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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hulk Takes Porto Closer To Portuguese Title With Crucial Goal Against Braga

Hulk showed why he is one of the most dangerous strikers in the world with a second half goal against Braga that keeps Porto at the top of the Portuguese Premier League with four matches remaining. James Rodriguez set up Hulk by splaying the ball out to the right winger, and the powerful Brazilian responded by using his strength and pace to get ahead of the defender and one touch the ball low into the back of the next past the keeper’s right hand. The play was initiated by Hulk who saw the opening on the right wing and began the run that inspired Rodriguez’s assist. Porto now stand atop the Portuguese Premier League with 63 points, four ahead of second placed Benefica who play Sporting on Monday. Braga lie in third place with 58 points and eagerly await a slip-up by Benefica in the race for the coveted second spot in the league that enables Champions League qualification. With at least four matches remaining, the battle for first place in the Portuguese Premier League remains wide open although Hulk fired Porto closer to the title with his goal today.

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