Sporting have claimed their first win of the 2019/20 season after defeating competitive rivals Sporting de Braga 2-1 at the Alvalade on Sunday.

The Lions, previously winless throughout pre-season, on top of their opening couple of fixtures in the new campaign, got the goals in early in the encounter before fighting tooth and nail in the second half to keep their lead intact, as previously undefeated Braga failed to nick a point in the closing stages from a goal behind.

Across Lisbon, Benfica were on hand to make it two wins from two games against Belenenses before next week’s Clássico against FC Porto, defeating the side formerly based in Restelo 2-0 away from home at Jamor.

Porto were able to bounce back from their poor start to the season some hours later with a 4-0 victory at home to Vitória de Setúbal, as Zé Luis starred with a hat-trick at the Estádio do Dragão. PortuGOAL has all the goals from the top matches of Matchday Two of the Primeira Liga.

 

Belenenses 0-2 Benfica

After starting the season the strongest of the title contenders, Benfica entered their encounter versus Belenenses on the hallowed turf of Jamor with some degree of caution, having dropped a grand total of five points against Silas’ side just last season.

Difficulties were felt immediately, with Raúl de Tomas being the only player to come close to breaking the deadlock for Benfica with a curling effort from the edge of the box, firing wide 20 minutes in.

Belenenses sought a more direct route, unlocking the Eagles back-line on the brink of half-time after Kikas was able to bring a long ball down with his shoulder and set himself on goal, where he’d eventually be found lacking by Odisseas Vlachodimos one-on-one.

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Bruno Lage’s men eventually found their way through, courtesy of some more Pizzi-Rafa Silva synergy, as the latter picked up the midfielder’s scraps before arrowing a strike into the top corner in the 58th minute.

A mistake inside the box at the other end from young Nuno Tavares almost proved costly for Benfica in the 79th minute, but all Nicolas Vélez could do was drag a left-footed strike wide across the face of goal as he rushed to get an effort on target.

VAR stepped in to deny Haris Seferovic the game’s second goal in the 82nd minute, but come the 92nd minute the Primeira Liga holders were able to breathe a sigh of relief after a piercing run from Rafa, carrying the ball over to Pizzi prior to the captain finding the bottom corner and clinching a 2-0 win.

 

FC Porto 4-0 Vit. Setúbal

The pressure is sky high around the Dragão these days after an opening-day defeat to Gil Vicente and failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League versus Krasnodar, last Wednesday, as Porto aimed to take all their frustrations out on travelling Vitória de Setúbal.

Sérgio Conceição’s men had the visitors scrambling as early as the second minute, nearing the opener through Zé Luis’ glancing header from a corner before another set-piece - this one crashing off the post from Alex Telles’ free-kick - caused further panic in Giorgi Makaridze’s box. Zé Luis popped up to make all the difference, outside of his natural habitat, by smashing a low shot in from range in the 11th minute and giving Porto a deserved lead.

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A miss-kick from Danilo Pereira gifted Khalid Hachadi a golden opportunity in front of Agustín Marchesín to equalise prior to the Argentine’s point-blank save, just as Zé Luis added greater daylight between the two sides with his second goal in the 20th minute.

The Cape Verdean was at it again in the second half, rising highest in front of Makaridze to nod in Porto’s third on the hour mark. Spartak Moscow’s ex-forward wasn’t done there, providing a crucial pass for Moussa Marega to attack down the by-line, as the Malian picked out the incoming Luis Díaz for the fourth and final goal of the game.

 

Sporting 2-1 Sp. Braga

The demand for a win was huge in Sporting’s first outing at Alvalade, with the Lions combining a winless pre-season with a less than inspiring start to their 2019/20 campaign. Keizer’s men promised a different outlook come kick-off, starting quickly and coming close to pegging Braga back through Sebastian Coates’ header, beaten away by Matheus between the sticks.

There was nothing the Brazilian shot-stopper could do in the 16th minute, however, as Wendel took Luiz Phellype’s ball in his stride before poking a shot into the far corner and giving Sporting the lead.

Renan Ribeiro was called upon on two separate occasions to keep Braga out moments later, with both Pablo and Hassan going close for Ricardo Sá Pinto’s team. Crucially, Bruno Fernandes was on hand to make it 2-0 on the brink of half-time, dragging Bruno Viana out of his path before lashing a left-footed strike across goal for his first of the season, doubling the score.

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Requiring a big response, Ricardo Horta came close to clawing his side right back into the contest with a back-post volley in the 63rd minute, leaving Renan rooted before witnessing his effort roam agonisingly wide.

Nuno Sequeira went even closer ten minutes later for Braga, driving a low shot against the post but Wilson Eduardo was there to relieve the frustrations on the rebound when slipping his strike just under the desperate Renan in the 73rd minute.

The Arsenalistas could manage little else in the dying moments of the game, however, as Sporting fought to claim all-three points come the referee's final whistle with a 2-1 victory.

By Patrick Ribeiro

Matchday 2

Famalicão 1-0 Rio Ave

Moreirense 3-0 Gil Vicente

Belenenses 0-2 Benfica

FC Porto 4-0 Vit. Setúbal

Desp. Aves 3-1 Marítimo

P. Ferreira 0-1 Santa Clara

Vit. Guimarães 1-1 Boavista

Sporting 2-1 Sp. Braga

Tondela - Portimonense 

 

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Can't see past Benfica for the title again this year. As well as having the best group of players Benfica has a bunch of guys that have the winning mentality Pizzi, Jardel, Almeida, Rafa, Samaris, Fejsa. Then hungry talented kids and a good...

Can't see past Benfica for the title again this year. As well as having the best group of players Benfica has a bunch of guys that have the winning mentality Pizzi, Jardel, Almeida, Rafa, Samaris, Fejsa. Then hungry talented kids and a good coach. That said you never know in football and if Benfica focuses more on the Champions League and has some injuries it may let in Porto and Sporting.

