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No change at the top

by Chris Wright, in Sport · 14-12-2017 13:13:00 · 0 Comments

FC Porto hit five as the Lisbon duo of Sporting and Benfica also recorded comfortable victories to maintain the status quo at the top of the Primeira Liga with the Dragons and Lions level on points and the Eagles just three points behind.

No change at the top

Sérgio Conceição’s men had scored thirty-one goals in their thirteen league games this season prior to their trip to Vitória de Setúbal where they smashed in another five without conceding.
Vincent Aboubakar bagged a hat-trick, his second of the campaign, to bring his total to twelve. Mali international, Moussa Marega, added the other two to bring his tally to ten for the season.
FC Porto’s defence, which has only been breached five times this season, was never under any real pressure against a Vitória de Setúbal side lacking in confidence following five consecutive league defeats and leaking nineteen goals in the process.
Sporting travelled north to Porto to play Boavista as Jorge Jesus welcomed back Bas Dost and Gelson Martins to the starting line-up.
Sporting grabbed the opener through Fábio Coentrão’s diving header, with the left-back finishing off a move set up by Daniel Podence just before the half-time whistle.
The Lions doubled their lead as Bas Dost scored from close range after Jeremy Mathieu’s glancing header had rebounded off the post eighteen minutes after the break.
Boavista hit back by halving the visitors’ lead through Mateus two minutes later. The flurry of goals continued in the sixty-seventh minute as Bas Dost volleyed Mathieu’s header across goal into the roof of the net.
The 3-1 victory keeps Sporting level on points with Porto. After their disastrous European Cup campaign - played six; lost six; goals scored one; goals conceded fourteen - Benfica boss, Rui Vitória, knows that he must retain the Primeira Liga title if he is to assuage the demanding Benfiquistas.
Against basement outfit Estoril the home side took the lead after just twelve minutes as Franco Cervi’s teasing pass to the back post gave Eduardo Salvio a routine tap-in.
Top scorer Jonas added a second five minutes later, benefiting from Salvio’s darting run and anticipated cross before directing the ball in from close range.
Jonas was lucky to remain on the pitch when, just before the interval, he planted his studs on Lucas Evangelista’s ankle with the referee failing to punish the Brazilian.
Kléber clawed a goal back for Estoril on the stroke of half-time, as the ex-Porto man headed home in style. Filip Krovinovic made the game safe for the Eagles fifteen minutes after the break when he poked home Cervi’s clinical pass.
Portimonense saw their unbeaten run - dating back to 22 September - come to end when they lost 1-0 at home to Desportivo Chaves, who nicked the points with a Pedro Tiba penalty deep into stoppage time.
Vítor Oliveira (Best Coach) plus players Nakajima (forward) and Dener (midfielder) were voted the best in their individual categories during October and November and duly received the prestigious Samsung Awards.

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Edition 1483
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