Porto’s unbeaten run in Liga Sagres showed no signs of ending on Monday as the Portuguese giants eased to a 2-0 defeat of Uniao de Leiria.
Fredy Guarin played a lone hand to open proceedings for the visitors in the 59th minute, before prolific Brazilian striker Hulk had the simple task of adding to his 19-goal haul from the penalty spot in added time.
The result preserves Porto’s unbeaten 23-match streak across the entire Liga Sagres season – including 10 straight victories – and extends their lead over second-placed Benfica to 13 points.
Uniao remain eighth on the table with their third loss in four games, though they are just four points clear from Academica in 13th.
Guarin’s opener was nothing short of spectacular, the Columbian midfielder collecting well outside the area and blasting a thunderbolt from range that skidded past goalkeeper Gottardi.
Gottardi’s day worsened when he gave away a penalty after felling Hulk in the area in added time.
The prolific striker calmly side-footed his spot kick to the right for his 20th goal of the season.
The 24-year-old leads the Liga Sagres goal-scorers table, though he has not scored from open play in almost two months.