I know Porto started badly but I like the new signings. Zé Luís, Diaz, Nakajima, Uribe and Marchesin can be big players this season. Let's see if Porto beat or draw with Benfica next week. I would make the season more interesting.

I even don't think Sporting are completely without a chance. Sporting have very good centre-backs, I like this Doumbia, Raphinha has good potential and Bruno Fernandes is the best player in Portugal right now. I think they need to change the coach. He's not getting the best out of the players.

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Not surprised Porto winning comfortably like that.

I can't see Benfica losing or even drawing games, perhaps the Champion League games will have a knock on effect but I can Benfica winning every game until then and building a solid lead.

Sportin...

Not surprised Porto winning comfortably like that.

I can't see Benfica losing or even drawing games, perhaps the Champion League games will have a knock on effect but I can Benfica winning every game until then and building a solid lead.

Sporting offensively look good but that midfield is so easy to break through and leaves the defense having to do too much, Braga at one point for a good 15 mins was just tearing that defense up. It was a good game to watch and perhaps Braga should've and for the fair result drawn that game.

Sporting winning 2-0 was a unfair result but I wasn't complaining, that game could've ended 4-4 and either team could've won. Still I don't hold much confidence for Sporting's immediate future, the team lacks too much midfield defensively. Sporting will have to approach every game with the mentality of "we will out score you" to win any game.

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I would love to see a follow up about the two Belenenses clubs. The whole situation is fascinating but there is not too much information about it in English. It looks like the top flight club is still struggling to get fans judging by those...

I would love to see a follow up about the two Belenenses clubs. The whole situation is fascinating but there is not too much information about it in English. It looks like the top flight club is still struggling to get fans judging by those highlights and lower club managed to win its division last season (based on wikipedia)?

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Hi Pola, thanks for the message. This article from last season shows the enthusiasm around the Belenenses that started in the bottom division (6th tier) last year and won it convincingly: https://portugoal.net/club-news/1025-portugal-s-game-of-the...

Hi Pola, thanks for the message. This article from last season shows the enthusiasm around the Belenenses that started in the bottom division (6th tier) last year and won it convincingly: https://portugoal.net/club-news/1025-portugal-s-game-of-the-year

Most of the club's fans consider this side the real Belenenses and they get higher attendances than the Belenenses SAD playing in the top division.

We'll definitely be tracking the situation and will write an update sometime soon.

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Hi. Thanks for your reply. I did read this one at the time and the previous one about the split, both are very interesting reads.

It is always good to hear about teams outside of the top flight especially some of the teams that have fallen on...

Hi. Thanks for your reply. I did read this one at the time and the previous one about the split, both are very interesting reads.

It is always good to hear about teams outside of the top flight especially some of the teams that have fallen on hard times, like Amadora and Naval. I believe they both have phoenix clubs though so neither have gone and done a full blown Third Lanark .

PS, Great website, always helps cover some down time at work please keep up the great work.

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I know it's still early it the season but I've already had enough of Seferovic. His finishing has been dreadful and his all around play has been really really poor. He's looked sluggish and sloppy both with and without the ball.

Raúl de Tomás...

I know it's still early it the season but I've already had enough of Seferovic. His finishing has been dreadful and his all around play has been really really poor. He's looked sluggish and sloppy both with and without the ball.

Raúl de Tomás has yet to score but his quality is undeniable. I'd personally love to see him get the start up top with the ever impressive Chiquinho operating in behind alongside Pizzi and Rafa.

Rafa on the other hand has really taken his game to the next level. He always had world-class pace and he wad always difficult to stop in transition, but up until about a year ago, he always lacked that cutting edge and consistent end product in the final third.

That version of Rafa, however, is a thing of the past. You could definitely see him making gradual improvements in fish second and third seasons under Rui Vitoria, but under Bruno Lage he really has developed into the truly elite winger we all hoped he'd become when we signed him.

Bruno Fernandes may be the best all around player in the league in terms of statistical production, but Rafa, in my opinion, is by far the most dynamic and when he's on, he's simply unplayable.

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@jon/usa: some interesting points you make. Yes Seferovic hasn't started the season great it has to be said, but he did score in both games (the disallowed goal against Belenenses should have stood). I think part of the problem is the...

@jon/usa: some interesting points you make. Yes Seferovic hasn't started the season great it has to be said, but he did score in both games (the disallowed goal against Belenenses should have stood). I think part of the problem is the Seferovic-De Tomas front duo is taking time to work out (some people already claiming it doesn't work and that they are too similar).

Against Porto this weekend I too would like to see Chiquinho played instead of one of them, as he offers the kind of intelligent movement and running in between the lines that could really hurt Porto's defence. Krasnodar recently showed how intelligent movement in quick attacks exposed Porto's vulnerability at the back and Chiquinho is just that kind of player. However I would start Seferovic as the number 9 this weekend, as he has more experience with the team and has a good scoring record in the big games. With Seferovic up front, supported by a mobile trio of Chiquinho, Rafa and Pizzi, we could have a potentially devastating attack. And with De Tomas and Vinicius on the bench, plenty of firepower to bring on.

Also a word on Rafa, I agree he has looked sensational in the last 9 months or so. At full flight and taking on defenders with those runs of his, he is looking like one of the very best in the world at that right now, he really is. In this kind of form, he should be starting for the selecao. Put Bernardo more centrally as a number 10, and Rafa on the wing. Anyway some people complained about the fee we paid for Rafa, saying it was too high, well that looks an absolute bargain now doesn't it, as he's probably worth a good 4 times that fee right now. Top player, and I always knew it was only a matter of time until he became a hit at SLB.

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