2017 Taça da Liga Final

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2017 Taça da Liga Final
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Estádio Algarve
Event 2016–17 Taça da Liga
Date29 January 2017
Venue Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé
Man of the Match Cauê (Moreirense)
Referee Artur Soares Dias (Porto)
Attendance6,713
2016
2018

The 2017 Taça da Liga Final was the final match of the 2016–17 Taça da Liga, the tenth season of the Taça da Liga. It was played on 29 January 2017 at Estádio Algarve. [1]

Contents

The competition involved the 35 clubs playing in the top two tiers of the Portuguese football league system – 18 from Primeira Liga and 17 from Segunda Liga – during the 2016–17 season. Reserve sides of Primeira Liga teams which played in the 2016–17 Segunda Liga were excluded from the competition.

Moreirense defeated Braga 1–0 to win their first national cup in their first appearance in a national cup final.

Background

On 19 June 2015, the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional ("LPFP") announced that the number of teams in the 2016–17 LigaPro season would be reduced to 22, thus reducing the number of teams that would play in the Taça da Liga from 37 to 35. [2]

On 28 June 2016, the LPFP approved some changes in relation to the semi-finals matches. It was settled that both the semi-finals and final match were to be played in the same week and in the same stadium. [3]

Braga made their second appearance in the Taça da Liga final after their first final in 2013, where they defeated Porto 1–0. [4] [5] Moreirense had their first appearance in any national competition final in the club's history. [6] Both clubs are from Braga Football Association.

In Braga's and Moreirense's entire history, the two teams had played one another 15 times – Braga won eight matches, Moreirense won one match and the teams drew six matches. [7] Before the final, the last meeting between both sides had been in the domestic league, on 22 December 2016, with hosts Braga defeating Moreirense 2–1. [8]

Route to the final

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away; N: neutral).

Braga Round Moreirense
OpponentResultStadium First round OpponentResultStadium
ByeBye
OpponentResultStadium Second round OpponentResultStadium
Bye Estoril 1–0 (H) Parque de Jogos Almeida Freitas
OpponentResultStadium Third round OpponentResultStadium
Rio Ave 1–2 (H) Estádio Municipal de Braga Matchday 1 Feirense 1–2 (A) Estádio Marcolino de Castro
Sporting da Covilhã 4–0 (H) Estádio Municipal de Braga Matchday 2 Belenenses 3–3 (H) Parque de Jogos Almeida Freitas
Marítimo 0–1 (A) Estádio do Marítimo Matchday 3 Porto 1–0 (H) Parque de Jogos Almeida Freitas
Group C winners
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Braga 320162+46
Rio Ave 320142+26
Marítimo 31112204
Sporting da Covilhã 301217−61
Final standingsGroup B winners
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Moreirense 321064+27
Belenenses 30305503
Feirense 302145–12
Porto 302112–12
OpponentResultStadium Knockout phase OpponentResultStadium
Vitória de Setúbal 0–3 (N) Estádio Algarve Semi-finals Benfica 3–1 (N) Estádio Algarve

Braga

Braga entered the 2016–17 Taça da Liga in the third round. The third round consisted of three group stage matches with the group winner progressing to the semi-finals. Braga were drawn in group B, alongside Primeira Liga sides Rio Ave, Marítimo and Segunda Liga's Sporting da Covilhã.

Moreirense

Moreirense entered the competition in the second round. They won a home match against Estoril 1–0, with Frédéric Maciel scoring the goal. [9]

In the next stage, Moreirense were drawn into Group C together with Feirense, Belenenses and Porto. Moreirense's first match was away against Feirense on 1 December. Moreirense defeated the Santa Maria da Feira-based side 1–2 with goals from Ença Fati and Emmanuel Boateng, both in the first half. [10] Moreirense's second group stage match was a home tie against Belenenses which ended 3–3. Moreirense took the lead on 34 minutes through Roberto, who then scored an own goal in the 20th minute of the second half. André Sousa and Miguel Rosa gave a 1–3 lead to Belenenses before Cauê converted a penalty. Roberto scored his second goal to seal a draw. [11] Their third and final group stage match was a 1–0 victory against Porto on 3 January, with Francisco Geraldes scoring the only goal of the match. [12]

In the semi-finals played on 26 January, Moreirense played Benfica. The first half saw Benfica dominate possession and score an early goal from Eduardo Salvio. In the first minute of second half, winger Ousmane Dramé scored to level the score. On the 54th minute, Boateng scored another goal for the Cónegos, assisted by Cauê. Eighteen minutes later, he scored again, this time assisted by Daniel Podence, becoming the first player to score two goals against Benfica in a Taça da Liga match. [13] [14] This result marked Benfica's first defeat in the competition since 31 October 2007 and put an end to a 42-match unbeaten run. [15] This was also Moreirense's first ever win over Benfica in 20 matches. [16]

Pre-match

Broadcasting

The final was broadcast by RTP on TV (RTP1, RTP Internacional, RTP África) and Radio (Antena 1). [17] [18] TV coverage was shared with Sport TV.

