2011 Taça da Liga Final

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2011 Taça da Liga Final
Event2010–11 Taça da Liga
Date23 April 2011
VenueEstádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra
Man of the MatchJosé Moreira
RefereePedro Proença

The 2011 Taça da Liga Final was the fourth final of the Taça da Liga tournament in Portugal, a competition involving the top 32 clubs in the Portuguese football league system, the Primeira Liga and the Liga de Honra teams. The final was played at the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra in Coimbra, on 23 April 2011. This was the first time that the final was played at this stadium since the past three editions were at Estádio Algarve in Faro. This was the third consecutive final for Sport Lisboa e Benfica and the first ever for Futebol Clube Paços de Ferreira.


Benfica went into the match as the Taça da Liga title holder, having won the previous two finals, in 2009 and 2010, while this was the first ever Paços de Ferreira appearance in the decisive game. Both teams started at difference stages in the competition, Paços de Ferreira in the second round, as part of the six last teams from the previous Primeira Liga and two promoted teams from last year's Liga de Honra, Benfica started in the third round, comprising the faction of the top eight Primeira Liga teams from the last season. After overcoming Leixões in a two-legged fixture, following an away draw and a home victory, Paços de Ferreira topped Group C, composed by the two Minho rivals, Braga and Vitória de Guimarães, and Arouca. Benfica won Group B, which included Marítimo, Desportivo das Aves and Olhanense. The two teams won their respective groups with the perfect score of three victories out of three games. In the semi-finals, Benfica hosted and won over their main rivals, Sporting CP, with a late winner coming in the last moments of stoppage time, after being one goal down during the first half. Paços de Ferreira played at Nacional's stadium and won an entertaining match that ended in a 4–3 result, controlling the scoreline during much part of the second half due to an early two-goal advantage.

Route to the final[edit]

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

Paços de Ferreira Round Benfica
Opponent Result Stadium First round Opponent Result Stadium
Bye Bye
Opponent Result Stadium Second round Opponent Result Stadium
Leixões 1–1 (A) Estádio do Mar First leg Bye
2–1 (H) Mata Real Second leg
Opponent Result Stadium Third round Opponent Result Stadium
Arouca 3–2 (A) Estádio Municipal de Arouca Matchday 1 Marítimo 2–0 (H) Estádio da Luz
Braga 3–2 (A) Estádio Municipal de Braga Matchday 2 Olhanense 3–2 (H) Estádio da Luz
Vitória de Guimarães 2–1 (H) Mata Real Matchday 3 Desportivo das Aves 4–0 (A) Estádio do Aves
Group C winners
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Paços de Ferreira 3 3 0 0 8 5 +3 9
Braga 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 6
Vitória de Guimarães 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
Arouca 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0
Final standings Group B winners
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Benfica 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9
Marítimo 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 6
Desportivo das Aves 3 1 0 2 4 8 −4 3
Olhanense 3 0 0 3 4 7 −3 0
Opponent Result Stadium Knockout phase Opponent Result Stadium
Nacional 4–3 (A) Estádio da Madeira Semi-finals Sporting CP 2–1 (H) Estádio da Luz



Paços de Ferreira1–2Benfica
Luisão Goal 50' (o.g.) Report Jara Goal 17'
García Goal 42'
Paços de Ferreira
GK 1 Brazil Cássio Yellow card 90+2'
RB 15 Brazil Baiano
CB 5 Paraguay Javier Cohene
CB 2 Brazil Ozéia
LB 7 Brazil Maykon Yellow card 26'
DM 8 Portugal André Leão Substituted off 79'
CM 16 Brazil Leonel Olímpio Yellow card 33'
CM 10 Portugal David Simão Substituted off 75'
RW 81 Portugal Manuel José (c) Substituted off 71'
LW 31 Portugal Pizzi
CF 19 Venezuela Mario Rondón
GK 45 Portugal António Filipe
LB 13 Portugal Bura
RB 96 Portugal Filipe Anunciação Substituted in 79'
CM 11 Portugal Rui Caetano Substituted in 71'
CM 17 Portugal Nuno Santos
FW 21 Republic of Ireland Pádraig Amond
FW 24 Portugal Nélson Oliveira Substituted in 75'
Portugal Rui Vitória
GK 1 Portugal José Moreira
RB 14 Uruguay Maxi Pereira Yellow card 30'
CB 4 Brazil Luisão (c) Yellow card 49'
CB 33 Brazil Jardel
LB 18 Portugal Fábio Coentrão
DM 6 Spain Javi García
RM 17 Portugal Carlos Martins Substituted off 61'
LM 11 Argentina Franco Jara
CM 10 Argentina Pablo Aimar Substituted off 90+2'
FW 30 Argentina Javier Saviola Substituted off 68'
FW 7 Paraguay Óscar Cardozo
GK 12 Spain Roberto
LB 25 Portugal César Peixoto Substituted in 61'
CB 27 Brazil Sidnei
DM 2 Brazil Airton Substituted in 68'
CM 16 Brazil Felipe Menezes Substituted in 90+2'
FW 19 Brazil Weldon
FW 31 Brazil Alan Kardec
Portugal Jorge Jesus
2010–11 Taça da Liga Winners
Sport Lisboa e Benfica
3rd Title

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