After a streak of six consecutive victories, FC Porto lost this Sunday night for the first time in the current edition of Liga NOS, after being beaten by Paços de Ferreira (1-0), for matchday 26. A goal scored by Miguel Vieira, 34 minutes in, meant the three points for the home team, an unfair result given what the blue and whites did. The lead, however, is still assured, as the Dragons have two more points than Benfica.
The weather conditions ended up affecting the match at Estádio Capital do Móvel, as the ball didn’t roll in many areas. The circumstances ended up affecting the more refined style of play of FC Porto, and the usual intensity also failed to counter the constant lack of fairplay and stoppages pushed by the opponent. As for the match itself, there was little to show, so it was no surprise that the blue and whites took so long to bother Mário Felgueiras.
14 minutes in, André André found the first hint of space on the right, but the home defence found a way to stop the ball from reaching Aboubakar’s head. Miguel Vieira was the man doing it, also the man that would score the only goal of the match 20 minutes later.
In those 20 minutes, though, there was a lot of fighting, but not much football. Casillas prevented Pedrinho from scoring, but the goal came in a time when the Dragons were actually pushing the opponent back. After a corner-kick, Filipe Ferreira was on the left wing and crossed straight at Miguel Vieira, who just pushed it in.
After that, the blue and whites had the best goal situation in the entire first-half. Aboubakar couldn’t make it count after the perfect cross from Diogo Dalot (Mário Felgueiras stopped the shot), and later (42m) he couldn’t shoot for goal after a play he built himself.
If more proof was needed that this wasn’t a good night for the Dragons, the second-half cleared it. Continuing what they were already pushing in the first-half, the blue and whites pushed the opponent back, playing next to their goal, but, with the constant time waste by the home team, they were never able to beat Mário Felgueiras.
Aboubakar (74m), again, André André (62m), Gonçalo Paciência (81m) and Brahimi, from a penalty, in the best chance of all (67m). All had their chance to score, but all failed to do it. 35 matches after the start of the season, the blue and whites finally lost for domestic competitions, but the main objective is still at arm’s reach.