Liga Portugal Betclic:
Estrela Amadora 3-0 Portimonense
Farense 1-1 Famalicão
Disaster struck last Friday night as Portimonense inadvertently went to great lengths to help Estrela Amadora end their seven-match winless run with two own goals and a ‘giveaway’ within 25 opening minutes.
Goalkeeper Kosuke Nakamura, so often a rock at the back, must wish he had stayed in bed as his sixth-minute scuffed attempted clearance led to Dener’s off-the-line clearance rebounding from Carlinhos for the first. The keeper was then helpless when Leo Jaba smashed home the second after Igor Formiga had needlessly given away the ball, but there was again no excuse for the Japanese international for dropping his 26th-minute corner catch over his own goal line- 3-0!
There was a slight improvement to Portimonense’s abysmal first-half performance following the break with Dener testing Bruno Brigido in the Amadora goal and Carrillo being denied a goal for offside, but given the general level of play and the constant changes to the starting eleven before and during each match in recent times, a change in management could well be the only path to betterment.
Portimonense are currently hovering one point above the relegation play-off place, a situation which is likely to get worse with in-form Vitória Guimarães due to visit the Algarve on Saturday evening (6pm kick-off) before a trip to Benfica is on the cards.
In contrast, Farense were again unlucky not to take maximum points at home against Famalicão on Saturday afternoon. There was nothing keeper Ricardo Velho could do to keep out a 19th-minute Sorriso bombshell from outside the area, but thereafter Mattheus Oliveira had a goal chalked off for a preceding foul no-one but referee Fábio Veríssimo saw, and then the same man in black was again the only person in the São Luís stadium who did not see a Francisco Moura hand ball in the Famalicão penalty area. Thus, the score remained 0-1 until time added on when Bruno Duarte finally managed to smash home the equaliser.
Farense, comfortably sitting in seventh place, next travel to Braga on Sunday evening (8.30pm kick-off).
By SKIP BANDELE