Benfica, still recovering from the team bus attack, stormed to a 2-0 lead inside the first half-an-hour in what was looking to be a comfortable win against relegation threatened Portimonense.
The Eagles started brightly as Pizzi stepped up to silence his critics and hammer in Rafa Silva’s cutback before Lucas Possignolo failed to intercept Pizzi’s ball into the box to allow André Almeida all the time and space to volley past Portimonense’s Japan international keeper Shuichi Gonda. Dener initiated the fightback for Paulo Sérgio’s team twenty minutes after the break, rising highest from a Bruno Tabata corner to head home and reduce the arrears. Júnior Tavares grabbed a vital point for the Portimão team with a wonder-strike from the edge of the box that floated into the top-left corner.
Benfica were left to rue ‘what might have been’ as they recorded their worst sequence of consecutive draws since 2008. For Portimonense it was a vital point as they strive to climb out of the drop zone.
FC Porto moved two points clear at the top of the Primeira Liga when Jesús Corona netted after just six minutes. The Méxican international wing-back surprised Maritimo’s Brazilian keeper Charles with a looping volley that proved to be the only goal of the game.
The Dragons were reduced to ten men when Alex Telles picked up a second yellow five minutes from time. The victory was a welcome relief for Porto fans who had seen their team drop five points in their previous two games.
SC Braga made it two consecutive defeats, since the re-start, when they lost at home to Boavista. A penalty, converted by Bueno, thirteen minutes after the break was enough to secure an unlikely victory for the team from Porto.
Sporting took the field with a string of young names in their matchday squad and registered their first win since the lockdown comeback defeating Paços de Ferreira 1-0 at the Alvalade after another positive Jovane Cabral display. The Cabo Verde winger hit a thundering free-kick in-off the underside of the crossbar to secure all three points for the hosts and move them level on points with Braga behind Porto and Benfica.
On Monday SC Portimonense have yet another vital home game, this time against Maritimo (Madeira) whilst on Tuesday Benfica entertain Santa Clara (Azores) and FC Porto host local rivals Boavista at the Estádio Dragão.