Braga beats Benfica to win the first League Cup in its history

Minhotos achieved, at the Marcolino stadium in Castro, the unprecedented triumph thanks to penalties

Sporting de Braga won the Women’s League Cup for the first time on Wednesday, beating Benfica 3-2 after a penalty shootout in the final of the third edition of the competition.

At Santa Maria da Feira, after a 0-0 draw after 120 minutes, Braga scored three of their attempts (Dekker, Vanessa Marques and Andreia Norton), against two from Lisbon (Pauleta and Carole Costa).

In the opening seconds of the game, the Arsenalistas were close to the opener, with Ana Rute shooting after Jermaine Seoposenwe’s cross went slightly over the post.

The Lisbon fans respond with a counterattack: Kika throws Cloé Lacasse into the box, but the Canadian’s shot is blocked by the feet of Patrícia Morais, at a time when Benfica begins to control the game, threatening again with a shot of Ana Vitória deflected towards the mesh of goal.

However, the most dangerous move of the first half belonged to the Minhotas, with a header from Anouk Dekker on the post, after Carolina Mendes fired in for a fine save from Katelin Talbert.

In the second half, the teams follow each other better, the pace drops and the shots worth recording are rare, in large part because of the numerous stops due to the muscular problems of the athletes.

The exception was an individual initiative by Ana Vitória, who with a directed reception took an opponent in front, entered the box and shot hard, but over the bar.

In added time, Vanessa Marques almost opened the scoring twice with a header: in the first, the ball went slightly to the side and, in the second, it was pushed back by Christy Ucheibe on the goal line . On penalties, the Minhotas smiled.

Sporting de Braga, beaten in the final of last season (2020/21) added the first League Cup trophy to history. Benfica won the first two editions.

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