Sporting Clube de Portugal booked their spot in the UEFA Europa League knockout rounds after an exciting 1-1 draw against Atalanta in Bergamo.
Viktor Gyökeres hit the post early on before Gianluca Scamacca beat the offside trap in the 23rd minute and slammed a shot past Adán.
Rúben Amorim introduced Geny Catamo and Marcus Edwards at the break and Edwards made a big difference, the winger combining with Gyökeres and equalising in the 56th minute.
Pote had a number of opportunities to put the Portuguese club in front, the playmaker going closest in the 66th minute when his shot hit both posts and bounced away from goal.
Both teams pushed for a winning goal but won’t be displeased with a draw, Amorim ultimately content with a point that means his side will continue in the Europa League next year.
It seemed Benfica had restored some pride after a disastrous Champions League campaign when an energetic first-half performance was rewarded with a 3-0 lead thanks to a João Mário hat-trick.
But it all unravelled after the break with Inter drawing level, António Silva sent off for the second time in five matches in the competition, and the Italians almost snatching victory at the death.
The Eagles have to beat FC Salzburg by three clear goals in Austria in matchday 6 to stay in Europe this season.
Braga battled hard to secure an important 1-1 draw against Union Berlin in an exciting Champions League clash at the Quarry.
The Warriors were on the front foot until they were reduced to 10 men in the 31st minute, Sikou Niakaté booked for a late challenge on Robin Knoche before it was upgrade to a straight red card.
The German club took control and opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, the impressive Jérôme Roussillon assisting Robin Gosens who fired a fierce strike past Matheus.
Artur Jorge’s half-time team talk did the trick, his side coming out strong and equalising six minutes after the restart. The goal came from an error from the visitors, Álvaro Djaló racing into the box an unleashing an unstoppable shot that gave Frederik Ronnow no chance.
Braga continued to push forward, Ricardo Horta’s shot deflected narrowly wide before Union Berlin finished with a flurry, substitute David Fofana close to restoring their lead on two occasions.
In the end it was an important point for the Portuguese club who still have a chance of remaining in the competition, a convincing win against Napoli required in Italy in two weeks' time.
Barcelona guaranteed a spot in the Champions League Round of 16 after defeating Porto 2-1 at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.
Sérgio Conceição’s side took the lead in the 30th minute, Galeno’s shot saved with Pepê Aquino pouncing and converting the rebound.
The Catalan club were level within two minutes when the impressive João Cancelo rounded João Mário, surged into the box and fired past Diogo Costa.
Barca started the second half strong and made it count in the 57th minute, Cancelo combining with João Félix who produced a classy finish into the far corner.
Pepê and Francisco Conceição missed chances to equalise for Porto, the Portuguese club set for a winner takes all clash on 13 December when they host Shakhtar Donetsk.
Bruno Fernandes has been speaking at length about the recent discussions over his suitability for the Manchester United captaincy, as the Red Devils prepare for a crucial Champions League match in Istanbul.
United face Galatasaray on Wednesday knowing defeat will see them eliminated from the competition on Matchday 5. It was therefore no surprise that captain Fernandes was chosen to face the media ahead of one of the most important matches of his team’s season.
Tiago Santos could prove one of the more intriguing Portuguese abroad to follow this season, as the exciting young full-back makes his first steps outside Portugal with Lille.
The 21-year-old Lisbon native arrived in France during the summer in a €6.5m deal from Estoril, since when Santos has been gradually adapting to a new league and the high tactical demands of coach Paulo Fonseca.
It has been a busy few days for Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo since resuming club duties with Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.
Ronaldo returned to Al Nassr after helping the Seleção to victories over Liechtenstein and Iceland during the international break, and the forward has been straight back into the headlines in the Middle East.
It’s been a bizarre ten days for FC Porto, particularly so for Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.
The longest serving president in world football has witnessed a split amongst members which culminated in violence at a hastily held General Assembly.
André Villas-Boas, a former manager who has been contemplating challenging his former boss for the presidency, has been the target of intimidation and violence.
Porto then posted a €47.63m loss for the 2022/23 season, whilst simultaneously approving a new remuneration policy for management and supervisory bodies.
Portugoal’s Matthew Marshall takes a look at recent events to try and make some sense of the chaos that has unfolded at Estádio do Dragão.
Portuguese boss Abel Ferreira is expected to quit his role with Palmeiras next month at the conclusion of the Brasileirão season, in order to take a lucrative offer from Qatar.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Abel has received what they describe as an “irrefusable” proposal from Al Sadd which will make him the highest paid manager in world football in 2024.
Paris Saint-Germain have completed the permanent purchase of Gonçalo Ramos from Benfica, exercising the mandatory clause to sign the Portuguese striker on a long-term deal.
