Sporting 1-0 Sp. Braga

Sporting have become the Allianz League Cup champions after a sole goal from Pedro Porro tipped the balance against Sporting de Braga in a 1-0 victory, tonight.

In the intense rain, a strike from Porro in the first period, arriving late in the half, gave Sporting a hard-earned advantage going into the break.

The Lions required a great deal of huffing and puffing in the subsequent period, littered with half chances at either end before showing enough resilience to clinch back-to-back League Cup wins for boss Rubén Amorim, defeating the holders.

In torrid conditions, Tuesday night’s semi-final hero Jovane Cabral made the cut for Amorim’s men ahead of Nuno Santos, joined by Nuno Mendes on the left flank. Meanwhile Braga named an unchanged XI for the big occasion.

A drenched pitch did very little to help both sides, slipping into a phase of sheer combativeness with few goal-scoring opportunities to show for it.

The battling extended itself to the sidelines as both Amorim and Carlos Carvalhal aimed sharp words at each other, leaving both sides manager-less following the referee’s zero-tolerance stance in sending the two coaches off.

Braga’s best chance to threaten Sporting’s goal in the first half came from a low cross aimed at Fransérgio, saved by Adan, prior to a subsequent offside call.

The Lions changed the course of the game with a Gonçalo Inácio free-kick down the right channel in the 43rd minute, picked up by Porro before dispatching a low-drive past Matheus and giving the league leaders a 1-0 advantage before the break.

Meanwhile the rain eased ahead of the second period, the game stuck to its cagey characteristics, as Sporting readied themselves defensively for Braga’s search for an equaliser, retreating into their own half.

The Lions’ defensive foundations opened up an avenue for them to hit their opposition on the break, picking holes in Braga’s set-up in the 65th minute before a firm hand from Matheus denied Pedro Gonçalves’ shot, under pressure from Nuno Sequeira.

Carvalhal’s men replied through Iuri Medeiros four minutes later, working an angle to shoot from inside the area before forcing a save out of Adan. Paulinho went even closer, despite edging offside, peeling off the backline to thunder a strike on his left foot onto the crossbar and leaving Adan powerless.

The Arsenalistas continued to make it difficult for Sporting to cope defensively, going close once more in the 80th minute through Al Musrati, striking a loose ball just wide from edge of the 18-yard box.

Sporting's response came like clockwork just one minute later with a cut-back for Sporar, but the move came all too quickly for the striker, unable to divert the ball away from Matheus’ radius in goal.

Braga threatened again from range and even had the ball in the back of the net via Ricardo Esgaio on the rebound, but it was done so from another offside position, picked up on by the linesman to maintain the 1-0 scoreline.

As emotions ran high coming into the final five minutes, Pedro Gonçalves left his side defending the final embers of the game down to ten men, as João Novais pulled an important stop out of Adan as late as the 95th minute, ultimately reuniting Sporting with the League Cup.

By Patrick Ribeiro

Sporting XI: Antonio Adan - Zouhair Feddal, Sebastian Coates, Gonçalo Inácio (Luis Neto, 90’) - Nuno Mendes, João Palhinha, João Mário (Matheus Nunes, 67’), Pedro Porro - Jovane Cabral (Nuno Santos, 45’), Tiago Tomás (Andraz Sporar, 59’), Pedro Gonçalves

Sp. Braga XI: Matheus - Nuno Sequeira, David Carmo, Vitor Tormena - Galeno, André Castro (Iuri Medeiros, 62’), Al Musrati, Fransérgio (João Novais, 73’), Ricardo Esgaio - Ricardo Horta, Abel Ruiz (Paulinho, 45’)

Goals:

[1-0] Pedro Porro (43’)

 

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Another win by Grande SCP against maybe the 7th or 8th club after Boavista, Belenenses, Setubal, etc.

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Definitely after Setubal, Setubal was a legitimate contender back in the day. Belenenses and Boavista both have won league titles. To be fair, Braga is at least the eighth best team after Guimaraes.

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1st half poor game but that was because of the pitch was really embarrassing for a final to be played like that certainly would not have happened in the bigger leagues thats for sure, literally one goal scoring chance and Sporting took it.

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1st half poor game but that was because of the pitch was really embarrassing for a final to be played like that certainly would not have happened in the bigger leagues thats for sure, literally one goal scoring chance and Sporting took it.

2nd half was much better, still wasn't great but compared it was better. If Braga drew then I wouldn't complained they were the pressing side and the subs that were made. Braga did them better, I guess in a game like this with that awful pitch creative players can't do much so I understand why Ruben took them off.

To me it looked like to me the ref loved booking Sporting players, I mean Braga only got 2? even though the fouls that both teams made to me looked exactly the same... Pote needs to keep his mouth shut he got a red card because of it, imagine if Braga scored it certainly would not have helped having a man less and their goalkeeping attacking at the same time.

The Ref had a poor game, very inconsistent throughout but it made me laugh when both managers got sent off, should happen more often Portuguese managers always running their mouths.

