NICK LEYDEN - Monday, August 16, 2010
Tony Taylor was a late substitute in Estoril's tie against Santa Clara in the League Cup, while Bryan Arguez did not make the game day roster for the home team.
Despite playing 90 minutes and scoring Estoril's only goal in their first competitive game of the season last week, Taylor began the second game on the bench as coach Vinícius Eutrópio preferred to hand former Corinthians attacker Clodoaldo his debut.
The only other change to the home team's starting eleven saw another Brazilian debutant, Jefferson, replace Miami native Bryan Arguez in the midfield.
Eutrópio's revamped lineup paid dividends quickly as Alex Afonso, who scored 15 goals for Miami FC in 2008, opened his Estoril account in the seventh minute off a Clodoaldo assist to give Os Canarinhos the lead.
The hosts continued to control most of the game and created the more dangerous chances but were unable to add a second goal.
Substitute Renan made them pay in the 71st minute when he beat ‘keeper Cleber with a powerful free kick to level the score for the team from the Azores.
Taylor replaced the goalscorer, Afonso, in the 78th minute as part of a double substitution which also saw midfielder Nelsinho take the place of defender Tiago Costa in an attempt to throw numbers forward.
The tactical changes were made to no avail, however, as the final whistle blew with the score remaining 1-1.
The result puts Estoril in second place in Group C of the Taça da Liga, with two points from two games.
Oliveirense stretched their lead by winning for the second time, while Varzim and Santa Clara sit at the bottom of the group with one point apiece.
Os Canarinhos will next take the field against the group leaders on Sunday in their first road game of the new season.