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FC Porto beat Tondela (3-1) in Estádio do Jamor and added the Portuguese Cup to the title of national champion

This Sunday, FC Porto won the 18th Portuguese Cup in its history after beating Tondela (3-1), at Estádio do Jamor, in the final of the competition. Mehdi Taremi (2) and Vitinha were the scorers for the national champions, who won the much desired Double, the second with Sérgio Conceição as the coach.

Pushed forward by the Blue Sea that pretty much filled Estádio do Jamor, FC Porto went in with the usual commanding posture and Tondela was rarely able to move up from the defensive midfield in the first-half. The blue and white superiority didn’t materialize in goal opportunities, but, in one of the many attempts, the VAR warned referee Rui Costa to a potential penalty. After watching the footage, the referee didn’t hesitate in signaling the penalty spot for a clear hand on the ball by Marcelo Alves, trying to jump over Otávio.

Mehdi Taremi took the responsibility of taking the shot and gave no chances to Niasse: ball to one side, goalkeeper to the other, and the Blue Sea jumped in excitement on the stands (22m). Tondela never truly made it to the blue and white area with danger and could have made it to halftime with an even bigger disadvantage, had Evanilson not missed the target by mere centimetres, after a great play between Mehdi Taremi and Pepê (45m+1). The break came, with the national champions winning by the minimum advantage, but clearly on top of the match.

The second-half started with Pepê missing the second goal face to face against Niasse (49m), but it was just a warning for what was to come. Vitinha passed to the Brazilian winger and then received the pass again and didn’t hesitate face to face with Tondela’s goalkeeper, scoring with his left foot (52m). The good start of the national champions just didn’t lead to more goals because Taremi hit the post in another penalty, this time for a tackle on Pepê (66m). Tondela was still able to reduce by Neto Borges (73m), but Taremi made it 3-1 right after that, receiving a great pass from Otávio (74m).

And that was the story of another day to celebrate for the blue and whites, who keep on adding titles. Estádio do Jamor was coloured in blue and white, of course, but truth is those colours dominated season 2021/22.

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