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​​Keeping tradition in front of an old friend

Dragons debut tonight (20h15) for the 2017/18 edition of the Portuguese Cup, in front of Lusitano de Évora

FC Porto will be going in tonight (20h15) to play the first minutes in the 2017/18 edition of the Portuguese Cup, in a match that has the Dragons rejoining a team from Alentejo, seven years after the 4-0 win against Juventude de Évora, then in the knockout stage of the 2010/11 edition of the same competition. This time, however, the Dragons travel to Lisbon, as the stage of the match will be Estádio do Restelo, approximately 150 kilometres away from the home city of the opponent of the third round of the Portuguese Cup, Lusitano de Évora.

This match will be previewed in Porto Canal, starting at 19h00, and can then be followed live on the official FC Porto app, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. After the final whistle, the match will be analysed by Porto Canal and will have the report and statements from the coach and players.

In 28 matches for the League and seven for the Portuguese Cup, the history between FC Porto and Lusitano de Évora will have its 36th edition tonight. Many will no longer remember, but the team from Évora, who now plays in the main division of the Football Association of that district, participated in the main national soccer league from 1952 to 1966 (14 seasons), and that’s from where most of the history between the two teams comes. Of those 35 matches, 27 ended with a win for the blue and whites, having conceded two ties and six defeats, among which one that brings bad memories, in the last round of the 1954/55 edition of the Cup, which led to the Dragons being eliminated from the competition.

For this competition, there were four elimination rounds (in a total of seven matches) against Lusitano, and the above mentioned defeat was the only one played in only one leg, and the only one the Dragons couldn’t overcome.

Continuing to look back, you have to go back 51 years to find the last match between the two teams. The stage then was Estádio das Antas, in a match that ended with a 2-0 victory for the Dragons, for the 1965/66 National Championship of the 1st Division. It was the last season for the team from Alentejo among the greatest teams of Portuguese football, as they didn’t go above the 13th place, the first below the relegation line.

As a curiosity, it should be said that FC Porto may reach the mark of 100 goals scored to Lusitano. For now, the Dragons are at 97, with only three to go, against only 24 conceded.

At the press conference for the preview of the match, which will be refereed by Hélder Malheiro (AF Lisboa), coach Sérgio Conceição assured that it will be a serious and determined FC Porto that will go in to face the team from Évora: “These matches are dangerous, as the motivation of the theoretically smaller teams is very large. We'll have to be serious to win. We don’t think we have an easy life here”, the coach stated.

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