This is how Sporting Clube de Portugal claimed the inaugural Cape Town Cup after their 2-0 victory against English outfit Crystal Palace at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday.
Second-half substitute Fredy Montero scored a brace for the Portuguese cup winners, who left the Mother City as deserved winners of this four team event
Earlier on the day, local PSL teams SuperSport United and Ajax Cape Town played to a 1-1 stalemate to share the bronze medal.
Montero broke the deadlock in the 71st minute, with a lovely free-kick as the Colombian’s effort hit the crossbar and McCarthy before settling in the back of the net.
Palace’s James McArthur should’ve leveled matters right away but his left-footed effort was kept out by the impressiveRui Patricio in goal for Sporting.
Montero made sure of the result with four minutes of regulation time remaining.
What they said:
Sporting Clube de Portugal goalkeeper RuiPatrício thanked the South African people for their hospitality in the aftermath of his side’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
“It was an honour to stay here, the way that we were welcomed into the country this week was really great, it is a great pleasure and I just want to thank in the name of the whole team for the way we were welcomed into this beautiful city,” Patricio told CapeTownCup.co.za.
“What we are going to do is work hard on every aspect of the game, work together and try and achieve the best results possible – with the Super Cup also around the corner.”
Sporting Clube de Portugal captain Adrien Silva revealed that winning the Cape Town Cup serves as a morale boost for the Portuguese outfit.
“It is always important to win before the start of the season, but it’s not the most important thing, it’s also about the mindset, [the win] also puts us in a good mindset for the work to come,” said Silva on the official tournament website.
“All the victories are important, but this is especially important for us and [victory in the Super Cup] will be a step in the right direction.”
Players that starred:
Fredy Montero scored in the 71st and 86th minutes of the Final after coming off the bench to replace Andre Carrillo. The Colombian has been linked with a move back to the MLS, but his display in Cape Town could see him stay at the Portuguese giants.
Goalkeeper Rui Patricio’s saves were just as influential in Sporting’s success as Montero’s goals, and the 27-year-old proved once again why he is such a hero for the Portuguese giants. He made some vital stops in the semifinal against Ajax and followed it up with further brilliant saves in the final against Crystal Palace.