Nigerian left back Zaidu Sanusi and DR Congo international Chancel Mbemba were in action as FC Porto clinched the Portuguese Cup with a 2-0 victory over rivals SL Benfica on Wednesday night.
This was the left back’s 15th appearance in all competitions this season for Porto who continue dominating Portugal with a squad that boasts the likes of Malian striker Moussa Marega, Portuguese veteran centre back Pepe, and midfielder Sergio Oliveira.
Sanusi started the game and formed part of a straight back four with the Democratic Republic of Congo international Mbemba, Pepe and Wilson Manafa who were all solid on the day to keep a clean sheet. He had a solid game at the back in the encounter to help the current Primeira Liga Champions secure a record 22 Portuguese Super Cup trophy in their history.
Portuguese midfielder Sergio Oliveira opened the scoring in the 25th minute of the game, continuing his fine form from the penalty spot with another cool finish to send the goalkeeper the wrong way.
It seemed the game was going to end 1-0 when Colombian winger Luiz Diaz popped up in the 90th minute to ensure that Porto lifted the trophy convincingly to break Benfica hearts.
Mbemba was substituted after 76 minutes by coach Sergio Conceicao who needed some fresh legs to close shop at the back. This was the defender’s 17th appearance in all competitions this season as he continues to command a regular starting XI spot in the team.
It has been a season of mixed fortunes for Porto who have had a drop in form in recent weeks, but the cup triumph comes at the right time as they prepare to take on Vitoria Guimaraes in the league.
Guimaraes has also been doing well in their previous league games with their latest win coming against Santa Clara last Monday.
The champions are in third spot on the log with 22 points earned from their first 10 league games of the season.
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