Synthesis: Moreirense wins and will play ‘play-off’, Tondela and Belenenses SAD relegated

Moreirense ensured today the presence in the ‘play-off’ for maintenance in the I Football League, by thrashing rival Vizela (4-1), while Tondela and Belenenses SAD were relegated to the second tier.

At Estádio Parque Joaquim de Almeida Freitas, the game of the 34th and final round was very conditioned for the Vizeles, from the three minutes on, in view of the expulsion of Ivanildo, a scenario that pushed the canons to a very peaceful triumph, but always with the ears in Tondela, who couldn’t beat the ‘chessmen’ at home.

Sorri Mané, at eight minutes, Artur Jorge, at 16, Derik, at 30, and Yan Matheus, at 66, scored the goals of the team coached by Ricardo Sá Pinto, who will now try to leave Moreirense for the 13th time in the top echelon. For Vizela, it was Marcos Paulo, already in added time, at 90+3, in the collection of a direct free-kick, to make the honorable goal.

With this rout, the canons conclude the championship with 29 points, in 16th and antepenultimate position, play-off place against the third placed in the II League, relegating Tondela (17th, with 28) and Belenenses SAD (18th, 26th), who drew with Boavista (2-2) and Arouca (0-0), respectively.

In the play-off, Moreirense will try to maintain the third place in the II League, to be determined on Sunday, between the trio Rio Ave and Desportivo de Chaves, who face each other in Vila do Conde, and Casa Pia, who visit Leixões.

In Tondela, the beirões were twice in charge of the match and, consequently, with one foot in the ‘play-off’, but ended up failing, against a Boavista (11th place, with 38) who knew how to answer for Kenji Gorré (51) and Yusupha (86), with goals from Sagnan (41) and João Pedro (77).

There were seven seasons that Tondela remained among the ‘big ones’ of the top level, and now he has to aim for the final of the Portuguese Cup, against the other finalist and national champion FC Porto.

Tondela just dropped from the top tier for the first time in history, in a record that is still within the reach of the ‘big three’.

With less chance of staying in the I Liga was Belenenses SAD, who had to win in Arouca and hope that Moreirense and Tondela lost. However, the Lisbon emblem did not fulfill its obligation, being ‘null’ insufficient.

On a day of celebrations for the 30th title of national champion of FC Porto, confirmed last week, the ‘dragons’ end the competition at Estádio do Dragão with a ‘golden key’, as they beat Estoril Praia 2-0 and scored a record 91 points.

FC Porto had reached the isolated lead, never to leave it again on matchday 17, when Sporting lost 3-2 in the Azores, against Santa Clara.

The team led by Sérgio Conceição set a new maximum points in the championship, three more than those achieved by the ‘dragons’, in 2017/18, and by Benfica, in 2015/16.

Today, at Invicta, Joãozinho’s own goal, in the 48th minute, and another by substitute Fernando Andrade (88) – in his debut in this edition of the competition -, ensured the 29th victory in the competition.

In the game that consecrated the white and blues champions for the 30th time, in addition to Fernando Andrade, Conceição launched goalkeepers Cláudio Ramos, holder today, Francisco Meixedo and central Rúben Semedo, to also become champions.

In the last game of the day, Sporting closed the 2021/22 edition of the I Liga with a home rout imposed on Santa Clara (4-0), the result of accurate shots by Brazilian Bruno Tabata (41), Spain’s Pedro Porro (51) and Pablo Sarabia (56), who must have played his last game for the ‘lions’, and Englishman Marcus Edwards (78).

The team coached by Rúben Amorim ends the competition with 85 points – the same as last season, which ended with the title -, six behind the champions FC Porto.

Moreover, the confrontation between Marítimo and Portimonense, both without major goals in the competition, ended with the victory of the Algarve, by 1-0, with the goal of the Brazilian midfielder Ewerton (80 minutes) proving to be enough to get the victory and add the same 38 points as the Madeirans in the table.

Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by

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