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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 21:04

Vitória Guimarães book their place at Jamor

Northerners beat Belenenses to make Portuguese Cup final

portuguese-cup-close-up.jpgVitória Guimarães got to the final of the Portuguese Cup for the second time in three years tonight, after a 1-0 win at the Dom Afonso Henriques Stadium completed a 3-0 aggregate victory over Belenenses. An early goal from Marco Matias proved enough for Rui Vitória's young side to complete the win and trigger jubilant celebrations among the home fans.

Vitória will play Benfica in the final at the National Stadium in Jamor on 26 May. Reaching the final also guarantees the club European football next season.
Comments (3)
NJ and Mdot
3 Friday, 19 April 2013 13:10
Excellent post NJ/Modot once again. I cant speak for anyone else but I feel exactly the same as you both do.

So I wonder if the parasites running Vitoria will actually pay for security during the Europa league or blame everyone else around them for the "fan issues" they continually have? Wouldnt that be a great site for the world to witness, Vitoria fans acting like Millwall fans.

The real cinderella team is coached by Paulo Fonseca. Vitoria is just one of the evil step-sisters (Boavista being evil step-sister number 2).

For the health of the league, I hope Sporting take the last EL spot but just speaking as a fan, Estoril deserve something for their fantastic year (forca Steven Vitoria!!)
2 Friday, 19 April 2013 12:13
I'm very happy for Guimaraes, but also very apprehensive about their next campaign, already.
Granted, Guimaraes appear better equipped for European play than Belenenses, but is it that huge a difference. This club has financial issues, was allowed a B Squad even with back wages owed, and has already sold valuable assets. The people running Guimaraes are clearly inept, except they do just fine on padding their own pockets. I wonder if the presidents wages aren't on time.
I love the Cinderela story and the new blood in the competition, but we will be sending a wounded horse to the race next season. I wanted to bring this up, due to the fact that Guimaraes has finances at their disposal that other Portuguese clubs don't. They should be more competitive and more viable then they are. I'm not killing the club, I'm killing the people that run it.

As for Belenenses, they had a wonderful run. I hope their promotion doesn't get muddied with the Boavista mess. I for one, will be happy to see them in the 1st division.
Looking forward to it!
1 Thursday, 18 April 2013 14:00
Before the first legs I was holding out hope Belenenses would pull it off to add to their amazing season. It would also be the first time in ages that a Benfica v Belenenses derby would have this much importance.

However I think it’s important that highlight that many people, including myself, felt that at the start of this season Vitoria’s main goal would be to try to survive and many people felt they would likely get relegated after the letting go so many players and having to rebuild their team with cheap youth talent. Looking at them now they are in the final of the Taca, even if they didn’t make to the Taca they are currently 1 point off an EL spot. What will be interesting now with Vitoria taking an EL spot is that it leaves 1 EL spot left with 5 teams in the running for it as Braga or Pacos will lock in one of those spots.

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