FC Porto just needed a draw on Sunday at Desportivo de Chaves, but they did better than that and left Trás-os-Montes with a 4-2 win to make it to the final four of the UEFA Cup.
The first minutes of the match showed that Sérgio Conceição’s team was not in Chaves to get a draw, and the dragons came full-on with three goals in the first half hour, all of them headed. Soares’s double – who became the Dragons’ top scorer in games with the Flavi, overtaking Jardel, and Marega’s straight shot, having missed a penalty, virtually put an end to the aspirations of the men led by rookie César Peixoto, even if the team came up with other arguments in the second half.
After a left-footed entrance, the home team grew in the final minutes of the first half and continued their form up in the second half. The Portista triumph was never in question, but in two inattentions the home team managed to score two goals for Diogo Costa, who conceded the first goals with the FC Porto team jersey, who was chasing a Hilario record. In the middle there was a goal from Luis Díaz, who came to cheer a cold night in Trás-os-Montes and confirm the tendency of FC Porto to score many goals at the home of Desportivo de Chaves. It is the third consecutive season that FC Porto has scored four goals in Chaves.
The Dragons have perfectly finished qualifying for the League Cup semi-final with three wins in three games. It is the ninth time that FC Porto have been in the semi-finals of the competition, and it is the third consecutive time that the dragons have reached this stage of the competition.