Portimonense returns to winning ways with a handful of goals

Portimonense and Nacional provided a great football spectacle for fans

Photo: Nelson Inácio|Sul Informação

Portimonense beat Nacional 5-1 and put an end to a run of six games without a win, which had dragged on since January. More than a rout and an important victory for Portimonense, whoever was at the Municipal de Portimão this Sunday had the opportunity to watch a great game, with opportunities and intensity on both sides and lots of emotions.

Playing at home, Portimonense soon took control of the game, looking for the attack. Even so, the insular team was also showing that it was not coming to the Algarve just to watch it play and was trying to put itself in the lead with quick and dangerous attacks.

The first goal of the match ended up coming in the 23rd minute, after both goalkeepers had to apply in depth to prevent the opponents from scoring. Tabata went up the left flank and crossed for Jackson, but it was Júlio, the Nacional defender, who put the ball in his own goal, when trying to cut.

Portimonense's second goal didn't take long to come. On minute 28, striker Jackson Martinez made a heel pass to Lucas Fernandes, when he was already inside the area, and the Algarvian midfielder didn't forgive.

The game was going well for the Portimão team and it got better after 40 minutes, when Paulinho increased the lead to 3-0, following a penalty that he himself won.

And Portimonense could have gone to half-time winning by four. In the 44th minute, the referee considered that the island defender Kalindi controlled the ball with his arm and signaled another penalty. Called to convert, Jackson Martinez shot to the side.

Even before the half-time whistle, Rashidov still scored for the visiting team, but the goal was ruled out by an alleged offensive foul by Rashidov on Rúben Fernandes.

Nacional returned from the dressing room looking to change their luck – not least because they had already had good opportunities to score in the first half – and managed to reduce in the 55th minute, by Hamzaoui, who gave the best fate to a Witi cross.

Portimonense did not acknowledge the goal and replaced the difference in the three goals a few minutes later. On minute 58, Tabata shot, goalkeeper Daniel made an incomplete save and Aylton Boa-Morte made it 4-1.

The Madeira team seemed to have lost heart after Portimonense's fourth and could have suffered more in the following minutes. Even so, he ended up managing to settle his game and it seemed that Nacional's second goal could come at any time.

But it was Portimonense who scored again, in the 83rd minute, and ensured a handful of goals. Ruster served Jackson in the heart of the area and the Colombian striker pulled into the back of the net.

Before the final whistle Kalindi got the second yellow card and left the visitors to play with ten.

With this result, Portimonense rises to 9th place in the league table and surpasses Rio Ave, when 25 rounds of the I League are played.


Photos: Nelson Inácio |Sul Informação