Officials

Match officials were confirmed on 27 January, when Artur Soares Dias of Porto was named the referee for the final. Soares Dias was assisted by Rui Tavares (Porto) and Nuno Pereira (Coimbra). The fourth official was João Silva (Porto), while the additional assistant referees were Hélder Malheiro (Lisbon) and Luís Ferreira (Braga). [19]

Ticketing

Tickets for the final four went on sale on 19 December. [20] The LPFP allocated tickets for both finalist clubs with prices for the match varying between €5 and €15.

Venue

On 28 June 2016, the LPFP announced that both the semi-finals and final would be played at a neutral venue. [21] On 15 July, the Estádio Algarve was selected to host the final four. [22] [23]

The Estádio Algarve had previously hosted the Taça da Liga final three times, in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The first one was won by Vitória de Setúbal (after a penalty shoot-out), while the last two were won by Benfica.

The Estádio Algarve holds a capacity for 30,002 spectators and was opened in 2004 ahead of UEFA Euro 2004.

Match

Details

Braga 0–1 Moreirense
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Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé
Attendance: 6,713
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Porto)
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Braga
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Moreirense
GK92 Flag of Brazil.svg Matheus Yellow card.svg 45'
RB22 Flag of Portugal.svg Paulinho
CB44 Flag of Portugal.svg Artur Jorge Yellow card.svg 25'Sub off.svg 79'
CB2 Flag of Uruguay.svg Emiliano Velázquez
LB15 Flag of Brazil.svg Baiano
CM5 Flag of Argentina.svg Rodrigo Battaglia
CM80 Flag of Portugal.svg Xeka Sub off.svg 46'
RW23 Flag of Portugal.svg Pedro Santos (c)
LW21 Flag of Portugal.svg Ricardo Horta Sub off.svg 65'
CF19 Flag of Serbia.svg Nikola Stojiljković
CF17 Flag of Portugal.svg Rui Fonte Yellow card.svg 90+5'
Substitutes:
GK28 Flag of Portugal.svg José Marafona
DF3 Flag of Serbia.svg Lazar Rosić
DF82 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anthony D'Alberto
MF14 Flag of Brazil.svg Rafael Assis
MF35 Flag of Montenegro.svg Nikola Vukčević Yellow card.svg 84'Sub on.svg 46'
FW13 Flag of Brazil.svg Rodrigo Pinho Sub on.svg 65'
FW30 Flag of Brazil.svg Alan Sub on.svg 79'
Manager:
Flag of Portugal.svg Jorge Simão
GK1 Flag of Georgia.svg Giorgi Makaridze Yellow card.svg 63'
RB95 Flag of Senegal.svg Pierre Sagna Yellow card.svg 89'
CB3 Flag of Portugal.svg André Micael (c)
CB44 Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Galo
LB5 Flag of Portugal.svg Pedro Rebocho
DM18 Flag of Brazil.svg Cauê
DM65 Flag of Portugal.svg Fernando Alexandre
CM8 Flag of Portugal.svg Francisco Geraldes Yellow card.svg 28'
RW56 Flag of Portugal.svg Daniel Podence
LW93 Flag of France.svg Ousmane Dramé Yellow card.svg 44'Sub off.svg 61'
CF9 Flag of Portugal.svg Roberto Sub off.svg 61'
Substitutes:
GK99 Flag of Portugal.svg Pedro Taborda
DF6 Flag of Brazil.svg Jander
DF14 Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Ivo
MF16 Flag of Brazil.svg Nildo Petrolina Sub on.svg 61'
MF20 Flag of Portugal.svg Tiago Morgado
FW21 Flag of Costa Rica.svg David Ramírez
FW29 Flag of Ghana.svg Emmanuel Boateng Sub on.svg 61'
Manager:
Flag of Portugal.svg Augusto Inácio

Man of the Match:
Cauê (Moreirense)

Assistant referees:
Rui Tavares (Porto)
Nuno Pereira (Coimbra)
Fourth official:
João Silva (Porto)
Additional assistant referees:
Hélder Malheiro (Lisbon)
Luís Ferreira (Braga)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

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