Corona sealed the match in Braga with a fantastic goal. Dragons are in the lead, with Sporting, with all victories The faith of the 7,000 fans at Estádio Municipal de Braga and the faith of Corona, when he decided to risk a move full technical difficulty, lobbing an opponent in the play that ended with the only goal of the match, were decisive for this Sunday's important victory (1-0), which allows the Dragons to remain at the top of Liga NOS, with only wins (12 points), along with Sporting. FC Porto still hasn’t conceded goals in official matches this season (it is the only team in the competition), as, even though SC Braga created dangerous situations, they didn’t force Casillas - who set a personal record by remaining unbeaten in the first four matches of the season - to any hard save, especially in the second-half. The last time the Dragons won the first four matches in the League was in 2013/14, something that was also achieved this decade, in 2010/11 and 2011/12, seasons that ended with the blue and whites winning national titles. FC Porto - with Ricardo replacing Maxi, in comparison to the match a week ago, against Moreirense – had a great performance in the first 30 minutes, creating at least four clear goal situations. The first, of course, was finished by Corona, after a great individual play in which he lobbed Sequeira and volleyed for the goal. The Mexican winger almost scored again three minutes later, receiving the pass from Óliver, in a play that ended with Bruno Viana putting the ball away. For these numbers, we only counted one opportunity 26 minutes in, but, in fact, there were four in the same play, after Óliver took the free-kick: Brahimi, Aboubakar and Felipe met the opposition of Matheus and the Brazilian defender shot a second time over the top bar. There were still occasions for Aboubakar and Marega, to pick up a spare, just before the period when the home team improved, starting to fight for the match in the midfield and creating some dangerous plays, the main of which had Xadas in the spotlight, 42 minutes in. The result at half-time wasn’t enough to relax, as in the seven games Braga played so far this season, they were at a disadvantage in five of them and only lost one, to Benfica. On the restart, Corona was replaced by Otávio, who positioned himself in the centre, giving support to Aboubakar but also helping in the fight for the midfield; Marega, on the other hand, dropped to the right. This change allowed the Dragons to rebalance, coming back better than their opponents, and creating a chance at extending the advantage in the opening five minutes by Otávio (after a free-kick at 47 minutes) and Aboubakar (50). The best opportunity to seal the match early came 67 minutes in, with Danilo recovering a ball in the opponent's midfield and passing to Aboubakar, who, with only the goalkeeper to beat, shot outside the post. Until the final whistle, the game was hard, as Braga tried everything to get at least one point, increasing the aggressiveness. But, as mentioned above, no obvious effort was made to tie the game and, on the other hand, Andre André and Alex Telles (hit the post) threatened the 2-0. No impartial observer can dispute the justice of the victory in Braga, a result that had not happened since March 2015, and that only seemed to be lacking.
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