After Marcus Edwards opened the scoring for Minho, in the 36th minute, with a penalty, Luís Diáz, in the 38th minute, still recovered the tie before the break, with Evanilson, in the 59th minute, putting the white and blue team ahead, at a time when that Vitória was already playing reduced to ten units, by the expulsion of Mumin (53).
With this triumph, the seventh in a row in the League, FC Porto maintains the lead in the championship, equal to Sporting, both with 32 points, one more than Benfica, while Vitória de Guimarães still holds the seventh place, with 16.
The Minho were the first to carry out a goal threat in this game, breaking the initial offensive heat of the locals with a counterattack in which Bruno Duarte, in a frontal position and with little opposition, deflected a Janvier cross over the top.
Despite the audacity of Guimarães, FC Porto was not intimidated and immediately tried to embody their greatest volume of game in goal situations, with a shot by Luís Diáz, to the side nets, in the 17th minute, leaving an opponent’s warning.
Even so, Vitória’s counterattacks were a frequent threat to FC Porto’s defense, which came with Fábio Cardoso in place of the injured Pepe, with Rochinha, in an arched shot from outside the area, before half an hour, allowed to goalkeeper Diogo Costa one of the defenses of the night.
But it was only after 36 minutes that the match took on more emotional contours, boosted by the opening goal of the visitors, scored by a penalty, by Marcus Edwards, after suffering a foul by Zaidu, who was sanctioned as a free-kick at first. with the intervention of the VAR it was rectified as the maximum punishment.
The dragons’ response to the setback was almost immediate, with Luís Diáz, at 38, recovering the tie, through a run that ended with a spectacular shot, which hit the inside of Bruno Varela’s goal post before fixing 1-1.
With the match re-launched, and the two teams unconforming, FC Porto was still close to the comeback, seeing a goal disallowed, when Mumin introduced the ball into his own goal after Taremi’s deflection, but in a move where the Iranian dragon was caught by the VAR out of play.
Even before the break, the same Mumin was providential, in a cut over the goal line, which completed a beautiful intervention by the goalkeeper Vitória to stop Evanilson’s header, keeping the 1-1 until the break.
After the break, the ‘blues and whites’, who appeared with Vítinha in place of Sérgio Oliveira, kept the pressure on the opponent, with Evanilson and Luís Diáz trying their luck from a distance, but without the best aim.
Minho appeared less eager to respond in counterattack, and even before the time of game they suffered a setback with the expulsion of Mumin, for accumulation of yellow cards, which ended up destabilizing the team.
The ‘dragons’ felt this weakness in the rival and intensified their attacks, ending up achieving the turnaround in the 59th minute, in a sure deviation from Evanilson to an assist from Otávio.
With the advantage on the scoreboard and in numerical terms on the pitch, FC Porto slowed down, and despite still outlining some dangerous moves, designed by Taremi, they were more calculating in game management, giving Vitória an opportunity to believe in recovery and leave a warning in a counterattack sketched by Edwards, which Rochinha finished off with a shot against an opponent.
Even so, the ‘dragons’ maintained control of the challenge, and towards the end, Corona, coming from the bench, came close to extending the advantage, but failed to surprise goalkeeper Bruno Varela, who made it 2-1.
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