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Sunday, 14 November 2010 22:43

Gaitan brings smiles back to Benfica

FC Porto see off Portimonense

Nico Gaitan congratulated by David Luiz & Pablo AimarTwo spectacular goals by Nico Gaitan helped Benfica bounce back from their heavy defeat to FC Porto last week, as the Eagles romped to a 4-0 victory over Naval.
 
An off-colour Porto were too good for Portimonense at the Estadio do Dragao. Goals from Walter and Hulk gave the Dragons a 2-0 win. Elsewhere, the highlight was another two-goal salvo for veteran Portuguese striker Joao Tomas as Rio Ave beat Pacos de Ferreira 3-1.



Benfica 4-0 Naval

An outstanding brace from Argentine midfielder Nico Gaitan and a goal apiece from Alan Kardec and Nuno Gomes put Benfica back on track after their disastrous performance at Porto last week.
 
Perhaps still suffering the after effects of the heavy defeat at the Estadio do Dragao, Benfica started nervously, and Roberto had to be alert to turn away Fabio Junior’s early effort. Kardec did his best to calm Benfica’s nerves as he broke the deadlock in the 10th minute, tucking in Saviola’s low cross.
 
Naval came into the match sitting bottom of the table and on the back of a terrible record of 2 draws and 7 defeats in their last 9 matches, but you would not have known it as the Figueira da Foz side gave as good as they got in an entertaining first half.
 
Twice Benfica were saved by the woodwork, although at the other end of the pitch only a series of fine saves by Salin prevented the Eagles from extending their lead.
 
The second half was a different story, with the hosts completely dominating the match. The Argentine midfield trio of Gaitan, Pablo Aimar and Salvio were particularly impressive, and the match will live long in the memory of big-money summer recruit Gaitan.
 
Two wonderful left-footed strikes on 47 and 62 minutes had the Estadio da Luz crowd on their feet.

Watch Gaitan’s superb brace:

 
 
 
 
 
Aimar hit the post before Nuno Gomes put the icing on the cake with a neatly taken goal late on as the otherwise impressive goalkeeper Salin was caught in possession out of his box.
 
Goals:
[1-0] Kardec, 10
[2-0] Gaitan, 47
[3-0] Gaitan, 62
[4-0] Nuno Gomes, 89
 
 

FC Porto 2-0 Portimonense

FC Porto followed up their performance of the season last weekend with a far more subdued display against struggling Portimonense tonight. Nevertheless, a goal in each half from Walter and Hulk (penalty) kept up the Dragons’ unbeaten record run under Andre Villas Boas in 2010/11.

The unfit Falcao and Fernando missed the match through injury, while Moutinho was also out, serving a one-match suspension. To add to Porto’s problems, Varela was forced off the pitch in the first half after picking up an injury that may see him miss Portugal’s international friendly against Spain on Wednesday.
 
Falcao’s replacement, Walter, did his chances of getting more playing time no harm at all with an excellent strike just before the half hour mark. The young Brazilian played a neat one-two with Ruben Micael before lifting a perfectly weighted lob over Ventura and into the back of the net.
 

Watch Walter’s fine chip:

 

Otamendi and Belluschi also came close, while Porto goalkeeper Helton was only called into serious action on one occasion, to push away a powerful Pedro Silva shot. In the second half Portimonense were unlucky not to equalise as Ivanildo’s free-kick shook the bar.
 
In the closing stages Hulk converted a penalty after Rodriguez was fouled in the box to make sure of the win and maintain Porto’s ten-point lead at the top of the table as the league takes a two-week break.
 
Goals:
[1-0] Walter, 29
[2-0] Hulk (penalty), 92
 
 

Joao Tomas on fire

Elsewhere Rio Ave and Uniao de Leiria grabbed important home wins against Pacos de Ferreira and Vitoria Setubal respectively.
 
In Vila do Conde Joao Tomas showed that at 35 years of age he remains one of the most consistent strikers in the Portuguese game. Young Venezuelan forward Rondon put Pacos into an early lead, but a brace by Tomas turned the game around before the break. Braga made sure of the victory for the hosts. Tomas is now second top scorer in the league, behind Hulk, with seven goals to his name.
 
