Farense: Sigh of relief

Liga NOS: Boavista 0-1 Farense

Farense secured what could be a pivotal win when all is said and done last Sunday, beating relegation rivals Boavista 1-0 in Porto and climbing out of the Liga NOS bottom three.

Jorge Costa’s men were looking to put an end to a five-game winless streak and their motivation was apparent from the get-go.

No sooner had referee Hugo Miguel blown the whistle to start the match, he was awarding Farense a penalty after Javi Garcia tackled Ryan Gauld illegally.

Gauld himself took the penalty but was bested by Boavista goalkeeper Léo Jardim’s amazing save.

The missed opportunity did not shake Farense’s confidence as the team continued to harrass Jardim, who despite his valiant efforts was powerless to stop Licá from scoring his second goal of the season at the 25th minute.

The half-time whistle came with Farense in complete control of the affairs. While Boavista provided more of a challenge in the second half, the Algarvian side could have extended their lead an hour into the match but both Gauld and Licá saw their consecutive shots denied by the woodwork.

Although Boavista was on the losing side of the score, Farense continued to be the more dangerous team throughout the match and had ample opportunities to score the dagger, being denied again and again by an outstanding Léo Jardim.

New signing Beto was the starting goalkeeper and celebrated his debut with a clean sheet, playing an importante role in Farense’s massive win which saw them jump from 18th to 15th in the Liga NOS standings, now with 22 points.

Up next is a home match versus fourth-placed SC Braga.

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Man of the match Licá