The Algarve said goodbye today to the Portuguese football cup: Farense was eliminated by CF Estrela da Amadora, losing 2-0 in Reboleira, imitating the fate of Portimonense in the 3rd round of the competition.
The two Algarvian teams were, in fact, the only ones from the 18 of the I Liga eliminated from the Cup on their debut, both beaten by teams from the third step (Portuguese Championship): the Portimão set had been beaten by União de Leiria and Farense fell , with the same result (2-0), in the reissue of the historic final of 1990.
Although Sérgio Vieira only changed one player compared to Sporting Braga (Hugo Marques took the goal), the Faro team was a long way from the performances they had already made in the I League and repeated the failure of last season, when was eliminated from the competition by Sertanense.
At the José Gomes Stadium, André Laton opened the scoring on 15 minutes, following a corner and an error by the Algarve goalkeeper, making the best entry of the locals in the match.
Faced with a poor performance, Sérgio Vieira made three changes at halftime – launched Patrick, Licá and Madi Queta – to try to change the course of events, but Estrela raised the score soon to open the second half, at 25 seconds of play, by Horácio Jau.
Farense – who saw Alex Pinto and César Martins leave due to injury, raising concerns for Monday's reception at Marítimo – did not have the spirit to react, while Estrela, more confident, defended the advantage until the end and secured the passage to the 4th round, in which you will face Anadia.