Benfica drew today to a goal in Moreira de Cónegos, in the 19th round of the 1st soccer league, with Moreirense, adding the fifth draw, and risks being 13 points behind the leader Sporting.
After the last victories over Famalicão, in Luz, on the 18th round of the I Liga, and over Estoril Praia, for the Portuguese Cup, the expectation was created that Benfica would be in a phase of recovery of the performance that was evident in the first rounds of the championship, but the team today lost two more points.
The team went back into force in the game and advanced in the score, on 25 minutes, by the Swiss striker Haris Seferovic, but allowed Moreirense to reestablish the tie at 40, following an individual error by Grimaldo that led him to commit a penalty, which Brazilian forward Yan Matheus took advantage of to beat goalkeeper Helton Leite.
In the second half, the team, as always, fell in performance and it was not yet that they had a penalty in their favor that they have been complaining about, because referee Manuel Oliveira scored the maximum penalty, on 64 minutes, for alleged foul on Julian Weigl, but , after consulting the images of the bid, he backed down the decision and showed the card to the German midfielder by simulation.
With these two points left in Moreira de Cónegos, Benfica did not take advantage of FC Porto’s slide at home against Boavista on Saturday, and is in fourth place, with 38 points, 10 from Sporting, who receives on Monday Paços de Ferreira, being 13th in the lead, two from Sporting de Braga, who is an isolated third, with 40, and three from FC Porto, who is vice-leader, with 41.
In another match of the 19th matchday, Sporting de Braga did not waste the opportunity to take advantage of the ‘slips’ of FC Porto in the reception to Boavista (2-2) and Benfica, in Moreira de Cónegos (1-1), to win Santa Clara, in the Azores, 1-0, traditionally difficult terrain.
Decisive factors for the victory were the excellent performance of the Minho in the first half and the moment of inspiration of the Colombian Cristian Borja, hired by Sporting de Braga in January, within the scope of the transfer from Paulinho to Alvalade, who scored a great goal in the 10th minute.
Borja ‘shot’ goalkeeper Marco with a powerful shot, taking advantage of a ball that fell on the edge of the area, following a corner kick.
In the second part, Santa Clara tried to go looking for a draw, there were periods when he forced the Minho to defend lower, but only managed to create danger in set pieces, leaving the feeling that Sporting de Braga always had the game under control.
In turn, Portimonense thrashed Gil Vicente 4-1 in Portimão, breaking a cycle of four consecutive rounds without winning and moved away from the relegation zone, with a categorical display and a result that reflects the supremacy it showed over the Barcelos team.
The victory of the Algarve began to be built in the first minute, with Maurício opening the scoring, but Samuel Lino (26) drew, with penalty, with Salmani (33) putting Portimonense in front again, and, in the second part , Aylton Boa Morte (72) and Beto (85) signed the remaining goals from the Algarve.
With this triumph, the Portimão team moved up to 11th place, with 19 points, while Gil Vicente occupies the 16th and antepenultimate position, with 16.
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