Portimonense: Caught napping


Portimonense failed to build on their previous weekend’s first home win of the season when falling to two sucker-punches without reply in Guimarães on Sunday.

Manager António Folha’s men, missing injured regular starters Pedro Sá and Bruno Tabata, were still finding their feet when Brazilian on-loan Wolves striker Leo Bonatini had the ball in the back of the net after some good work from Ola John to give the home side a second-minute lead.

With keeper Ricardo Ferreira alert to the few moments of real danger created by Guimarães thereafter, Portimonense proved to be the better side for long periods of play, but main striker Jackson Martinez, still looking for his first goal of the season, was still out of luck on this particular afternoon.

Having gone close on several occasions, the Colombian then saw his 37th-minute ‘equaliser’ chalked off by VAR for being 17 centimetres offside when heading home a Lucas Fernandes’ free kick.

The second half followed a similar pattern, home keeper Douglas doing well to hold on to a Jackson scorcher before an ankle problem forced the forward off. To add insult to injury, former Tottenham prospect Marcus Edwards produced a moment of individual magic only minutes later to put Guimarães two up just past the hour mark. There was still some fight left in the visitors from the Algarve, with Aylton Boa Morte and Fernando Medeiros both only a whisker away from getting on the score sheet, but at the end of the day two instances of real class made the difference.

As a result, Portimonense remain anchored amongst the bottom three and face Rio Ave, 1-0 winners over Gil Vicente, at their Municipal Stadium tomorrow (Friday) evening.