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From Covelo to Estádio do Dragão

Almost 92 years after the first match, FC Porto faces Sporting de Braga for the 150th time in history

With the ambition of winning “another battle”, as Sérgio Conceição pointed out at the press conference, and with eyes set on the first place (one point away, but still one match less), FC Porto receives Sporting de Braga this Saturday (20h30, Sport TV), currently fourth in the table. In the first turn, Jesus Corona was decisive, as he scored the winning goal in the 1-0 victory in Braga, just as Balbino was, almost 92 years ago, when he scored two of the three goals that defeated Sporting de Braga in the first official match between the two teams. It is a long history of duels, full of protagonists and curiosities.

This will be the 150th match between the two teams, 103 of which were won by the Dragons, against 20 for the Warriors. In total, 455 goals were scored, 344 were celebrated by the blue and whites and 121 by the red and whites.

The first official match came almost 92 years ago. On May 16, 1926, at Campo do Covelo, FC Porto won 3-0, with a goal by Norman Hall and two by Balbino, assuring the semi-final of the fifth edition of the Portuguese Championship, the precursor of the Portuguese Cup.

Fernando Gomes is the greatest scorer in the history of these duels: in 27 matches, he scored 27 goals, scoring twice in five occasions and reaching two hat-tricks. Behind him, there are two other Dragons, with 12: Teixeira and Hernâni.

The most uneven result came 89 years ago, at Campo do Ameal, and counted for the first round of the 1928/29 edition of the Portuguese Championship. The victory went to the Dragons, 13-0, and the man of the match was Valdemar, with eight goals. Norman Hall (2), Álvaro Pereira, Acácio Mesquita and Neto were also in the list of scorers.

The 75th match between FC Porto and Sporting de Braga at the home of the Dragons, counting for matchday 21 of Liga NOS, starts at 20h30, on Saturday (Sport TV), and will be previewed by Porto Canal at 19h45. The match can then be followed live on Facebook, Twitter, and the official FC Porto app. In the end, the analysis of the match will be made in Porto Canal and will have the usual report and statements from the coach and players.

Tickets for the match are still available at the usual places - by the end of Friday afternoon, 43,000 tickets had been sold.

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