This Saturday Sporting Braga and Porto faced each other for the final of the Taça da Liga – Portugal’s Carabao Cup equivalent -. The match was not very busy, especially during the second half, with the most decisive moment happening in the last minutes of the game. The only goal, by Ricardo Horta, gave the triumph to Sporting.
During the first half, the two teams started aiming to surprise the other on counter-attacks. It was Ruben Amorim’s men who created the first big dangerous chance. Ricardo Horta’s hot went straight to Diogo Costa’s goal post, scaring Porto’s fans. And Sporting still got another chance with Paulinho, who was on the verge of opening the scoring. It just didn’t happen because of Alex Telles.
For the Dragons, Corona and Rui Diaz were the ones who gave the most problems for Braga’s defense. Before the end of the first half, Francisco Soares lost a great chance of opening the scoring for Porto. The number 29 got the rebound after Corona’s shot and hit the bar from close-range. It was clearly Porto’s best chance.
In the second half, the intensity dropped significantly. The chances of goal were basically none. Both sides were showing a lot of difficulties in creating attacks and, most part of the time, they ended up throwing only long balls but with no aim. With the poor game during the last 45 minutes, many thought that the match would go to extra time. But Ricardo Horta had a different idea.
At 90+4, the number 21 sent a right-footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner, which went past goalkeeper Diogo Costa and into the goal.
The 1-0 victory gave to Sporting Braga their second title from the Portuguese Cup. The last time they won it was in 2013 against… The same Porto. On the other hand, the Dragons keep on waiting for the moment that they will finally lift this trophy. It was already their fourth final and still no titles.