Pepe Makes Porto Return, Absolutely Clatters A Man

Hector Herrera scored a great goal, but the limelight was on Pepe for his Porto return.

Tuesday night, Porto advanced to the semifinals of the Taça de Portugal — the country’s premier knockout competition — with a 2-1 victory over second division side Leixões. 

Porto’s currently leading the Primeira Liga with a five-point advantage over Benfica, but a strong starting 11 was named for the match, including Mexico internationals Hector Herrera and Tecatito. However, the real focus was on 35-year-old center back Pepe, who was making his first appearance for the club in over a decade after his career had taken him to Real Madrid and then Beşiktaş. 

Herrera opened the scoring for Porto in the 11th minute after creating a bit of space for himself with a wonderful touch inside the box.

But Pepe would also have his shining moment. In the 88th minute, the man who’s been sent off 10 times in his career collected a yellow with this extremely Pepe challenge. 

The man’s got his methods. 

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