Ramos arrived in Paris in August on a loan deal which PSG were obligated to make permanent before next summer. The French champions announced the decision to trigger the clause on Wednesday, after which coach Luis Enrique spoke to the media about the 22-year-old being part of the club’s long-term plans.
Bernardo Silva took advantage of the recent international break to talk to the Portuguese media about several aspects of his career.
The Manchester City midfielder explained why the previous season was a perfect year on and off the pitch, his relationship with Pep Guardiola, and his desire to transpose his success at club level to the Seleção.
The former Benfica youth player also spoke about the unsatisfactory manner in which he left the Lisbon giants and his hopes for a return to his boyhood club, while also criticising one aspect of Portuguese football.
In Episode 83 of The Seleção Podcast, host Danny Pinto is joined by Seleção writer for PortuGOAL, Nathan Motz.
Danny and Nathan look back at the victories against Liechtenstein and Iceland, Portugal’s perfect 10-0-0 record and historic EURO 2024 qualifying campaign, what Roberto Martínez has been able to establish thus far as manager, and what still needs to be sorted out before the tournament in Germany next summer.
Most clubs in the second tier more or less know what their aims are now.
With the internationals dominating the agenda, this scaled-back weekend of action enabled us see two games involving four sides that are much fancied to be Primeira Liga sides in 2024/2025.
Leaders AVS met Nacional da Madeira, while Paços de Ferreira hosted second-placed Santa Clara. How did it pan out?
The Seleção finished an unusually smooth Euro 2024 qualification campaign with two routine wins over Liechtenstein and Iceland to make it ten straight victories under Spanish coach Roberto Martínez.
It is the first time Portugal have won every one of their matches in a qualifying campaign for a major tournament, and the swagger shown in many of the goal-laden victories has re-enthused the Seleção fan base after things had gone stale under Fernando Santos.
In addition to new tactical approaches that appear to have unlocked Portugal’s offensive firepower, a major theme of the Martínez era has been the emergence of Bruno Fernandes as the team’s chief orchestrator.
Portugal’s perfect record in the U21 European Championship qualifiers came to an end after a 2-1 defeat in Greece.
Rui Jorge’s side overcame a slow start at Stadio Theodoros Kolokotronis where Francisco Conceição opened the scoring in the 29th minute, the winger cutting inside and smashing a long distance shot into the top corner.
Their lead lasted less than a minute, the impressive Christos Tzolis starting and finishing a move which saw him steer the ball into the bottom corner.
Greece took the lead five minutes into the second half, Fotis Kitsos streaking down the left wing and delivering a cross that was converted by Michail Panagidis.
The Equipa das Quinas failed to mount any serious pressure in the closing stages, the hosts holding on to join Portugal and Croatia in a three way battle to qualify from Group G.
Portugal made it ten straight wins in the 2024 European Championship qualifiers after a 2-0 victory against Iceland at Estádio José Alvalade.
The Seleção exerted their superiority early on and deservedly took the lead in the 37th minute when Bruno Fernandes drilled a low drive into the net from distance
Ricardo Horta came off the bench to double the advantage in the 66th minute, poking home from close range after João Félix and Cristiano Ronaldo saw their shots saved.
Iceland went close to a consolation goal in added time when Arnor Traustason’s deflected shot hit the bar, but it was too little too late for the Vikings who were largely outclassed from start to finish.
Roberto Martínez’s side became the first Portugal side to win every match in a qualifying phase for a major tournament, the two goals conceded another milestone alongside the record breaking 9-0 victory against Luxembourg.
Portugal registered their ninth consecutive win in the European Championship qualifiers after beating Liechtenstein 2-0 in Vaduz.
The game was goalless at half-time but that was rapidly rectified two minutes after the break, Cristiano Ronaldo racing clear and firing a powerful shot past Benjamin Büchel.
João Cancelo did it all himself to double the Seleção’s advantage in the 57th minute, José Sá making an important save four minutes later to deny Dennis Salanovic.
Gonçalo Ramos was denied a goal due to a lengthy VAR intervention, Portugal closing out a comfortable victory in front of a 5,749 capacity crowd at Rheinpark Stadion.
This week on the Long Ball Futebol Podcast, Barney and Albert are joined by Matthieu Monteiro from Golaço TV to discuss Jornada 11 of the Primera Liga season.
First on the agenda is the Lisbon Derby which saw Benfica grab two late goals to win a dramatic game and move top of the table. There’s also discussion about Porto’s narrow win over impressive Vitória, Braga winning against an improved Arouca side, Estoril putting 4 goals past Casa Pia, and Filipe Martins resigning as a result.
On deadline day of the summer transfer window, Portuguese midfielder João Palhinha was fully expecting to be paraded in front of the German media as Bayern Munich’s latest signing.
Indeed, by many accounts the former Sporting man had even taken photos in the Bayern shirt as the evening cut-off point loomed. However, Fulham’s reported failure to secure a replacement saw the deal collapse, with Palhinha left stunned by the outcome as he waited at the Bayern training facilities.
