FC Porto have seen their lead at the top of the Primeira Liga cut down to just one point after their 1-1 draw away to Moreirense was followed up by an eye-popping 10-0 Benfica victory over Nacional da Madeira.

The Dragons were made to sweat for a point on Friday night, requiring a 92nd-minute equaliser from Héctor Herrera to come away from Moreira de Conégos with a 1-1 draw.

Benfica seized the opportunity on Sunday night to close in on the title holders, and how, as they demolished Nacional at the Estádio da Luz with ten goals - a result not seen domestically for 55 years.

Elsewhere, there were also victories for third and fourth-placed Sporting de Braga and Sporting, who defeated Chaves and Feirense, respectively. As always, PortuGOAL brings you all the goals at the top. 

 

Moreirense 1-1 FC Porto

With little more than a third of the league campaign remaining, Moreirense’s light is one that refuses to go out as they hosted Porto from the lofty heights of fifth place, last Friday.

Inspiration was scarce at either end, however, as Heri saw Iker Casillas make himself big to deny Moreirense the chance to take the lead in the 36th minute before Jhonatan remained privy to Tiquinho Soares’ backheel for the visitors to keep things locked at 0-0 come half-time. 

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It was a theme that was maintained for the second period, spelling trouble for Porto in the 79th minute after David Teixeira reacted first to Rafik Halliche’s header against the bar to fire Moreirense ahead.

Herrera came to Porto’s rescue late on after being found by a looping pass from Otávio, aimed at the far-post, that allowed the Mexican the opportunity to grab his side a point with a side-footed volley from close range.

 

Sp. Braga 2-1 Chaves

Porto’s slip-up versus Moreirense offered the Braga faithful a new lease of life in what’s already been a contagious season for the Arsenalistas, with a potential win over 17th-placed Chaves placing them just two points behind the league leaders.

Only the post stood in Braga’s way in the second minute to deny Ricardo Horta from converting a rebound from Ricardo Esgaio’s shot. The hosts continued to tot up the efforts throughout the half but would get no closer, with honours even coming into half-time.

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Chaves changed all that just six minutes into the second period via Luís Martins, squeezing a volley in at the near post following Tiago Sá’s save from Niltinho’s effort one-on-one.

The slightest of touches from Antonio Filipe between the sticks stopped Dyego Sousa from claiming a simple equaliser from Paulinho’s cross in the 62nd minute, but the Chaves keeper wasn’t to stop the Brazilian striker’s header just two minutes later to make it 1-1.

The winner had another Brazilian’s name on it as Claudemir popped up in the 80th minute, pouncing on Erdem Sen’s glancing header towards his goal to volley in for the decisive moment in a 2-1 victory.

 

Benfica 10-0 Nacional

All eyes were on a win at the Estádio da Luz as Benfica required a victory not just to close in on first-placed Porto, but also to recover second place back off Braga, victorious versus Chaves just moments prior to kick-off.

After just 33 seconds, Alejandro Grimaldo had the ball in the back of the net for Bruno Lage’s side following Haris Seferovic’s assist, who was off celebrating a cool finish of his own in the 20th minute to make it 2-0.

Seferovic also closed the accounts for the first half, crowning André Almeida’s low cross in the 26th minute with a simple tap-in at the back-post. The Swiss forward’s strike partner, João Félix, got in on the act in the 49th minute with a simple back-post header, setting Benfica up for a big win. 

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Pizzi added to the scoreline after being brought down inside the box and winning his side a penalty in the 53rd minute, with the midfielder claiming full responsibility and tucking away the spot-kick.

There were even enough goals to go around for the Eagles' centre-back pairing of Ruben Dias and Ferro, as the latter picked up his first official goal in red and white prior to Benfica’s number six making it 7-0 in the 64th minute.

A deflected free-kick from Jonas on his comeback from injury amplified the score up to 8-0 before Rafa Silva, working in unison on the counter-attack with Pizzi, picked his spot from close range to make it 9-0 in the 88th minute.

Goal number ten was reserved for the Eagles’ number ten, Jonas, who caught Nacional napping when catching up to his own through ball and slotting a finish in at the near post, capping off an incredible night for the 36-time league champions.

 

Feirense 1-3 Sporting

Three winless games from Sporting has seen the pressure grow on the Lions and their once-celebrated mid-season appointment, Marcel Keizer, as they looked to change their fortunes versus bottom-of-the-table Feirense away from home.

The hosts had the ball in the back of the net in the 25th minute via Marco Soares, but the celebrations were put on ice after an arguable spot from the VAR saw the referee disallow the goal for a foul on Sporting goalkeeper Renan Ribeiro. 

