With the Lisbon Derby claiming much of the attention this weekend, the fixture machine still had a couple more tasty affairs lined up for us to feast on coming into Matchday Three.

A 1-1 draw between Benfica and Sporting at the Estádio da Luz meant FC Porto could top the league on nine points with a victory against Vitória de Guimarães at home; an outcome that was controversially placed on the agenda before the visitors came back from two goals down to stun the Dragons with a 3-2 win.

Instead, it was Sporting de Braga who’d take the chance to top the Primeira Liga after beating Desportivo das Aves 3-1 at home. PortuGOAL brings you the thick of the action on an eventful weekend for Portuguese football.

 

While the Lisbon derby was the main event this weekend, the outcome of two tremendous matches in the north of Portugal resulted in a four-way tie at the top of the Primeira Liga. If you fancy your chances at picking the 2018/19 Liga NOS title winner, you can put your money where your mouth is at one of the huge list of bit-coin accepting sports betting sites with more popping up each month.

 

Stunning Vitória comeback

FC Porto 2-3 Vit. Guimarães

Looking for a third win in three games, Porto welcomed a fancied Guimarães team who were yet land points on the board this season under new boss Luis Castro.

Yacine Brahimi’s opener complicated matters for the visitors in the 37th minute, as the Algerian worked a one-two on the edge of the box before finding the top corner with a rasping right-footed strike.

André Pereira climbed up from a set-piece to make it 2-0 soon after, despite doing so from an offside position, with it later becoming clearer that communication between the referee and the VAR had broken down for large portions of the first half.

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Nevertheless, Guimarães looked to bounce back, retrieving a goal in the 63rd minute via André André’s spot-kick after Sérgio Oliveira’s foul on Ola John inside the area.

From one former Porto player to another, Tozé looked to grab the headlines in the 76th minute with a well-hit strike across goal, supplemented by a cross from the left, to peg the game back at 2-2.

Castro’s side completed their extraordinary comeback in the 87th minute, with Welthon bringing down a long throw to set up Davidson's effort on goal, and the Brazilian made no mistake with his powerful execution.

Between the sticks, Douglas emerged as another hero to keep out Vincent Aboubakar’s point-blank header, on top of pushing Héctor Herrera’s thrashed close-range volley onto his far-post in stoppage time, as the Vimaranenses held onto to secure a treasured 3-2 victory.

 

Braga power past Aves 

Sp. Braga 3-1 Aves

Having blown a 3-0 lead to newly-promoted Santa Clara last week, Braga were out to make amends in front of their home crowd, as they welcomed Portuguese Cup holders Desportivo das Aves to the Estádio Municipal.

A couple of ex-Sporting players could have given Braga their anticipated lead, with João Palhinha hitting the post from a tight angle before Wilson Eduardo got his bearings all wrong with a header inside the area, ensuring both sides entered the break goalless.

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Rodrigo Defendi fixed that in the 52nd minute for the visitors as he creeped in at the back-post to nod in Hamdou Elhouni’s cross and give Aves the lead.

Ricardo Horta’s miss in front of goal with an out-stretched leg delayed Braga’s comeback, which was initiated soon after in the 60th minute through Wilson Eduardo’s volley from the right, deep inside Aves’ area.

Palhinha then flipped the game on its head four minutes later, as his header from a set-piece, his first goal in Braga colours, found the far corner to make it 2-1 to Abel’s side. Landing the killer blow in the 78th minute, Dyego Sousa was there to power home a header from the back post, as a 3-1 victory saw Braga top the Primeira Liga table.

By Patrick Ribeiro

Matchday 3

Marítimo 2-1 Chaves

Portimonense 2-2 Santa Clara

Benfica 1-1 Sporting

FC Porto 2-3 Vit. Guimarães

Vit. Setúbal 1-2 Nacional

Feirense 1-1 Boavista

Tondela 1-1 Rio Ave

Sp. Braga 3-1 Desp. Aves

 

Monday 27th August

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Deserved win By V.G.. The second Porto goal was offside as well.

The plus points were -
Andre Pereira's involvement everywhere, helping the midfield and transitions.
Marega looking sharp.
Captain Herrera.
Oliver Torres' attitude and intensity...

Deserved win By V.G.. The second Porto goal was offside as well.

The plus points were -
Andre Pereira's involvement everywhere, helping the midfield and transitions.
Marega looking sharp.
Captain Herrera.
Oliver Torres' attitude and intensity even if his decision-making needs development.
The fight up until the last minute to try and rescue a point.

