Synthesis: FC Porto secures leadership and ‘leaves’ Benfica from the fight for the title


After the 3-0 of a week ago, for the Cup, which dictated the departure of Jorge Jesus and Nélson Veríssimo’s debut today in command of the ‘eagles’, the ‘dragons’ did not exercise the same superiority, but took advantage of the ‘shots at the feet’ of the opponent, the biggest of which are those of ‘captain’ André Almeida, who made the team play almost the entire second half with 10.

The ‘blues and whites’ did not score this time opening, but they have already reached half-time winning 2-0, with ‘burst’ goals by Fábio Vieira, in the 34th minute, and by the Brazilian Pepê, in the 37th minute, curiously both great news in the ‘eleven’ FC Porto.

Fábio Vieira and Pepê were chosen to replace the infected Luis Díaz and the punishment Evanilson and responded in the best way.

The two white and blue goals came after a great opportunity by the Ukrainian Yaremchuk, who failed to score in the 33rd minute, but ended up winning in the 47th minute, in the first play of the second half, responding to the ‘mouth’ of the goal to a perfect center by Rafa.

Benfica were back in the game, but shortly thereafter, André Almeida made a beginner’s mistake, by making a completely unnecessary foul on Otávio in midfield, already with a yellow card, and was sent off.

With 10, the ‘reds’ still had a few minutes in a good plan, with Gonçalo Ramos losing an excellent opportunity in the 63rd minute, after another move by Rafa, but ‘fell’ with the three substitutions in the 66th minute, namely with the departure of Rafa.

FC Porto returned to command the operations and, in the 69th minute, ‘ended’, definitively, with the game, reaching the third goal, through Taremi, who, served by Vítor Ferreira, ended with a ‘drought’ of 11 games without scoring in all competitions.

Until the end, the ‘dragons’ limited themselves to controlling the operations and reached their 11th consecutive victory in the competition – and the 44th game without losing in the championship (35 wins and nine draws), in a record that comes from last season -, replicating Sporting, who on Wednesday had beaten Portimonense at home (3-2).

‘Dragões’ and ‘Lions’ also have the same 44 points – Sérgio Conceição leads the way by the total difference in goals (41-8 against 30-7) – against 37 for Benfica, who, in practice, said goodbye to title fight.

Below the ‘big ones’, Sporting de Braga reinforced the fourth place, six points behind Benfica (third) and six more than Estoril Praia (fifth), by achieving the best result of the season, a rout by 6-0 in Arouca.

After two defeats in the last two trips, to Luz (1-6) and to Dragão (0-1), the ‘arsenalists’ had two ‘kids’ highlighted: Vítor Oliveira scored three goals and won a penalty and Roger ‘double-scored’ ‘.

Vítor Oliveira, 21 years old, who only had one goal in the competition, scored the first three, at five, 12 and 26 minutes, while Roger, aged 16, came on at 62 and made his debut in the I League, at 75 and 80.

Before the ‘bis’ coming from the bench, Iuri Medeiros, who also made two assists, scored Carlos Carvalhal’s fourth goal, on 71 minutes, with a penalty.

Arouca, who had their second heavy home defeat in a row, after Vizela’s 1-4, and only counts one point in their last four games, dropped to 12th place, with 14 points, just three above 17th. and penultimate place, Famalicão.

In the other game of the day, the main protagonist was the Brazilian Denilson Júnior, who ‘doubled’ at the Santa Clara reception, to ‘seal’, with a comeback (2-1), the second consecutive triumph for Paços de Ferreira, in two games under the command of César Peixoto.

The Azorean team took the lead in the 41st minute, by the Japanese Morita, looking for their first away win, but in the second half, Denilson Júnior won, in the 69th and 82nd minute, increasing his goals in the 2021/22 edition of the I League to five .

Paços de Ferreira, who had only managed two wins in their first 14 games, went on to add 17 points, climbing to 10th place, while Santa Clara remained with 13, in 14th place.


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