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10 Aug 2014
Sporting Gijón reached the final of the Teresa Herrera despite Sporting CP was the best team in a boring game. The Portuguese outfit had the best opportunities. The goals arrived until the last ten minutes of the meeting.

The 69th edition of the Teresa Herrera started with the meeting between Sporting Gijón and Sporting Clube de Portugal. Both teams presented a 4-3-3 formation. Abelardo Fernández allowed the appearance of Stefan Šćepović as a starter. Carlos Carmona was also a starter, while Isma lópez, Iván Hernández and Nacho Cases were substitutes.

Meanwhile, the Portuguese outfit allowed the appearance of Marcos Rojo as a starter although the Argentine seems at the door out after the club received important offers. Peruvian André Carillo was a starter in the attacking trio presented by coach Marco Silva, while Islam Slimani was a substitute.

Portuguese club Sporting CP had the best opportunities and the little football saw in the game, but the goals were brought by Sporting Gijón, side that seized the set-pieces and their punch to define the first semifinal in the Teresa Herrera.

Sporting CP dominated the actions in the first half, with Esgaio, Carillo and Capel pretty active on the sides, but they were unable to make shots on target within the first twenty minutes. Sporting Gijón were playing on long throws searching for the counterattack, and neither were creating any danger.

The first goal opportunity came until minute 20, it was a long throw searching for Carillo that Gijón’s keeper Cuéllar cleared at the edge of the area. Two minutes later the Peruvian attacker arrived late after the cross from Rossel. At minute 29, Carillo made a nice run on the right wing, but his drilling cross was cleared by Bernardo.

Sporting Gijón’s first approximation in the game was a free-kick of Carmona that Bernardo headed out (32’). The Portuguese outfit responded with a counterattack lead by Carillo that ended with a wide shot by Adrien Silva. Carillo completed the first shot on target in the game with an attempt from the edge of the area that was stopped by Cuéllar (36’).

The Asturians ended in the better way the first half; Carmona headed out a cross coming from the left (40’) and two minutes later Rachid completed the first shot on target for his team with a low shot from the edge of the area that was blocked by Rui Patricio.

Carillo, the best player in the first part, was replaced in the second half by André Geraldes, but the Portuguese outfit continued having the ball possession and the initiative. At minute 51, Montero had a one-on-one action before Cuéllar, but the keeper cleared the danger.

The clearest chances in the game came at the middle of the second half and all were for Sporting CP. At minute 58, Montero found the ball at the left corner and his attempt was deflected by Cuéllar. Two minutes later Adrien was close to score with a strong shot that Cuéllar deflected over the crossbar.

Both teams made the changes in the last frame of the match, the substitutions wiped off the low pace saw in the second half and, despite the presence of men like Islam Slimani on the pitch, the game continued to be boring and without goal attempts.  The game seemed condemned to the penalty shootout, but Sporting Gijón scored twice within the last ten minutes after not doing too much in the previous 80 minutes. The first came after Bernardo headed in a long throw-in released by substitute Iván Hernández, who turned to be the key player with an assist and a goal.

And the second goal arrived shortly after as Santi Jara assisted Iván Hernández inside the area and the defender netted the goal with a low shot past Rui Patricio. At minute 85, Slimani was close to score with a header that was saved by Cuéllar. In this way the Asturians reach the final in the Teresa Herrera.

Sporting Gijón: (4-3-3) Cuéllar - Luis, Julio (Iván Hernández 71’), Bernardo, Lora (Álex Méndez 46’) - Rachid, Álex Barrera (Sergio Álvarez 65’), Ndi (Álex Serrano 74’) - Carmona, Šćepović (Guerrero 65’), Jony (Santi Jara 74’)
Sporting CP: (4-3-3) Rui Patricio – Esgaio, Mauricío, Rojo (Mane 46’), Jefferson (Oliveira 46’) – Carillo (Geraldes 46’), Adrien (Slimani 62’), Rossel – Montero (Tanaka 62’), Martins (Joan Mario 62’), Capel
Goals: 1-0: (80’) Bernardo, 2-0: (84’) Iván Hernández
Referee: José Luis González. He showed yellow card to Julio (61’)
Venue: Riazor (1,000)



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