Hey South African people! Here I am for this week’s review and what a week this was with Portugal in action and a classic match between Porto and Sporting for the Portuguese cup.
Starting with Portugal which won in Copenhagen, Denmark 1-0 .Thanks to a last minute goal (90 + 5) by the one and only captain, Cristiano Ronaldo to secure the three points on the road to the Euro 2016. Better the result than the exhibition, the Portuguese are still looking for their form and are having lots of problems, especially on the defence where the team is very disorganized and not focused on their duties. Still, this win could be the turning point for a good campaign and all Portuguese are pleased to have Cristiano Ronaldo who sure can make a difference for his nation.
Back to Portuguese competitions where this weekend we had the Portuguese Cup and what a way to start the cup with this FC Porto x Sporting on Estádio do Dragão where the Lisbon side won by 3-1, a result that suits perfectly due to what happened on the pitch. An emphatic win for Marco Silva’s men which showed a lot of personality and consistency during the 90 minutes. Sporting got in front thanks to an own goal by Spanish Marcano on the 31st minute, an advantage that lasted only 4 minutes since Porto’s striker and most in form player, Jackson scored the 1-1 for his team after that Nani showed his class by netting the 2-1 with a stunner giving Sporting the lead at half time. The 2nd half started with a penalty kick for FC Porto which Jackson wasn’t able to score thanks to a brilliant save by Portugal’s Rui Patricio, whose in a superb form this season. Porto were pushed hard and suffered the 3-1 on the 83th minute. A well deserved victory for Sporting and their fans must be proud of this good result and absolute good exhibition. FC Porto keeps disappointing in a certain way this season.
On the other end, Benfica played away 2nd divisioners Sporting da Covilhã and what was supposed to be an easy became a breathless encounter with Benfica trailing behind most of it, also Benfica played with the bench 2nd based players to save their usual starters for Champions League this week. Brazilian striker and new comer Jonas signed a hat trick to save “The Eagles”. Benfica went front in the 1st minute of the match but an enterprising Sporting da Covilhã made the comeback just before the half time whistle (2-1). They are the cup holders thanks to Jonas who fixed the result in 3-2 by scoring two goals in the last half an hour to complete his hat trick . Not the best of performances but still enough for these round. The Lisbon side must be more aggressive and concentrate on the next matches if they want to keep winning.
That’s all for this week and remember, Benfica all the way!