NICK LEYDEN - Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Tony Taylor was a second half sub for Estoril who crashed out of the League Cup with a loss to Nacional.
Nacional 1-0 Estoril
Estoril arrived in Funchal knowing that in order to advance to the semifinals they would need to beat Nacional and hope the other Group A matchup, between Setubal and Porto, ended in a tie.
Two second half red cards and a conceded penalty, however, ended their already minuscule hopes.
After a scoreless first half Pedro Henrique was shown a straight red in the 53rd minute for bringing down Bruno Moreira in the box.
Claudemir converted the penalty to put the already eliminate hosts in front 1-0.
Just ten minutes later, though, Dieguinho dug an even deeper hole for Estoril when he picked up his second card.
Down two men and a goal Marco Silva had no choice but to shuffle his lineup, so in the 64th minute he made a double substitution, bringing Taylor and Evandro on for Gerso Fernandes and João Coimbra.
The Florida native could do little to change Estoril's fate given the circumstances, though, and the final whistle eventually blew with the scoreline stuck at 1-0.
Estoril will now focus on the league only, with their next game coming on the road against Beira-Mar on 1/14.
Sergio Duarte did not take part for Nacional and will hope to see the field when high-flying Braga comes to town on 1/12.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell was once again relegated to the bench for Setubal's 1-0 loss to Porto. The Australian-American had played two games in a row while Pawel Kieszek struggled with injury, but the Pole was back between the pipes for Setubal's final League Cup match.