FC Porto received and again beat Benfica by 3-1, leaving the waters at seven points in the league table. The victory was built in five minutes when, in the first half, Fábio Vieira (34″) and Pepê (37″) scored two goals. In the second half, Benfica reduced and was reduced to ten by the expulsion of André Almeira and saw Taremi (67″) fix the final result.
The Estádio do Dragão hosted the last game of the championship in 2021. In a match of the 16th round, FC Porto received the eternal rival Benfica, in a week marked by the departure of one of the main figures of Portuguese football: Jorge Jesus.
After the heavy defeat against the dragons and the controversy surrounding a return to Flamengo, the president incarnate, Rui Costa, took the option of closing an inglorious chapter at the club. In a year and a half, Jesus has not won any title by the eagles.
Now, in charge is a man who knows the corners of the house well. For the second time, Nelson Veríssimo rises to the A team and started with a fire test. For the Dragão game, the coach who was in the B team, reserved some surprises given the forced absences of Darwin (injured), Grimaldo (infected) and Otamendi (suspended).
With the prospect of a change in tactical system, moving to a 4-3-3, the defense came with Gilberto, Vertonghen, Morato and André Almeida. In a midfield filled with João Mário and Weigl, Everton appeared in the starting eleven, as did Gonçalo Ramos in support of Yaremchuk.
On the side of the blues and whites, without the great reference of the time, Luis Díaz, who is infected with Covid-19, the unfilled place was left to Pepê.
In the minutes before the meeting, the Dragon entered a frantic moment and paid homage to “the king”. The Super Dragões presented a banner with the face of Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.
In the first quarter of an hour, the dragons began by putting pressure on Benfica, which was looking for a new organization on the field. Verissimo’s new system put Everton to play with great freedom in indoor terrains.
After a first shot, in the opening minutes, by the Brazilian Pepê, the first great opportunity came in the 20th minute through Taremi who, in the area, saw André Almeida deny him the goal.
Soon after, Pepê made an offer to his former Grémio colleague, Everton, and the Brazilian matched Yaremchuk and shot over, leaving a warning to the white and blues.
At 22 minutes, Pepê was isolated and, in the face of Vlachodimos, beat the incarnate guardian. However, the goal was disallowed for offside.
Benfica replied again: Rafa isolated Yaremchul who, in the face of Diogo Costa, allowed the defense of the young Porto goalkeeper. In a game where the pace picked up after half an hour.
Following a quick throw-in, FC Porto scored the first goal in the game. Fábio Vieira, after a rebound, entered the area and opened the scoring for delirium in the Dragão stands.
Fans waited a short time to celebrate the second. Again on the right flank, Otávio raised his head, saw Pepe’s goal being cleared, who, without any opposition, headed into the back of Vlachodimos’ goal.
In the second half, Benfica came in with the objective of reducing the disadvantage and it took just one minute to achieve that objective. In an attack led by Rafa, on the right flank, the Portuguese international entered the area and watched Yaremchuk, who only had to pull over. The goal could restart the game, but soon after, André Almeida, made a dangerous foul on Otávio and got the second yellow card, having been sent off by the referee Hugo Miguel.
Reduced to ten units, Nelson Veríssimo was forced to change the team and brought in Valentino Lázaro to replace the Ukrainian Yaremchuk, who left his mark on the match.
Despite having one unit less on the field, Benfica did not immediately feel the imbalance on the field and went looking for the equalizer. But, over 70 minutes, the dragons made the best football stand out, creating many difficulties for the red defensive line.
On minute 67, Taremi did what he wanted from the red centrals, entered the area and beat Vlachodimos again.
From here, Benfica no longer had arguments to turn the score around, limiting themselves to avoiding another goal from the white and blues.
Eleven of FC Porto: Diogo Costa; João Mário, Mbemba, Fábio Cardoso, Zaidu; Uribe, Vitinha, Otávio, Fábio Vieira, Taremi and Pepê.
Alternates: Marchesín, Francisco Conceição, Tecatito, Manafá, Wendell, Sérgio Oliveira, Bruno Costa, Toni Martínez and João Marcelo.
Eleven from Benfica: Vlachodimos, Gilberto, André Almeida, Vertonghen, Morato; Rafa, João Mário, Weigl and Everton; Gonçalo Ramos and Yaremchuk.
Substitutes: Helton, Meite, Seferovic, Diogo Gonçalves, Pizzi, Lázaro, Taarabt, Paulo Bernardo and Ferro.