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Sporting chance

By SKIP BANDELE

Portimonense’s latest 3-1 home defeat to Sporting Lisbon at the Stadium of the Algarve on Sunday evening again highlighted the team’s principal failings.

A lively first half saw the Algarveans with plenty of goal scoring opportunities, which only Pires managed to take advantage of to cancel out Postiga’s 23rd minute opener for the visitors.

The inability to find the back of the net regularly is illustrated by the fact that Sunday’s marksman became the 12th individual Portimão player to score in the league.

This lack of a real goal getter, a role originally designated for either of the new signings Calvin Kadi or Dong Fangzhuo, is costing the team dearly.

That lack of punching power coupled with naïve defending which left Maniche to slot home just before the interval following a Soares error (2-1) and allowed Santos a free shot from distance (3-1) only minutes later, is making it virtually impossible for manager Litos to produce a winning performance.

The second half did not live up to the end-to-end action witnessed earlier and Sporting ran out the deserved winners.

Life in the top flight is not easy and Portimão will have to convert the few chances that present themselves if they are to maintain their status.

Much will depend on the next four weeks with fellow relegation threatened Marítimo (away) and Setúbal providing the opposition Sunday week and on January 9.

By that latter encounter, Portimonense should be playing back at home – club President Fernando Rocha recently promised a return to the refurbished city centre stadium “within a month”.