Barcelos and Benfica draw in a big game

Manuel Perez

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In a bubbling pavilion, Minho and the Reds showed an impressive balance of power, but the winner was leaders FC Porto.

As in the 2018/19 season, before Óquei de Barcelos took the best in 19/20 and 20/21, the reception at Benfica was marked yesterday by an electrifying dispute, framed by a draw (2-2 ) and tempered by the usual warm atmosphere around the track.

Rui Neto’s proteges took the lead at 5’30”, in the transformation of a penalty from Luís Querido, shortly after Conti Acevedo denied the opener to Lucas Ordoñez, defending a direct free kick .

Nuno Resende’s men lost at half-time but they shouldn’t have given Barcelona’s greater dominance after the goal. However, three minutes would be enough for Carlos Nicolía to equalize in a clever way, disconnected from the goal, back to the shin guards of the local goalkeeper, a ball returned to the arc of circle.

The quality of the show increased, Dário Rampulla making it 2-1 (30′) from a direct free kick and Ordoñez making it 2-2 with a technically successful goal.

The draw pleased FC Porto, who now have a three-point lead (52-49) over Barcelos, while Benfica did not bow to Sporting (44-47), after completing the 21st day of the championship of Division I.

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