At times it was difficult to tell which was the second division and which was the Lisbon district league side during last Sunday afternoon’s Portuguese FA Cup second round tie in Portimão.
Visiting Real were much the livelier team from the kick off and duly took the lead as early as the fifth minute when Fati rose unmarked to head home a Sousa corner. Half-an-hour later Marcelo rounded off a counter attack with aplomb to double the Real advantage during a first-half during which Portimonense enjoyed the majority of possession without producing a single shot on goal.
The introduction of Fidelis, Rafinha and Kanazaki, in particular, galvanised the home side somewhat after the interval, and Zambujo should have reduced the deficit early on. Instead, he placed his header wide encouraging Real to seek a third goal which was only prevented by a combination of the Portimonense woodwork and keeper Carlos.
A late comeback seemed possible after Kanazaki slotted home a 75th-minute penalty following a foul on Fidelis in the area, but the strike proved to be too little too late as jubilant Real held on to claim their 2-1 win.
Portimonense will return to action against FC Porto B on Wednesday evening and next visit Beira-Mar on Sunday afternoon.