2014 Taça da Liga Final

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2014 Taça da Liga Final
Estadio de Leiria.jpg
Event 2013–14 Taça da Liga
Date 7 May 2014
Venue Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria
Man of the Match Rodrigo (Benfica)[1]
Referee Hugo Miguel (Lisbon)[2]
Attendance 23,119[3]
Weather Dry
18 °C (64 °F)

The 2014 Taça da Liga Final was the final match of the 2013–14 Taça da Liga, the seventh season of the Taça da Liga. Benfica defeated Rio Ave 2–0 to win a record fifth title in the competition.

Route to the final[edit]

Rio Ave Round Benfica
Group A
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Rio Ave 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
Paços de Ferreira 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
Vitória de Setúbal 3 1 1 1 2 3 –1 4
Sporting da Covilhã 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
Third round Group D
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Benfica 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 9
Nacional 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
Gil Vicente 3 0 2 1 2 4 –2 2
Leixões 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
Opponent Result Stadium Knockout stage Opponent Result Stadium
Braga 2–1 Estádio dos Arcos Semi-finals Porto 0-0 (4–3p) Estádio do Dragão

Rio Ave[edit]

As a Primeira Liga team, Rio Ave entered the 2013–14 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. Rio Ave were drawn in group A, alongside Primeira Liga sides Paços de Ferreira, Vitória de Setúbal and Segunda Liga's Sporting da Covilhã.[4] The Vilacondenses opening match was a home tie against fellow first division side Paços de Ferreira. Rio Ave defeated their opponents comfortably with goals in either half from Egyptian striker Ahmed Hassan and winger Ukra.[5] Rio Ave's second group stage match saw the visit of Vitória de Setúbal to the Estádio dos Arcos. After trailing to a first half goal from Setúbal's Nélson Pedroso, Rio Ave's manager Nuno brought on three attacking minded players in the second half in order to salvage a point for the home side. Nuno's substitutions paid off, as six minutes from the end Joeano's free kick curled into the top corner and beat Vitória's Paweł Kieszek to postpone the decision of who would progress to the semi-finals for the last group stage match.[6] For their final group stage match, Rio Ave played away to Sporting da Covilhã. In a must win match, Rio Ave defeated the Segunda Liga side 3–1 thanks to goals from Bruno Braga, Pedro Santos and Ukra to qualify for a second consecutive League Cup semi-final.[7]

In the semi-finals, Rio Ave played host to group C winners Braga. In an evenly contested match, Rio Ave took the lead on 40 minutes through Ahmed Hassan, who converted from the penalty spot. The penalty came about after a long ball found an on rushing Bruno Braga who was fouled by Braga's Aderlan Santos. As Aderlan Santos was the last man of Braga's defense, match official Olegário Benquerença had no other option but to send off the Brazilian and reduce Braga to ten men. Replays showed that Santos did not make any contact with Braga, and that the foul occurred outside the penalty area. On the verge of half time, Braga equalized through Custódio, after Raul Rusescu's free kick was saved by Rio Ave's Ederson and Custódio was quickest to react to level the encounter at 1–1. Rio Ave would regain the lead on 69 minutes. A right wing cross from Ukra saw Braga fail to clear the ball on two occasions, which found Bruno Braga on the edge of the box and saw the midfielder strike a volley into Eduardo's right hand top corner to make it 2–1 to the home side. Despite Braga's late pressure, Rio Ave would hold on to reach the final of the Taça da Liga for the first time in their history.[8][9]



On 20 January, the Portuguese League for Professional Football (LPFP), announced that three venues: Estádio Cidade de Coimbra in Coimbra, Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa in Leiria and Estádio Municipal de Braga in Braga made applications to the LPFP to show their intention of hosting the final of the Taça da Liga.[10][11] On 24 February, the LPFP announced that the Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa in Leiria would host the final[12] for the first time.

The Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa was the home stadium of União de Leiria between 2003 and 2011, and occasionally hosts Portuguese national team matches. It has a seating capacity for 23,888 spectators.[13] Between 2002 and 2003, the stadium underwent renovation works as it was selected by the Portuguese Football Federation as one of the host venues for the UEFA Euro 2004. The stadium played host to two group stage matches, when both France and Switzerland played against Croatia.



