Braga beaten by 9-man Gil Vicente
While all attention was on the Lisbon derby this weekend, FC Porto quietly went about their business of making it three wins in three matches. A Jackson Martínez header was enough to defeat Paços de Ferreira.
Elsewhere the stand-out results were Vitória Setúbal’s 4-1 thrashing of Guimarães, a debut Liga victory for Arouca at home to Rio Ave and a defeat for Braga at Gil Vicente despite playing with two extra men for over 30 minutes.
FC Porto made the short trip to Paços de Ferreira’s temporary home, Felgueiras, and completely dominated the first half. However, Jackson Martínez was in unusually profligate mood, wasting three excellent opportunities to open the scoring. The home side had a great chance to take a shock lead in the second half, but Carlão failed to get the better of Helton when one on one against the Porto goalkeeper.
The match was into the last 15 minutes when Porto scored the winner, Jackson heading in a Quintero corner. The Portuguese champions have nine points from three matches, and more importantly are already five points clear of their main rivals for the championship title, Benfica.
Cardozo stars… for Vitória Setúbal
Round Three had got off to a surprising start as Setúbal travelled to the other Vitória, Guimarães, and ran out 4-1 winners. Man of the match was Ramón Cardozo, brother of Benfica striker Oscar, who scored two goals and earned a penalty from which Setúbal took the lead.
Braga completed a miserable four days with a 1-0 defeat at Gil Vicente. The defeat at Gil, who have started the new season strongly and were close to beating Benfica last weekend, was not a shock result in itself. But Braga will be kicking themselves for failing to take advantage of the fact they played the final half hour against nine men after Danielson and Halisson were sent off in quick succession early in the second half.
Despite being two men down, Gil took the lead through Luan on 67 minutes, and managed to hang on for all three points. Braga coach Jesualdo Ferreira admitted after the game that it has been “a black week” for the club, who were knocked out of the Europa League by Romanian minnows Pandurii on Thursday.
Differing fortunes for promoted clubs
Arouca left it late but got a maiden Liga victory under their belts thanks to Roberto’s 87th-minute header against Rio Ave. It was a deserved win for Pedro Emanuel’s team, who created the best chances throughout the game against the visitors.
The other promoted side, Belenenses, continue to struggle upon their return to the top flight, losing a third straight match. Goalkeeper Matt Jones was sent off in the 10th minute, and Nacional made the extra man count, running out 3-2 winners thanks to a Mateus brace and a Djaniny goal.
In Madeira the hosts needed a Derley goal in the 93rd minute to rescue a point against Olhanense, who had seemed set for victory after Rui Duarte’s first-half penalty.
The weekend action is completed tonight as Estoril host Académica. A win for the hosts will put the Canarinhos joint top of the table with FC Porto as the Liga takes a pause for the international matches