“Sweaters don’t play. You have to run. It is not enough to have a contract, it is not enough to be trained, it is not enough to be beautiful on social networks. To play in Porto, you need something more ”- words by Sérgio Conceição, after the derby with Boavista. Direct and genuine words, as always in the coach. A coach who does not want to coach players who do not give themselves up. In fact, these footballers with little attitude, Sérgio will have already told them to go up the Alameda, turn right on Avenida Fernão de Magalhães, stop at the roundabout and find a new profession.
No names were mentioned in that interview. But the players who, in principle, were criticized without being mentioned were not summoned for the game in Madeira. Neither of the alternates entered the list, none of the three. Which three? Just look at the FC Porto-Boavista game sheet and see who went out at break.
What was already bothering the Dragon was the registration of three consecutive league draws. The duel with Marítimo, last classified, would be the stage to change the recent scenario. But the recent scenario in Barreiros, over the past decade, featured six games without a victory for FC Porto. Caution.
And be careful Joel. In the third minute, the Marítimo striker warned, head on. Portistas reacted with another efficiency: upon reaching the quarter of an hour, golo de Uribe.
A party that lasted three minutes and a mystery that lasted another three minutes. Soon after, Leo Andrade scored, the goal was canceled but then validated. It took but there was a bailinho in Madeira.
The ball rocked the Marítimo for the attack. Without creating scares after scares, the home team grew and peeked at the opposing goal. The visitors sent for possession of the ball but, apart from the threats (in the same move) of Mbemba and of Taremi, there were more fouls and protests than interesting football until the end of the first half.
As in the beginning and at the end of the first half, Joel threatened again at the start of the second half. Reply from Luis Diaz e Amir returned to react well. Naturally, FC Porto put more pressure on the ball, tried to find a way for another goal. But there was a lot of wanting and little to know. Merit for Marítimo, who was closing well.
When, in the final stretch, Ali Alipour entered, a trio was completed rarely or never seen in a championship in Portugal. Be it football or field hockey: three Iranians playing. Amir Abedzadeh, Ali Alipourghara e Mehdi Taremi. Three Iranian-born footballers, all with two names. Have you noticed?
One of them, Amir, started to be a featured player in this match. With just over five minutes left, the figure was the goalkeeper… of FC Porto. Marchesin prevented Marítimo’s goal three times. In a few seconds. What a power!
And will the champion have the power to reach three points by the 90th minute? No. Not until the 90th minute, but in the compensation period, yes: the boy stood out again Francisco, who has the same nickname as his coach, who fell in the area and was awarded a penalty. Who scores? Taremi. No, Otávio. There were some confused moments there, wasn’t there? It was the Brazilian and it was a goal.
Relief in the Dragon set. Among those who played in Madeira, I think none are going to Areosa.
A victory in the day before the reception of the leader Sporting. Are 10 points less; it could be 12 or even 13.
In the usual circle of FC Porto, Sérgio Conceição, entitled to the jersey because of his 200 games as leader of the blues and whites, he spoke, spoke and spoke … The speech was long, the force transmitted was great.
And much of that force will have been sent to Cuba. There is another goalkeeper in need of strength. And that wheel represented positive wishes. Of all. That we are few.
Nuno Teixeira, ZAP //