Hey there readers! Emotions ran high in this week’s Portuguese League with some stunning performances, goals and matches. As I told you last week, Vitória de Guimarães is in an incredible form and you will see why.
Benfica was the first to play in this gameweek 9 of the Portuguese League by hosting Rio Ave at Estádio da Luz. “The Reds” started well in the game with a lot of opportunities to open the score sheet, but Rio Ave’s defence was hard to beat,especially their goalkeeper Cássio. With Enzo Pérez showing the quality he got us used to in the Argentinian international was Benfica’s booster and the best player on the pitch making a tremendous display although we saw a goalless draw at half time. The reality is that Benicia had the stronger grievances. The breakthrough came after 60 minutes as the usual suspect,Talisca, hit a powerful shot outside the box giving no chances to Cássio (it’s now 8 goals out of 9 matches for the 20 year old). Not much to see on the rest of the match as it finished like this. Important win to Benfica after last week’s defeat.
Let’s now go to the match of the weekend as Sporting travelled to Guimarães to face the local Vitória and as I said last week, this Vitoria is here to stay and wacked Sporting 3-0, cementing their Champions League spot! Powerful performance by Vitoria and a lesson of humbleness to the Lisbon side who, after some good performances show some lack of intelligence, showing also a very poor defence and a midfield who got in Vitória’s pocket easily. Not a good site for those who claim to be title contenders. Vitória’s, André was the fulcrum, a source of intelligence and the man of the match closing the score sheet with a penalty.
FC Porto had a calm and fine night as they hosted Nacional da Madeira at Estádio do Dragão. With a 2-0 win. The Porto’s side continues to chase their rivals, Benfica with Vitória just behind, sneaking into the title challenge. Danilo opened the score on the 1st half and Brahimi, outstanding performances from this Algerian international, a true show boat with his dribbles and technique which scored an absolute brilliant goal to making it 2-0 inthe final score. An easy win for Porto who saw in Nacional’s keeper the big obstacle for what could’ve been a more dilated result. Things are maybe getting back to “normal” as Benfica and Porto (taking a look at the recent past) are going to make their challenge for the championship but we still got a lot of games to play and too soon to make final predictions. One thing is for sure…this league can still turn its way around but the experience of the two (Benicia and Porto) is showing to be decisive.
We will have Champions League this week with Benfica and Sporting playing “the all or nothing” as they have only one point each with three games already played.