SUN 26 JULY 2015, 15:30 , CAPE TOWN STADIUM

0 Crystal Palace
VS
2 Sporting

Palace, Sporting battle for Cape Town Cup honours

Palace, Sporting battle for Cape Town Cup honours
Gelson Martins of Sporting Lisbon evades challenge from Riyaad Norodien of Ajax Cape Town during the 2015 Cape Town Cup Football Match between Ajax Cape Town and Sporting Lisbon at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, 24 July 2015

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Jul 26, 2015. 11:33

Crystal Palace and Sporting Club de Portugal will do battle for top honours at the inaugural Cape Town Cup.

The two teams beat South African opposition to book their place in Sunday's final.

Alan Pardew's men ran riot in the first-half, with goals from Mile Jedinak, Chung-yong Lee, Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell guiding the English Premier League club to a comfortable 4-0 win over SuperSport United.

Sporting had a tougher time of it, edging hosts Ajax Cape Town 4-2 on penalties after the game ended all square at 2-2 after the 90.

Carlos Mane and Ruben Semeda scored for Portuguese outfit while Cecil Lolo and Franklin Cale netted for Roger de Sa's troops.

Wifried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and Glenn Murray were not involved for the Eagles on Friday due to injury, but Pardew is hopeful that he will be able to call on his star trio on Sunday.

Palace kick-off their season against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday 8 August while Jorge Jesus will face former club Benfica in the Portuguese Super Cup a day later.

The Cape Town Cup final is scheduled to get underway at 15:30 at the Cape Town Stadium.

Sporting claim inaugural Cape Town Cup

Sporting claim inaugural Cape Town Cup
Sporting Lisbon celebrate winning the 2015 Cape Town Cup Final Football Match between Sporting Lisbon and Crystal Palace at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, 26 July 2015 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Jul 26, 2015. 17:36

Sporting Clube de Portugal claimed the inaugural Cape Town Cup with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday.

Second-half substitute Fredy Montero scored a brace for the Portuguese cup winners, who leave the Mother City as deserved winners.

Earlier on the day, SuperSport United and Ajax Cape Town played to a 1-1 stalemate to share the bronze medal.

Crystal Palace went close to the opener early on with Jordan Mutch capitalizing on poor defending before his shot from range brought the best out Rui Patrício, who got down well to deny the midfielder with two minutes on the clock.

Having successfully escaped the early scare, Sporting would dominate most of the first half with the Portuguese outfit failing to profit from a succession of set-pieces.

Palace though are potent on the break and looked sure to score in the 17th minute,but Paulo Oliviera provided a vital touch to take Pape Souaré's cracking cross away from Glen Murray.

Alex McCarthy endured a nervy opening few minutes for his new club, but the former Queens Park Range shot stopper showed his worth with a top save to deny Jefferson from a free-kick seven minutes before the break.

The game was a more lively affair following the interval with goal-scoring opportunities at either end throughout the 45.

Montero broke the deadlock in the 71st minute, with a precise free-kick. The Colombians effort hit the crossbar and McCarthy before nestling into the back of the net.

James McArthur should've leveled matters moments later, but his left-footed effort was kept out by the impressive Patricio.

The Portugal international had to be at his best once again in the 77th minute, this time to deny Scott Dann who's header attempt looked destined for the back of the net.

Montero made sure of the result with four minutes of regulation time remaining, the 27-year old with a cool finish following a lung busting run by Algerian stirker Islam Slimani.

Starting Lineup

Crystal Palace : Alex McCarthy, Pape Souaré, Joel Ward, Damien Delaney, Scott Dann, Yohan Cabaye, Jordon Mutch , James McArthur, Jason Puncheon, Dwight Gayle, Glen Murray

Sporting : Rui Patrício, Jefferson, Paulo Oliveira, Rúben Semedo, Naldo, João Pereira, Adrien Silva, Gelson Martins, Andre Carrillo, Islam Slimani, Teofilo Gutierrez

