Sporting have increased their lead at the top of the Primeira Liga table after defeating Sporting de Braga 1-0 late on with just ten men as FC Porto dropped points away from home.

The Lions, down to ten men from the 18th minute after Gonçalo Inácio’s early red card, required a late helping hand from Matheus Nunes to turn the result into a much-needed victory against competitive rivals Braga.

Porto, on the other hand, failed to go beyond a 1-1 draw away to Moreirense, opening up a six-point gap between them and first place. Also in action were Benfica, who managed to close in on FC Porto with a victory at home to Santa Clara, moving  to within four points of second place.

 

Sp. Braga 0-1 Sporting

An away fixture against Braga would have been one of the last sights Sporting wanted to come across, having drawn three of their last four games and seeing a ten-point advantage at the top of the league table shrink to just four points.

The Lions did not have the mildest of welcomes to the Estádio Municipal de Braga too, being reduced to ten man 18 minutes in after a second yellow for Gonçalo Inácio.

Braga struggled to turn possession into opportunities at goal, however, going closest through a couple of headed efforts from Fransérgio and later Galeno stopped by Antonio Adan either side of the interval.

Against the run of play, Matheus Nunes was wired to a quick free kick down the channels, firing at goal from a tight angle and edging Sporting ahead with a right-footed strike.

Left without response, Braga enabled Sporting to get back to winning ways with a narrow 1-0 win.

 

Benfica 2-1 Santa Clara

Some way away from the title conversation, Benfica kept plugging away in hopes that they could finish the season strongly, welcoming Santa Clara to the Luz in their next test.

The Eagles took 26 minutes to get off the mark after Carlos Junior introduced Everton Cebolinha’s cross into his own net with a bullet header.

Santa Clara replied through Anderson Carvalho in the second half, picking his spot from the edge of the box and equalising in the 62nd minute.

The Azoreans only had ten minutes to enjoy being level, however, with Chiquinho, arriving late in the box, providing what would be the winner for Benfica and closing in on second-placed Porto.

 

Moreirense 1-1 FC Porto

With Sporting taking all three points away to Braga, the challenge was set for Porto, also playing away from home, to try and take maximum points from their trip to Moreira de Conégos, hosted by Moreirense.

The home side were sure to make things difficult for the Dragons, taking the lead from a short corner routine that was completed by Nahuel Ferraresi’s finish in the 37th minute. 

Via Moussa Marega, Porto came very close to equalising just before the hour-mark, forcing a save out of Pasinato before striking the bar on the rebound.

Late on, Sérgio Conceição’s men were given the chance to level things via the spot and turn up the pressure on a guarded Moreirense side, desperate for a result. Mehdi Taremi would make no mistake from 12 yards to make it 1-1 and increase the temperature.

Fresh off the bench, Toni Martinez looked like becoming the hero once more with a headed finish in the 93rd minute edging the visitors ahead but, in gutting fashion, VAR was there to rule the Spanish striker’s position as offside and confirming a point apiece at 1-1.

By Patrick Ribeiro

Matchday 29

Boavista 0-1 Marítimo

Rio Ave 1-1 P. Ferreira

Sp. Braga 0-1 Sporting

Belenenses 2-1 Gil Vicente

Benfica 2-1 Santa Clara

Famalicão 2-2 Tondela

Nacional 1-0 Vitória

Moreirense 1-1 FC Porto

 

Tuesday 27th April

Farense vs. Portimonense

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I have been waiting for 19 years could this be it? O meu querido Sporting!
Now if you watched the Porto game today once again we see Sergioś colors, every time he ties or loses he acts like an animal with rabies.
Most likely he will get 189...

I have been waiting for 19 years could this be it? O meu querido Sporting!
Now if you watched the Porto game today once again we see Sergioś colors, every time he ties or loses he acts like an animal with rabies.
Most likely he will get 189 euros fine and back at the bench unlike Ruben Amorim.

I mean no disrespect to Portiistas, but their diving and antics are getting real old.

Forca Sporting aonde vai um vao todos

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I have Bruno de Carvalho on line 1 for you.

He wants to discuss etiquette and sportsmanship with you.

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ROFL!! Good point, Bruno D Caralho is the biggest goat sack in Portuguese futebol history.

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we are both entitled to our opinions, is this a great country or what?

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What exactly does opinion have to do with it? There is no negating that Conceicao is the equivalent of a high school mean girl when things don't go his way. I have no problem with this. What I do take issue with is that for years, the only...

What exactly does opinion have to do with it? There is no negating that Conceicao is the equivalent of a high school mean girl when things don't go his way. I have no problem with this. What I do take issue with is that for years, the only consistent Sporting fan to talk on this site, whether anyone liked him or not, was Z.

Now that Sporting is on the verge of winning it's first title, we suddenly have Sporting fans sprout from underneath the willow tree. Which is great, it's great to see the support. However, instead of just being happy for your club, some of you are beginning to exhibit classical "sore winner" behaviour, criticizing Conceicao and Porto.

