Porto was crowned champion of the League Cup against Sporting Lisbon this Saturday in Leiría thanks to goals from Canadian Stephen Eustaquio and Ivan Marcano from Cantabria (2-0). This is the first time the ‘dragons’ have won this title.
Eustaquio surprised Adán in minute 10 with a kick from the front. The Canadian pounced after Wendell’s recovery and, with a violent right hand, defeated Antonio Adán from Madrid. The exporter from Real Madrid, Real Betis and Atlético de Madrid -among others- lacks power when it comes to stopping the ball and just sees how it slips through his hands.
Taremi finished shy of the goalkeeper’s hands in the 31st minute and that was down to Porto’s offensive production in the first half. The Lisbon team turned the game around in the rival goal and Edwards scored in the 12th minute but it was ruled out for offside.
Two posts in the same play
At 35′ the ‘lions’ were close to leveling the game after enjoying a clear double chance. Pedro Porro from Extremadura crashed a dry shot from the sideline onto Cláudio Ramos’ crossbar. Pedro Gonçalves grazed the ball on the second play and his shot hit teammate Morita, who changed trajectory. The ball will run back into the wood.
The dismissal of Paulinho for a double yellow card is a definite slab for Sporting. The Portuguese went to the dugout after two clashes with Otávio in less than ten minutes and the Lisboners were unable to turn the situation around.
Marcano’s remarks at a Pepe center
A header from Iván Marcano in the 86′, after a cross from former Real Madrid player Pepe, buried a broken Sporting who, with one less, only created real danger through Pedro Porro.
It was the first time in 23 years, since 2000, that Porto had beaten Sporting in a final.
Source: La Verdad
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