Jermaine Seoposenwe’s SC Braga has been knocked out of the Portuguese Cup semi-final.
The defending champions put in a good fight, but it was not enough to avoid a 2-1 defeat against the Lisbon side, Sporting. Braga came into the game as favourites after winning their last two games against their rivals, but Lisbon had other ideas.
Nevera Damjanovic opened the scoring for the hosts in the second half before Laura Luis equalised for Braga just 10 minutes later. Sporting took the lead again in the 70th minute as Ana Capeta fired home from close range. The goal was enough to send them through to the final of the competition.
Seoposenwe started and played the whole 90 minutes for Braga. The 27-year-old was the hero when the defending champions lifted the trophy earlier this year, but she couldn’t find the back of the net in last night’s crucial encounter.
The two sides will lock horns again in the league on Sunday evening. Both sides are within touching range of log-leaders Benfica in a very tightly contested title race.
Braga currently sits in fourth spot in the Championship play-off with nine points from three games while Sporting is in third place with 10 points. Famalicao also has 10 points, but has played more games (five) than any other team in the division.
Benfica sits comfortably at the top of the table with a 100% record from their opening four league games of the Play-offs.
Sporting will now face their home town rivals SL Benfica in the final. Benfica defeated Famalicao 3-0 to comfortably progress to their second final in a row in the competition.
South African international midfielder Leandra Smeda was in action for Famalicao as their silverware hopes were crushed. They will now focus on doing well in the league as they hope to clinch their first ever title.
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By Prince Sobayeni