Portimonense

Portimonense: As easy as one, two, three!

LIGA PORTUGAL BWIN: PAÇOS DE FERREIRA 0-3 PORTIMONENSE

Portimonense gained their first three points of the new season with a facile victory over mostly ten-man Paços de Ferreira in Portugal’s furniture capital last Monday night.

Manager Paulo Sérgio’s men started off like a house on fire, with Welinton Júnior and Yago Cariello in particular causing the home defence any number of problems during the opening 15 minutes.

Paços’ injured Nico Gaitan was then replaced by Zé Uilton, the Brazilian forward proceeding to remain on the pitch for less than 60 seconds before being shown an initial yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Portimonense’s Anderson Oliveira, which subsequently turned into a straight red following a VAR review. In the aftermath, Anderson found himself unable to continue and was forced to give way to Luquinha.

Just after the half-hour mark, Yago headed home his first league goal from a pin-point Pedro Sá cross to put the visitors ahead, promising more excitement to come during the second period of play.

In the event, Paços, led by Antunes, Matchoi and substitute Koffi, still offered plenty of resistance until the 80th minute when Ewerton fed Luquinha for Portimonense’s second, the attacking midfielder returning the compliment shortly afterwards for Ewerton to make it 3-0 on the night. Game over.

Newly-registered signing Diaby was in action for the best part of the match, but Pedrão, also now eligible to play, was absent on compassionate leave as his wife was giving birth to their first child. Both players should be back in action against high-flying Vitória de Guimarães – two wins from two games – at the Municipal Stadium on Sunday night – 8.30pm kick-off.

By SKIP BANDELE