Sporting and Sporting de Braga, winners of the last editions of the Football League Cup and both with two trophies on their curriculum, are playing today in an unprecedented final of the competition, after having eliminated FC Porto and Benfica, respectively.
The 14th edition of the event will be decided in Leiria, the stage where the ‘lions’ defeated the ‘dragons’ 2-1, on Tuesday, the day before the ‘arsenalists’ applied the same result to the ‘eagles’, ensuring the first decision between the two teams since the race started in 2007/08.
With two trophies collected, Lisbon and Minho are looking for a third, which will earn them second place in the ‘ranking’, four from Benfica, record holder of achievements, with seven.
Sporting won the 2017/18 and 2018/19 finals, both on penalties, after losing the 2007/08 and 2008/09 finals, while Braga won in 2012/13 and last season, with , in the middle, in 2016/17, were surprisingly defeated by Moreirense.
Besides, there will be two coaches on the benches who also already know what it is to win this competition. Rúben Amorim, now at Sporting, led the ‘arsenalistas’ to the triumph of last season and Carlos Carvalhal snatched the inaugural edition, in 2007/08, under the command of Vitória de Setúbal, in a final against the ‘lions’ and which was decided on penalties .
At Sporting, Nuno Mendes and Sporar are again at the disposal of Rúben Amorim, after failing the semi-final, due to the ‘false positive’ tests in the screening for the new coronavirus, while Sporting de Braga should already have the tip – launches Paulinho to 100%.
The final of the League Cup starts at 19:45, at the Dr. Magalhães Pessoa Stadium, in Leiria, and will be directed by referee Tiago Martins, from the Lisbon Football Association.
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