2014–15 Taça da Liga

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2014–15 Taça da Liga
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal
Dates26 July 2014 – 29 May 2015
Teams36
Final positions
Champions Benfica (6th title)
Runners-up Marítimo
Tournament statistics
Matches played83
Goals scored200 (2.41 per match)
Top scorer(s) Jonas (5 goals) [1]

The 2014–15 Taça da Liga was the eighth edition of the Taça da Liga, a Portuguese football cup competition organized by the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP). It was contested by a total of 36 clubs competing in the top two professional tiers of Portuguese football – 18 teams from the 2014–15 Primeira Liga plus 18 non-reserve teams from the 2014–15 Segunda Liga.

Contents

Title holders Benfica beat Marítimo 2–1 in the final and lifted the trophy for a sixth time. [2]

Format

The competition format for the 2014–15 edition consists of three rounds plus a knockout phase. In the first round, only teams competing in the 2014–15 Segunda Liga (excluding reserve teams from Primeira Liga clubs) take part. The eighteen teams are drawn into four groups (two with four teams and two with five), where each team plays against the others in a single round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the second round. In the second round, the eight teams that qualified from the previous round are joined by the five teams placed 11th–15th in the 2013–14 Primeira Liga and the three teams promoted to 2014–15 Primeira Liga. Two-legged ties are played between Primeira Liga and Segunda Liga teams, in a home-and-away system, and the winner advances to the third round. The third round features the eight winners of the previous round and the ten teams ranked 1st–10th in the 2013–14 Primeira Liga. Similarly to the first round, the eighteen teams are drawn into four groups (two with four teams and two with five) and play each other in a single round-robin format. The four third-round group winners qualify for the knockout phase, which consists of two semi-finals and one final, both decided in one-legged fixtures. The final is played at a neutral venue. [3]

RoundTeams entering in this roundTeams advancing from previous round
First round
(18 teams)
Second round
(16 teams)
  • 4 group winners from the first round
  • 4 group runners-up from the first round
Third round
(18 teams)
  • 8 winners from the second round
Knockout phase
(4 teams)
  • 4 group winners from the third round

Tiebreakers

In the first and third rounds of the competition, teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams are tied on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:

  1. highest goal difference in all group matches;
  2. highest number of scored goals in all group matches;
  3. lowest average age of all players fielded in all group matches (sum of the ages of all fielded players divided by the number of fielded players).

In all other rounds, teams tied at the end of regular time contest a penalty shootout to determine the winner. In the second round, teams are considered to be tied when they have equal aggregate scores at the end of both legs.

Teams

The 36 teams competing in the two professional tiers of Portuguese football for the 2014–15 season are eligible to participate in this competition. For Primeira Liga teams, the final league position in the previous season determines if they enter in the second or third round of the Taça da Liga.

Third round (Primeira Liga)
Benfica (1st) Sporting (2nd) Porto (3rd) Estoril (4th)
Nacional (5th) Marítimo (6th) Vitória de Setúbal (7th) Académica de Coimbra (8th)
Braga (9th) Vitória de Guimarães (10th)
Second round (Primeira Liga)
Rio Ave (11th) Arouca (12th) Gil Vicente (13th) Belenenses (14th)
Paços de Ferreira (15th) Moreirense (P1) Penafiel (P1) Boavista (P1)
First round (Segunda Liga)
Olhanense (R1) Desportivo das Aves (4th) Portimonense (7th) Chaves (8th)
Tondela (9th) Farense (10th) Académico de Viseu (11th) Beira-Mar (12th)
União da Madeira (13th) Feirense (14th) Santa Clara (15th) Sporting da Covilhã (16th)
Leixões (17th) Oliveirense (18th) Trofense (19th) Atlético CP (22nd)
Freamunde (P2) Oriental (P2)
Key

First round

Kick-off times are in WEST (UTC+01:00).

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Chaves 321052+37Advance to the second round
2 União da Madeira 320141+36
3 Oliveirense 31115504
4 Farense 30030660
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Sporting da Covilhã 321030+37Advance to the second round
2 Académico de Viseu 311142+24
3 Freamunde 31111214
4 Portimonense 30121541
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Oriental 4301107+39Advance to the second round
2 Tondela 421175+27
3 Santa Clara 42025836
4 Leixões 411243+14
5 Olhanense 40223632
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Trofense 440051+412Advance to the second round
2 Atlético CP 421162+47
3 Desportivo das Aves 41212205
4 Feirense 40223742
5 Beira-Mar 40132641
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Second round

The draw for the second round was held on 3 September 2014 at 12:00. The sixteen teams involved in this draw were divided in two pots: one pot contained the eight teams progressing from the first round, and the other pot included the five teams that finished 11th–15th in the 2013–14 Primeira Liga and the three teams promoted to the top flight from the 2013–14 Segunda Liga. The first-leg matches were played on 24 September, and the second-leg matches were played on 29 October and 16 November 2014. [4] [5]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
União da Madeira 6–4 Paços de Ferreira 4–22–2
Trofense 3–3 (4–5 p) Moreirense 1–22–1
Atlético CP 1–3 Gil Vicente 0–21–1
Tondela 1–2 Arouca 1–10–1
Oriental 0–5 Boavista 0–00–5
Sporting da Covilhã 3–2 Penafiel 3–10–1
Chaves 1–1 (2–4 p) Rio Ave 1–10–0
Académico de Viseu 3–3 (1–4 p) Belenenses 3–10–2

Third round

Kick-off times are in WET (UTC+0).

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Benfica 330070+79Advances to the knockout phase
2 Moreirense 31113304
3 Arouca 31021653
4 Nacional 30121321
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Marítimo 321042+27Advances to the knockout phase
2 Sporting da Covilhã 320165+16
3 Estoril 311164+24
4 Gil Vicente 30031650
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Vitória de Setúbal 422083+58Advances to the knockout phase
2 Sporting CP 421164+27
3 Belenenses 41215615
4 Vitória de Guimarães 41124624
5 Boavista 40222642
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Porto 431093+610Advances to the knockout phase
2 Braga 421153+27
3 Académica de Coimbra 42025616
4 União da Madeira 42026826
5 Rio Ave 40041650
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Knockout phase

In the knockout phase, the four third-round group winners contested a one-legged semi-final match for a place in the competition final.

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
11 February – Estádio da Luz
 
 
Benfica 3
 
29 May – Estádio Cidade de Coimbra
 
Vitória de Setúbal 0
 
Benfica 2
 
2 April – Estádio dos Barreiros
 
Marítimo 1
 
Marítimo 2
 
 
Porto 1
 

Semi-finals

Benfica 3–0 Vitória de Setúbal
Talisca Soccerball shade.svg 41' (pen.)
Pizzi Soccerball shade.svg 45' (pen.)
Jonas Soccerball shade.svg 73'
Report
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon
Attendance: 13,101
Referee: Rui Costa

Marítimo 2–1 Porto
Gallo Soccerball shade.svg 37' (pen.)
Marega Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Report Evandro Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Estádio dos Barreiros, Funchal
Attendance: 5,127
Referee: Carlos Xistra

Final

Benfica 2–1 Marítimo
Jonas Soccerball shade.svg 37'
John Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Report Diogo Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra
Attendance: 28,517
Referee: Carlos Xistra

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