The national champions started on top, but SC Braga was able to turn the scoreboard around in the second-half (2-1)
This Saturday, FC Porto lost to SC Braga (2-1), at Estádio Municipal de Braga, for matchday 34, the last one, of the championship. The national champions pretty much started the match with a goal, by Matheus Uribe (6m), but Ricardo Horta (54m) and Fransérgio (66m) turned the scoreboard around in the second-half. The Dragons end the championship with 82 points, the best attack (74 goals scored) and the best defence (22 goals conceded).
FC Porto went in at full speed and needed only six minutes to open the scoreboard in the last match of the 2019/20 Liga NOS. After a throw-in, Otávio found Tecatito Corona, the Mexican crossed and Matheus Uribe was in the right place to score, but there was a bitter-sweet feeling to this first ever goal with the blue and white shirt. Matheus Uribe had to be replaced by Sérgio Oliveira, as he was injured in the play, just seconds after becoming the seventh Colombian player to score for the Dragons.
Always on top and never giving the opponent many chances to attack, FC Porto aimed for the second goal, and only Ricardo Horta was able to stop a shot from Soares that was a certain goal (30m). On the next minute, Paulinho tried to aim for goal, but missed the target completely (31m). In stoppage time, Alex Telles forced Matheus to a good save in a direct free-kick (45m+1), and Sérgio Oliveira actually made it 2-0, but Soares was caught off-side before crossing to the blue and white midfielder (45m+2). A great first-half for FC Porto, who deserved to be in the lead at halftime.
The first noteworthy play in the second-half ended up with SC Braga tying the match: the shot from Ricardo Horta, who picked up a lost ball just outside the area, deflected on Zé Luís and fooled Diogo Costa (54m). In the following play, Otávio did everything on his own and forced Matheus to a tight save (55m). On the other end of the pitch, Paulinho (59m) and Fransérgio (60m) also put the reflexes of the young blue and white goalkeeper to the test, and Diogo Costa was up to the challenge. 66 minutes in, after hitting the post, Fransérgio insisted on the play and moved the home team ahead of the scoreboard. Without doing anything to justify it, SC Braga was able to turn the scoreboard around.
Shortly after, Diogo Costa prevented Ricardo Horta from making it 3-1, with a fantastic save to the forward (73m). On the following play, Corona tried to score, but the aim was as perfect as intended (77m). The national champions pressed on for the tie, but ended the 2019/20 edition of Liga NOS with a defeat in Braga. The focus of the Dragons is now fully on the Portuguese Cup Final, against Benfica, scheduled for August 1 (Saturday), at 20h45 (RTP1), at Estádio Cidade de Coimbra.
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