Porto crowned champions

By Chris Wright, in Sport · 24-07-2020 01:00:00 · 0 Comments
Porto crowned champions

The Dragons were on fire as they claimed their 29th Primeira Liga title with victory over third place Sporting.

Five days later the 6-1 demolition of Moreirense made it six consecutive victories; in the process Porto had scored twenty-one goals whilst conceding just two.

For manager Sérgio Conceição it was his second title in three seasons at the Estádio Dragão. Against Sporting, still chasing a Europa League place, a towering Danilo Pereira header and a Moussa Marega chip separated the two sides as Rúben Amorim suffered the first league defeat of his managerial career.

Porto were in relaxed mood as they entertained Moreirense with a goal after just four minutes from Luis Diaz. The visitors levelled matters midway through the first-half via Fábio Abreu but after the break it was one-way traffic as Porto ran in five goals: Otávio (51’), Alex Telles (56’), Moussa Marega (62’) and two from substitute Soares (79’ & 88’).

With Benfica secure in second place, the final round of games this weekend, sees Sporting and SC Braga vying for third place. If Sporting lose at Benfica and Braga are victorious at Porto, Os Arsenalistas will move above the Lions on goal difference as they have identical head-to-head results.

At the bottom CD Aves face stern punishment from the league following a financial meltdown and a lack of funds which has seen the club cancel payments to their insurance company. The decision means the team, already relegated from the Primeira Liga, would be unable to train or complete compulsory tests for Covid-19, leaving their final game of the season versus fellow relegation candidates Portimonense in doubt. With the players reportedly set to rescind their contracts and some staff members already relieved of their duties, following more than ninety days without pay, Nuno Manta Santos and his players still turned up for training this week and completed necessary testing which was financed by some of the directors.

At the start of their game against Benfica on Tuesday the players stood still for the first minute whilst their opponents passed the ball among themselves. The Benfica squad then applauded the Aves players who had six youth players on the bench. Benfica went on to win the game 4-0.

Despite a spirited fight back in recent weeks SC Portimonense must now rely on V.Setúbal or Tondela losing their final game whilst Portimonense must beat CD Aves if they are to have any hope of avoiding the drop. All three teams play their final match on Sunday.


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