43-year-old Silas becomes the fifth coach to take charge of troubled Sporting’s first team in less than twelve months. He has been given a contract until the end of the season with an option for an additional year. Silas, a creative midfielder, enjoyed a long playing career spanning two decades which included time abroad in Spain, England at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cyprus and India. His best spell was at Lisbon rivals Belenenses, for whom he played over a hundred games.

The new boss will need a miracle or two to turn around Sporting’s disastrous season; five league matches without a win, before that game against CD Aves on Monday 30 September, and defeats in their opening matches of the UEFA Europa League and Taça da Liga. An eighty-third minute penalty slotted home by skipper Bruno Fernandes will have brought some relief as the beleaguered Lions chalked up their first win for over a month against Aves.

Benfica had to rely on a second-half goal from Carlos Vinícius to beat V.Setúbal and had to see out the last ten minutes of the game with ten men after Abel Tarabt saw red for a lunging two footed tackle. FC Porto’s victory in front of a crowd of just over 4,000 at Rio Ave came courtesy of a Moussa Marega strike twelve minutes into the game.

Surprise package Famalicão found themselves a goal down at half-time in their home game against Belenenses. Pedro Gonçalves levelled matters fifteen minutes after the break before Anderson came off the bench to grab a brace in the final ten minutes to make it 3-1 and keep Famalicão a point clear of Benfica at the top-of-the-table.

Portimonense lost 1-0 at home to SC Braga and are now just a point above the drop zone. With the international break looming there are no Primeira Liga games until the end of October when a mouth watering game sees leaders Famalicão play FC Porto.