2019–20 Taça da Liga

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2019–20 Taça da Liga
Allianz Cup
CountryPortugal
Dates27 July 2019 – 25 January 2020
Teams34
Matches played18
Goals scored35 (1.94 per match)
Attendance22,901 (1,272 per match)
2020–21

The 2019–20 Taça da Liga is the thirteenth edition of the Taça da Liga (also known as Allianz Cup for sponsorship reasons), a football league cup competition organised by the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (also known by its acronym LPFP, as well as Liga Portugal) and contested exclusively by clubs competing in the top two professional tiers of Portuguese football, the Primeira Liga and the LigaPro. It began on 27 July 2019 and will conclude with the final in Braga on 25 January 2020.[1][2]

Sporting CP are the two-time defending champions, having won the 2018 and 2019 finals.

Format[edit]

Ten teams placed 4th-15th in the 2018–19 LigaPro (reserve teams from Primeira Liga clubs are excluded) and the two teams promoted to the 2019–20 LigaPro take part in the first round; one-legged ties with no extra-time were played between twelve teams.

In the second round, the six teams advancing from the previous round are joined by the fourteen teams placed 5th–18th in the 2018–19 Primeira Liga, by the three teams promoted to 2019–20 Primeira Liga and the team placed 3rd in the 2018–19 LigaPro. Again, one-legged ties with no extra-time were played between twenty-four teams.

The third round features the twelve teams advancing from the previous round and the four best-placed teams in the 2018–19 Primeira Liga. The sixteen teams were drawn into four groups that are contested in a single round-robin schedule, with each team playing at least one game at home.

The four group winners qualify for the knockout phase, which features single-legged ties, again with no extra-time being played. The semi-finals and final are played at a neutral venue, set to be in Braga until 2020.[1][3]

Round Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First round
(12 teams)
Second round
(24 teams)
  • 6 winners from the first round
Third round
(16 teams)
  • 12 winners from the second round
Semi-finals
(4 teams)
  • 4 group winners from the third round
Final
(2 teams)
  • 2 winners from the semi-finals

Tiebreakers[edit]

In the third round, teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams are tied on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:

  1. highest goal difference in all group matches;
  2. highest number of scored goals in all group matches;
  3. lowest average age of all players fielded in all group matches (sum of the ages of all fielded players divided by the number of fielded players).

In all other rounds, teams tied at the end of regular time contest a penalty shootout to determine the winner. No extra-time is played.

Teams[edit]

Thirty-four teams competing in the two professional tiers of Portuguese football for the 2019–20 season are eligible to participate in this competition. For teams that were either promoted or related, the final position in the previous league season determines in which round they enter the competition.

Third round (Primeira Liga)
Benfica (1st) Porto (2nd) Sporting CP (3rd) Braga (4th)
Second round (Primeira Liga and LigaPro)
Vitória de Guimarães (5th) Moreirense (6th) Rio Ave (7th) Boavista (8th)
Belenenses SAD (9th) Santa Clara (10th) Marítimo (11th) Portimonense (12th)
Vitória de Setúbal (13th) Aves (14th) Tondela (15th) Chaves (R1)
Nacional (R1) Feirense (R1) Paços de Ferreira (P1) Famalicão (P1)
Gil Vicente (P1) Estoril (3rd)
First round (LigaPro)
Académica (5th) Sporting da Covilhã (6th) Leixões (7th) Penafiel (8th)
Farense (10th) Académico de Viseu (11th) Oliveirense (12th) Cova da Piedade (13th)
Mafra (14th) Varzim (15th) Casa Pia (P2) Vilafranquense (P2)
Key
  • Nth: League position in the 2018–19 season
  • P1: Promoted to the Primeira Liga
  • P2: Promoted to the LigaPro
  • R1: Relegated to the LigaPro

Schedule[edit]

Round Draw date Match date(s) Teams Fixtures
First round 5 July 2019 27–28 July 2019 34 → 28 6
Second round 3 & 5 August 2019 28 → 16 12
Third round Matchday 1 3 September 2019 25–26 September, 12–13 October & 12 November 2019 16 → 4 24
Matchday 2 5 October 2019
Matchday 3 21 December 2019
Final four Semi-finals 21–22 January 2020 4 → 2 2
Final 25 January 2020 2 → 1 1

First round[edit]

The twelve non-reserve teams competing in the 2019–20 LigaPro entered the competition in this round. Twelve teams were paired against each other for six single-legged ties. The draw took place on 5 July 2019, and the matches were played on 27 and 28 July 2019. Games tied at the end of regular time were decided by a penalty shootout with no extra-time being played. The first team drawn in each fixture played at home.

