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Porto give Villas-Boas perfect start

Published: Saturday 7 August 2010, 23.46CET
André Villas-Boas described FC Porto's Portuguese Super Cup victory against SL Benfica as "a special match" after beginning his tenure with a 2-0 triumph over the Liga champions.
Porto give Villas-Boas perfect start
Porto celebrate yet another Super Cup triumph ©AFP
Published: Saturday 7 August 2010, 23.46CET

Porto give Villas-Boas perfect start

André Villas-Boas described FC Porto's Portuguese Super Cup victory against SL Benfica as "a special match" after beginning his tenure with a 2-0 triumph over the Liga champions.

Goals from Rolando and Falcao helped FC Porto to a 2-0 victory against SL Benfica in the Portuguese Super Cup, their 17th triumph in 32 editions of the traditional curtain-raiser to the season.

André Villas-Boas, presiding over his first game since taking charge of Porto in June, watched his team take a third-minute lead in Aveiro, the unmarked Rolando heading in a corner from summer signing João Moutinho. Stunned by the concession of an early goal, Benfica did not fashion a chance until the 20th minute, when Helton repelled Carlos Martins' long-range strike.

Luisão's goal-line clearance after Roberto had failed to gather Fernando Belluschi's shot cleanly prevented Benfica from slipping further behind two minutes before half-time. Reprieved, the Liga champions went close twice in quick succession after the break, Helton denying Martins once more and Javier Saviola putting the rebound wide.

Having threatened with a header two minutes earlier, Falcao made Benfica pay for their profligacy midway through the second half following good work down the right by Silvestre Varela.

Villas-Boas said: "We made a strong start to the game. We were well-organised tactically and we were always very balanced. It was a special match, very emotional."

Last updated: 08/08/10 19.23CET

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