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Lisandro lifts Porto to double success

Published: Sunday 31 May 2009, 20.52CET
FC Porto won the Portuguese Cup for the 14th time in their history, and completed their sixth domestic double in the process, by beating FC Paços de Ferreira 1-0 thanks to Lisandro's strike at Lisbon's Estádio Nacional.
Lisandro lifts Porto to double success
FC Porto celebrate winning the Portuguese Cup ©AFP
Published: Sunday 31 May 2009, 20.52CET

Lisandro lifts Porto to double success

FC Porto won the Portuguese Cup for the 14th time in their history, and completed their sixth domestic double in the process, by beating FC Paços de Ferreira 1-0 thanks to Lisandro's strike at Lisbon's Estádio Nacional.

FC Porto won the Portuguese Cup for the 14th time in their history, and completed their sixth domestic double in the process, by beating FC Paços de Ferreira 1-0 thanks to Lisandro's strike at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon.

Early strike
The Portuguese champions were clear favourites to win against the side that finished tenth in the 16-team Liga and they started the game confidently, scoring what proved to be the only goal after just six minutes. Porto's midfield won possession and Raul Meireles quickly lobbed it over the underdogs' defence to Lisando, who shot past goalkeeper Cássio.

First-half response
Paços reacted well and dominated possession for most of the first half, with their short passing football producing some chances. Pedrinha and Cristiano Moraes had good opportunities after 15 and 24 minutes but in both cases they shot just wide, while Lisandro and Hulk went close for Porto. The champions were more dangerous in the second half and anticipated their opponents' every move, though chances dried up at either end as the pace dropped in the closing stages.

'Fair result'
"I never thought my team would lose the game after we took the lead," stated Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira. "But Paços de Ferreira were a team with great dignity, quality and organisation and that gave us more problems today than many bigger clubs have during the season. They knew how to play against us. It was a fair result because we had more chances and controlled the game but we missed too many opportunities."

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