7 May 2014
Benfica 2–0 Rio Ave
Rodrigo Goal 42'
Luisão Goal 78'
Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria
Attendance: 23,119[3]
Referee: Hugo Miguel (Lisbon) [2]
Rio Ave
GK 41 Slovenia Jan Oblak
RB 14 Uruguay Maxi Pereira
CB 4 Brazil Luisão (c)
CB 24 Argentina Ezequiel Garay
LB 16 Brazil Guilherme Siqueira
RM 50 Serbia Lazar Marković
CM 6 Portugal Rúben Amorim Booked 35' Substituted off 84'
CM 35 Argentina Enzo Pérez
LM 20 Argentina Nicolás Gaitán Substituted off 69'
CF 11 Brazil Lima Substituted off 90+1'
CF 19 Spain Rodrigo
GK 1 Brazil Artur
DF 33 Brazil Jardel
DF 34 Portugal André Almeida Substituted in 84'
MF 18 Argentina Eduardo Salvio Booked 88' Substituted in 69'
MF 30 Portugal André Gomes Substituted in 90+1'
FW 7 Paraguay Óscar Cardozo
FW 90 Portugal Ivan Cavaleiro
Portugal Jorge Jesus
GK 1 Portugal Hugo Ventura
RB 12 Brazil Lionn
CB 2 Peru Alberto Rodríguez
CB 46 Brazil Marcelo
LB 26 Brazil Edimar
RM 7 Brazil Filipe Augusto
CM 77 Portugal Rúben Ribeiro Substituted off 68'
LM 8 Portugal Tarantini (c) Booked 77'
RW 17 Portugal Ukra
LW 23 Portugal Pedro Santos Substituted off 80'
CF 9 Egypt Ahmed Hassan Substituted off 68'
GK 93 Brazil Ederson
DF 15 Portugal Tiago Pinto
DF 16 Portugal Nuno Lopes
MF 10 Brazil Diego Lopes Substituted in 80'
MF 11 Portugal Bruno Braga Substituted in 68'
MF 14 Portugal André Vilas Boas
FW 20 Brazil Sandro Lima Booked 70' Substituted in 68'
Portugal Nuno
Man of the match
Match officials
  • Assistant referees:
  • Fourth official: Cosme Machado (Braga)[14]
Match rules
  • 90 minutes
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores level after 90 minutes
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions


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  2. ^ a b "Hugo Miguel dirige final" [Hugo Miguel directs final] (in Portuguese). Record. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Benfica 2-0 Rio Ave". Liga Portugal. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Taça da Liga: sorteio colocou Sporting no grupo do FC Porto" [League Cup: draw sees Sporting in the group of FC Porto]. MaisFutebol (in Portuguese). 20 November 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Taça da Liga: Rio Ave bate Paços (2x0); Marítimo empata com Penafiel (0x0)" [League Cup: Rio Ave beats Paços (2x0); Marítimo draws with Penafiel (0x0)]. ZeroZero (in Portuguese). 29 December 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Taça da Liga: Rio Ave e Vitória de Setúbal empatam e adiam decisões no Grupo A (1x1)" [League Cup: Rio Ave and Vitória de Setúbal draw and postpone decisions in Grupo A (1x1)]. ZeroZero (in Portuguese). 15 January 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sp. Covilhã-Rio Ave, 1-3: Acelerar na esquerda para chegar às "meias"" [Sp. Covilhã-Rio Ave, 1-3: Accelerate to the left to get to the "semis"]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 January 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rio Ave 2-1 Sp.Braga". Record (in Portuguese). 15 January 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bomba de Braga coloca Rio Ave na final (2x1)" [Braga bomb puts Rio Ave in the final]. ZeroZero (in Portuguese). 13 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Coimbra, Leiria e Braga querem receber final" [Coimbra, Leiria and Braga want to host final]. A Bola. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Coimbra, Leiria e Braga candidatam-se a receber final" [Coimbra, Leiria and Braga apply to host final]. Record. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Final no Estádio Municipal de Leiria" [Final at the Estádio Municipal in Leiria]. Record. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Dr. Magalhães Pessoa". ZeroZero. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c "Ficha de jogo" [Match report] (in Portuguese). LPFP. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.