Ok, fair enough, but I didn't see you on this site while your President was planning and executing an attack on his own players, using social media to name-call everyone under the sun, or being charged with terrorism and kidnapping by the state.

So excuse me if I find it hypocritical that you call someone out on bad behaviour, when you guys had the posterboy for poor behaviour in charge of your club less than 2 years ago.

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I have been on the site for a few years now, just don´t comment for obvious reasons.

but its Ok, you are excused!

enough said.

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"enough said" meaning you have nothing to offer because you know the truth of the matter is you can't throw stones while living in a glass house.

I'll enjoy reading your next comment in 7-10 years' time.

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I meant enough of you!

I know you would like to go on for days but instead you should go and seat with SC on the bench for 21 days. LOL

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Wow, very creative.

So basically, you have nothing to say because you can't really argue anything I've said, so you've had enough.

Ok, I'll accept your cry for mercy. Also, when making a joke, you might want to get the punchline correct:...

Wow, very creative.

So basically, you have nothing to say because you can't really argue anything I've said, so you've had enough.

Ok, I'll accept your cry for mercy. Also, when making a joke, you might want to get the punchline correct: Sergio has actually been banned from the bench, meaning that he actually cannot be there for the 21 days.

He'll have to be up at the bleachers hanging with Ruben Amorim. But keep trying, I'm sure someday you'll get the punchline right.

A for effort.

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I have something to say go to H!
Now stop being a child go and bark at another tree

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Ah, perfect. Thank you for exhibiting the very same behaviour that you were critical of Sergio Conceicao for.

I love exposing hypocrites.

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5 matches to go but I think this weekend may have wrapped it up. Sporting has looked the most likely to win the title all season and this might have gotten rid of any suspicion that they would blow it and that Porto would take it. 2nd place is...

5 matches to go but I think this weekend may have wrapped it up. Sporting has looked the most likely to win the title all season and this might have gotten rid of any suspicion that they would blow it and that Porto would take it. 2nd place is within reach for Benfica - I hope they manage to grind it out, a 4pt difference between the two but a remaining total of 15 points to go.

What is incredible is that there's only 10 points between the bottom and 10th (and 14 from bottom to 6th!!). I'm not sure I've seen such a close race at the bottom of the table before!

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Looks like history is happening in front of our eyes, 4 more wins left.

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And if Sporting wins, it will be a very well-deserved title. Even in games where they have been behind or looked hopeless, someone (usually named Sebastien Coates), has stepped up and averted the loss.

Many people laughed when Varandas paid...

And if Sporting wins, it will be a very well-deserved title. Even in games where they have been behind or looked hopeless, someone (usually named Sebastien Coates), has stepped up and averted the loss.

Many people laughed when Varandas paid Ruben Amorim's clause, but it was the smartest move he made and looks to have paid off handsomely.

Now, here's to hoping Porto and Sporting invest in proper reinforcements in the off-season, Benfica invests in a real manager and not a clown who calls himself "o Cerebro", and all 3 teams can make a deep run in the Champions League next season.

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As a benfiquista I really hope Sporting grabs the title after 20 years, and what a sensation it would be if they stay unbeaten; that's something Benfica and Porto never succeeded in historically, as far as I know.
It's a real miracle Sporting won...

As a benfiquista I really hope Sporting grabs the title after 20 years, and what a sensation it would be if they stay unbeaten; that's something Benfica and Porto never succeeded in historically, as far as I know.
It's a real miracle Sporting won to Braga.
Now, 5 finals to go, all relegation-teams are tough in Portugal, a great difference with our liga in Holland. Sporting can afford one loss (against Benfica ?) and one draw, but Porto has to meet Benfica as well, so....
Maybe Benfica even ends up second, if Porto's courage sinks into their shoes, now the gap is six points again, we'll see....

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Sad to hear of your unfortunate condition (ie: being a Benfica fan).

However, just a small correction: Benfica has gone undefeated twice in 1972-73 and 1977-78.

FC Porto have been undefeated twice also, in 2010-11 and 2012-13.
Not only that,...

Sad to hear of your unfortunate condition (ie: being a Benfica fan).

However, just a small correction: Benfica has gone undefeated twice in 1972-73 and 1977-78.

FC Porto have been undefeated twice also, in 2010-11 and 2012-13.
Not only that, but in a run of 3 consecutive seasons (2010-2013), and 90 games, Porto lost only 1 game.

There's still time for you if you want to don a blue and white jersey ;)

Just curious as to which Eredivisie team you support. I've always enjoyed watching PSV Eindhoven, particularly in the '00's, when they had a great run in the Champions League with the likes of van Bommel, Kezman, Cocu, Park and Arjen Robben.

Cheers.

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@ John, Netherlands

Actually Porto have gone unbeaten twice I believe. One was actually not too long ago. Back when JJ was still in charge of Benfica, both Benfica and Porto were unbeaten until the very last two games. Then a head to head match...

