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VIDEO: Rabia makes history as Sporting win Taca de Portugal
Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Ewerton, Paulo Oliveira, Jefferson; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, João Mário (Miguel Lopes, 21’, Fredy Montero, 74’); Nani, André Carrillo (Carlos Mané, 54), Islam Slimani.
Braga XI: Stanislav Kritciuk; Baiano, André Pinto, Aderlan Santos, Djavan (Vicent Sasso, 82’); Luiz Carlos, Rúben Micael (Alan, 61’), Mauro; Rafa Silva, Felipe Pardo (Salvador Agra, 75’), Éder.
Goals from Islam Slimani and Fredy Montero overturned Braga’s 2-0 lead, before the Lisbon-based side won the tie on penalties by a score of 3-1.
The game started badly for Sporting who were reduced to 10 men following Cedric Alves’ sending off for a last-man tackle on Djavan Ferreira, thus signalling a penalty for Braga. Eder stepped up to make it 1-0.
Soon after, the Archbishops found their second of the game when Rafa finished past Rui Patricio to double Braga’s lead.
The cup appeared to be heading to the AXA Stadium, only for Sporting to be handed a lifetime six minutes from time when Slimani grabbed a goal to make it 2-1.
In the third minute of injury time, a through ball played in behind the defence reached the unmarked Montero who finished into Stanislav Kritsyuk’s net, sending the Estadio Nacional into ruptures.
Braga themselves were reduced to 10 men towards the end of extra time when Mauro Silva picked up his second booking.
The Lisbon-giants had the momentum, and they proved that in the penalty shootout.
Adrien Silva, Nani, and Slimani all scored for Sporting whilst Alan was the only one with a red shirt who found the net. Andre Almeida Pinto, goalscorer Eder, and Salvador Agra all failed to convert their respective spot-kicks to crown the Lions as Taca de Portugal champions.
With this win, Rami Rabia puts his name down in the history books, as he becomes the first Egyptian to win the competition.