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FC Porto’s title hopes dented after draw at Sporting Braga

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Sporting Braga were dominated at home but still managed to come away with a draw against, title contenders, FC Porto.

Braga, who are without Koka, needed a win to stay in fourth place. Porto, on the other hand, are in a tight race for the league title with Benfica.

Braga started better and took the lead in the sixth minute, through Pedro Santos. His headed goal was set up by Cartabia. The hosts continued to look good and almost doubled their lead in the 17th minute. Battaglia saw his header go over the bar.

FC Porto struggled to create chances despite having more possession. Porto was lucky not to go to halftime two goals down. Braga won a penalty in the 45th minute but Pedro Santos could only hit the bar.

Nuno Santos brought on Corona, for Oliver Torres, at the start of the second half. The change improved the visitors play. Corona almost had an assist but his cross was not kept on target by Brahimi.

The equalizing goal eventually arrived for FC Porto. Brazilian, Tiquinho was in place to score a corner by countryman Alex Telles, in the 61st minute.

Braga continued to come under increasing pressure, with Brahimi involved on a couple of occasions. The Algerian was later sent off after being substituted, in unclear circumstances.

There were a few more opportunities for FC Porto to win the game. The biggest chance fell to Danilo but he couldn’t make the right decision. Braga held on for four minutes of injury to atleast earn a draw.

The result leaves Braga in fifth, now two points behind Vitória Guimarães who have 53 points. On the other hand, Porto’s title hopes took a big dent. Benfica now have a three point lead at the top of the Portuguese league, with 71 points from 29 matches.

Sporting Braga next play Paços de Ferreira while FC Porto next play Feirense. Both matches will be played on 23rd April, 2017.

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