@ John, Netherlands

Actually Porto have gone unbeaten twice I believe. One was actually not too long ago. Back when JJ was still in charge of Benfica, both Benfica and Porto were unbeaten until the very last two games. Then a head to head match between the two ended in a Porto win. Porto finished the season unbeaten.

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I was very demoralised as soon as Sporting went down to 10 men, I generally thought today we will lose against this Braga side who are gunning for 3rd place. I knew we had a great defense but could we hold on for over 75 minutes?

I didn't even...

I was very demoralised as soon as Sporting went down to 10 men, I generally thought today we will lose against this Braga side who are gunning for 3rd place. I knew we had a great defense but could we hold on for over 75 minutes?

I didn't even react when we scored, I was stunned as it came out of nowhere through clever pass and a great finish helped by Braga sleeping defense. When we won, one thing came to mind the players morale must be through the roof after winning a game like that, how could it not be?

Now for Porto. well the disgraceful man that is Sergio C, he did it again, cry, cry and cry, absolute joke of a man making Porto look like right cry babies, its truly embarrassing, take your L and just go away, lets see if he gets a 15 day ban or just a few euro fine.

Now its National who won after a 13 game losing steak, hopefully they go back to losing against Sporting.

I hope Benfica can get 2nd place just to push that cry baby to 3rd place.

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You know Joao, I am the furthest thing from a Sergio Conceicao apologist, and I don't care for his poor sportsmanship when things don't go his way, but the flipside of that is a passion that burns deep and really pushes the team forward.

We saw...

You know Joao, I am the furthest thing from a Sergio Conceicao apologist, and I don't care for his poor sportsmanship when things don't go his way, but the flipside of that is a passion that burns deep and really pushes the team forward.

We saw a very similar character in recent times, (don't know if the name Bruno de Carvalho rings a bell), in the green and white side of Lisboa. Now, aside from being 3 times more petulant than Conceicao, he also lied and scammed Marco Silva (then manager), singlehandedly ruined 3rd party ownership, which was key in helping the league keep big players, and orchestrated the club's ultras to ATTACK THEIR OWN PLAYERS.

Please let that sink in the next time you feel, as a Sportinguista, that you have any soap-box lectures to give to Porto fans. Understand, that I, a Portista, still did not wish Sporting or Sporting fans any ill will despite this human sludge being the head of your club, so if you could think about showing a similar gesture of respect in separating the man from the club, that would be really great.

Thanks.

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I am a neutral with a crazy Benfiquista dad but DAMN that game was exciting and good on Sporting for winning a game like that.

THAT is a champion spirit and if they win the title THIS was the day it was done.

Congrats to Sportingistas, HUGE hug...

I am a neutral with a crazy Benfiquista dad but DAMN that game was exciting and good on Sporting for winning a game like that.

THAT is a champion spirit and if they win the title THIS was the day it was done.

Congrats to Sportingistas, HUGE hug to Eddie from Trinidad our long time Portugoal suffering but very well liked Sporting fan! Mild thumbs up to the troll Z...

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@Chris,
Indeed, hard times being a benfiquista, haha. Some 10 years ago they had a much stronger team with the likes of Luisao, Aimar, Cardozo.

Thanks for your info about history. Wow, that was an impressing period of Porto, 2010-2013; reminds me...

@Chris,
Indeed, hard times being a benfiquista, haha. Some 10 years ago they had a much stronger team with the likes of Luisao, Aimar, Cardozo.

Thanks for your info about history. Wow, that was an impressing period of Porto, 2010-2013; reminds me of that dramatic season for SLB: missed the title (late goal of Porto-substitute Kelvin, JJ on his knees, Vitor Pereira running along the sideline), loss against Chelsea (Europe-league final in Amsterdam), and loss in the Portugal Cupfinal.....

In Holland "my" team is Ajax, success garanteed for years to come.
When SLB did meet Dutch teams like AZ, Twente, PSV, and even Ajax, I always supported Benfica. People around me don't understand why, "strange fellow that Johan"....

Anyway, Porto earned the points for Portugal once more....

Cheers.

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Ajax, big club with big history. And probably the best nickname in footy "The sons of Gods".

I've always enjoyed some of the Eredivisie games when I've tuned in. Hoping that UEFA can bring some more balance to the European game so that we can...

Ajax, big club with big history. And probably the best nickname in footy "The sons of Gods".

I've always enjoyed some of the Eredivisie games when I've tuned in. Hoping that UEFA can bring some more balance to the European game so that we can see the Eredivisie, Liga Nos and even Turkish Superliga compete more regularly with La Liga, Premier League and Bundesliga.

Cheers

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Sporting won against Braga against all adversity, with a forced sending off (second yellow for inacio was debatable and premature) so early in the game. Truly proud of the team.

Conceicao has just been suspended for 21 days, not that coaching...

Sporting won against Braga against all adversity, with a forced sending off (second yellow for inacio was debatable and premature) so early in the game. Truly proud of the team.

Conceicao has just been suspended for 21 days, not that coaching suspensions matter much these days imo.

There are still 5 games left but Sporting is in good shape.

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They need to hammer these next two teams

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