Liga Portugal Betclic:
Portimonense 1-2 Arouca
Farense 1-1 Chaves
Both Algarve clubs failed to take maximum points from matches which they mostly dominated last weekend.
Portimonense began their home encounter with Arouca on the front foot on Saturday afternoon and were knocking on the door before Carlinhos saw his 26th-minute effort ruled out for off-side. The Portimonense captain then had his stinging shot from just inside the area spilled by Arouca keeper Arruabarrena only for Rodrigo Martins to miss an open goal with the follow-up.
Those missed opportunities came back to haunt the Algarvians when their defence was caught napping on two occasions in quick succession immediately after the break as Rafael Mujica and Matias Rocha put the visitors two up against the run of play. Portimonense, now chasing the game, had Mvoue’s weak toe poke adjudged not to have crossed the goal line by VAR before Ronie Carrillo finally successfully converted a deep Guga cross to make it 1-2 with twenty minutes remaining on the clock. A Jason hand ball disallowed Arouca goal later, the final opportunity of the match fell to Igor Formiga who should have made sure of a point for the home side but blasted his shot against the crossbar with Arruabarrena well out of position.
On-the-road Farense will be kicking themselves even harder after settling for a draw at inoffensive – two shots on target – Chaves who played with 10 men after Ygor Nogueira’s 17th-minute straight red card dismissal.
Bruno Duarte finally put away one of a host of good chances just after the half-hour mark and the visitors returned from the interval the overwhelming favourites to increase their lead and return the victors.
However, firstly a defensive slip-up prompted Ricardo Velho to bring down the advancing Jo Batista in the area allowing Hector Marrero to stroke home the resulting penalty equaliser, and then Chaves keeper Hugo Souza produced two world class saves to hold on to a share of the points.
Farense will next face Famalicão on home turf this Saturday afternoon while Portimonense will already have travelled to Estrela Amadora the previous evening.
Off the pitch, Farense did not make any last-minute transfer window acquisitions, but Portimonense took advantage of their strong links to Japan to facilitate the 18-months on-loan services of highly promising 19-year-old midfielder Taichi Fukui who has been a regular in the Bayern Munich reserves.
By SKIP BANDELE