Chronicle: Another ‘bis’ by Ricardo Horta gives Sporting de Braga triumph

Sporting de Braga’s top scorer was once again the man of the match with two more goals (he had also scored twice with Vizela, in the last round, in a 4-1) victory, in the 34th and 39th minute, now taking nine in the championship and 12 in total competitions.

The striker, who is 10 goals away from equaling Mário as the club’s all-time top scorer, could even have scored more because he missed two clear goalscoring situations, including a penalty, but Sporting de Braga ended the game leaning on their area, to what contributed a lot to have played with one less since the 65 minutes, due to the expulsion of Lucas Mineiro (two yellow cards).

Sporting de Braga took advantage of Benfica’s defeat, at home, against Sporting (3-1) to approach third place, now being six points behind ‘red’, and increased the difference to the fifth-placed team to four points , Estoril Beach.

Highlight for the ownership of Lucas Mineiro instead of Castro, who with a last-minute injury didn’t even sit on the bench, the only difference compared to the last starting lineup.

At Estoril Praia, the coach changed three pieces in relation to the last ‘eleven’ (2-2 at home with Santa Clara), betting on André Franco, Xavier and Rui Fonte.

Sporting de Braga came on stronger and, in the 11th minute, ‘assisted’ by Francisco Geraldes, Ricardo Horta was in the face of Thiago Silva, but with everything to score, he allowed the Brazilian keeper to defend.

Estilistas had many difficulties in creating danger and it would be the home team to waste the clearest opportunity to score: Ricardo Horta fired a denounced penalty (Francisco Geraldes foul on Yan Couto) and Thiago Silva defended (24).

Estoril Praia forced Matheus to defend attentively after a corner – Patrick Williams’ header and Rui Fonte’s reload to the side nets (33) -, but Braga would be the first to score after a great collective play.

Iuri Medeiros ‘surrendered’ on the right and Vítor Oliveira, with a subtle touch, ‘disarmed’ the entire opposing defense and assisted Ricardo Horta for the opening goal (34).

Five minutes later, the same players fabricated the second goal: Vitor Oliveira insisted on the left, Iuri Medeiros with a touch of class, dampening the tense center, served Ricardo Horta for the second ‘bis’ in consecutive games (82nd goal for the Minho ).

The second part started practically with an incredible failure by Iuri Medeiros (47) and, shortly after, André Horta ‘shot’ from a distance with danger (56).

However, with the triple substitution made by Bruno Pinheiro, launching Romário Baró, Chiquinho and André Clóvis (62) and, shortly afterwards, with the expulsion of Lucas Mineiro, Estoril Praia took over the game and could have scored, but Matheus assumed a prominent role by covering the ‘arsenalista’ goal with a hand full of good saves.

Carlos Carvalhal was refreshing the team that, with a lot of mutual help, held the advantage, not without surprises, as when Romário Baró headed the post (86).

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