Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi scored a brace as FC Porto came from behind twice to beat Vitoria de Guimaraes 3-2 in the Primeira Liga.
On Tuesday, Rochinha opened the account for Vitoria with seven minutes into the game before Taremi equalized in the 42nd minute.
Malian international Moussa Marega found the Iranian with a volley as the former Rio Ave player scored with a sliding tackle in the six-yard box to bring the Portuguese champion back on the level terms.
Colombian Oscar Estupinan restored the lead for the home side in the 63rd minute but Taremi was again on target two minute later, when he fired home a Luiz Diaz’s low cross into the bottom-right corner.
Diaz then sealed the victory for Porto 10 minutes from normal time as Sergio Conceicao’s men celebrated a seventh consecutive league victory of the season.
“Even when Mehdi was not in the starting team, he was used often. Obviously, there is specific work with the players and work with the entire team, at all levels. There was a normal and natural adaptation from Mehdi, who is in a great moment, as is the entire team,” Conceicao said of the Iranian after the match.
Taremi was forced out in the 85th minute with an injury.
“Mehdi suffered a blow, but he was also having a small problem with his muscles,” added the Portuguese manager.
Tuesday’s result means Porto finishes the year third in the table with 25 points, four behind league leader Sporting Lisbon and two adrift of Benfica.
Sporting claimed a 2-1 victory at 10-man Belenenses on Sunday, while the same scoreline saw Benfica beat Portimonense at home on Tuesday.