Unsurprisingly, Sporting thrashed Gil Vicente 4-1, postponing the I Liga decision for another week, while guaranteeing access to the next Champions League.
With 32 rounds completed, and two to be played, the ‘lions’ mathematically continue to be champions, as they are six points behind leaders FC Porto, with whom they have an advantage in direct confrontation.
The issue of direct access to the ‘Champions’ is now resolved, as the 79 points leave the ‘green and whites’ with eight more than Benfica, which can no longer reach the runner-up in the two rounds that there is to fulfill.
With a safe and personalized game, at the José Alvalade stadium, the still national champion wasted a ‘handful’ of occasions, but still managed to win.
Spaniard Pablo Sarabia, from the penalty spot, in the 21st minute, and the English Marcus Edwards, in the 36th minute, scored the goals for the ‘lions’ in the first half, which, even at the end, saw the gilista goal, by Spaniard Fran Navarro, at 45+2.
Two more goals in the second half and both for the hosts, with Lucas Cunha’s own goal, at 53, and Pedro Gonçalves, at 63, from a penalty.
With the third and fourth places already defined, for Benfica and Sporting de Braga, Gil Vicente is still fifth, with 48 points, four more than Vitória de Guimarães, who wasted a sovereign opportunity to get closer, as they drew 1-1 at the reception to the ‘quiet’ Santa Clara.
The Colombian Oscar Estupinan opened for the Victorians, in the 32nd minute, after which the three points for the home team ‘fumed’ in the 55th, with the penalty that the Brazilian Allano took.
If they had won, Vitória de Guimarães would gain ascendancy in the race for fifth place, which gives access to European competitions, since, in the last round, the ‘classic’ Minho Vitória de Guimarães-Gil Vicente is expected.
By losing 2-1 at home to Boavista, Moreirense complicated their situation even more, in which a new division relegation or, at least, the up/down play-off is expected.
The green ‘checkers’ are on 26 points, as are Tondela, who only play on Monday, just ahead of Belenenses SAD, who have 25. The first team above the ‘critical’ line is Arouca, with 30.
In Moreira de Cónegos, Kenji Gorré, from Curaçau, advanced the Boavisteiros, in the 20th minute, and two minutes from the end Rafael Martins gave the home team hope, with a draw.
But the story was not yet ‘written’ and, at 89, Croatian Peter Musa gave the victory to the ‘panthers’.
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