League Cup: Vitória de Guimarães beats Sporting da Covilhã with ‘bis’ by Janvier

The first division Vitória de Guimarães won today, with two goals from Janvier, Sporting da Covilhã, of the II Football League, in the inaugural round of Group A in the League Cup, which also includes Benfica.

The formation guided by Wender Said started the match better, but was wasteful and Nicolas Janvier, in three minutes, between 25 and 28, stamped the final result.

Coming from three draws in the league, Pepa made six changes in the starting eleven of Guimarães, against the Serrano emblem, there are four games without a win and with four new features in the starting lineup in relation to the last match.

The ‘Serra Lions’ entered with greater impetus, more daring, ‘pulling’ the Minho to their stronghold and in the first minutes created opportunities to score, but they lacked effectiveness.

After eight minutes, Covilhã had a sovereign opportunity to inaugurate the marker, when Arnold, through Teague’s pass, isolated himself and, alone against Varela, shot to clear the post.

At 11, following a corner, André Almeida missed the target with a back heel, in the following minute Jô shot low into the hands of the visiting keeper and, in the 14th minute, Ahmed tried the ‘hat’ on Varela, who was alert.

After a first quarter of an hour with a few moments of suffocation, the Guimarães reacted, started to have more the ball, to press more, and created imbalances, especially in the right corridor, reaching the advantage with two goals scored in three minutes.

In response to a corner taken by Rochinha, Nicolas Janvier, with space at the edge of the area, shot hard into the back of the net, in the 25th minute.

Soon after, Alfa Semedo headed over the bar and, on 28 minutes, Rochinha made a late cross, the ball crossed the area and the French striker, faced with mountainous permissiveness, had time to adjust, put a shot and double in the match.

Before the break, Ahmed could have reduced, but he hesitated and was unable to carry out the attack.

In the second half, which continued with strong winds, the game lost intensity, quality and chances for goals were scarce. Vitória de Guimarães limited itself to managing the result, worried about not giving space to the mountain rangers and only from a distance did the ‘serra lions’ attempt the shot.

Sporting da Covilhã’s best opportunity came near the final whistle, on 87 minutes, when Jô, requested by Jean Felipe, in the small area, headed with danger, but Varela denied him the goal.

Journey program:

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sp. Covilhã – V. Guimarães, 0 – 2

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Rio Ave – Santa Clara, 19:00

Famalicão – Penafiel, 21:15

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Paços Ferreira – Boavista, 20:15

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