2012–13 Taça da Liga
The 2012–13 Taça da Liga was the sixth edition of the Taça da Liga, the Portuguese football league cup competition. It was organized by the Portuguese League for Professional Football (LPFP) and contested between the 32 clubs competing in the 2012–13 Primeira Liga and 2012–13 Segunda Liga, the top two tiers of Portuguese football. The first matches were played on 28 July 2012, and the final was played on Estádio Cidade de Coimbra in Coimbra, on 13 April 2013.
|Dates||28 July 2012 – 14 April 2013|
|Champions||Braga (1st title)|
|Goals scored||147 (2.19 per match)|
|Attendance||133,547 (1,993 per match)|
(5 goals each)
The competition format for the 2012–13 edition consists of three rounds plus a knockout phase. In the first round, only teams competing in the 2012–13 Segunda Liga (excluding reserve teams from Primeira Liga clubs) take part. The sixteen teams are drawn into four groups of four teams, where each team plays against the other three in a single round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the second round. In the second round, the eight teams that qualified from the previous round are joined by the six Primeira Liga teams placed 9th to 14th in the previous season and the two teams promoted to 2012–13 Primeira Liga. Two-legged home-and-away fixtures are played between Segunda Liga teams qualifying from the first round and Primeira Liga teams entering this round, and the winner advances to the third round.
The third round features the eight winners of the previous round the remaining eight Primeira Liga teams, ranked 1st to 8th in the previous season. Similarly to the first round, the sixteen teams are drawn into four groups of four teams, according to a seeding based on their classification in the previous season. Each team plays against the other three in a single round-robin format, and only the group winners advance to the knockout phase. The knockout phase consists of semi-finals and one final, both decided in one-legged fixtures. The final match is played at a neutral venue.
|Round||Teams entering in this round||Teams advancing from previous round|
The 32 teams competing in the two professional tiers of Portuguese football for the 2012–13 season are eligible to participate in this competition. For Primeira Liga teams, the final league position in the previous season determines if they enter in the second or third round of the Taça da Liga.
|Third round (Primeira Liga)|
|Porto (1st)||Braga (3rd)||Marítimo (5th)||Nacional (7th)|
|Benfica (2nd)||Sporting CP (4th)||Vitória de Guimarães (6th)||Olhanense (8th)|
|Second round (Primeira Liga)|
|Gil Vicente (9th)||Vitória de Setúbal (11th)||Académica (13th)||Estoril (P1)|
|Paços de Ferreira (10th)||Beira-Mar (12th)||Rio Ave (14th)||Moreirense (P1)|
|First round (Segunda Liga)|
|Desportivo das Aves (3rd)||Trofense (7th)||Leixões (11th)||Sporting da Covilhã (15th)|
|Naval (4th)||Penafiel (8th)||Santa Clara (12th)||Portimonense (16th)|
|Belenenses (5th)||Atlético CP (9th)||Arouca (13th)||Feirense (R1)|
|Oliveirense (6th)||União da Madeira (10th)||Freamunde (14th)||Tondela (P2)|
- Nth: League position in the 2011–12 season
- P1: Promoted to the Primeira Liga
- P2: Promoted to the Segunda Liga
- R1: Relegated to the Segunda Liga
- Sporting da Covilhã finished 15th in the 2011–12 Segunda Liga, in position to be relegated to the Second Division for the 2012–13 season. However, as União de Leiria – which were relegated from the Primeira Liga, together with Feirense – were unable to fulfill the LPFP requirements mandatory for entry in professional competitions, they were further relegated to the Second Division and Covilhã was invited to take União de Leiria's place.
- Portimonense finished 16th (last) in the 2011–12 Segunda Liga, in position to be relegated to the Second Division for the 2012–13 season. However, as 2011–12 Second Division champions Varzim were unable to fulfill the LPFP requirements mandatory for entry in professional competitions, they were not promoted to the Segunda Liga, together with Tondela, and so Portimonense were invited to take Varzim's place.
|Round||Draw date||First leg||Second leg||Teams||Fixtures|
|First round||Matchday 1||5 July 2012||29 July 2012||32 → 24||24|
|Matchday 2||1 August 2012|
|Matchday 3||5 August 2012|
|Second round||29 August 2012||26 September 2012||31 October 2012||24 → 16||16|
|Third round||Matchday 1||5 November 2012||19 December 2012||16 → 4||24|
|Matchday 2||30 December 2012 / 2 January 2013|
|Matchday 3||9 January 2013|
|Knockout phase||Semi-finals||27 February 2013||4 → 2||3|
|Final||14 April 2013 (Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra)||2 → 1|
|Key to colours in group tables|
|Group winners and runners-up advanced to the second round|
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Leixões||1–2||Vitória de Setúbal||0–1||1–1|
|Sporting da Covilhã||2–2 (2–3 p)||Académica||2–0||0–2|
|União da Madeira||1–2||Estoril||0–1||1–1|
|Feirense||1–1 (2–4 p)||Moreirense||1–0||0–1|
|Desportivo das Aves||0–2||Paços de Ferreira||0–1||0–1|
|Key to colours in group tables|
|Group winners advanced to the knockout phase|
|27 February – Estádio AXA|
|Braga (p)||0 (3)|
|13 April – Estádio Cidade de Coimbra|
|3 April – Estádio do Dragão|
|J. Rodríguez 57' (pen.)
|1||Rabiola||Desportivo das Aves||5||4|
|Josué||Paços de Ferreira||5||5|
|Rafael Porcellis||Santa Clara||5||5|
|Albert Meyong||Vitória de Setúbal||3||5|
|João Tomás||Rio Ave||2||2|
|Ricardo Pereira||Vitória de Guimarães||2||3|
|Ricky van Wolfswinkel||Sporting CP||2||3|
|Rui Varela||Atlético CP||2||3|
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- "Grelha Sorteio 2ª Fase Taça da Liga 2012–2013" (PDF) (in Portuguese). LPFP. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
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