Vitoria Guimaraes 1 Sporting Braga 0: Valente header sinks visitors

Vitoria Guimaraes consolidated fifth position in the Primeira Liga as Sporting Braga lost for the first time in four league outings.

Valente was the hero for Vitoria Guimaraes, with his header lifting the home side to a 1-0 win over Sporting Braga in the Minho derby on Friday.

The fixture is one of the most eagerly anticipated in Portugal and fifth-placed Guimaraes claimed bragging rights in front of 14,000 spectators at Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques.

After a scoreless opening half, Valente, who returned to the starting line-up following his one-match suspension, rose highest from a corner to head Guimaraes into a 66th-minute lead - an advantage the hosts never relinquished.

The victory saw Guimaraes move four points clear of sixth-placed Belenenses, who face league leaders Benfica on Saturday.

Braga remain fourth with 53 points following a first loss in four games.