Notes:

  1. ^ a b The match was originally scheduled to be played in a temporary home stadium in Mafra, due to renovation works at Casa Pia's Estádio Pina Manique.[4]
  2. ^ a b The match was originally scheduled to be played in a temporary home stadium, Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, due to renovation works at Oliveirense's Estádio Carlos Osório. However, it was later decided it would be played in Vila Nova de Gaia.[5]

Second round[edit]

In the second round, the six first-round winners joined the fourteen teams ranked 5th–18th in the 2018–19 Primeira Liga, the team ranked 3rd in the 2018–19 LigaPro and the three teams promoted to the 2018–19 Primeira Liga. Twenty-four teams were paired against each other for twelve single-legged ties. The draw took place on 5 July 2019, and the matches were played on 3 and 5 August 2019. Games tied at the end of regular time were decided by a penalty shootout with no extra-time being played. The first team drawn in each fixture played at home.

Notes:

  1. ^ a b The match was originally scheduled to be played in a temporary home stadium in Mafra, due to renovation works at the Casa Pia's Estádio Pina Manique.[4]
  2. ^ a b The match was originally scheduled to be played in Gil Vicente's home stadium, Estádio Cidade de Barcelos. However, due to renovation works, it was later decided it would be hosted by Aves.[6]

Third round[edit]

In the third round, the twelve second-round winners joined the four top-ranked teams from the 2018–19 Primeira Liga: Benfica (1st), Porto (2nd), Sporting CP (3rd) and Braga (4th). These sixteen teams were drawn into four groups of four, each group containing one of the four top-ranked Primeira Liga teams who each will host their first group match. Group matches will be played in a single round-robin schedule, ensuring that each team plays at least one match at home.[3]

For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots based on their league position in the previous season, with the teams participating in the 2018–19 Primeira Liga being seeded higher regardless of any relegation. The draw took place on 3 September 2019, and the matches will be played between 25 September and 21 December 2019. The fixtures and match dates were decided by an additional draw.[3]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BRA MAR PAÇ PEN
1 Braga 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3 Advance to knockout phase 13 Oct
2 Marítimo 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 21 Dec
3 Paços de Ferreira 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 21 Dec 1–1
4 Penafiel 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0 1–3 13 Oct
Source: Liga Portugal
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SET SCC GUI BEN
1 Vitória de Setúbal 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 Advance to knockout phase 4 Dec 21 Dec
2 Sporting da Covilhã 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1–1 3 Dec
3 Vitória de Guimarães 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 21 Dec
4 Benfica 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0–0
Source: Liga Portugal
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RAV PTM GIL SPO
1 Rio Ave 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4 Advance to knockout phase 21 Dec
2 Portimonense 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4 1–1 21 Dec
3 Gil Vicente 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0 1–2 4 Dec
4 Sporting CP 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0 1–2
Source: Liga Portugal
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CHA POR CAS STC
1 Chaves 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Advance to knockout phase 21 Dec 1–0
2 Porto 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 1–0
3 Casa Pia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 Nov 5 Dec
4 Santa Clara 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2 0 21 Dec
Source: Liga Portugal
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Notes:

  1. ^ a b c d The match was originally scheduled to be played in a temporary home stadium in Mafra, due to renovation works at the Casa Pia's Estádio Pina Manique.[4]

Knockout phase[edit]

The knockout phase will be contested as a final-four tournament by the four third-round group winners in one-legged semi-finals and final. All matches will be played in a neutral venue, decided before the competition starts. As in the first and second round, games tied at the end of regular time will be decided by a penalty shootout with no extra-time being played.[3]

The first semi-final will be played between the winners of Groups A and C, while the second between Group B and D winners. Groups A and B winners will be designated as the "home" teams (for administrative purposes) in their semi-final clashes as will be the winner of the first semi-final in the final. If the team that played at home in the appointed neutral stadium is still in competition, in this case Braga, they will be designated the home team regardless of which group or semi-final they played.[3]

All matches will be played at Estádio Municipal de Braga, in Braga, with the semi-finals played on 21 and 22 January, and the final on 25 January 2020.[2]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
21 January – Estádio Municipal de Braga
 
 
Winners Group A
 
25 January – Estádio Municipal de Braga
 
Winners Group C
 
Winners Match 1
 
22 January – Estádio Municipal de Braga
 
Winners Match 2
 
Winners Group B
 
 
Winners Group D
 

Semi-finals[edit]

Winners Group AMatch 1Winners Group C

Winners Group BMatch 2Winners Group D

Final[edit]

Winners Match 1Match 3Winners Match 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Allianz CUP sagrará Campeão de Inverno em 2019" [Allianz CUP will honor the Winter Champion in 2019] (in Portuguese). Liga Portugal. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Sorteio com os 'grandes' a 3 de setembro" [Draw with the 'biggest' on 3rd September]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 29 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Regulamento das competições organizadas pela Liga Portugal" [Regulations of the competitions organized by Liga Portugal] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Liga Portugal. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Casa Pia: Pina Manique só vai ter retoques" [Casa Pia: Pina Manique will only have retouchings]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 June 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Oliveirense joga com o Mafra em Gaia" [Oliveirense plays Mafra in Gaia]. zerozero.pt (in Portuguese). 22 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Taça da Liga joga-se nas Aves" [League Cup will be played at Aves]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 28 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.

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