With just a month remaining of the Brazilian season, Abel Ferreira’s Palmeiras head into the international break top of the Campeonato Brasileiro for the first time since matchday two of the campaign.
Long-standing leaders Botafogo have finally been displaced from first place, albeit the faltering surprise challengers still have destiny in their own hands having played one game fewer. Yet there is a growing sense that Abel’s experienced Verdão now have the momentum to defend their crown.
Diogo Jota is arguably Portugal’s most in-form forward heading into next week’s international fixtures against Liechtenstein and Iceland.
Jota scored the third goal as Liverpool beat Brentford 3-0 at Anfield on Sunday, moving the Reds into 2nd place in the Premier League.
This one will be talked about for a long time, especially if Benfica go on to win the 2023/24 Portuguese championship.
The Eagles looked down and out after failing to peg back Sporting’s one-goal halftime lead from a superb Viktor Gyökeres goal despite the visitors being reduced to 10 men for practically the whole of the second half.
But strikes from man-of-the-match João Neves and Casper Tengstedt in the 93rd and 96th minutes turned the match on its head and sent Benfica above their Lisbon rivals to the top of the table.
Bayern 4-2 Heidenheim
It has been a test of patience for Raphaël Guerreiro so far this season, with the Portuguese international having to bide his time during the early stages of his Bayern Munich career due to injury.
Now fully recovered from a calf problem, Guerreiro has been slowly integrated by manager Thomas Tuchel in recent weeks. On Saturday, the Seleção man came off the bench and proved a vital introduction by restoring Bayern’s lead in an entertaining win over Heidenheim.
Vitória SC 1-2 FC Porto
FC Porto have kept in touch with the leaders of the Primeira Liga after coming back from a goal down to defeat Vitória de Guimarães 2-1 away from home, this Saturday.
The hosts started strong with an opener from André Silva, testing Diogo Costa another handful of times in a moment of dominance against Sérgio Conceição’s men.
Porto sought answers in Francisco Conceição who, in the space of 20 minutes between the first and second period, assisted Zaidu Sanusi before grabbing the headlines for himself with the winner for the Dragons.
The Lisbon derby. One of the biggest games in the Portuguese football calendar. That’s right, this weekend Estoril will be hosting Casa Pia in a quite simply unmissable game.
Jokes aside, this weekend is of course all about Benfica vs. Sporting, and what better time could there be for a massive game like this with Lisbon’s two biggest clubs in markedly different places at the minute?
PortuGOAL previews the huge encounter in the Portuguese capital and the rest of the weekend schedule.
Roberto Martínez announced the Seleção squad for their final two Euro 2024 qualifiers today. The main news was a recall for Braga winger Bruma, four years after his last call-up to the Portugal squad.
Porto centre-back Pepe and Manchester City midfielder Matheus Nunes are also recalled in the 26-man group, with the injured Raphaël Guerreiro, Danilo and Pedro Neto dropping out.
It was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show at Alvalade tonight. After the thrilling comeback victory over Estrela da Amadora on Sunday, Sporting did just enough to beat Polish side RKS Raków in a forgettable game.
Two penalties scored early in each half by Pedro Gonçalves gave the hosts the points against opposition that played most of the game with ten men. A Milan Rundic reply gave the Poles hope of a draw, but Sporting held on for a win that keeps them second in Group D, three points behind leaders Atalanta.
Real Madrid secured safe passage to the Champions League Round of 16 after beating Braga 3-0 at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
The Warriors were awarded an early penalty but couldn’t take advantage with Álvaro Djaló’s spot kick saved.
They paid the price in the 27th minute when Los Blancos took the lead, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo combining to present a chance for Brahim Díaz which he took with aplomb.
Braga were second best after the restart and paid the price, Vinícius Júnior scoring in the 58th minute and Rodrygo netting three minutes later to end the contest.
The result leaves the Portuguese club four points behind Napoli and two points above Union Berlin with two games to play in Group C.
Real Sociedad beat Benfica 3-1 in San Sebastián this afternoon to end the Portuguese team’s slim hopes of making the knockout stages of the competition, making it four defeats in four matches in Group D for the Eagles.
Benfica were lucky to be only 3-0 down at the break after a nightmare showing in the first 45 minutes, and coach Roger Schmidt admitted he had got things wrong.
“In my opinion we weren’t prepared for today’s game and if that was the case it is my responsibility,” he said.
This week on the Long Ball Futebol Podcast, Albert & Barney round up Jornada 10 of the Primeira Liga season, and have a look at how the table is shaping up after ten games.
Porto fell to a surprise loss at the hands of Estoril, whilst Sporting won again after coming from behind against Estrela, Braga score 6 goals in one half against Portimonense, and Famalicão put in an impressive performance against Gil Vicente.