In a week with some Portuguese teams in action for European Competitions, Benfica, Sporting and Porto were able to win their matches in the Liga Portuguesa after some poor performances in Europe Especially Benfica who got wacked 3-1 in Leverkusen, adding to this result, a poor exhibition by the whole team! Sporting CP lost with José Mourinho’s Chelsea in Lisbon 1-0.
The goal scored by former Benfica player, Nemanja Matic, in a game which the Portuguese side showed a lot of courage and willingness, coming very close to draw the match. Porto went to the Ukraine to face Shakhtar and after suffering the 2-0 defeat at the 86th minute , no one expected that the North side could still draw the match with two goals by Jackson Martinez (89′ and 90+3) who subbed in at the half time.. This gave a precious point to Porto who looks good in the Champions League.
Back to Liga Portuguesa where Sporting was the first to play of «Os Três Grandes» in an away match at Penafiel which they won, 4-0 but it was quite a tough match for them. They showed signs of fatigue because of the mid week game versus Chelsea. Still, manager Marco Silva made some crucial substitutions. The team scored the first goal with the Algeria International Islam Slimani being the big figure, scoring two nice goals in three minutes (1st goal was scored only at the 67th minute). This clean sheet was also important for their defence to build some momentum.
In Lisbon, Benfica played FC Arouca in Estádio da Luz and a lot like their city rivals, they couldn’t find the back of the net only in the last quarter of an hour. FC Arouca played a very good 1st half with 4 out of 5 goal attempts with Benfica’s keeper Artur denying it all. In the 2nd half Benfica changed his attitude and with Ola John and Jonas (the Brazilian forward was making his debut) Jorge Jesus’ men on the last 15min showed some good quality football with Talisca opening the score sheet at 75min and Jonas closing it at the 88th minute.
FC Porto also had a tough match with «outsiders» Sporting de Braga in Estádio do Dragão, with a very tight 1st half. Bruno Martins made the 1-0 after a corner kick. Zé Luis drew the match 15 minutes later giving a draw at half time. In the 2nd half FC Porto (like Sporting and Benfica) made some substitutions who proved to be crucial to FC Porto’s win with the Colombian youngster Quintero scoring a quality goal to give his team 3 precious points!
With the International break we can finally see how Portugal is going to do after signing Fernando Santos as the new head coach (Paulo Bento was dismissed). The Portuguese start the EURO 2016 qualification with a home defeat against Albania and hope for some better performances and results.