Vitória de Guimarães beats Porto 2-1 at Estadio do Dragao, Pepe disappointed

Vitória de Guimarães

Vitória de Guimarães moved up to third in the Primeira Liga after a surprise 2-1 win against Porto at the Estadio do Dragao.

Galeno put the ball into his own net early on before Guimaraes doubled their lead in the 33rd minute. Jota Silva’s pace was too much for Pepe, with the forward racing clear and beating Diogo Costa from close range.

Galeno redeemed himself shortly after half-time, using his speed and trickery to complete a great team move and provide the crowd with some much-needed optimism.

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However, there would be no comeback in the second half, with the Dragons’ chances suffering a major blow in the 69th minute when Pepe was sent off for dissent.

Porto pressed forward but were unable to score an equaliser, with Sergio Conceicao’s side now two points ahead of Braga and Vitória with six games remaining.

Galeno’s own goal

Both managers made changes after the midweek clash in the Taça de Portugal, with Sergio Conceição bringing on Fabio Cardoso and Danny Namasso for the suspended Otavio and Ivanilsson, with Álvaro Pacheco handing Caio César his first appearance in the starting team.

Galeno was busy early on, intercepting a loose pass and sprinting into the box where he conceded a penalty.

He was in the action for all the wrong reasons in the 12th minute when Guimaraes headed over from a free kick. Tomas Hendel threw the ball in, Galeno reached it first and headed it into the far corner.

Alan Varela’s long-range effort was palmed away by Bruno Varela, but the visiting goalkeeper was enjoying a quiet evening between the sticks.

jota doubled

Vitória took advantage and doubled their lead in the 33rd minute. Tiago Silva released Jota Silva, who raced past Pepe, holding out the 41-year-old and firing past Diogo Costa.

It could have been 3-0 after Caio César beat Wendell and saved Costa.

Galeno scores again

Jorge Sánchez tried his luck from distance before Porto got a goal on the stroke of half-time. Pepe Aquino found Danny Namasso, who sent Galeano clear, the winger using his pace to slip past Bruno Gaspar and produce a fine finish past Varela.

Álvaro Pacheco made two changes at the break, with Afonso de Freitas and Handel replacing Ricardo Mangas and Tomás Ribeiro, leaving Manu Silva in a holding midfield role. Sergio Conceicao brought on Zé Pedro in place of Fabio Cardoso.

Mangas was slapped in the face by Francisco Conceição and did not last long. Possibly still feeling the effects of a heavy head collision in the first leg of the Taça de Portugal semi-final, he limped off in the 55th minute, with Miguel Maga entering the field from the right, Bruno Gaspar switching to the left. Were.

Conceição fired over the bar after Galeno entered the left wing, Sergio Conceição wasted no time in replacing Sanchez and Varela with Joao Mario and Iván Jaime.

Guimaraes was struggling to get out of his own half, so Pacheco brought on Nelson Oliveira in place of Caio.

The action ended due to constant fouls, time-wasting and substitutions, with Mehdi Taremi making his first appearance in four weeks when he replaced Pepe in the 67th minute.

Pepe was sent off

The game took a major turn two minutes later when Porto were reduced to 10 men following a bizarre incident on the touchline.

Jota Silva clashed with Zé Pedro, leading to a throw-in for the visitors, with Pepe clearly not happy with the decision and protesting with the linesman. The 41-year-old continued to argue with referee Fabio Verissimo, who had enough and showed the defender a red card for disagreements.

Bruno Varela made a narrow save from Howler after a heavy touch, allowing Namasso to head in, with the keeper breathing a sigh of relief as the ball was cleared.

Varela was booked for time wasting before Joao Mendes made way for Nuno Santos, with Pacheco sensing a red card coming for one of his players as the clock wound down.

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Tony Martínez replaced Namasso in the 80th minute but Porto struggled to create clear chances. Mario fired a volley over the bar and Taremi fell to the ground in extra time as Vitória snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Dragons.

Analysis

Conspiracy theories would run rampant in Porto following Pepe’s dismissal, especially after the officials’ inexplicable decision not to send Angel Di Maria on in the Derby de Lisboa.

Despite this, Pepe himself has himself to blame for overreacting to a harmless throw near the halfway line. Constantly intimidating officials and arguing with them is one of Porto’s specialties, and in this case it came back to haunt him.

However, it hardly made a difference to the result, the Dragons were well below their best with 11 players on the field. In the final third they produced very little attacking, combination play that was almost non-existent and they could have been 3-0 down had it not been so. However Galeno reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time.

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