I guess Braga never really change despite what manager they have, even though they are playing more attacking football they still have that slight unsportsmanship about them, when Jovanne made contact with their goalkeeper when he realised it was him and that he had a yellow he went down like a seasoned diver demanding for him to get a second yellow card.

Also the way Braga were furious that the ref did not give them another corner 2mins into added time on the added time made me laugh too, they shouldn't even gotten another corner as the foul was 10 seconds before the game ended...

All that being said, Braga is becoming a better team and I can see them doing well in the Europa League.

Pedro Porro is a class player and I doubt he will stay afterwards his loan ends which is a shame but I also think Joao Mario being at Sporting benefits both Sporting and Inter, I don't see Joao making Inter a better team but he does make Sporting a better team. Sebastian Coates had an outstanding game I'm not a big fan of him before Jeremy Mathieu sadly retired but he has certainly picked up and made himself a better defender.

Now Sporting have no more distractions while Braga, Porto and Benfica still have some, should seriously be treating each league game like its a final. Lets hope the other 3 mentioned go far in Europe too so they can drop points in the league.

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Ladies and gentlemen...

You've heard of sore losers, Z holding it down as a sore winner. Even with a win, taking shots at Braga. Stay classy.

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You're a loser.

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Guys, this is really a good website. Head and shoulders above anything else (in English or Portuguese) covering Portugal Football. The game, league and country we all appreciate.

Let’s keep the tone up and get the most of the site and our...

Guys, this is really a good website. Head and shoulders above anything else (in English or Portuguese) covering Portugal Football. The game, league and country we all appreciate.

Let’s keep the tone up and get the most of the site and our shared interests. Difference of opinion is of course fine but the current trend of the comments section of Portugoal articles is clearly downwards. It’s become petty and cringeworthy.

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Congrats to Sporting.

Game was a bit of an ugly one, through no fault of either side as the field really didn’t give room for anything better.

Not much else to say about this one lol.

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@Chris

Sore winners are Braga and their president. They call a press conference after the game and say nonsense such as that Sporting feels like a small club against Braga? They just lost twice against SCP within the span of less than 3 weeks...

@Chris

Sore winners are Braga and their president. They call a press conference after the game and say nonsense such as that Sporting feels like a small club against Braga? They just lost twice against SCP within the span of less than 3 weeks and they scored a total of zero goals against SCP. They need to sit down now. They only seem to cry when they lose against SCP, but if they lose against FCP or SLB they never make the same fuss.

Braga is far closer to a club such as Maritimo than it is to Sporting. Sporting has 18 league titles , 4 campeonato de Portugal (which means really 22 league titles ), 17 tacas de Portugal, 5 or so supertacas, 1 Uefa Cup Winners Cup 1964 from back when it was a major competition, 3 tacas da liga , and many titles in various other sports . In football, Braga has basically 2 tacas de Portugal won about 50 years apart and 2 tacas da liga. Even Maritimo won a campeonato de Portugal in 1928 or so which meant they were considered the champion that season.

If Braga can win 3-4 league titles over the next several years, then I will happily consider them a 4th grande . I don’t hate Braga at all. If they were to win the league I would be happy for them.

As for why sporting players were booked so much? The ref is Tiago Martins who is a known benfiquista with a history of prejudicing sporting. Pedro G is likely to be out not only against Boavista but against benfica as well. Porro, palhinha, several others I also believe are at risk of missing the derby with another yellow card .

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There's still a path to the title with a loss to Benfica. Draw with Porto. Beat Braga. No red/yellow cards for the return match versus Benfica. Don't give up unnecessary points to everyone else. The matches that keep me up at night are the away...

There's still a path to the title with a loss to Benfica. Draw with Porto. Beat Braga. No red/yellow cards for the return match versus Benfica. Don't give up unnecessary points to everyone else. The matches that keep me up at night are the away ones in Madeira and Azores. Long flights and crappy weather are ingredients for disaster.

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Danny,

You are correct. Beating or losing the derby against benfica is not in itself decisive. It is about consistency and Sporting has thus far proven to be United and consistent.

In 2015/16, Sporting won both matches against Porto and 1...

Danny,

You are correct. Beating or losing the derby against benfica is not in itself decisive. It is about consistency and Sporting has thus far proven to be United and consistent.

In 2015/16, Sporting won both matches against Porto and 1 against Benfica. They still lost
The title to a Benfica side that only
Won 1 match against big 3 sides.

This league has almost always been won by the team that is best at racking up points against the lesser sides and so far that has been Sporting.

On paper though, the segunda Volta appears to be more difficult with away trips to Porto, benfica, and Braga.

But 1st Volta we did beat pacos away (pacos is almost as good as Braga but gets half the hype) Santa Clara (they look to be stronger this year than the Madeira teams ) Nacional .
We also have a tricky away trip against Maritimo
Coming up to close out the primeira Volta.

I do not proclaim Sporting as champions but I’ve seen enough this season to tell
Me they will put up a serious fight to win the title.

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Beating Benfica on January 31 would be amazing. I do not want to get my hopes up. Benfica have higher caliber players but we have the better coach. Benfica has always been the team to beat. It would mark a turning point.

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