Portimonense played against José Mourinho’s Roma last Saturday in Albufeira. Here, Mourinho is pictured during the friendly match between Sporting and Roma held at Algarve Stadium in Faro on Tuesday. Sporting celebrated their 3-2 win against Roma. Photo: EPA/DUARTE DRAGO

Portimonense rise to occasion against FC Porto and Roma

PORTIMONENSE 0-1 FC PORTO

PORTIMONENSE 0-2 AS ROMA

Portimonense continued to show signs of improvement against two strong opponents as manager Paulo Sérgio rotated his yet incomplete squad at each half-time interval as in previous pre-season encounters.

Last Thursday morning’s match behind closed doors saw a well-organised defence keep the current Portuguese champions, FC Porto, at bay for most of the 90 minutes with only Galeno beating the stranded Payam in the Algarveans’ goal after an Otávio shot from the edge of the area had rebounded off the post.

On the following Saturday evening, Sérgio’s ‘two teams’ again acquitted themselves well against José Mourinho’s Roma in Albufeira, albeit without converting a number of good scoring opportunities.

In contrast, the top Italian club found the back of the net from a corner in the 27th minute before a quick second-half counterattack brought about the final 2-0 score line.

Next up is another test not open to the public against Braga this Saturday while Sporting Lisbon (also behind closed doors) will provide the opposition tomorrow (Wednesday, July 20) at 10.30am.

Off the pitch, Portimonense have signed midfielder Everton Felipe from Sport Recife. The 24-year-old was regarded as a rising star of Brazilian football before long-term injury blighted his then transfer to São Paulo. Vitória da Bahia sweeper João Pedro, on the other hand, will not make the move across the Atlantic after all, after loan negotiations broke down.

By SKIP BANDELE