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A glimpse of hope

Portimão manager Carlos Azenha finally ended a personal two-year winless streak as his team grabbed all three points in Aveiro on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Hugo Ventura was once more the saviour for the visitors, as his goalmouth heroics kept the Algarveans in the game against Beira-Mar.

Having soaked up the pressure, Portimonense were then awarded a 64th minute penalty converted by captain Ricardo Pessoa and began to dominate.

Striker Wang Gang should still have pulled the home side level when receiving the ball unchallenged one metre in front of the Portimao goal, but incredibly the Chinese was only able to shoot straight at Ventura.

Thus blessed by good fortune, a second victory of the season, cruelly snatched out of their grasp the previous weekend, belonged to Portimonense.

“As long as its still mathematically possible, and we are willing to fight, we will continue to believe that we can stay in the top division”, Azenha said after the game.

“We have had a lot of bad luck until now.”

Portimão take on Nacional de Madeira back in their own stadium on Monday evening (Sport TV1, 8.15pm) in the first of nine games remaining to make up the present five-point gap to safety. S.B.