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Monday, May 13, 2002
Jardel strike lands Sporting Portuguese double

LISBON, May 12 (Reuters) - A goal by Brazilian striker Mario Jardel gave Sporting their sixth Portuguese double on Sunday as they beat second division side Leixoes 1-0 in the Cup final at the National Stadium to add to their league crown.

Leixoes, who last played in the final in 1961 when they were in the first division and beat Porto 2-0, have the consolation of a place in the UEFA Cup next season.

The only goal came on 40 minutes when an unmarked Jardel shot home from inside the box after receiving a neat cross from captain Pedro Barbosa to win Sporting the Cup for the 13th time.

Leixoes, who brought many supporters from their home base in the north of Portugal, never gave in against a clearly superior team and narrowly missed scoring an equaliser in injury time when Gabonese striker Antchoete hit the post.

Jardel, Portugal's top league scorer with 42 goals this season, praised Leixoes after the game, which was played a week after Sporting ended their victorious league campaign.

'I scored another important goal for Sporting to win the Cup. I felt a little tired, like my team mates, but I am happy. Leixoes put up a great fight, they made us work hard,' he said.

Sporting's Romanian trainer Laszlo Boloni celebrated a successful end to his first season at the club, whose trophy cupboard was bare the previous year.

'We ended the season on a high note. I congratulate the players and our fans for their support,' he told reporters.

Carlos Carvalhal was disappointed that dreams of repeating Leixoes's epic 1961 Cup final victory were frustrated.

'We came to the National Stadium with the aim of playing on equal terms with Sporting, but we failed to win. I will go away sad, because we were convinced we could do it,' he said.

 

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