needed to be determined by taking penalties, after which Benfica was more practical, changing the 4 makes an attempt he had, whereas Vitória failed twice.

With this consequence, Benfica joins Sporting and FC Porto within the closing stage of the League Cup, who gained, respectively, Mafra and Paços de Ferreira, now lacking a semifinalist, who will depart the ‘duel’ between SC Braga and Estoril Seashore.

Benfica began properly within the recreation and created the primary alternative of the encounter by Darwin, who after an help by Taarabt heel ended up taking pictures beside the purpose of Vitória, however then virtually disappeared.

The crew from Vimaran was way more efficient of their response and, after 16 minutes, superior within the scoring, in a transfer that left in sight of all of the defensive weaknesses of this Benfica and, particularly, Nuno Tavares.

The left-back was the one who missed the preliminary strategy to the transfer, was shocked by Marcus Edwards’ velocity after which the Englishman ‘broke up’ the ‘purple’ protection, handed Rochinha into the field and this, in a cross-shot, allowed Oscar Estupiñán made a dream debut with the shirt of the Minho when making it 1-0 at Estádio da Luz.

All the time extra with the center than with the pinnacle, Benfica sought the tie through the first half and Everton, on two events, was the one who was nearer to the tie.

At 30, the Brazilian noticed Trmal deny him the celebrations in two consecutive photographs, and to shut the primary half, the previous Grémio scored even, however the transfer ended up canceled out of play, after a transfer by which the ball handed for all of the ‘purple and white’ assault however by which everybody was too ceremonious when it got here to concentrating on Vitória’s purpose.

Within the second half, João Henriques introduced in Quaresma and the South African Lyle Foster: the entry of the 2 gamers to the assault of the conquistadors revived the Minho crew and put Benfica’s protection again on monitor, at a time when the crew needed to the touch assault to make a draw.

In the most effective strikes of Benfica’s assault in the entire match, Pizzi virtually succeeded: Darwin switched the steps to Sacko, assisted the Portuguese worldwide within the coronary heart of the penalty space, however the robust shot from the Benfica was stopped by one other good intervention by Trmal .

Nevertheless, within the 83rd minute, the Czech may do nothing within the face of a brand new shot from Benfica’s 21, which tied it to a penalty ball, after Poha knocked Pedrinho down within the space.

Till the ninetieth minute, Benfica was the closest to victory, however Trmal, in a non-public duel with Darwin, denied the turnaround to the ‘eagles’ on two events when the Uruguayan did all the pieces properly, however noticed the Victorian guardian shine.

Within the ‘lottery’ of penalties, Benfica was stronger and sealed the passage to the ultimate stage of the League Cup, which shall be performed in Leiria, in January: Everton, Pizzi, Gabriel and Seferovic scored for the ‘eagles’, whereas André Almeida and Poha wasted for Vitória.

Sport Card

Sport held at Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon.

Benfica – Vitória SC, 1-1, 4-1 on penalties.

At vary: 0-1.

On the finish of regulation time: 1-1.


0-1, Oscar Estupiñán, 16 minutes.

1-1, Pizzi, 83 (penalty).

Scorers on penalties:

1-0, Everton.

1-0, André Almeida (to the suitable submit).

2-0, Pizzi.

2-1, Pepelu.

3-1, Gabriel.

3-1, Poha (goalkeeper protection).

4-1, Seferovic.


– Benfica: Helton Leite, João Ferreira (Gilberto, 46), Jardel, Vertonghen, Nuno Tavares, Weigl (Pizzi, 55), Taarabt (Gabriel, 86), Rafa (Pedrinho, 66), Everton, Waldschmidt (Seferovic, 46) and Darwin.

(Substitutes: Vlachodimos, Gilberto, Ferro, Grimaldo, Gabriel, Pizzi, Pedrinho, Gonçalo Ramos and Seferovic).

Coach: Jorge Jesus.

– Vitória SC: Trmal, Falaye Sacko, Jorge Fernandes, Abdul Mumin, Sílvio, Pepelu, Miguel Luís (André Almeida, 67), Janvier (Poha, 80), Marcus Edwards (Ricardo Quaresma, 70), Rochinha (Maddox, 80) and Oscar Estupiñán (Lyle Foster, 70).

(Substitutes: Jhonatan, Suliman, Mensah, Poha, André Almeida, Maddox, Ricardo Quaresma, Lyle Foster and Noah Holm).

Coach: João Henriques.

Referee: Fábio Veríssimo (AF Leiria).

Disciplinary motion: yellow card for Taarabt (41), Jorge Fernandes (52), Miguel Luís (60), Janvier (76) and Poha (82).

Help: Sport performed behind closed doorways as a result of covid-19 pandemic.

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