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Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:48

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Pictures from the Dragão

2014_03_26_21_04_32a.JPGLast night's match between FC Porto and Benfica for the Portuguese Cup may have been just the first of at least four to come over the upcoming weeks, but PortuGOAL's exclusive pictures show it was as intense as if it were the only one for a long time. Manuel Mota Pereira was on the scene and brought us these testimonies of the evening when FC Porto may have found their way back into the game.

 
 
 
 
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Cool, dramatic way to kick off proceedings.
 
 
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Herrera's run to meet Defour's pass
forces Luisão to clear the ball behind.
 
 
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The corner that ensued was the origin of the match's only goal.
 
 
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Rising higher than Garay,
Jackson Martínez buries the ball in Artur's top right corner.
 
 
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Fernando kindly trying to guide Sulejmani
with his arms.
 
 
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Salvio realises it's simply easier
to piggyback on Fernando.
 
 
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Finding your way out in such tight spaces
(aptly dubbed "the phone booth" in Portuguese)
is an art in itself.
 
 
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Mangala, Fabiano and Garay did this dance
several times throughout the match.
 
 
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Mangala used all his resources
to keep Oscar Cardozo in check.
 
 
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Rodrigo and Fernando offered an interesting duel,
both while defending and attacking.
 
 
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The proximity of FC Porto players among one another
offers a stark contrast with previous versions
under predecessor Paulo Fonseca.
 
 
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Part of the secret: Fernando presses Ruben Amorim
and Reyes immediately starts sprinting
to press his direct opponent.
 
 
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Luisão jumps high to connect with the ball,
but it's the ever-impressive Garay who heads it clear.
 
 
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Sálvio is caught offside in a promising position.
Danilo watches as Reyes sprints back, just in case.
 
 
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Herrera was invaluable to Luís Castro's strategy
of harrying Benfica's midfield.
 
 
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One of the few times in the first half
Rodrigo found a bit of space.
 
 
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The thus far withdrawn Reyes shows the Spanish forward
no mercy with a vigorous tackle.
 
 
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Provided all contact in the penalty box is unprovoked....
 
 
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The moment when every FC Porto supporter held their breath
as Quaresma hit the deck.
 
 
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"The Gypsy" only needed a couple of minutes
to get back to his old defying self.
  
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In one of the rare, actual individual battles,
Danilo and Sulejmani go at it at breakneck speed.
  
 
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All hands (and feet) on deck for the final minutes
as Ghilas tries to oppose Ruben Amorim's shot.
  
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In what could end up being a tie-defining moment,
Fabiano (midflight behind Mangala) finds a way
to stop Amorim's goal-bound shot.
 
 

Comments (2)
Love it.
2 Thursday, 03 April 2014 02:38
Stefan Oliveira / USA / C.F. Beleneses
My favorite is the Danilo and Sulejmani photo, Danilo bursting! Great Supertaça match, and cool pictures!
Awesome!
1 Saturday, 29 March 2014 00:19
Joao/Canada
Great photos! I hope you continue to provide more of these photos here on Portugoal (even if no one else seems to want to comment).

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