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Keeping the trend on the way to Jamor

FC Porto faces Vitória de Guimarães (20h15) tonight at Estádio do Dragão, for the Round of 16 of the Portuguese Cup

The history of matches between FC Porto and Vitória de Guimarães is moving towards two hundred, but, in terms of the Portuguese Cup, the numbers are different. In the second most important domestic competition, the Dragons faced Guimarães 15 times and the blue and whites have a clear advantage: 11 victories, 1 tie and three defeats.

Everything started in the distant 1938/39 season, in a two legged round, with Guimarães starting better and winning 3-2 at home. The second leg, however, had nothing to do with the first and ended with a big enough victory for FC Porto, 11-1, with goals by António Santos (4), Pinga (2), Carlos Nunes (2), Lopes Carneiro , Costuras and Reboredo.

Curiously, the last time FC Porto received Vitória de Guimarães for the Portuguese Cup was in 1987, when they became European champions for the first time. At the time, in the quarter finals of the Portuguese Cup, the Dragons won 5-0, with goals scored by Madjer (2), Lima Pereira, Futre and Fernando Gomes. It would also be the motto for victory in Kiev (2-1), against Dynamo, in the second leg of the semi-finals of the then European Champions Cup.

The most recent match for the Portuguese Cup dates back to 2013/14 (video above), when the blue and whites beat Guimarães 2-0, with goals by Fernando Reges and Jackson Martinez. In terms of goals, there is also blue and white supremacy: 48 scored and 20 conceded. The numbers are clear and show a trend, but those rarely mean anything to Sérgio Conceição, for whom “the Portuguese Cup has something special”. The last Portuguese Cup won by FC Porto was exactly against Vitória de Guimarães, with a 6-2 win at Estádio do Jamor, in 2010/11.

The match (with live broadcast on Sport TV 1) will be previewed at Porto Canal starting at 19h00, and can be followed live on the official FC Porto app, and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. After the final whistle, the game will be analysed in Porto Canal and will have the report and statements from the coach and players.

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