Portimonense – Big matches

Portimonense enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 home success over Varzim last Sunday afternoon and have closed the gap on one of the two promotion places to three points.

The visitors showed little ambition to claim more than a point from their trip south and did not manage a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes. A good performance from keeper Ricardo kept the game goalless until the break, but even he was unable to prevent Pires’ follow-up after a Fidelis shot from hitting the back of the net shortly after the restart. A powerful Jadson header then settled matters just before the hour mark.

A return to winning league form in front of their own fans will have given manager José Augusto’s men an important confidence boost ahead of this Saturday evening’s televised (SportTV1) clash with FC Porto B. The league leaders have shown impressive form of late and thrashed Guimarães B 5-2 most recently.

Thereafter, the Algarveans travel to mid-table Viseu before another big home match beckons on Tuesday 19 when Sporting Lisbon are the League Cup opponents for the competition’s second group phase encounter. SKIP BANDELE