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Vitoria crowned Portuguese Cup champions

by Brendan de Beer, in Sport · 24-05-2013 09:22:00 · 0 Comments

Vitoria Sporting Clube of Guimarães have won the Portuguese Cup against Benfica after scoring two late goals.

Vitoria crowned Portuguese Cup champions

 

It was sixth time lucky for Vítoria Guimarães, who took to the field at Jamor on Sunday afternoon with the knowledge they had to date lost all five of their previous cup final appearances.

 

This was the first competitive trophy won by the northern club, though their victory against FC Porto 25 years ago in the Super Cup is still fondly recalled.

 

Benfica had taken the lead after 30 minutes through a fortuitious Nico Gaitan goal, but Vitoria bounced back and scored two quick goals around the 80-minute mark, though the first was scored from an offside position.

 

Benfica who 'lost' both the Portuguese league championship and the Europa League final to two seperate last minute goals, were visibly distraught after the match, with striker Oscar Cardozo, substittuted after 68 minutes, pushing manager Jorge Jesus after the match as he apparently sought an explanation for being taken off, only to see victory turned into defeat.

 

Guimarães qualify for the 2013/2014 Europa League, though they would have been through even if they were to have lost on Sunday, as Benfica will be heading straight to the Champions League next season courtesy of ending second in the Portuguese Liga.

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