Live Commentary

Good afternoon and welcome to the live PBP for the Cape Town Cup Final between Crystal Palace and Sporting Club de Portugal from Cape Town Stadium, South Africa.
1' The match is underway!
2' Early chance for Palace as Jordon Mutch forces Patricio into a good save.
3' Eagles head coach Alan Pardew has made several changes to the side that beat SuperSport United 4-0 on Friday with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy making his debut.
5' Jorge Jesus has stuck to more or less the same starting XI with André Carrillo slotting into the line-up alongside Slimani and Gutiérrez.
8' Great block by Delaney to deny Silva following good work by Slimani down the right flank.
10' Sporting swing in a corner-kick, Semedo rises, but Palace do enough to clear from danger.
11' Dwight Gayle caught offside, the strikers pace giving the assistant referee a tough time!
13' Sporting with the slight upper hand at the moment, Palace with no success in attack since that early effort from Mutch.
16' Successive corner-kicks for Sporting following a mistake from McCarthy, who recently joined the club from QPR.
17' CHANCE! Great ball into the area by Souare - Paulo Oliviera with a vital touch to deny Murray a sure goal before Puncheon's cross is cleared by the Sporting defence.
20' McCarthy quick off his line to deny Slimani who got the better of the Palace defence.
22' Souare and Puncheon try to find space down the left flank, but Sporting defending well, closing down the Palace attack.
25' Murray looks to be free on goal, but the assistants flag is raised - offside.
26' Ball whipped in by Sporting and McCarthy looks to have misjudged the flight of the ball, but he does just about enough to hold on, relief on his face.
27' Another error by McCarthy who is penalized for taking too long with his goal-kick, free-kick inside the area for Sporting, but the Palace wall does its job.
30' Semedo receiving some treatment as we reach the half-hour mark - the defender looks to be okay.
32' Ball returned to Palace, who look to set-up an attacking opportunity from the back.
33' Martins through the middle for Sporting, but McCarthy is quick to react, gathering the ball at the second time of asking.
35' Ward tries to find Mutch, but Sporting defend well as the ball runs out for a goal-kick.
37' Sporting: João Mário replaces Rúben Semedo
38' SAVE! McCarthy with a top save to deny Jefferson from a free-kick following a Gayle handball.
41' Another free-kick for Sporting and Jefferson swings it in, but the Portuguese side are penalized for a foul inside the area.
43' Late chance for Palace from a free-kick, Puncheon plays the ball but it's an easy gather for Patricio.
44' Gayle goes down inside the area, but the referee says no penalty.
45' Two minutes added to the first-half.
45 + 2' Corner-kick for Palace, good ball played in but Sporting escape with Patrico quick off his line to gather Dann's miscued header.
45 + 3' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' Sporting: Carlos Mané replaces Gelson Martins
46' The second half is underway
47' Free-kick for Palace out on the far right, Cabaye plays it in, but the Eagles are well positioned to stifle any potential danger.
50' Sporting enjoy a healthy spell of possession with Palace happy to drop deep.
51' Jefferson's volley attempt flicks off Dann's thigh and out for a corner-kick.
52' Good defending by Gayle as Sporting looked to capitalize from a set-piece once again.
54' Puncheon surges into the Sporting area, but his shot is straight at Patricio.
57' Weaving run by Mutch comes to nothing as both teams step up the tempo.
59' Corner-kick for Crystal Palace.
60' Sporting clear the corner and try to hit Palace on the counter, but the English side recover well.
61' Sporting: Fredy Montero replaces Teofilo Gutierrez
61' Sporting: Oriol Rosell replaces Andre Carrillo
61' Sporting: Ricardo Esgaio replaces João Pereira
62' Crystal Palace: Mile Jedinak replaces Jordon Mutch
65' Democratic Republic of Congo fans have gathered at Cape Town Stadium in an attempt to see Yannick Bolasie, unlucky for them the wide man is injured and will not be playing this afternoon.
67' Free-kick for Sporting played into the Palace wall by Montero.
70' Crystal Palace: Chung-Yong Lee replaces Glen Murray
71' Fredy Montero (Sporting) scores!
72' GOAL for Montero who's free-kick sneaks in at the the near post! The ball actually hit the post, then McCarthur before nestling inside the goal.
72' CHANCE! Palace go close to finding an immediate reply with McArthur denied by Patricio.
76' Fredy Montero (Sporting) is cautioned.
76' Crystal Palace: Patrick Bamford replaces Jason Puncheon
76' Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha replaces Yohan Cabaye
77' SAVE! Great stop by Patricio to deny Dann who looked sure to score!
80' Sporting: Tobias Figueiredo replaces Paulo Oliveira
81' Sporting: Wallyson Mallmann replaces Adrien Silva
83' João Mário (Sporting) is cautioned.
84' Free-kick for Palace, but once again there is too much on it, Gayle the culprit this time around.
85' Lee has made an impact since coming off the bench for Palace, who are pressing for the equaliser.
86' Fredy Montero (Sporting) scores!
87' MONTERO BRACE. Montero with a cool finish following a lung busting run by Slimani, who set up the Colombian for the second.
90' Three minutes added.
90 + 1' Sporting: Capel replaces Islam Slimani
90 + 5' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
FINALS CAPE TOWN STADIUM
CRYSTAL PALACE GOALS SPORTING GOALS
10. Fredy Montero (71')
10. Fredy Montero (86')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
CRYSTAL PALACE STARTING LINEUP SPORTING STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
12
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
27
Defender
4
Defender
2
Defender
61'
21
Defender
23
Defender
36
Defender
6
Defender
80'
26
Midfielder
18
Defender
37'
37
Midfielder
76'
42
Midfielder
81'
23
Midfielder
62'
22
Midfielder
46'
60
Midfielder
76'
7
Forward/Striker
61'
18
Forward/Striker
16
Forward/Striker
90 + 1'
9
Forward/Striker
70'
17
Forward/Striker
61'
31
SUBSTITUTIONS
Mile Jedinak
Midfielder
62'
15
João Mário
Midfielder
37'
17
Chung-Yong Lee
Midfielder
70'
24
Carlos Mané
Forward/Striker
46'
36
Wilfried Zaha
Midfielder
76'
11
Ricardo Esgaio
Defender
61'
35
Patrick Bamford
Forward/Striker
76'
8
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
61'
24
Fredy Montero
Forward/Striker
61'
10
Tobias Figueiredo
Defender
80'
55
Wallyson Mallmann
Midfielder
81'
29
Capel
Forward/Striker
90 + 1'
11
CARDS
Fredy Montero
Forward/Striker
76'
10
João Mário
Midfielder
83'
17
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury