Liga Portugal Bwin: Moreirense 0-1 Portimonense
Portimonense secured their fifth away success of the season with a somewhat fortuitous 1-0 win against Moreirense last Sunday afternoon.
During the opening 45 minutes, opposing Brazilian keepers Kewin and Samuel comfortably dealt with any half-chances that happened to come their way until the Algarveans were almost undone already in time added on when a collision between Samuel and one of his own defenders following a Moreirense corner resulted in an open goal-bound Felipe Soares header which Pedrão managed to clear off the line.
Not long following the restart, Portimonense manager Paulo Sérgio brought on Fali Candé and Lucas Fernandes for the largely ineffective Shoya Nakajima- suffered a knock during the first half – and Pedro Sá without any immediate changes for the better.
Carlinhos did force Kewin into a good near-post save while Samuel reacted well to keep out a Fábio Pacheco piledriver, but just as the match seemed to be heading for a draw, Willyan found Aylton Boa Morte in space and his shot ended up in the back of the net via the body of Moreirense captain Steven Vitória attempting to block the effort.
The three points gained keep Portimonense, who next take on Arouca at their Municipal Stadium this Saturday afternoon, in fifth place just behind Estoril. Another away trip is on the agenda as soon as Tuesday next week for a Portuguese FA Cup last 16 tie at Famalicão, the scene of a recent facile 3-0 league victory.
Off the pitch, Portimonense are in danger of being dragged into the ongoing and far reaching corruption investigation focused on the wheeling and dealings of FC Porto and long-standing President Pinto da Costa in particular.
In question are alleged money laundering, tax evasion and inflated or fictitious commission payments vis-à-vis player transfers, some of which, as in the cases of Paulinho and Everton for example, have involved current Portimonense majority shareholder Teodoro Fonseca.
The Brazilian businessman and agent with close ties to Japan, has enjoyed a special relationship with Costa and Porto since overseeing the 2008 and 2012 multi-million Hulk transfers. Authorities are also looking into possible match-fixing between the two clubs.
Last Monday’s Champions League knock-out stage draw, which had to be repeated following an initial mix-up, has handed Portuguese sides Sporting Lisbon and Benfica difficult assignments in the shape of English and Dutch league leaders Manchester City and Ajax Amsterdam, respectively. In the second tier, Europa league Porto face Lazio Rome and Braga take on Moldavian champions Sheriff.
By SKIP BANDELE