2019 Taça da Liga Final

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2019 Taça da Liga Final
Event2018–19 Taça da Liga
Sporting CP won 3–1 on penalties
Date26 January 2019
VenueEstádio Municipal de Braga, Braga
RefereeJoão Pinheiro

The 2019 Taça da Liga Final was the final match of the 2018–19 Taça da Liga, the twelfth season of the Taça da Liga. It was played on 26 January 2019 at Estádio Municipal de Braga.

The competition involved the 32 clubs playing in the top two tiers of the Portuguese football league system – 18 from Primeira Liga and 14 from LigaPro – during the 2018–19 season. Reserve sides of Primeira Liga teams that played in the 2018–19 LigaPro were excluded from the competition.

Porto and Sporting CP faced off in the first final envolving both teams. After a 1–1 tie, Sporting CP won the final 3–1 after a penalty shootout, thus becoming only the second team (after Benfica) in the competition's history to both defend their title and win multiple Taças da Liga.


For the third consecutive season, this competition featured a final four format with both the semi-finals and the final being played over a space of a few days in the same venue. The Estádio Municipal de Braga hosted all matches. Porto had the chance to win their first Taça da Liga while Sporting CP could be the first team, other than Benfica, to both win the competition multiple times as well as successfully defend the title, having won the previous final.

Route to the final[edit]

Being among the top four during the 2017–18 Primeira Liga season, Porto and Sporting CP received byes directly to the third round. Only the top team in each of the four groups advanced to the final four and both teams marginally won their groups. Porto shared the top spot in group C with Chaves both in points and goal difference, the two most important tiebreakers, having only won the group by virtue of more overall goals scored. Meanwhile Sporting CP had the same number of points in group D as both Estoril and Feirense, having had the best goal difference from the three teams. Porto played in the first semi-final against Benfica winning the match 3–1. The following day Sporting CP drew 1–1 against Braga, the host team, during the 90 minutes in the second semi-final, winning 4–3 on penalties after a series of seven penalty rounds.

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

Porto Round Sporting CP
Opponent Result Stadium First round Opponent Result Stadium
Bye Bye
Opponent Result Stadium Second round Opponent Result Stadium
Bye Bye
Opponent Result Stadium Third round Opponent Result Stadium
Chaves 1–1 (H) Estádio do Dragão Matchday 1 Marítimo 3–1 (H) Estádio José Alvalade
Varzim 4–2 (H) Estádio do Dragão Matchday 2 Estoril 1–2 (H) Estádio José Alvalade
Belenenses 2–1 (A) Estádio Nacional Matchday 3 Feirense 4–1 (A) Estádio Marcolino de Castro
Group C winners
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Porto 3 2 1 0 7 4 +3 7
Chaves 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
Varzim 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3 3
Belenenses 3 0 0 3 2 5 −3 0
Final standings Group D winners
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Sporting CP 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
Estoril 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
Feirense 3 2 0 1 6 7 –1 6
Marítimo 3 0 0 3 3 7 −4 0
Opponent Result Stadium Knockout phase Opponent Result Stadium
Benfica 3–1 (N) Estádio Municipal de Braga Semi-finals Braga 1–1 (4–3p) (A) Estádio Municipal de Braga




Porto1–1Sporting CP
Attendance: 25,213
Referee: João Pinheiro
Sporting CP
GK 26 Brazil Vaná
RB 13 Brazil Alex Telles
CB 33 Portugal Pepe
CB 28 Brazil Felipe Yellow card 45'
RB 3 Brazil Éder Militão
RM 17 Mexico Jesús Corona Yellow card 25' Substituted off 82'
CM 16 Mexico Héctor Herrera (c)
CM 10 Spain Óliver Torres Yellow card 68' Substituted off 90+4'
LM 8 Algeria Yacine Brahimi
CF 11 Mali Moussa Marega Yellow card 90+3'
CF 21 Portugal André Pereira Substituted off 64'
GK 1 Spain Iker Casillas
DF 12 Portugal Wilson Manafá
DF 19 Democratic Republic of the Congo Chancel Mbemba
MF 6 Portugal Bruno Costa
MF 22 Portugal Danilo Pereira Substituted in 82'
FW 7 Portugal Hernâni Substituted in 90+4'
FW 37 Brazil Fernando Andrade Substituted in 64'
Portugal Sérgio Conceição
GK 40 Brazil Renan Ribeiro Yellow card 90+6'
RB 13 North Macedonia Stefan Ristovski Yellow card 66'
CB 6 Portugal André Pinto Yellow card 29' Substituted off 53'
CB 4 Uruguay Sebastián Coates
LB 9 Argentina Marcos Acuña Yellow card 35' Substituted off 45'
RM 21 Brazil Raphinha
CM 86 Serbia Nemanja Gudelj Substituted off 83'
CM 37 Brazil Wendel
LM 8 Portugal Bruno Fernandes Yellow card 90+5'
CF 17 Portugal Nani (c) Yellow card 45'
CF 28 Netherlands Bas Dost
GK 19 France Romain Salin
DF 5 Brazil Jefferson Substituted in 45'
MF 25 Serbia Radosav Petrović Yellow card 86' Substituted in 53'
MF 90 Portugal Miguel Luís
FW 23 Mali Abdoulay Diaby Substituted in 83'
FW 29 Brazil Luiz Phellype
FW 77 Cape Verde Jovane Cabral
Netherlands Marcel Keizer

Man of the match

Assistant referees:
Nuno Eiras
Paulo Vieira
Fourth official:
Manuel Mota
Video assistant referee:
Tiago Martins
Assistant video assistant referee:
Pedro Mota

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.