Portimonense knocked out of cup by Benfica
Benfica beat Portimonense 2-0 on October 14 to go through to the next round of the second most important competition in Portuguese football, the Taça de Portugal (Cup of Portugal).
Portimonense had one good opportunity to open the scoring in the first half but a shot from Rafa was saved by Benfica keeper Eduardo.
It was Benfica who managed to find the back of the net in the second half with goals from Bruno César and Rodrigo.
In response, Portimonense brought on Traore, who had a great chance to reduce the arrears but his header narrowly missed the goal.
Benfica coach Jorge Jesus used the match to give a run-out to players who are usually left on the bench, with Eduardo, Capdevila, Miguel Víctor, David Simão, Rodrigo and Nélson Oliveira all making their first appearances for the first team this season in official games. P.S.
Olhanense back in action
After a three week break, the Algarve’s only Premier League football team return to action tomorrow (Saturday) evening when they entertain V. Guimarães at the José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão (behind McDonalds on the EN125). Kick-off 6.00pm.
This is the first of five consecutive Olhanense games being shown live on TV. Olhanense lie in mid table with nine points from seven games whilst V. Guimarães languish in the bottom three on four points.
Due to a delay in resolving the first two rounds of the Portugal Cup, Olhanense were without a game last weekend and played a practice match against Louletano at the Algarve Stadium which ended 1-1. Figueroa, Meza, Yontcha and Wilson Eduardo are available for selection after recovering from injury. Wilson Eduardo scored Portugal’s goal for the Under21s as they went down 2-1 in a group qualifier away to Russia.
Olhanense travel to Lisbon on Saturday, October 29 to take on Benfica at the Stadium of Light, a great opportunity to see top class football at one of Europe’s premier stadiums. A coach will be leaving Olhão at 2pm and the return fare is €20. Tickets for the game will be no more than €15. Please contact Emily Richardson to book your seat, on [email protected] or phone her on 939 486 870.
Portugal will face Bosnia-Herzegovina in the play-off for a place at next year’s European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine.
The first leg will be played in the former Yugoslav republic on November 11, with the decisive return scheduled to take place at Lisbon’s Benfica Stadium of Light four days later.
The remaining places at the finals are being contested between Turkey and Croatia, the Czech Republic and Montenegro and the Republic of Ireland and Estonia over the same time period.