2014–15 Taça da Liga

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2014–15 Taça da Liga
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Dates 26 July 2014 – 29 May 2015
Teams 36
Final positions
Champions Benfica (6th title)
Runners-up Marítimo
Tournament statistics
Matches played 83
Goals scored 200 (2.41 per match)
Top scorer(s) Jonas (5 goals)[1]

The 2014–15 Taça da Liga was the eighth edition of the Taça da Liga, a Portuguese football cup competition organized by the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP). It was contested by a total of 36 clubs competing in the top two professional tiers of Portuguese football – 18 teams from the 2014–15 Primeira Liga plus 18 non-reserve teams from the 2014–15 Segunda Liga.

Title holders Benfica beat Marítimo 2–1 in the final and lifted the trophy for a sixth time.[2]

Format[edit]

The competition format for the 2014–15 edition consists of three rounds plus a knockout phase. In the first round, only teams competing in the 2014–15 Segunda Liga (excluding reserve teams from Primeira Liga clubs) take part. The eighteen teams are drawn into four groups (two with four teams and two with five), where each team plays against the others in a single round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the second round. In the second round, the eight teams that qualified from the previous round are joined by the five teams placed 11th–15th in the 2013–14 Primeira Liga and the three teams promoted to 2014–15 Primeira Liga. Two-legged ties are played between Primeira Liga and Segunda Liga teams, in a home-and-away system, and the winner advances to the third round. The third round features the eight winners of the previous round and the ten teams ranked 1st–10th in the 2013–14 Primeira Liga. Similarly to the first round, the eighteen teams are drawn into four groups (two with four teams and two with five) and play each other in a single round-robin format. The four third-round group winners qualify for the knockout phase, which consists of two semi-finals and one final, both decided in one-legged fixtures. The final is played at a neutral venue.[3]

Round Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First round
(18 teams)
Second round
(16 teams)
  • 4 group winners from the first round
  • 4 group runners-up from the first round
Third round
(18 teams)
  • 8 winners from the second round
Knockout phase
(4 teams)
  • 4 group winners from the third round

Tiebreakers[edit]

In the first and third rounds of the competition, teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams are tied on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:

  1. highest goal difference in all group matches;
  2. highest number of scored goals in all group matches;
  3. lowest average age of all players fielded in all group matches (sum of the ages of all fielded players divided by the number of fielded players).

In all other rounds, teams tied at the end of regular time contest a penalty shootout to determine the winner. In the second round, teams are considered to be tied when they have equal aggregate scores at the end of both legs.

Teams[edit]

The 36 teams competing in the two professional tiers of Portuguese football for the 2014–15 season are eligible to participate in this competition. For Primeira Liga teams, the final league position in the previous season determines if they enter in the second or third round of the Taça da Liga.

Third round (Primeira Liga)
Benfica (1st) Sporting (2nd) Porto (3rd) Estoril (4th)
Nacional (5th) Marítimo (6th) Vitória de Setúbal (7th) Académica de Coimbra (8th)
Braga (9th) Vitória de Guimarães (10th)
Second round (Primeira Liga)
Rio Ave (11th) Arouca (12th) Gil Vicente (13th) Belenenses (14th)
Paços de Ferreira (15th) Moreirense (P1) Penafiel (P1) Boavista (P1)
First round (Segunda Liga)
Olhanense (R1) Desportivo das Aves (4th) Portimonense (7th) Chaves (8th)
Tondela (9th) Farense (10th) Académico de Viseu (11th) Beira-Mar (12th)
União da Madeira (13th) Feirense (14th) Santa Clara (15th) Sporting da Covilhã (16th)
Leixões (17th) Oliveirense (18th) Trofense (19th) Atlético CP (22nd)
Freamunde (P2) Oriental (P2)
Key
  • Nth: League position in the 2013–14 season
  • P1: Promoted to the Primeira Liga
  • P2: Promoted to the Segunda Liga
  • R1: Relegated to the Segunda Liga

First round[edit]

Kick-off times are in WEST (UTC+01:00).

