Porto 0-0 Sporting
How do you say boredom in Portuguese?
It is well known that a goalkeeper does not like to take a goal. So to pay tribute to Alfredo Quintana, Portuguese handball goalkeeper who died on Friday following a cardiac arrest at the age of 32, FC Porto and Sporting have decided not to score goals in this shock at the top of Liga Nos at the ‘Estádio do Dragão (0-0).
Because yes, to score goals, you still have to try strikes. A parameter that the two teams have long struggled to assimilate. Whether it is Sporting which has too rarely crossed the center line. Or FC Porto who, despite a desire to confiscate the leather, never really succeeded in endangering Antonio Adán in the first period, except on a strike from Manafa rejected by the Spanish goalkeeper (22e).
Fortunately, the second act was (slightly) more appealing. First of all thanks to Pepe and Feddal who exchanged names of birds. Then thanks to Mehdi Taremi who can bite his fingers for missing his shot when he was alone facing the empty goal (56e). A lack of success that pursued the Iranian striker a few minutes later on a shot that flew into the stands (75e) then on a return which grazes the post of Antonio Adán (82e). Opposite, Matheus had the goal of the hold-up at the end of his foot, but he also preferred to send his strike to the stands where shirts bearing the effigy of Aflredo Quintana were placed (72e).
Finally, this draw is the business of Sporting who remain undefeated this season and keep their 10 points ahead of their runner-up FC Porto.
Porto (4-4-2) : Marchesín – Manafá, Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu Sanusi (Luis Diaz, 78e) – Corona, Sérgio Oliveira (Conceição, 78e), Uribe, Otávio – Marega (Evanilson, 72e), Taremi. Coach: Sérgio Conceição.
Sporting (3-3-3) : Adán – Gonçalo Inácio, Coates, Feddal – Pedro Porro, Palhinha, João Mário (Cabral, 86e), Nuno Mendes (Reis, 86e) – Pedro Gonçalves, Nuno Santos (Matheus, 64e), Tiago Tomás (Tabata, 70e). Coach: Rúben Amorim.