Koka on the losing end as Porto grab late winner
An added time goal had FC Porto bounce back from a winless streak, against Koka’s Sporting Braga, to move up the Portuguese league table.
FC Porto hosted Sporting Braga, looking for their 50th win over their visitors, as both sides looked to close the gap on leaders Benfica.
This intent was clear with both teams having a strong start to the match. The first chance fell to Braga, through a cross, but it amounted to nothing. The same happened for FC Porto, when they got their first big chance in the 30th minute.
Five minutes later, the visitors had a man sent off; Artur Jorge. On the other hand, the hosts got a penalty. But Andre Silva, who had been lively, fluffed his line by failing to convert it.
In the second half it was Porto that enjoyed a strong start. The fact that they had a man advantage playing a big part in this.
They troubled the Braga defense time and again. Andre Silva was now joined by Brahimi in causing trouble for the visiting team. But, Sporting Braga goalie, Marafona kept the score 0-0.
As a result, the coaches looked to their benches for inspiration. Three changes were made in the 75th minute, one of which was Ahmed Hassan Koka coming off for Rui Fonte.
Even when Porto mounted a final assault against Sporting Braga, it seemed the game would end goalless. But, substitute, Rui Sousa stood to be counted by scoring a winner deep into added time.
The win lifted FC Porto to third in the Portuguese league, at the expense of Braga. It also ended their run of three consecutive draws.
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