Aves 2-1 Sporting

In a historic day for the club from the small northern town of Vila das Aves, the minnows beat crisis-ridden Sporting 2-1 at the Estádio Nacional to claim their first ever Taça de Portugal.

An Alexandre Guedes' brace put Aves up 2-0 after 72 minutes, Fredy Montero scored a skilful late effort to give Sporting hope, but José Mota’s side hung on to lift the trophy.

José Mota was able to rest most of his side in preparation for this game as they lost at home 3-2 to Chaves in the final game of the season. However 42-year-old Quim started in goal ahead of Adriano Facchini.

Of course for Sporting, preparations couldn’t have been any worse. Defeat to Marítimo resulted in a week of off-pitch chaos that has plunged the club into deep turmoil. On the pitch, Cristiano Piccini missed out to injury with Stefan Ristovski in his place and a bandaged-up Bas Dost started up front.

Quim denies Gelson

It was Sporting who started the brighter of the two teams with Gelson Martins having two great chances but veteran Quim was there to prevent him from finding the net.

Aves however made full use of their first counter attack when Braga crossed for former Sporting youngster Alexandre Guedes to beat Rui Patrício from close range.

Aves continued to be a nuisance to Sporting on the counter attack as Jorge Jesus’ team looked pedestrian going forward for the remainder of the first half. At the other end, right-back Rodrigo Soares burst forward on another counter attack and almost doubled the lead for Aves.

At half-time Jorge Jesus replaced the once again ineffective William Carvalho with Fredy Montero, the hero of the 2015 final against Braga when Sporting had to come from a 2 goal deficit.

Guedes at the double

Aves defended well in the second half as Sporting attacked as much as possible but the Lions were still susceptible to the counter attack. Gelson Martins lost the ball in the 72nd minute that lead to Alexandre Guedes getting the better of Sebastián Coates and finishing with enough to beat the Portugal goalkeeper to prompt great scenes of celebration from the Aves team and fans.

Sporting almost pulled one back within minutes after Bas Dost had the best chance of the game. Bruno Fernandes' curling effort was stopped by Quim, the ball fell to the Dutchman with an empty goal in front of him but he somehow managed to hit the bar.

Sporting created a tense end of the game for Aves when Fredy Montero brilliantly finished an acrobatic effort to pull a goal back in the 85th minute.

Referee Tiago Martins added seven additional minutes to the 90, but Sporting just couldn’t find a way through and Aves won a historic and deserved victory that sends them into the Europa League group stages for next season, a tremendous achievement for José Mota and his team.

For Sporting, the turmoil continues and the inquisition as to what has turned a promising season into a nightmare end will continue through the summer and beyond.

by Richard Cole


Aves XI: Quim; Rodrigo Soares, Carlos Ponck, Diego Galo, Nélson Lenho; Fernando Tissone, Vítor Gomes, Braga (Cláudio Falcão, 71'); Amilton Silva (Mama Baldé, 75'), Nildo Petrolina (Jorge Felipe, 90'), Alexandre Guedes

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Stefan Ristovski, Sebastián Coates, Jérémey Mathieu, Fábio Coentrão (Josip Misic, 63'); William Carvalho (Fredy Montero, 45'), Bruno Fernandes, Rodrigo Battaglia; Gelson Martins, Marcos Acuña, Bas Dost

Goals:

[1-0] - Alexandre Guedes, 16'
[2-0] - Alexandre Guedes, 72'
[2-1] - Fredy Montero, 85'

Comments (4)

  1. Eduardo

Congratulations to Aves.

Sporting... honestly we where building a good team and squads and now its all going to vanish thanks to Bruno De Carvalho and those idiot ultras attacking the Sporting training ground

NOT looking foward to next season

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  1. Nunogomes21

Been a while since posting but I had to on this occasion because of Quim.

Since I began watching soccer there were two players I absolutely adored. One was Nuno Gomes and the other Quim. What an accomplishment for him and his team today.

I was...

Been a while since posting but I had to on this occasion because of Quim.

Since I began watching soccer there were two players I absolutely adored. One was Nuno Gomes and the other Quim. What an accomplishment for him and his team today.

I was so very glad to see that wuim was in the starting line up.

I must admit that the stuff the sporting players and coaching staff had to endure recently makes me very sad. Normally I would never want sporting to win but I really felt for them today. No one should have to endure what they did. So if they had won I wouldn’t be dissapointed(except for Quim not winning haha)

Kind of funny that the man JJ sent away from Benfica (for mr Roberto)comes back to haunt JJ in this way.


Also this was the one trophy eluding Quim so I’m very happy he has won it with Aves.

I believe that Quim is the second ever player to win at least one each of the League, 2nd division, Supertaca, and the Taça de Portugal. (If I’m wrong sorry about that). If you add the Taça da Liga then I think he is the only one to accomplish this!


Thank you Quim for all your great years here in Portugal, if you continue I’ll be sure to keep watching you and your team at Aves!

Anyways thanks for your time.

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  1. Joao

this guy alexandre guedes is really good finisher. where was this guy? he could have make fool of coates like than again in the world cup.

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  1. Val

Sporting fans should thank the inbred drop out ultras for this lose. Could not have been easy to just go into a cup final after being attacked a few days prior.

What a bunch of morons, hope the law actually does something to the delinquents and...

Sporting fans should thank the inbred drop out ultras for this lose. Could not have been easy to just go into a cup final after being attacked a few days prior.

What a bunch of morons, hope the law actually does something to the delinquents and Sporting get rid of that awful BdC.

Sporting just cant seem to ever get any form of stable leadership or momentum, someone or something always ruins it.

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