Porto downs Guimaraes 6-2 in Portuguese Cup final

BY foxsports • May 22, 2011

James Rodriguez scored a hat trick as FC Porto trounced Guimaraes 6-2 in the Portuguese Cup final Sunday to clinch its fourth trophy of the season.

Porto won the domestic league with an unbeaten run of 30 matches, lifted the season-opening Portuguese Supercup, and last week snared the Europa League title with a 1-0 triumph over Braga in Dublin.

Porto's 33-year-old coach, Andre Villas-Boas, in his debut season, equalled Porto's feat of 1987-88 when it also captured four trophies.

''We put on a good show,'' Villas-Boas said. ''It's been a great season for us. It'll be very hard to repeat.''

Rodriguez, a 19-year-old Colombian midfielder, scored Porto's first, fifth and sixth goals as Porto overwhelmed its opponent at Lisbon's National Stadium to take the cup for the third year in a row.

Porto was missing injured Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, scorer of 34 goals this season, but it never showed.

Rodriguez tapped in the rebound from Fernando Belluschi's shot in the third minute as the champion started brightly.

In a flurry of three goals in three minutes, Alvaro Pereira's own-goal leveled the score at 1-1 in the 21st, Silvestre Varela's shot put Porto back in the lead and Edgar headed in to make it 2-2.

Center-back Rolando gave Porto the advantage again in the 36th, poking in a loose ball from a free kick. In the 42nd Brazilian forward Hulk scored with a corner that bounced in at the front post with the Guimaraes goalkeeper out of position to make it 4-2.

Porto goalkeeper Beto dived low to his right to save a penalty kick from Edgar just before the interval. But Hulk raced down the left flank and crossed for an unmarked Rodriguez to score his second and secure Porto's 5-2 halftime lead.

Rodriguez claimed his third from Hulk's cross in the 73rd.


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