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Villa outs Villareal
Despite losing out on the night to a resilient Villareal side that would not completely lay down their arms, Porto go through to the final in Dublin in convincing fashion on a 7-4 aggregate score. And in the process, Falcao has written his name in European football history in bold letters by bettering Jurgen Klinsman’s record of 15 goals in the European competition by 1 (so far), and possibly 2 even if you consider the qualifyers.
Villa-Boas and his team can now contemplate repeating the feat of José’s side in 2003 by another historic treble (or quadruple if you include the Portuguese supercup). One piece of this glorious romp, the league title, is already acquired with an impressive string of new records and notably a hefty point lead over historic rivals Benfica, whom they will be not be meeting in the final as in the other semi, Braga has succeded in pulling off yet another remarkable performance by extracting qualification at the expense of the Lisboetas.
Despite the lesser gloss of the Europa League, it is a telling accomplishment for Portuguese football to be providing not only the two sides for the final, but also two promising young managers, André Villa-Boas & Domingos Paciência. Beleza.