Porto wins its 17th Portuguese Cup defeating rival Benfica

FC Porto has defeated its old rivals Benfica 2-1 on Saturday to win the coveted Portuguese Cup for the 17th time, through the efforts of Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) international Chancel Mbemba who scored twice.

The 25-year-old defender, scored both goals in the second half of the final played behind closed doors in Coimbra Portugal.

The Victory allowed Porto to complete a league-cup double, which they achieved in a hard way.

Luis Dias, their Colombian winger was sent-off in the 38th minute with coach Sergio Conceicao also receiving a red card five minutes later.

A free-kick was headed in by Mbemba for the opener from two minutes into the second period and repeated the trick from another set piece on the hour mark.

Benfica cut the deficit in the 84th minute from the penalty spot with Brazilian Carlos Vinicius tucking the ball away.

In the last minute, Benfica’s Jota took a shot which bounced off the post

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The last time Porto won a double was in 2011.

The coronavirus crisis brought delay to the game as the domestic final was originally scheduled to be played on May 24.

As it has been common place in Europe during this pandemic, the match was moved from Lisbon to Coimbra and played behind closed doors.

Porto and Benfica finished first and second in the league and were comfortably the best two teams in the league, with the Lisbon side recording just two fewer wins than their northern rivals.

The match was Benfica caretaker manager Nelson Verissimo’s last game in charge before Jorge Jesus , 65, who is arriving for a second spell takes over for next season.

He also managed the team for six years between 2009 and 2015, winning three league titles.

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