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Friday, 13 November 2009 09:10

Stoppage-time substitution sees Algarve club win Carlsberg Cup group

Teenage goalkeeper makes the difference for Portimonense

PortimonenseLiga Vitalis side Portimonense are through to the next round of the Carlsberg Cup in the most bizarre of circumstances, having drawn 0-0 against Academica yesterday. If ever there was a case of a match-winning substitution (or group winning substitution in this case), this was it.
With all three teams in Group A finishing level on points and no goals scored, the competition regulations dictated that the winners would be decided by the youngest average age of the players used.
Alive to this fact, in the 91st minute Portimonense coach Litos replaced veteran goalkeeper Pedro Silva (35 years old) with his 19-year-old back-up, Sapateiro, which ended up making all the difference.
The substitution reduced the average age of the players used in the Carlsberg Cup by Portimonense to 24.5 years, compared to Academica’s 24.6 and Beira-Mar’s 25.4.
The low-key match at the Estadio Municipal de Portimao had already made the news, given that floodlight failure on Wednesday evening had forced the final 39 minutes and 10 seconds of the match to be finalised yesterday.
Portimonense won’t be complaining as they become the second Liga Vitalis team to make it through to the second group phase, joining Trofense. The teams who finished in the top six places in the Liga Sagres last season will enter the competition in the next stage.

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