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Lisbon derby ends all square

by Chris Wright, in Sport · 04-01-2018 12:23:00 · 0 Comments

Sixty-two thousand fans were treated to a superb advert for Primeira Liga football at the Estádio da Luz on Wednesday evening as Benfica and Sporting shared the spoils. FC Porto moved two points clear at the top following a hard fought 2-1 victory at Feirense.

Lisbon derby ends all square


Sporting made a bright start and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the eighteenth minute.


Fernandes and Fábio Coentrão exchanged passes on the edge of the penalty area before former Benfica full-back Coentrão, relentlessly booed by his old fans, whipped over a cross and Gelson Martins was on hand to climb above a static Eagles defence to head firmly past keeper Bruno Varela.


The goal sparked life into Benfica with Jardel coming close before Filip Krovinovic's strike bounced back off the bar.

Just when it looked as if the green half of Lisbon would have the bragging rights for the foreseeable future Rodrigo Battaglia deflects Rafa's shot with his arm and referee Hugo Miguel immediately pointed to the spot.


Up stepped the league’s top goal-scorer Jonas to calmly slot the ball past Rui Patrício and make history in the process. The last five games between the ‘big three’ - FC Porto, Sporting and Benfica - have all ended as draws, the first time this has happened.


FC Porto took the lead midway through the first-half in feisty battle at Feirense.


The Dragons top marksman Aboubakar found the back of the net but the lead was short lived as minutes later Luís Rocha levelled for the home side.


Felipe grabbed the winner for Porto fifteen minutes from time but ten minutes later he was off for an early bath as referee Fábio Veríssimo flourished a second yellow.


FC Porto top the table with forty-two points, two ahead of Sporting whilst reigning champions Benfica are five points off the pace. 



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