FC Porto Wins Classico, Rekindle Liga Hopes; SC Braga Drop Points, Santa Clara Wins Again

The Classico is one of the biggest two hours of must-see TV in Portugal and Saturday night was no different

Four goals in the first half started the action in the Estádio do Dragão.

Sergio Oliveira’s acrobatic, one-timed shot in the 10th minute opened the scoring, but Vinicius tied it eight minutes later after a Marchesin punch of the ball stayed in front of the goal and was easily knocked in by a trailing Vinicius, who had escaped from Pepe.

A Telles PK in the 38th minute gave the hosts the lead and a Ruben Dias own goal in the 44th minute put it at 3-1 in an action-filled first half.

The 3-1 score didn’t last very long as Vinicius banged in his 14th goal of the season inside the box with a left-footed shot in the 50th minute to make it 3-2, which stood as the final score.

FC Porto resuscitates their Liga hopes by cutting the deficit with Benfica to four points with 14 rounds left.

“They had three opportunities,” said Vinicius. “The penalty we haven’t seen yet, but from my view, I believe it wasn’t. We played a good match, within our identity, and we managed to get possession of the ball.”

“We knew the match would be complicated. We had to give a good response,” said Sergio Oliveira. “The fans were important. We were superior in all aspects, a good win. A team like Porto never gives up, it’s in our DNA. We are closer to 1st place, we will fight until the end.”
 “It is normal to have ups-and-downs,” Sergio Oliveira added.”The important thing is the present and the future. We will continue to give good efforts, you can count on us until the end.”

Earlier today, Gil Vicente got a second-half brace from Vitor Carvalho to complete a 2-2 comeback draw against SC Braga, who entered on an eight-match win streak, including seven in a row under new manager Ruben Amorim before finally dropping points tonight. In the end, Braga didn’t lose and they jump into third place with Sporting yet to play until Sunday against Portimonense.

Santa Clara are in fine form and won 2-0 in the Jamor against Belenenses SAD. It was their third straight Liga win as they climb to the middle of the classification table.

Famalicão already has an eye to Tuesday’s Taca de Portugal semifinal against Benfica and rested 10 starters, but in doing so lost ugly 7-0 at home.

 

 

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