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Sunday, 14 November 2010 08:30

Guimaraes beat Braga to strengthen hold on second place

Sporting win at Academica

Guimaraes celebrate victory in the Minho derbyVitoria Guimaraes continue to enjoy a sensational season. A 2-1 victory in the Minho derby against Braga ensured Manuel Machado’s team will keep hold of second place this round, regardless of other results.

In Coimbra, Sporting bounced back from two successive defeats with a 2-1 win.
 
 

Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 Braga

There is no love lost between the two Minho clubs, located just 20 kilometres from each other, and it was a typically feisty affair at the Dom Afonso Henriques stadium last night.
 
Braga took the lead on 18 minutes. Luis Aguiar’s free-kick into the box caused havoc and Alan took advantage of the subsequent goal-mouth scramble to prod the ball into the net from close range.
 
There were chances at both ends, but the game turned in Vitoria’s favour in the two minutes immediately before the break. In the 44th minute Maranhao latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the box to fire a fine low shot past Felipe for the equaliser. Alan was then summarily sent off for elbowing Joao Alves.
 
The hosts struggled to take advantage of the extra man in the second half, but on 83 minutes Miguel Garcia turned an Alex cross into his own net to hand Guimaraes all three points.
 
Goals:
[0-1] Alan, 18
[1-1] Maranhao, 44
[2-1] Miguel Garcia (own goal), 83
 
 

Academica 1-2 Sporting

In game that followed a similar pattern to Sporting’s dramatic defeat last weekend at home to Guimaraes, the Lions this time managed to transform a fine first-half performance into three points.
 
Once again Paulo Sergio’s men built a two-goal lead and once again they threatened to throw it all away as Academica roared back after the break.

Sporting took an early lead as Valdes dispatched a penalty after he himself had been fouled in the box. The flourishing Postiga-Valdes partnership, well supported by Vukcevic, were causing plenty of problems for the Academica defence.
 
The three players combined to perfection on the half-hour mark, with Vukcevic producing a rasping shot into the net to finish of a flowing move.
 
Academica came out strongly in the second half, and pulled a goal back almost immediately as Miguel Fidalgo got on the scoresheet yet again, heading in a corner.
 
A highly entertaining game ensued, with Academica pushing hard for an equaliser and Sporting wobbling at the back but looking dangerous on the counter-attack.
 
Postiga, Valdes and Vukcevic all missed chances to make the game safe for the visitors, but only a superb save from Patricio denied the ever-dangerous Fidalgo from scoring his second of the match.
 
Goals:
[0-1] Valdes (penalty), 9
[0-2] Vukcevic, 32
[1-2] Miguel Fidalgo, 46
 
by Tom Kundert

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