Liga Portugal Betclic: Portimonense 1-0 Farense
In an otherwise mostly uneventful encounter, Portimonense decided the first Algarve derby since the 2020/21 season in their favour from the penalty spot last Friday night.
Close to 4,000 fans saw goalkeeper Kosuke Nakamura make his first start in four months following injury on international duty and the Japanese did not disappoint with a clean sheet. At the other end of the pitch, his opposite number Ricardo Velho joined proceedings in the sixth minute when blocking Pedrão’s follow up to a corner before becoming involved in a defensive mix-up with Gonçalo Silva which almost let in Ronie Carrillo.
Following the break, Velho proved equal to a powerful Dener drive, but, in the 58th minute, the deadlock was finally broken when Fran Delgado brought down Alemão in the Portimonense box. Carlinhos stepped up to the strains of the ‘A Portuguesa’ national anthem, sung by around 200 protesting policemen, echoing around the Municipal Stadium and confidently converted to Velho’s left for the only goal of the match.
The first win in five games now has Portimonense three points clear of the three possible relegation places, a cushion which could be increased following a second successive home match next Sunday afternoon when equally struggling Gil Vicente are the visitors. Meanwhile, Farense’s travels continue with a trip to rapidly improving Casa Pia on Saturday evening.
By SKIP BANDELE