A goal from Cameroonian striker Serge N’Gal was enough to give Leiria all three points at home to Setubal, while in the Algarve Olhanense and Beira-Mar played out a 1-1 draw. Dauto Faquira’s side seemed set for victory thanks to Adilson’s 10th-minute strike, but Renan scored a last-gasp equaliser to earn Beira-Mar a share of the points.
 
by Tom Kundert

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Comments (11)
Can't say enough about Nuno Gomes
11 Monday, 15 November 2010 12:43
The man is a beautiful human being and a legend in Portuguese football. Obrigado Nuno!

Gaitan and Kardec are going to be huge stars for Benfica!
Great bounce back
10 Monday, 15 November 2010 12:36
It was nice to see a Portuguese legend back on the field and scoring. It was a touching moment to see him dedicate it to his father.

Nico is doing amazing. People like to talk trash about us selling Di Maria and that Nico hasn't been a good replacement. People also forget it took 3yrs for Di Maria to finally start doing well where it looks like it will only take one season for Nico.
congrats
9 Monday, 15 November 2010 09:12
There was a fine game with nice goals, especially 1st of Gaitan. Nuno, thanks for the goal, that was incredible! Aimar was very unlucky but he fully deserved to score once or twice.
And Porto is still unbeatable and confident. Will see them vs Braga and Sporting, some hopes still alive.
Nuno gomes
8 Monday, 15 November 2010 06:08
I don't care that benfica won cause i hate them but i have to give nuno gomes respect and congratulate him on his goal
Nuno gomes
7 Monday, 15 November 2010 05:46
Why didn't nuno gomes play at the dragao?...now im waiting for nuno/slb's long winded analysis of the match post.a pity that a lacklustre porto still managed to walk throug their match.hope varela misses the match against spain,we need him fully fit for the weekend.
Legend #21
6 Monday, 15 November 2010 02:58
If I knew he was going to play and score I would of wore my Nuno jersey while watching the game but it's sad to see a Benfica legend get all emotional. RIP to Nuno's dad!
lol
5 Monday, 15 November 2010 01:33
sport lisboa e Argentina
Nuno Gomes!!!
4 Monday, 15 November 2010 01:27
First off congrats to Benfica with the win they got today...Nice way to turn it around after last week. Love that Nuno Gomes was put out there and got the goal..My favorie player..Always has that passion in him..he worked to get to that ball and getting the goal was the cherry on the cake for the play..Love thatguy. Can't wait for the next game.FORCA NUNO GOMES e O GLORIOSO BENFICA!!!
Special moment
3 Monday, 15 November 2010 00:47
When Nuno Gomes scored the goal and dedicate it to his father. I hadnt seen him much since his father passed but now I know how much its affected him. He is still a great player for his age. God bless him and his family.
Nuno Gomes' Goal
2 Monday, 15 November 2010 00:05
The goal Nuno Gomes scored meant a lot to him that he started to cry because his father had past away not to long ago and then when he scored that goal he looked up into the sky and began to cry because he was dedicating the goal to his father.

On another note this was a good way for Benfica to bounce back from last weeks defeat.

Forca Benfica, Nuno Gomes, e Portugal
Very Nice
1 Sunday, 14 November 2010 22:50
A few shakey moments in the first half, but we got are act together in the second...With the way Naval played today I'm surprise they sit in last place...They really caused us a lot of problems especially in the first half...Benfica's class eventually got the best of them or should I say the three little Argentine's in the midfield...Aimar was just class today and I'm upset he didn't get a goal because he really deserved one today, Salvio just busts his ass out on that wing, and finally what two beauties from Gaitan...Easily put those two goals as two of the best I've seen Benfica score this season...Also Sidnei and Airton did a fine job in replacing Luisao and Javi Garcia...Jara too had a good game coming off the bench...I like his work ethic that he brings to the team...And I can't finish this post without congratulating Nuno Golos on his first goal of the season...It might of been lucky, but you can see it meant a lot to him and his teammates...

Forca Nuno e Benfica

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