Porto wins the Portuguese Cup and achieves the national double


Porto won the Portuguese Cup when they beat Benfica 2-1 in Coimbra this Saturday, with two goals from Chancel Mbemba, making their first Cup-League double since 2011.

The Congolese central defender opened the scoring header after a free-kick, taking advantage of a poor clearance by goalkeeper Odisseas (47), before making the second in a new header on another free-kick (56).

The match, played behind closed doors due to the pandemic, accelerated with ten minutes to go when the Brazilian Carlos Vinicius cut penalties for Benfica (83) although the victory would not escape the Dragons.

Porto took the 17th Cup in its history in a match that ended with ten for the expulsion of the Colombian Luis Díaz (37) for a double warning.

Porto manager Sergio Conceiçao also saw the end of the game from the stands, penalized with two yellow cards at the end of the break for protesting the referee (42).

Porto dominated the entrance match with arrivals on the wings to put Odisseas in trouble, but with the passing of the minutes, Benfica shook off the pressure of Porto arriving with more danger at the end of the first half.

After the break, Porto went ahead early on the scoreboard in an error by the Benfica goalkeeper taken advantage of by Mbemba (47).

With the advantage on the scoreboard and one man less, Porto was closing behind leaving the initiative to Benfica, who saw Mbemba repeat with a header in a free kick (56).

Benfica, who awaits the arrival of coach Jorge Jesús for next season, could not take advantage of his numerical superiority, but in 82 a hand from Diogo Leite in the area was penalized with a penalty in favor of Benfica.

Vinicius transformed the maximum penalty (83) and with a Benfica overturned in the opposite area, Porto, who was scared when Jota crashed a ball into the post (90 + 1), knew how to hold on until completing his League-Cup double.

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