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Saturday, 10 August 2013 22:01

Porto win Supertaça in style

Match report: Vitoria Guimarães 0-3 Porto

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A swaggering display from Primeira Liga champions Porto saw them sweep aside last season's Taça de Portugal winners, Vitoria Guimarães, to lift the Portuguese Supertaça. 

Although Guimarães started the contest brightly, there was no looking back for Porto, under new coach Paulo Fonseca, after they took an early lead through summer signing Licá. 

With Lucho Gonzalez seemingly given carte blanche by Guimarães to do as he pleased, the Primeira Liga champions went on to dominate proceedings with further goals coming from Jackson Martínez and Porto's Argentinian captain. 

The resounding nature of the result could perhaps have been predicted given Porto's fine form so far under Fonseca, and the quality of their pre-season opposition. Guimarães, on the other hand, resembled a side that had either worked too hard, or not enough over the summer break. 

Packed house
A packed crowd at the Estádio Municipal de Aveiro created a party atmosphere before a contest that offered Rui Vitória's Guimarães an opportunity to earn bragging rights over their more lauded northern rivals. 

Guimarães earned their spot in the Supertaça courtesy of some late heroics in the Portuguese Cup final against Benfica in late May and they started the contest on the front foot.

However, they were caught by a sucker punch on the break after 6 minutes from which they never recovered. Lucho broke down Porto's right flank and served up a delicious cross to enable Licá - signed from Estoril in the summer - to score his first goal for the club he grew up supporting.

With Guimarães' left flank in utter disarray for the remainder of the first half, Porto ran riot - and soon added a second on 18 minutes. Silvestre Varela was this time the provider: the Portugal winger clipping over a cross that Jackson Martínez headed home via the far post. 

Porto in cruise control
Crivellaro sent a speculative free-kick into the stands for Guimarães, but it was pretty much one-way traffic, Porto's midfield triangle of Lucho, Steven Defour and Fernando outclassing their lacklustre opponents.

Licá ballooned a decent chance over the bar for Fonseca's troops as they went in search of a third, but it soon came anyway courtesy of Porto's orchestrator-in-chief Lucho.

Porto's captain did well to strike home a crisp left-footed finish on 45 minutes, but Guimarães' captain Douglas didn't cover himself in glory in the lead up to the goal, the keeper flapping haplessly at a Fucile cross.

Guimarães' coach Vitória resisted the urge to make wholesale changes at half-time, opting to make just the one substitution: Maazou coming on to lead the line in place of the heavy-footed Crivallero. 

Champions remain dominant
Unsurprisingly, Porto's intensity dropped after the break - but they were still able to comfortably control the game.

Lucho maintained his iron grip on the danger zone between Guimarães' defence and their static midfield and Licá continued to link up effectively with his captain and Martínez.

Alex Sandro had the first strike of note after the re-start - his dipping left-foot volley well struck, but straight at Douglas. With Guimarães' not quite as porous defensively, Porto were happy to probe and pass at will, with Fonseca throwing Josué on for Varela and new Colombian hope Juan Quintera entering the fray for the impressive Defour.

With their dominance never in question, Porto went in search of a fourth to give further gloss to their victory. Martínez went close with an acrobatic effort - after more poor goal-keeping - and was then only able to strike weakly at Douglas when well-placed.

Josué saw a fierce effort deflected wide, but a fourth goal wouldn't come - despite the introduction of Porto's hero last season, Kelvin, in an advanced role on the right hand side.

With the start of the season only a week away, Porto look to be entering the season on the crest of a Fonseca-inspired wave, while Guimarães and their coach Vitória will need to find solutions to their lack of inspiration both on and off the ball. 

by Stephen Gillett, at the Aveiro Municipal Stadium


Porto:
Helton, Fucile, Otamendi, Mangala, Alex Sandro, Fernando, Defour, Lucho, Varela, Jackson, Licá

Guimarães:
Douglas, Pedro Correira, Josué, Paulo Oliveira, Addy, André André, Moreno, Marco Matias, Barrientos, Crivellaro, Tómané.

Goals:

[1-0] Licá 6'
[2-0] Martínez 18'
[3-0] Lucho 45'

 
 

Comments (4)
No surprises
4 Monday, 12 August 2013 12:05
NJ/USA/SLB
After seeing the transfers go, people, myself included, wait for the demise of Porto. New players, new manager, yet they plug along and get the job done.
I want to say that they could struggle this campaign, but I don't see it. Porto is going to be very tough to knock off its perch. I just hope they can do well in the CL.

On a Tripeiro side note, although Iturbe wasn't even on the bench, he celebrated with the club. That's a change in attitude that Porto should be happy to see. This kid was suppose to come in and dominate, and he's done nothing of the sort.

I'm a bit disappointed, as always, with Guimaraes. Lets hope they can step it up in Europa.
It irks me that Guimaraes isn't stronger and more stable.
Moutinho
3 Sunday, 11 August 2013 14:18
Simao
Ivo..See this >>

Ranieiri: "João Moutinho told me he felt a pain in his leg before the game and he didn't want to risk it."
Porto looking too good
2 Saturday, 10 August 2013 23:42
Raffy
Porto are looking very good for the upcoming season, i am a little worried about Benfica though, i just dont see enough defence in them to hold off Porto from getting another title. I really hope its another tight race for first place this year.

Tom is there any chance at all of seeing a transfer round up article before the season starts? I always love how each year you have a round up of transfers with the ligas smaller and bigger teams.
Porto and No Moutinho?
1 Saturday, 10 August 2013 22:33
Ivo/Canada
Porto looked good all over the pitch in every position. Mangala was an absolute beast in defense. Lica was surprisingly effective, especially with his passing. Lucho did a great job of marshalling the midfield...I could go on an on. Quintero looks very promising as well. After he came on in the second half there were several interchanges he was involved in that looked simply amazing. Granted this was against an underwhelming Guimaraes side, but Porto looked really strong. It was also nice to see Fonseca field a number of Portuguese players.

On an unrelated note, what was up with Moutinho not being selected to start for Monaco? Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come...we cannot afford to have both Nani and Moutinho, two of our most creative NT players, riding the bench.

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