Hey readers! Big match this weekend as FC Porto hosted the leaders Benfica (O Clássico) as they are called in portuguese (The Classic). Since the two teams have a long history between them, being the top two teams of the country as Sporting CP lost a bit of their glory days. Sporting played Moreirense in Lisbon and the suprise of the season or should we call it the outsiders, Vitória de Guimarães played last seasons Portuguese Cup runner-up, Rio Ave at home. I’ll discuss match day 13 of the Portuguese League.
The match everyone was waiting for finally came and Benfica surprised their rivals as Brazilian forward, Lima scored two opportunistic goals to give the current champions and league leaders a 2-0 win over Porto in the first Portuguese Classico of the season on Sunday.The Eagles claimed their first away win over their great rivals in the league for seven years in a match which featured only one Portuguese player, Benfica’s Andre Almeida, at kick off.The Primeira Liga leaders went ahead against the run of play in the 36th minute when the Porto defence was caught out by a long thrown-in and the ball bounced in front of Lima who bundled it over the line from six metres. Benfica extended their lead just before the hour when Porto goalkeeper, Fabiano failed to hold Anderson Talisca’s low shot and Lima snapped up the rebound. Porto dominated the opening half hour and Hector Herrera should have put them in front but shot wide from close range following a break down the left. The hosts were frustrated again on the half hour when Benfica goalkeeper Julio Cesar made a superb stop to deny Jackson Martinez. Martinez’s unfortunate evening continued after the second Benfica goal. The Colombia forward had a goal disqualified for being offside and then headed against the crossbar from close range when it looked easier to score. Benfica continued their recent dominance over Porto, having knocked them out of both the Portuguese Cup and League Cup last season on their way to a domestic treble. The win took Benfica, who have 34 points from 13 games, six clear of Porto and Vitoria Guimaraes, who drew 0-0 with Rio Ave.
Sporting CP keeps disappointing when playing at home for the championship, The Lions drew to Moreirense as Fredy Montero scored a last minute equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw as they stayed at a modest 5th with 24 points. Sporting should have done much better and is now 10 points behind city rivals Benfica. Sporting de Braga has been building up a good form after a poor start this season and are ahead of Sporting CP in 4th.