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Sunday, 07 August 2011 23:05

Rolando double fires Porto to Super Cup triumph

FC Porto 2-1 Vitoria Guimaraes

RolandoFC Porto beat Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 in Aveiro tonight to win their 18th Portuguese Super Cup. Centre-back Rolando netted both goals for the Dragons, with Toscano equalising in between for Guimaraes.
Porto started without key players Alvaro Pereira, Guarin and Falcao, all of whom missed most of pre-season because of their participation in the Copa America. There was a surprise in the Guimaraes line-up as first-choice striker Edgar was left out of the squad altogether.
Porto were straight into their stride, taking the lead in the 3rd minute. Nilson kept out Rolando’s initial effort with an excellent reaction save, but the ball was only cleared to the edge of the penalty area where a superb Joao Moutinho back-heel released Hulk who produced an audacious cross de letra which Rolando headed powerfully past the Guimaraes goalkeeper.

Souza impresses

Porto continued to swarm forward with Souza, whose first season in Portugal largely passed him by, stamping his authority on midfield. For a while it looked like we could be in for a repeat of the one-sided Portuguese Cup final that rounded off last season. Rolando was getting on the end of every set piece and when Fucile did well to win the ball near the left touch-line, his whipped cross was marginally too high for the unmarked Kleber to direct his effort on goal.
Guimaraes gradually got a foothold in the match but it was a surprise when they equalised in the 33rd minute from practically their first effort on goal. Toscano met a corner with a powerful header but Porto goalkeeper Helton will feel he should have done better. Porto soon restored their lead as Rolando was again in the right place at the right time to knock in Hulk’s free kick with the aid of a deflection.

Penalty appeals

The second half was strong on commitment but low on quality football, with both sides below the level of performance they will hope to attain when fully into their stride. Porto had a series of loud penalty shouts turned down, while Guimaraes – barring a couple of half-chances that derived from two glaring mistakes from Rolando, who was having an eventful night, and a late Pedro Mendes effort – struggled to create opportunities throughout.
So Porto start 2011/12 as they finished 2010/11, by beating Vitoria Guimaraes to lift silverware. The two sides will go head to head again next week when they meet at the Dom Afonso Henriques in the inaugural round of the Liga ZON Sagres.
[1-0] Rolando, 3
[1-1] Toscano, 33
[2-1] Rolando, 41
by Tom Kundert

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Comments (11)
Ok sooo
11 Tuesday, 09 August 2011 20:30
Cross de letra is basically a rabona. I was suspecting that
I don't think so
10 Tuesday, 09 August 2011 16:58
David, I didn't.
He has been called Mini-Messi and has come out and said that he wants to replace Messi in Argentinas National squad. He has been critical of Messi and his play for the national team, not supportive.
Let me add that by all accounts he is really talented and could really develop into something.
He was linked to several big clubs.
9 Tuesday, 09 August 2011 04:57
Have u not misinterpreted the quote?
good game
8 Monday, 08 August 2011 19:43
I was expecting the same score line, if not worse given how horrible Guimaraes has been this pre-season. I don’t know what it was but Porto just seemed slower then last season. Last year their players looked so hungry for the win but this time around they were dragging their feet a bit. Given how many titles they won last year it’s very common for players to get too comfortable.

Either way it was still a good win for them and I still expect them to put a good fight for the title this year. Given the performances this pre-season I think this year will be a lot closer.
Thanks for the Review
7 Monday, 08 August 2011 13:41
Thank you for the review, since I didn't get to watch it.

Based on the preseason so far, Guimaraes might be pleased with the effort and Porto discouraged.
Porto has a powerhouse of a squad, where they have maintained quality from last season and added to it. Based on Guimares recent performances, I would have expected Porto to steam roll through them. Surprised that it didn't happen.

Granted both teams still had players out.

I was a bit surprised by Machado's rhetoric after the match. He complained of not having enough striker options available. A clear message that they need to buy somebody.
But in looking at their current squad make up, a different formation might have been in order. Granted it was always going to be difficult vs Porto.

As for Porto, I am really curious to see how they fare with Pereira. I don't want to short change AVB, but the squad had a lot due to with the success. Yes a manager is critical, especially to a big/good squad.
PdC has really come out strong in praising his maneuvering in getting Pereira in place. He has praised Pereira as well, and expects no shortcomings.
Porto has a really good team, and it will be interesting to see what happens should they falter a bit. It would be hard for them to slip up in league play, but the CL is whole different animal. Then again, could the players, or the manager let them, slip up in league play due complacency and CL play.

Lastly, this is by far my favorite Quote of the Day. So much so that I saved it and waited for a Porto article to mention.

"I want the Super Cup and Messi's shirt!"
(FC Porto's new Argentine signing looks forward to European Super Cup clash against Barcelona)

Obviously he is just one of many Argentinians that hate Messi's Int'l play. When he wins he's one of them, when they fail, he's Spanish and doesn't care.
Can someone also explain to him that Hulk will be playing ahead of him, and he will most likely be going out on loan.
There's confidence, but then there's also stupidity.
6 Monday, 08 August 2011 12:31
There's also a very funny sketch by Os Gatos Fedorento about Vila Nova da Rabona... hehe
De Letra = Rabona
5 Monday, 08 August 2011 09:07
I've been informed the correct term for what Hulk did in English is a "Rabona".

As Mitch says, it's difficult to explain, so just watch it here:

Best view is at 60 seconds. Quaresma and Deco are also fine exponents of this particular trick.
De Letra
4 Monday, 08 August 2011 08:42
Well... a the cross de letra that Hulk did was that he was on the right wing and instead of using his right foot to cross; he crossed by putting his left foot on the other side of his right... it's hard to explain
good game
3 Monday, 08 August 2011 04:20
very good ball movementt from both teams.... this season will be one for the ages
2 Monday, 08 August 2011 03:07
What's a cross de letra?
1 Monday, 08 August 2011 01:33
this game was good in the first half but then turned into a snooze fest...the first goal was beautiful...the second was right place and time and lucky deflection. should be a interesting season for porto without villas-boas.

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