The bad points -

Sergio's legs looked gone in the second half and V.G. swarmed/pressed CM making it impossible for Porto to get out. Add on closing down Alex Telles/Brahimi/Corona and they were in control for periods of the second half. I was surprised The Mister didn't change things - was he out-thought? - did he even have the options from the bench? Plus the injuries forced his hand.
Sergio isn't used to playing so many matches in a row due to being Danilo's understudy so its understandable that he would struggle plus the legs take a while to get past the pre-season/early season intensity so no problems with him. Rash decision for the penalty but hey ho.
Aboubakar wasn't bullying enough - I expect more from him.
Felipe misses the calm Marcano alongside him and he's making the kind of mistakes he made near the end of last season when Marcano didn't play. This is slightly worrying.
Torres is a 10 not a CM.

Its going to be a tough season!

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No (((penatly))) to save Porto this time.
Porto have been 2-0 twice and the other team have managed to comeback to make it 2-2 not looking great defensive
Porto really should have 4 points if it weren't for that (((penatly))) last game

Sporting...

No (((penatly))) to save Porto this time.
Porto have been 2-0 twice and the other team have managed to comeback to make it 2-2 not looking great defensive
Porto really should have 4 points if it weren't for that (((penatly))) last game

Sporting didn't do jack all against Benfica I don't recall there being a real true goal scoring chance against Benfica aside from the Penatly,
Salin looked amazing today compared to his horror show last game and kept Sporting in the game

Benfica against Sporting looked a lot like they did against PAOK,they had mutiple chances to score more than 1 goal,
probably should've won the game but didn't

So Porto throwing away 2-0 twice, Sporting getting results they probably don't deverse and
Benfica not being able to score more than they desverse and paying for it in the end

First 3 games for all big three don't look very promising, all teams have obvious weak points,
bad Porto defense, Benfica not being clinchal and Sporting just barely making it through and looking very average

Something tells me the Portuguese teams aren't going to do well against in Europe,
lets hope I'm wrong Portugal are losing UEFA points super quick (Braga out of Europa) and Benfica losing at aggregrate against POAK and if they don't make it through
those days of only 1 Portuguese team in the Champion league is looking like a real possibility real soon.

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As for the Mourinho question, the countdown has begun and he'll no doubt be out of United by xmas if not before. Would I have him back at Porto? No. Even after all he did for Porto i cant stand the man. He's been left behind and is yesterdays...

As for the Mourinho question, the countdown has begun and he'll no doubt be out of United by xmas if not before. Would I have him back at Porto? No. Even after all he did for Porto i cant stand the man. He's been left behind and is yesterdays man. I don't want his toxic attitude and influence anywhere near the club.

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Ok Nick, I don't want you to think that I'm always picking on you or anything, but you make interesting points and you seem like a reasonable fellow willing to discuss rather than argue.

I don't know where Mourinho was brought up in the...

Ok Nick, I don't want you to think that I'm always picking on you or anything, but you make interesting points and you seem like a reasonable fellow willing to discuss rather than argue.

I don't know where Mourinho was brought up in the conversation, but the man is always an interesting topic. Would I want Mourinho back at Porto? Probably not, but not for the same reason as you. I just think his pricetag is too high and like Sporting stupidly did with Jesus (who by the way, won them absolutely nothing), overpaid for a manager at the cost of building a good team.

Is Mourinho yesterdays man? This is a guy who won the EPL as recently as 3 seasons ago, won United a Europa League and got a frankly garbage team (United suck, their players are pitiful), to 2nd place last season. To do that against the most overrated manager who basically bought his own all-star team (Pep "I only win because of my players" Guardiola), is pretty impressive.

Is Mourinho toxic? That is an interesting proposition. I would argue that the British media is the real toxic element in this case. They always need to find a poster boy to go after and malign so they can sell clicks. Secondly, the Glazer family and Ed Woodward are to blame for the post-Fergie Man U era. Ed Woodward is a former accountant, so that tells you the main motivator in acquiring players (shirt sales and perceived 'value' over the wishes of the manager).

Of all the players acquired during Mourinho's time at United, really Matic is the only guy he targeted and maybe Lukaku. So, I put the blame firmly with the press and the Man U backroom first and foremost.

Does this mean Mourinho is above criticism? Absolutely not. I still rate him at the top of the Managerial food chain, by some measure. What has changed is his hunger/ demeanor. When he first stormed into England, he loved playing mind games with the press and other managers. He relished it, and used it to motivate his teams. Now, you can tell, he has tired of that game.

And can you blame him? This is potentially the winingest manager in history. 8 domestic championships in 5 clubs in 4 countries. 2 Europa League titles. 2 Champions League titles. 13 cups across 4 countries. At some point, you do get tired of success, or at least, it takes some of that drive and hunger out of you.

So, I think the issue is both with Mourinho being drowned by the weight of his own success as well as the toxicity of the media around him.

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Hi Chris, no its fine - carry on. Am always up for a chat.
Tom was arksing via Twitter if any of us would have Mourinho at our clubs and since I don't have a twitter account I replied on here.
Sho' nuff he'd cost too much with wages and the...

