Porto clinch league title with 2-0 win over Sporting

Porto clinch league title with 2-0 win over Sporting

LISBON: Porto won their 29th Portuguese league title with two games to spare after second-half goals from captain Danilo Pereira and striker Moussa Marega secured a 2-0 home victory over Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.

Porto top the 18-team first division on 79 points from 32 games, eight more than perennial title rivals and last season's champions Benfica. Sporting stayed third on 59 points.

The home side dominated the opening half with Luis Diaz having a goal disallowed for handball before Sebastian Coates cleared the Colombian forward's shot off the line.

Sporting missed their best chance in the 34th minute when Jovane Cabral headed over the bar from close range after being left unmarked at the far post.

Porto took control in the 64th minute as Danilo got ahead of his marker at the near post and turned an Alex Telles corner into the net with a superb header.

Marega sealed Porto's second title in three seasons with a dinked finish in stoppage time after a fast break, sparking loud celebrations in the centre circle after the final whistle.

Porto will have the chance to win the domestic double when they meet Benfica in the Cup final on Aug. 1.

(Reporting by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Ed Osmond)

Source: Reuters

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