This Saturday, FC Porto defeated Vitória (2-0) in Guimarães, for matchday 21 of Liga NOS, again reducing the distance to the lead to one point. Soares (36m) and Diogo Jota (85m) scored the goals for the Dragons, who will now focus on the home match against Tondela, for matchday 22, scheduled for Friday (February 17), at 20h30, in Estádio do Dragão. Should they win that match, the blues and whites may take the lead of the championship, on condition.
History shows that playing in Guimarães is traditionally difficult for FC Porto and the first-half of the match remained true to tradition, without being at all abundant in dangerous plays in either goal. In one of the first attacks for the blue and whites, Maxi Pereira received the ball in good position, dribbled Konan, but shot straight at Douglas (8m). Moments later, Vitoria had their first chance, but the powerful shot from Rafael Martins went outside of the goal defended by Casillas. The match had plenty of fighting to it, and the teams matched each other, with neither giving spaces to aim for goal.
In one of those rare spaces, Soares confirmed the excellent moment he is in, and scored again on his second match with the blue and white jersey, after deciding the classic against Sporting with two goals (2-1). Alex Tellesmoved up the left wing and crossed wide for Herrera's header, passing to André Silva, who missed the shot. The ball ended in Soares, in legal position, and the striker lobbed Douglas, scoring his third goal as a Dragon, his tenth for the championship (36m). Raphinha almost tied just before the break (45m), but halftime came with FC Porto in the lead.
Vitória de Guimarães came back to the second-half taking more risks and forced FC Porto to increase focused on the defense, but, at the same time, the new trend led to more room for quick counter-attacks for the Dragons. Almost halfway through second-half, Felipe came close to scoring, after a free-kick taken by Alex Telles and headed by Marcano (67m). Even if the home team proved to be more dangerous, the best goal situations still belonged to FC Porto. First, Douglas was forced to two good saves, stopping a direct corner from Herrera and the following shot from Danilo Pereira (74m) picking up the lost ball, and then another excellent save to Diogo Jota (77m).
Still, Diogo Jota again came close to scoring on the next minute (78m), but the third time was a charm and sealed the fifth consecutive victory for FC Porto in the championship. Douglas rushed in to pass the ball forward, but it ended up on Alex Telles, who passed it to Diogo Jota for the second goal. With his left foot, the number 19 beat the home keeper and ended any doubts regarding the winner of the match (85m). Mission accomplished in the attack to the Castle, without ever losing sight a leadership that is closer again.