New England Soccer Today

Sporting CP Update 4/13


It was a good week for the Lions. They booked their tickets to the Portuguese Cup finals with a 1-0 win against Nacional de Madeira, a semifinal series which which finished 3-2 on aggregate.

Central defender Ewerton scored late in the match in a game that could of gone badly for Sporting if not for keeper Rui Patricio making a few key saves minutes before the goal. They will play the winner of the Braga-Rio Ave semifinal. Braga won the first leg 3-0, and the second leg is scheduled for Apr. 30.

The Cup final is set for Sunday, May 31 at the National stadium in the Oeiras district of Lisbon.

Sporting returned to action following their cup game to play at Setubal, where they won 2-1. The Lions had a 2-0 lead at halftime with goals from Junya Tanaka and Carlos Mane. But early in the 2nd half, Setubal got one back with a goal from Suk Hyun-jun. Former Sporting Kansas City midfielder Ori Rosell started this game as some key players were rested.

The win over Setubal puts Sporting seven points clear of Braga for third place, which guarantees a Champions League playoff spot.

The “B” team were in action over the weekend as well. Unfortunately for them, they lost 2-0 to Covilha. Diego Rubio started, but was unable to score.

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