Portimonense produced one of the best attacking performances of the season last Sunday afternoon and should have beaten relegation-threatened Benfica B by far more than the minimum one-goal margin.
Zambujo, Fabricio and Fidelis in particular failed to convert a hatful of good opportunities before Musa Yahaya came off the bench to decide the game half way through the second-half.
The now 20-year-old, who won the U-17 World Championships with Nigeria in 2013, buried the ball in the visitors’ net in the 78th minute and could have increased his personal tally had it not been for the combination of some fine goalkeeping from Miguel Santos and the Benfica woodwork.
The win takes Portimonense to within three points of Famalicão, who provide the away opposition this Saturday afternoon and currently occupy the second promotion place, for what could prove to be a crunch match.
Off the pitch, promising 19-year-old Brazilian talent Bruno Tabata has successfully pleaded in court to rescind his current contract with Atletico Mineiro and will be joining Portimonense on a €20,000/month salary shortly.
Photo: Portimonense’s Musa Yahaya