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Sporting nabbed the lead themselves on the brink of half-time, with Wendel’s header from Christian Borja’s cross going in off Briseño’s hand in the 43rd minute.

An in-swinging cross from Abdoulay Diaby fell perfectly for Bruno Fernandes to double the Lions’ lead in the 58th minute with a diving header, just moments before the midfielder notched a 10th league goal of the season with a free-kick, taking Sporting’s lead up to 3-0.

Feirense were able to pull a goal back from second-half substitute Steven Petkov, but the goal wasn’t to be enough to divert Sporting’s return to winning ways.

By Patrick Ribeiro

 

Matchday 21

Moreirense 1-1 FC Porto

Marítimo 0-1 Desp. Aves

Portimonense 0-1 Rio Ave

Tondela 0-1 Vit. Guimarães

Sp. Braga 2-1 Chaves

Boavista 0-1 Santa Clara

Benfica 10-0 Nacional

Feirense 1-3 Sporting

 

Monday 11th February

Vit. Setúbal vs. Belenenses

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Where's that commenter who after Porto's loss to Sporting in the Taca who wrote (not exact quote because i cant find it also i think they delete it too) but they wrote something on the line of "Oh well Porto lost the beers cup back to the league...

Where's that commenter who after Porto's loss to Sporting in the Taca who wrote (not exact quote because i cant find it also i think they delete it too) but they wrote something on the line of "Oh well Porto lost the beers cup back to the league to see who will win the league between Porto and erm Porto" well You must be eating your own words now. Porto haven't been exactly great this season along with the other chasing clubs.

Benfica should be ashamed of themselves lol how can you go and demolish another team like that? I would've loved to been a Benfica fan in that game

I didn't watch Porto game so I can't comment but back to back draws puts them at risk at bring third! Let alone losing first place

Sporting result flattered them the other team deserved more than one goal and were the better team first half and should've been leading couple times, Bruno is the one in that midfield poor guy must be knackered carrying Sporting all the time lol. Acuna once again showed what Sporting will miss if he were to leave.

How's that's all done, I have confident that all the Portuguese teams will win in Europe competition, Benfica are on form, Roma aren't scary and Porto have done well so far and Villarreal are in worse state than Sporting! No reason why Sporting can't win that game and put it to beyond doubt before the next let game.

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Benfica nacional game was a huge disgrace.

I agree with João, for once a thoughtful post on here, Benfica was disrespectful for running up the score.

Once it’s 4 or 5-0... you stop. These teams don’t have the resources to come back . A shame...

Benfica nacional game was a huge disgrace.

I agree with João, for once a thoughtful post on here, Benfica was disrespectful for running up the score.

Once it’s 4 or 5-0... you stop. These teams don’t have the resources to come back . A shame what they did to nacional.

Porto will still win the title. Benfica still has to
Go to dragon stadium, and we all know benfica never beats Porto when it matters. Looking forward to the melao.

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That was the strangest game I have seen in many years! Benfica scored 10 and could easily have scored another 4 goals. My sympathy goes out to Nacional, they are not as bad as the scoreline suggests, they just had the bad luck of coming up...

That was the strangest game I have seen in many years! Benfica scored 10 and could easily have scored another 4 goals. My sympathy goes out to Nacional, they are not as bad as the scoreline suggests, they just had the bad luck of coming up against a super in-form Benfica on a particularly efficient day. I don't think I can remember ever seeing 8 different goalscorers in a single match before! Crazy match!

What a huge difference and impact Bruno Lage has made already. He was brought in as an interim coach and there was lots of talk about Mourinho and others coming at the end of the season. Well I think whatever happens by the end of the season, Lage has already proved he deserves to remain in charge next season. He has the same exact squad that Vitoria had, but the difference in play has been like night and day. So much more purpose and energy and intensity from all the players, compared to the days of Vitoria. Yesterday, with the team 7-0 up, every single player was still pressing ferociously all over the pitch, as if the score was still 0-0. And this is simply down to the coach. Under Vitoria, we'd only ever see this kind of intensity and purpose when we went behind in a match. The rest of the time it was all too often a lackadaisical and passive effort from the team.

Virtually all the players have looked better since Lage took over. In particular, Seferovic (how is he the same player from last season?), Gabriel (has been immense in CM) and Pizzi. With regard to Pizzi, I always knew he is better on the wing than in central midfield. Vitoria didn't realise this and kept wasting him away in CM. Lage immediately placed him back on the flank as soon as he took charge and the results have been spectacular so far. What a performance yesterday, a goal and 4 assists in a single match, amazing! And great to see our Seixal academy being so heavily represented in the first team: Ferro and Florentino both looked good and I believe we finished the match with 6 Portuguese players on the pitch.