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Chaves 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7 Advance to the second round
2 União da Madeira 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 6
3 Oliveirense 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
4 Farense 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Sporting da Covilhã 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 7 Advance to the second round
2 Académico de Viseu 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 4
3 Freamunde 3 1 1 1 1 2 −1 4
4 Portimonense 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Oriental 4 3 0 1 10 7 +3 9 Advance to the second round
2 Tondela 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 7
3 Santa Clara 4 2 0 2 5 8 −3 6
4 Leixões 4 1 1 2 4 3 +1 4
5 Olhanense 4 0 2 2 3 6 −3 2
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Trofense 4 4 0 0 5 1 +4 12 Advance to the second round
2 Atlético CP 4 2 1 1 6 2 +4 7
3 Desportivo das Aves 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 5
4 Feirense 4 0 2 2 3 7 −4 2
5 Beira-Mar 4 0 1 3 2 6 −4 1
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Second round[edit]

The draw for the second round was held on 3 September 2014 at 12:00. The sixteen teams involved in this draw were divided in two pots: one pot contained the eight teams progressing from the first round, and the other pot included the five teams that finished 11th–15th in the 2013–14 Primeira Liga and the three teams promoted to the top flight from the 2013–14 Segunda Liga. The first-leg matches were played on 24 September, and the second-leg matches were played on 29 October and 16 November 2014.[4][5]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
União da Madeira 6–4 Paços de Ferreira 4–2 2–2
Trofense 3–3 (4–5 p) Moreirense 1–2 2–1
Atlético CP 1–3 Gil Vicente 0–2 1–1
Tondela 1–2 Arouca 1–1 0–1
Oriental 0–5 Boavista 0–0 0–5
Sporting da Covilhã 3–2 Penafiel 3–1 0–1
Chaves 1–1 (2–4 p) Rio Ave 1–1 0–0
Académico de Viseu 3–3 (1–4 p) Belenenses 3–1 0–2

Third round[edit]

Kick-off times are in WET (UTC+0).

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Benfica 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9 Advances to the knockout phase
2 Moreirense 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3 Arouca 3 1 0 2 1 6 −5 3
4 Nacional 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Marítimo 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Advances to the knockout phase
2 Sporting da Covilhã 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 6
3 Estoril 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
4 Gil Vicente 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Vitória de Setúbal 4 2 2 0 8 3 +5 8 Advances to the knockout phase
2 Sporting CP 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 7
3 Belenenses 4 1 2 1 5 6 −1 5
4 Vitória de Guimarães 4 1 1 2 4 6 −2 4
5 Boavista 4 0 2 2 2 6 −4 2
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Porto 4 3 1 0 9 3 +6 10 Advances to the knockout phase
2 Braga 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2 7
3 Académica de Coimbra 4 2 0 2 5 6 −1 6
4 União da Madeira 4 2 0 2 6 8 −2 6
5 Rio Ave 4 0 0 4 1 6 −5 0
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Knockout phase[edit]

In the knockout phase, the four third-round group winners contested a one-legged semi-final match for a place in the competition final.

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
11 February – Estádio da Luz
 
 
Benfica3
 
29 May – Estádio Cidade de Coimbra
 
Vitória de Setúbal0
 
Benfica2
 
2 April – Estádio dos Barreiros
 
Marítimo1
 
Marítimo2
 
 
Porto1
 

Semi-finals[edit]

Benfica 3–0 Vitória de Setúbal
Talisca Goal 41' (pen.)
Pizzi Goal 45' (pen.)
Jonas Goal 73'
Report
Attendance: 13,101
Referee: Rui Costa

Marítimo 2–1 Porto
Gallo Goal 37' (pen.)
Marega Goal 45'
Report Evandro Goal 32'
Attendance: 5,127
Referee: Carlos Xistra

Final[edit]

Benfica 2–1 Marítimo
Jonas Goal 37'
John Goal 80'
Report Diogo Goal 56'
Attendance: 28,517
Referee: Carlos Xistra

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taça da Liga 2014/2015". zerozero (in Portuguese). Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Benfica reforça hegemonia na Taça da Liga" [Benfica reinforces hegemony in league cup] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Regulamento das Competições organizadas pela Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP). Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sorteio da 2ª Fase da Taça da 0 2014–2015" (in Portuguese). LPFP. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Já são conhecidos os jogos da 2ª Fase da Taça da Liga" (in Portuguese). LPFP. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 

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