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Goal scored by the Congolese central defender gave the victory in Paços de Ferreira (1-0) and FC Porto now has an advantage of six points over Benfica

This Monday, FC Porto beat Paços de Ferreira (1-0), at Estádio Capital do Móvel, for matchday 29 of Liga NOS. A goal scored by Mbemba, seven minutes in, allowed the Dragons to reinforce the lead of the championship, with 70 points, six more than Benfica, second.

With Wilson Manafá, Danilo and Matheus Uribe in the starting team, FC Porto had a strong start and needed only seven minutes to score: Alex Telles took a corner-kick on the right, Ricardo Ribeiro cleared the ball right into the heart of the area, and Mbemba made it count. The Congolese central defender was in the right place and scored his second goal in the championship, giving an early lead to the Dragons. 20 minutes in, Paços de Ferreira was finally able to clear the blue and white pressure and aimed for the tie, but the plays with Pedrinho (29m) and Hélder Ferreira (34m) were far from being real attempts.

At halftime, the 1-0 for FC Porto cleared showed the superiority of the Dragons in the first-half. The first great opportunity in the second-half belonged to Paços de Ferreira, with Luiz Carlos heading the ball slightly outside he left post (49m). Shortly after that, Luís Godinho didn’t show the second yellow card (and the red) to Hélder Ferreira (55m), before Soares put Ricardo Ribeiro to the test (59m). With the match open, Luiz Carlos again made an attempt in the blue and white area, but Marchesín save it (66m). On the other end of the pitch, Luis Díaz came up in front of Ricardo Ribeiro, but wasted a clear opportunity to sentence the match (76m).

Until the final whistle, the shot by Jorge Silva forced Marchesín to a good save (85m), and the counter-attack led by Vítor Ferreira which almost ended in an own goal for Oleg (89m) are noteworthy. A difficult and important victory for FC Porto, on the fourth consecutive match without conceding goals. Next up is Belenenses, at Estádio do Dragão (Sunday, July 5, 21h30, SportTV).

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