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How “FC PorTri” Could Help Raúl & Benfica Win Liga NOS Title

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Raul Jimenez #9 (R) of Mexico celebrates with Miguel Layun #19 after scoring a goal against Canada at CenturyLink Field on July 11, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.

The Portuguese league has been good to its Mexican players over the past few years (and vice versa), but on Saturday, April 30, a very interesting game is going to take place. FC Porto will face off against league foe, Sporting, in Estádio do Dragão.

What makes Saturday’s game important is that Hector Herrera, Tecatito Corona, and Miguel Layún have an opportunity to get a result against Sporting which in turn helps out their paisano, Raúl Jiménez, and Benfica get one step closer to the league title.

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As of right now, the top of the Liga NOS standings looks like this…

  1. Benfica (79 points)
  2. Sporting (77 points)
  3. FC Porto (67 points)

As you can see, Sporting is right on the heels of Raúl’s club Benfica. A win against FC Porto and a draw or loss for Benfica against Guimaraes puts Sporting on top of the table. Of course, Benfica is favored against Guimaraes, so a result by FC Porto (win or draw) could be just enough for Benfica to start pulling away in the standings with only two remaining games.

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Although FC Porto is out of the title hunt, there is plenty to play for in their clash with Sporting. They get a chance to redeem themselves from their 0-2 loss to Sporting on January 2. In addition, playing at home is also a major boost for Dragões. The Mexicans on Porto have an opportunity to help a countrymen’s chances of winning a league title, all while defeating a rival in Sporting. It’s an unusual situation, but it’s one that will keep fans glued to the television this weekend.

It’s not everyday players from El Tri will be able to help a teammate out in a club situation, but when it does happen, it makes it that much more enjoyable for fans.

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