The match began with a scare for the lion. With João Basso (sure… the identical one who scored the aim that dictated the defeat of the lions in opposition to the Arouqueenses for the League) starring in a large protection of Adán. But no… it was price it due to the offside of the Brazilian defender. A scare that woke the lion. And in what manner With dynamics, glorious offensive performs, a lot of them with Esgaio (the shock in the eleven relegating Porro to the bench) and Nuno Santos in the corridors. The scoring alternatives had been pure. First by Pedro Gonçalves, who returned to extra superior areas of the discipline earlier than the return of Morita, in a shot that went excessive and Paulinho, in the sixteenth minute, got here very near opening the scoring. After a masterful transfer by Edwards, taking 4 opponents out of the manner, and beginning a cross the place Paulinho appears to complete. The ahead nonetheless acquired the shot, he was about to have a good time, but Weverson, at his again, managed to chop out a shot that had a aim stamp.
Then the motto of this primary half was given. A dominant lion, with defensive consistency, quite a lot of discretion in the exits, quick on the wings and with quite a lot of offensive dynamics. Pushing an Arouca who suffered in the first a part of the match. The order, this, was to carry and stand up to the lion’s offensive drive for so long as doable. The mission was additional difficult by Weverson’s damage, a misfortune that pressured a untimely change with the entry of Mateus Quaresma even earlier than the twentieth minute of the match.
Leaning in opposition to the ropes, after strikes in which Nuno Santos and Morita got here very near opening the scoring, there was an offensive avalanche from Leon with out sensible outcomes, particularly the aim. A lonely first half for Adán and a lion to dominate and wait for somebody to determine. But curiously, the preliminary stage ended with one other scare. A aim from Anthony (masterful execution in an ideal hat-trick for Adán) but which needs to be canceled out by Basso’s hand at the begin of the sport. A foul that, curiously, after an ‘eternity’ of study time in the VAR, would dictate the Leonese aim. Nuno Santos foul, ball on the left the place Pedro Gonçalves appears to cross completely for Paulinho’s shot. A well-deserved benefit, for instance, after dominating the Lions throughout the board. 71% possession, 14 pictures (in opposition to one from Arouca) and several other probabilities to attain.
The second half, in flip, confirmed an Arouca as by no means seen in the preliminary section. With a extra positional assault, attempting to have extra management, extra formidable and go up the strains. The roles, these, had been reversed. This time it was the Arouquenese who had been scared by a aim by Matheus Reis that ought to have been disallowed resulting from the Brazilian’s offside. Arouca was rising and two errors (Matheus Reis and St. Juste) nearly equalized the match, if it weren’t for Adán’s inspiration and agility. But with a special angle, lo and behold, the Arouquenese had been rewarded with Dabbagh’s aim. A aim scored by an ideal help from Alan Ruiz in a cross the place the striker completed with class. So the sport was relaunched. With emotion and moments of excellent soccer.
Half an hour earlier than the finish of the sport, a brand new costume for the sport. Many modifications in the eleven, a rising lion with the entrances of Porro and Arthur, but all the time with a threatening opponent, not permitting any sort of leisure. But the clock didn’t cease and the tie endured. Only a stroke of genius may stop the penalty choice. Which took place due to… the ordinary suspect: Paulinho. Center by Nuno Santos (with ruler and sq.) and Paulinho scoring his twentieth aim in all editions of the League Cup. He was decisive once more with a aim in a win in which he pressured the lion to serve… most.