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Amorim: "The game ended with the sending off"

By Sporting CP
29 Jan, 2023

The coach reacts to defeat in the Taça da Liga final

Rúben Amorim expressed his disappointment with the defeat against FC Porto in the Taça da Liga final in his post-match press conference, explaining his thoughts on a match that featured a series of controversial refereeing decisions.

“What decided the game were the two goals. We conceded an unfortunate goal, but we had an excellent first half: We dominated, we created several chances, we didn't let FC Porto create too much and it was unfair for us to go into halftime behind," he stated.

"In the second half, there was only half of the period. After the sending off, the players lost it and the game ended there. Then we conceded the second goal when we tried everything to equalise, but it was already very difficult to press with one man less. I have nothing to criticise about how the players performed today. We played well, I think we were the better team in terms of our football, but it is what it is."

Questioned about the refereeing, the coach maintained his usual stance.

“I will not be commenting on the refereeing. You analyse the decisions, this is much more important. If I speak, you will talk about other things."

Despite missing out on the cup, Amorim insisted that the season does not end here, and spoke of the importance of unity. “Our aim is to win every game. There are times that are more difficult, but the most important thing is that we are all united and not distracted by any wars between us. We have to focus on ourselves and on winning games."

“Football does not end in a day, nor in a season and my job is to look at the present and the future," he concluded.