Liga NOS is back for another season and with it PortuGOAL’s Figure of the Week feature. Each week we highlight the standout figure (player or manager) of the round’s action with the caveat that no individual be featured more than once throughout the campaign.
The opening weekend featured a number of entertaining, high-scoring fixtures with each of the “big three” getting off to winning starts, while promoted sides Nacional and Santa Clara tasted defeat on their return to the top flight. Picking the first outstanding player is a tricky prospect: Porto’s Yacine Brahimi was at his electric best, closely followed by his two goal team-mate Vincent Aboubakar in a 5-0 win over Chaves, while Sporting’s Dutch hitman Bas Dost picked up where he left off last season with a brace against Moreirense.
However, Benfica’s midfield talisman Pizzi outshone them all with a first half hat-trick in Friday night’s 3-2 victory against Vitória Guimarães, he is the first Figure of the Week for 2018/19.