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Benfica claim third Portuguese League Cup

Published: Sunday 24 April 2011, 0.59CET
Two first-half goals and a penalty save by Moreira helped UEFA Europa League semi-finalists SL Benfica retain the Portuguese League Cup at the expense of FC Paços de Ferreira.
by José Pimentel
from Coimbra
Benfica claim third Portuguese League Cup
Benfica captain Luisão, who scored an own goal, receives the League Cup ©AFP
Published: Sunday 24 April 2011, 0.59CET

Benfica claim third Portuguese League Cup

Two first-half goals and a penalty save by Moreira helped UEFA Europa League semi-finalists SL Benfica retain the Portuguese League Cup at the expense of FC Paços de Ferreira.

SL Benfica experienced Portuguese League Cup success for the third time in four years courtesy of a 2-1 win against FC Paços de Ferreira in Coimbra.

Benfica looked to be in control of the showpiece when Franco Jara's header (17) put the UEFA Europa League semi-finalists ahead, but Paços de Ferreira captain José Manuel was denied an equaliser when his 31st-minute penalty was saved by Moreira. Javi García increased the Eagles' advantage three minutes before half-time, and although a Luisão own goal (51) gave Paços hope, Moreira would not be beaten a second time.

"Paços were a hard team to beat," said Benfica coach Jorge Jesus. "Now we have a Europa League semi-final ahead and I have to ensure my team recovers because it seemed very tired physically and psychologically."

This third victory − in only the fourth edition of the competition − puts Benfica in good heart ahead of their UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg encounter with SC Braga in Lisbon on Thursday.

Last updated: 24/04/11 1.15CET

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