Big points

Every away win in Portugal’s ultra-competitive second division is worth its weight in gold but it must have been particularly satisfying for manager Lázaro Oliveira to see Portimonense take home all three points from former top flight side Beira-Mar.

Captain Ricardo Pessoa marshalled the Algarveans’ defence expertly during periods of sustained pressure from the Aveiro 11 during the first half before initiating a counter attack six minutes after the re-start, which saw Zambujo bury a Quinaz cross in the back of the Beira-Mar net for the only goal of the game.

The victory saw Portimonense sit just four points off joint leaders Moreirense and FC Porto B half-way through a disjointed seventh ‘match day’- at the time of the Resident going to press four matches all of which involved clubs above Portimao had already been played on Sunday while the remainder including Portimonense’s home tie with Sporting B took place on Wednesday afternoon.

Another positive result from that encounter could have taken Lázaro Oliveira’s men into third place and proven their early season promotion credentials. Skip Bandele