Hi Chris, no its fine - carry on. Am always up for a chat.
Tom was arksing via Twitter if any of us would have Mourinho at our clubs and since I don't have a twitter account I replied on here.
Sho' nuff he'd cost too much with wages and the players he'd want signing.

I disagree that Uniteds players suck - another manager would get better performances from them. Admittedly i'm not convinced by Lukaku and Phil Jones is poor but a midfield of Fred, Pogba and Matic shouldn't be letting anything through then there's Rashford, Lingard, Sanchez as a pretty decent front 3. Mourinho is doing his usual protest team-picking by playing Herrera at right-back v Spurs to show he "needs" another CB instead of getting on with coaching the players he has. He did this at Chelsea and Madrid. Honestly, after reading Diego Torres' book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Special-One-Secret-World-Mourinho/dp/000755303X I cant help but see everything Mourinho does as being about himself rather than the club he is at. He manipulates people and when they get tired they turn on him like at Madrid, Chelsea and now Man Utd. I'm not saying everything in that book is true but Mourinho's behaviour is easier to interpret after reading it.
With all the finances at his disposal Barcelona still overshadowed him during his time in Spain and the players hated him by the time he left. Just ask Iker...
He has done nothing in the Champ League for 8 years! Winning the Europa for a "top" manager is no achievement. His league titles in Serie A are not that special considering the other clubs were still recovering from Calciopoli and Inter had the biggest budget. Look at Juve now to see what he didn't have to compete against.
His teams no longer play the kind of attacking fluid football as at his first spell in Chelsea - over a decade ago - and his moaning is now all he has.
Would you have signed the players Klopp has? Liverpool have had to target less well-know/rated players due to not being able to compete financially with the Manchester clubs (and when they have spent have got the money back via Coutinho) yet for me LFC are better than either. Mourinho has spent close to £500m and still cant get the best out of the team. Klopp improves players - as does Pep - Mourinho hasn't done this since I don't know when. He chases/overspends on Sanchez then has him on the bench v Spurs - a direct top 4 rival.
His methods at Chelsea in his recent spell soon wore thin with the players and the Manchester clubs were both in transition, LFC and Spurs weren't the team they are now so again, not really an impressive title win.
Yes it depends how you want to look at his recent time as a manager but for me he's painted himself into a corner and his only options soon will be China, Qatar or PSG, (possibly Atletico) as everyone else wont touch him because they know he's a short-term manager with too much baggage.
I could go on but I think this is enough!
ok cool.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'll get to Porto in a second.

I don't think our views are that incongruous in certain respects. I don't like Klopp as a manager, to be honest, though he is a great personality and he has done well at...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'll get to Porto in a second.

I don't think our views are that incongruous in certain respects. I don't like Klopp as a manager, to be honest, though he is a great personality and he has done well at Liverpool. But for the first 100 games he was in charge, his record was exactly the same as Brendan Rogers, who was run out of town for that record.

I think Klopp has much less heat on him than Mourinho because Liverpool is much less stressful and expect less than Man U. But Klopp is also not that bright defensively. He's like a German Jorge Jesus. Team plays attacking football, but are exposed at the back. This is why they again will not win the EPL this season. It took him 2 seasons to figure out that Lovren sucks, Karius and Mignolet are amateur-level GK's, and for some reason, his best defender Sakho, he let go to Crystal Palace.

Guardiola is in my mind, a fraud. I honestly can't think of any players he has developed because he walks into championchip teams. In fact, he was a big downgrade over Jupp Heycknes at Bayern, who had just won the treble and all Pep could muster was winning the league in a one-team league.

It is true, Mourinho prefers "made" players, but he has also helped develop some younger/less polished players. Matic for example, credit will go to Jorge Jesus, and he did help, but Mourinho really made Matic the best DM in the Premier league.

Eden Hazard as well, was elevated by Mourinho. Others include Higuain, Varane, Lampard (at Chelsea), Deco, Wesley Sneijder, Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira as well as Di Maria and Mesut Ozil. These players all became next level stars with Mourinho.

At Manu U, he does play Lingard, Rashford and Martial, so you could say he has tried, I just don't know that any of those 3 are capable of reaching a higher level.

He is the best manager in the world, love him or hate him and he comes with baggage, no doubt. But over the last 15 years, no one has had more success.
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Regarding Porto:

Well, our 2 goals were of high quality, and the team played superbly in the 1st half. I think that this idea that Maxi is or ever was a starting RB is 5 years old. I really like Diogo Leite and Andre Pereira and I hope that they can grow into their positions.

Honestly, Porto's biggest issue is not a lack of talent. It is the habit of selling players off too quickly. And we see that again this year. Combine that with the fact that one of our 2 best players, Danilo, is taking much longer to recover from injury than previously thought, and we may have a few more defensively shaky performances this season.

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On another note what were your thoughts on Porto's loss on the weekend?

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