FC Porto did not falter in its path to regain the title and, after the victory, on Saturday, by 4-2 over Vizela, they were only one draw away from triumphing in the I Liga.
The title party can even be held today, on this 32nd round, if Sporting doesn’t beat Gil Vicente, in the reception to Barcelona.
Simpler, without a doubt, is the championship final of Benfica and Sporting de Braga, today winners, by 1-0, of Marítimo and Belenenses SAD, respectively.
The ‘eagle’ team only by ‘miracle’ reaches the second place and the third does not go down. The ‘warriors’ of Minho already know that they will end the season in fourth place, whatever happens in the two remaining days.
In the fight for the title, FC Porto reaches 85 points, with a fantastic walk with only one defeat and four draws. At nine points, the champion Sporting ‘hands over the scepter’ if he doesn’t defeat Gil Vicente – if he wins, he postpones the outcome of the championship for another week.
The Iranian Mehdi Taremi scored twice at Estádio do Dragão (28, penalty, and 87 minutes) and reached 20 goals in the competition, a record of great quality, which is only second to Uruguayan Benfica Darwin Nuñez, author of the lone goal in Funchal, the 26th in its accounts at the time.
The white and blues were once again demolishers in the offensive plan, also registering goals for the Brazilian Evanilson (21) and for the Congolese Chancel Mbemba (56), bringing the total of the championship to 83, which gives an impressive average of almost 2.6 per match.
The goals from Vizela were American Alex Mendez (36) and Nuno Moreira (49).
At the home of the calm Marítimo, the game was resolved very early, with Darwin’s goal in the second minute.
Playing with one less throughout the second half, due to the sending off of Cláudio Wink (direct red card in the 42nd minute), Marítimo had no motivation to cancel the disadvantage, nor did Benfica show ‘will’ to build a more voluminous result, in the penultimate game of coach Nelson Veríssimo.
Benfica is resigned to finishing in third place, as Sporting de Braga is resigned to fourth place, but they are finishing the season with pride, which was even positive on the international stage.
Ricardo Horta, the best Portuguese scorer in the I Liga, put another ‘nail in the coffin’ of Belenenses SAD, securing the final 1-0 in the 90th minute.
Belenenses SAD is increasingly in danger – it is last, with 25 points, one less than Moreirense and Tondela and five than Arouca. Needs loss of third-party points to still reach, at least, the ‘play-offs’.
Arouca also played and, with the 1-0 to the peaceful Portimonense, is the big beneficiary of the maintenance bills, which guarantees with a victory in the penultimate round, in Braga, or a new loss of points from the opponents.
Today, the journey continues with Sporting-Gil Vicente, Vitória de Guimarães-Santa Clara and Moreirense-Boavista.
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