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Braga down Porto to lift Portuguese League Cup

Published: Sunday 14 April 2013, 0.35CET
"It's important for the club, the city and the fans," said SC Braga coach José Peseiro after his side beat ten-man FC Porto 1-0 to lift the Portuguese League Cup.
Braga down Porto to lift Portuguese League Cup
Alan kept his cool from the penalty spot to earn Braga a League Cup final victory against Porto ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 14 April 2013, 0.35CET

Braga down Porto to lift Portuguese League Cup

"It's important for the club, the city and the fans," said SC Braga coach José Peseiro after his side beat ten-man FC Porto 1-0 to lift the Portuguese League Cup.

Alan's penalty in first-half added time was enough for SC Braga to see off the challenge of ten-man FC Porto and win the Portuguese League Cup.

Porto were the more threatening side in the first half, but it was Braga who went into the break with the advantage after Abdoulaye Ba felled Mossoró in the box and Alan kept his cool from the spot. Porto's task was made all the more difficult when Ba subsequently picked up his second yellow card of the game and was dismissed.

Vítor Pereira's charges pushed forward in search of an equaliser, yet it was Braga who came closest to the second goal of the game, only for former Porto midfielder Rúben Micael to see his effort come back off a post.

"I'm happy for the players, the fans, the president, for all people at the club," said Braga coach José Peseiro. "We won fairly but we could have scored more goals. We've been looking for a win like this since the start of the season. It's important for the club, the city and the fans."

Porto will now turn their attentions to the Portuguese First Division title race – they trail leaders SL Benfica by four points with five games remaining.

Last updated: 14/04/13 18.42CET

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