Porto with ten players crushes Benfica and advances in the Portuguese Cup

Porto with ten players crushes Benfica and advances in the Portuguese Cup

Brazilian striker Evanelson scored two goals and was sent off in the first half to lead Porto to a 3-0 victory over Benfica and advance to the quarter-finals of the Portuguese Football Cup on Thursday.

Evanelson opened the scoring in the first minute with a shot from inside the penalty area.

Karim Benzema celebrates his first goal against Athletic Bilbao (Reuters)

And Vitina strengthened Porto’s lead with a perfect shot after a corner kick, before Evanelson finished the hat-trick from a counter-attack at the half hour of play.

But the 22-year-old was sent off for a second yellow card before the end of the first half.

The hosts held on to maintain their comfortable lead and bid farewell to runners-up Benfica after their defender Nicolas Otamendi was sent off near the end.

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