Banza propels Braga to victory as Boavista and Vitória stay tuned: Matchday 2 roundup

With big boys Benfica and FC Porto fending off their opponents with narrow wins, sandwiching Sporting’s fine home outing against Rio Ave, a lot more action unfolded under the hood on matchday two of the Primeira Liga.

Sporting de Braga ushered in the drama on Friday night with a 3-0 away win against FC Famalicão, powered by a brace from Simon Banza.

Rivals Boavista and Vitória followed Arsenalistas closely with their own impressive wins over Santa Clara and Estoril, respectively, tying the two to league leaders Porto and Benfica.

The week ended with a great 3-0 triumph for Portimonense at Paços de Ferreira, while Arouca and Chaves recorded narrow wins. Here is the choice of action:

Famalicão 0-3 Sp. Braga

After the opener against Sporting, Braga were handed another potential banana peel game during an early season visit to Famalicão, hoping to bounce back from last week’s loss to Estoril.

It was first blood for Braga, however, as veteran full-back Nuno Sequeira edged past the visitors in the 13th minute with a volley into the bottom corner just outside the box.

Problems piled up for Rui Pedro Silva’s side, who were clawed back 2-0 just five minutes later after former striker Banza took a header from Vitinha’s initial strike into the box.

Famalicão refused to go down without a fight but was left defenseless after Banza’s tap-in in the 79th minute, killing the game and earning Braga three important points on the road.

Boavista 2-1 Santa Clara

After different starts to the campaign, this story between two Primeira Liga dreamers promised a lot as Boavista hosted Santa Clara at La Bessa on Sunday afternoon.

The game took a while to warm up but, alas, the first goal finally came after a heartbreaking run from Rildo down the Santa Clara left wing, slaloming before taking his place with the visitors’ first in the 34th minute.

With a conclusive first half to Santa Clara’s liking, the second half turned the tide after Bruno Almeida’s red card left the Azores side struggling with ten men for the second straight week.

Yusupha Njie netted twice in two appearances with a 62nd-minute equalizer, quickly followed by Martim Tavares’s reversal goal just three minutes later at the far post.

Cristian González sent Santa Clara into deeper trouble after conceding a late penalty and earning the visitors a second red card, but there would be no third goal in store for Boavista as Yusupha deflected his kick away. the outside of the pole.

Vitoria 1-0 Estoril

In a tie between two teams that are sure to get along very well over the weeks this season, Vitória hosted Estoril in a direct battle to double their winning start to the campaign.

The hosts raised the roof in the 16th minute, capping a fine team move with a finish inside the box from man of the moment André Silva to put Vitória 1-0 up. Unanswered, Estoril continued the game in the second half where a red card from Gonçalo Esteves on the hour mark threatened to stop the visitors.

Tiago Araujo nearly equalized late with two bites of cherry against Bruno Varela but it was Vitória’s night after the former Benfica keeper’s double save took the Vimarenses to fourth in the table.

P. Ferreira 0-3 Portimonense

Matchday 1 of the season at Mata Real saw Portimonense make the journey north to face Paços de Ferreira who, like them, started their campaign on the wrong foot with a first defeat.

Os Castores looked the same fate after Uilton, an early introduction to the game, was shown a straight red in the 18th minute for an overly reckless challenge. Portimonense put on the pressure and were rewarded with a Yago Cariello header in the 32nd minute, giving the visitors the lead before the interval.

It quickly became apparent that the away side would need more goals to put ten Paços to bed, but it was only in the last ten minutes of the game that Portimonense were able to add daylight to the score via Luquinha and Ewerton, securing a healthy 3-0 win.

By Patrick Ribeiro

Day 2

Famalicão 0-3 Sp. Braga

Casa Pia 0-1 Benfica

Sporting 3-0 Avenue Rio

Boavista 2-1 Santa Clara

Vizela 0-1 FC Porto

Vitoria 1-0 Estoril

Marítimo 1-2 Chaves

Arouca 1-0 Gil Vicente

P. Ferreira 0-3 Portimonense

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