FC Porto is in the fourth round of the Portuguese Cup after beating Lusitano de Évora (6-0) in Estádio do Restelo, this Friday, for the third round of the competition. Aboubakar (20m and 21m), Marcano (49m), Otávio (55m), Galeno (59m) and Hernâni (90m) scored the goals of the blue and white victory in the debut of the Dragons in the 2017/18 Portuguese Cup.
Even with eight changes in comparison to the team that started the last official match, against Sporting, FC Porto remained true to its principles in the first 45 minutes of the match against Lusitano de Évora. High pressure, intensity and dynamics, the Dragons took control of the defensive midfield of the team from Alentejo and tightened the siege to the goal defended by Nuno Laurentino, the brother of our well-known Hugo Laurentino. In one of those many attacks, Brahimi found Aboubakar at the edge of the area and the Cameroonian striker, who, on the day before, signed a contract until 2021, shot low and crossed for his ninth goal of the season (20m), opening the scoreboard in Belém.
Going through a great momentum, Aboubakar scored his second a few seconds later, with Diogo Dalot doing a great pass: the young fullback crossed with his left foot and the number 9 for the Dragons made it 2-0 with a magnificent header, in a typical move for a striker (21m). The break came with two goals separating the two teams, but the difference could be greater, despite the effort and fighting spirit shown by Lusitano de Évora. The second-half had everything to be pretty much a formality, but Sérgio Conceição warned in the preview of the match that FC Porto would not slow down.
In just ten minutes, the blue and whites increased from 2-0 to 5-0 and settled the match: Marcano (49m), Otávio (55m) and Galeno (59m) gave even more expression to the offensive flow of the Dragons, increasing the blue and white advantage. Lusitano de Évora was closing their goal any way they could, but the speed of Otávio, Galeno and Hernâni, or the intelligence and simplicity of Óliver Torres didn’t let the home team rest. On minute 90, Hernâni closed the scoreboard with the goal of the night, scored with his heel, in the famous scorpion movement.
A strong and undisputed victory for FC Porto, in a match Sérgio Conceição rested some of the most used players and offered minutes to some young talents of the formation. Mission accomplished with big numbers and a word of praise for Lusitano de Évora, a worthy opponent, even in defeat.