União de Leiria had no difficulty in seeing off Segunda B side Freamunde
Wednesday and advancing to the quarter final stage. The score was kept respectable in the first half, UDL managing just the one through Douala, but in the second half they stepped up a gear and reached a
scoreline of 4-1, Márcio Santos (2) and Kibuey netting for UDL, Mendes for Freamunde. In the last five minutes, Brandão reduced the margin for the minnows, but Maciel
restored it again to leave the final score at 5-2.
UDL join Paços de Ferreira in the last eight. Paços had a bye through.
FC Porto knocked Gil Vicente
out of the Cup Wednesday (2-1) and go through to play at Vitória de Guimarães in the last 16. Clayton and Maniche
gave Porto breathing space in the first half, and Gil left it until ten minutes from time to pull one back through Nunes.
Paços de Ferreira removed Gondomar, who had knocked out Benfica in the
previous round, but they left it until two minutes from time with a goal from Renato Queiróz. Paços have a bye into the quarter-finals.
The fourth round draw of the Taça threw up easy ties for the Três Grandes: Benfica
are at home to Gondomar, Sporting at home to Estarreja and FC Porto at home to Trofense. Boavista have it harder with an away trip to Azores side Santa Clara, while high-flying
Vitória de Guimarães play host to high-flying (in the Segunda) Alverca. Madeiran SuperLiga rivals Nacional and Marítimo also meet. (See Draw)
There are still no viable takers for the transmission of Taça and Supertaça
games for this season and next. The invitation for offers ended Thursday and the FPF
received three: BPN (a bank), Olivedesportos (a media company) and SportTv (a cable TV channel). None of the offers met with the FPF's satisfaction. The next step will be to negotiate individually with the three parties, or to negotiate each round/game rather than a package.
In the game of the round, Marco beat fellow Segunda high-flyers Salgueiros 2-0
Wednesday to go through to the fourth round of the Taça de Portugal. Rui Gomes on 38 and Hélder Quental on 65 got the goals.
The game between Lusitano of the Algarve and Felgueiras
was postponed because the staff at the Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de Santo António were on a striked convened by the national union CGTP.
The Portuguese Football Federation
(FPF) have had to open up again the offer of broadacsting rights for Cup and Supercup games. These rights were offered as a single package at the beginning of the month, but there were no takers. The various elements will now be offered separately, including
22 Cup matches as from the fourth round for the next two seasons, the respective SuperCup finals (the winners of the SuperLiga versus the winners of the Cup) and static advertising.
The draw was made Monday for the Third Round of the Taça, in which Segunda clubs are now involved.
No Portuguese TV channel has shown any interest in the rights to broadcast the Taça de Portugal and the Supertaça Cândido Oliveira
over the next two years. The deadline ended Friday and the Football Federation had to admit that they need to re-think the process. A spokesperson blamed the troubled domestic economy for the lack of interest.
Last year's beaten finalists Leixões, of the Segunda B, were knocked out of the Taça at the second hurdle Tuesday, going down 3-0 at Paredes, also of the
Segunda B. This setback comes after a brief but glorious showing by the northeners from Matosinhos in the UEFA Cup, which they also exited last week.
The FPF is to put the
TV rights to this season's Taça de Portugal out to tender next week. The channels that will bid for it are state channel RTP1, independent channels SIC and TVI and cable channel SportTV.