Boavista Eliminate SC Braga to Qualify for Taca da Liga Final 4, Schedule Set for Leiria

Boavista only needed a draw tonight to advance but did better defeating SC Braga 5-1 to stamp their ticket to a place in the Taca da Liga Final 4 in Leiria.

The schedule is now set with Benfica x Boavista in the first match on Tuesday, January 25. The second match features defending champion Sporting CP x Santa Clara on Wednesday, January 26.

The final is scheduled for Saturday, January 29.

Benfica is the all-time leader winning this domestic competition seven times. Sporting has three total after winning three of the last four editions.

Neither Boavista or Santa Clara have ever won or played in the final.

Boavista set the tone early tonight with Sauer taking advantage of a defensive mistake to score in the 20th minute. That goal seem to unsettle Braga who then allowed goals by Petar Musa (32′) and Yuspha Njie (34′) to fall behind at the half 3-0 (video below). Nathan Santos made it 4-0 in the 50th minute.

Iuri Medeiros scored for Braga on a penalty in the 56th minute, but four minutes later Sauer closed it out with his second goal for the 5-1 win.

Petit was sent off for complaining in the 57th minute.

Braga continue a tough stretch with one draw and two losses in their past three matches of Europa, Liga and tonight’s Taca da Liga.

Boavista, now led by new manager Petit, finally won their first match since a 2-1 away win at Pacos de Ferreira on September 23.