Anyway we have to move on quickly and keep our feet on the ground, one match at a time. Next up is a very tricky match in Turkey this week in the Europa league and we need to keep this level of performance going to get a good result there. But I'm really liking the attitude and impact that Lage is instilling on the team. We are completely in the running for the Liga title now, and building momentum at the right stage of the season.

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Nacional's game is result of the recent idea that managers can't play defensive football, no matter who the opponent is, because it's ugly fooball/bad football/non-Pep football.

If you stop to think for a minute, the most shocking thing about...

Nacional's game is result of the recent idea that managers can't play defensive football, no matter who the opponent is, because it's ugly fooball/bad football/non-Pep football.

If you stop to think for a minute, the most shocking thing about the game is that no one said "they're just worried about not conceding". For 90 minutes they played Benfica as if it was just another team, meaning they had no plan to avoid a... 10 - 0, only a few days after Sporting miraculously only conceded 4.

Thanks to Mourinho the world knows the expression "parking the bus", and that's not a coincidence. Portuguese managers know what they're doing, and have no problem playing with 11 defenders behind the ball when they have to. Pragmatism. I've seen so many Benfica games where the first thought was "well, better have a plan to break their 1-5-5!", but I haven't had that thought for a while. If you add the current prejudice against defensive football to a bunch of really motivated players with fantastic technique, you get a game like this. I'm not saying teams should waste time, not at all, but they should definitely defend with 10 players behind the ball, and if in the 70th minute they're only losing by one, then go crazy with 3 strikers. It makes even less sense when Nacional is fighting relegation, it's not like they're 8th and are waiting for the end of the season.

It's great to believe in attacking football, but a manager that ignores the quality of the opponent is irreponsable. This also applies to Bruno Lage when he plays in the Champions League.

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I’m seeing a lot of this idea that it was disrespectful to continue playing after Nacional we’re down and out. I find this idea a bit ridiculous.
You don’t show respect to your opponents by taking it easy. You show respect by giving it all you’ve...

I’m seeing a lot of this idea that it was disrespectful to continue playing after Nacional we’re down and out. I find this idea a bit ridiculous.
You don’t show respect to your opponents by taking it easy. You show respect by giving it all you’ve got always.

If Nacional had indeed lost 4/5-0 it wouldn’t have been ‘that’ out of the ordinary. Those kinds of results against Benfica or Porto happen on occasion and the team moves on.
10-0 really drives home the idea that the way they approached this game is not an appropriate way to do so. You have to play the game your players allow but also in response to what your opponents are. This rule goes for every team, not just bottom feeders.

Secondly, some of you may be forgetting but goals for and goal difference CAN be very important for standings. In the end it could come down to the top two tying on points or two teams tying for second. Same goes for Nacional, they could be tied on points with another team for relegation. Would it have been fair to the team that tied Nacional on points to go down because in the Benfica game the Benfica players ‘/stopped’ playing?

No matter what team was there, every team would have done the same. If sporting, Porto, Braga, city, Madrid, etc walk into this situation, they would have done the same as a Benfica did (as they do, recall city’s recent 9).

As for the title race, it’s wide open. There is never a winner in February, although every season people seem to think so. Also don’t forget it is not a two horse race as Braga have been superb result wise. It’s anyones title and that’s fantastic.

Catch you all later!

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The opposite effect of this happened with Newcastle vs Wolves.

Wolves outplayed them badly yesterday, attacked all day and found themselves down 1-0 going into extra time. Newcastle did nothing to deserve this but they played 10 guys behind the...

The opposite effect of this happened with Newcastle vs Wolves.

Wolves outplayed them badly yesterday, attacked all day and found themselves down 1-0 going into extra time. Newcastle did nothing to deserve this but they played 10 guys behind the ball and waited for a chance. Same with Inter vs Parma on Saturday. Pragmatic coaches who understand they just don’t have the depth of talent to go head to head with the giants of football.

If Nacional goes into a game vs Benfica expecting to play attack vs attack that is bad coaching. At the top tier level, bad coaching gets punished. That’s why they get paid like they do.

Also this isn’t hockey where you stop running it up and play only your 4th liners. In football you don’t stop scoring and that is especially true at the top level. Man City didn’t stop vs Chelsea. Fiorentina didn’t stop vs Roma.

The real issue is partisan fans. Always complaining about their rival clubs no matter how awful their own club performs or acts. This insane mentality has seeped into every fabric of society from sports to politics to journalism but some people just will never change or adapt or even understand, just fumble around in the dark screaming “I HAVE BEEN WRONGED!”.

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When it was 6-0 Benfica should have slowed down. Its called sportsmanship.

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