Porto managed to maintain the difference of ten points in relation to the leader Sporting in the table, in the eve of the two teams face each other in the “classic” of Dragão, next Saturday, in a potentially decisive game for the championship.
However, the task was not easy and the 2-1 victory in the visit to Marítimo happened only in discounts, and with a penalty.
Before that, the “blues-e-whites” attacked a lot, scored for Matheus Uribe in the first half, allowed Léo Andrade to draw and many glaring occasions for maritimists. Marchesín was a hero in goal, and then Otávio converted the decisive penalty.
The game explained in numbers
- The “dragons” returned to their standard scheme, a 4-4-2 in which only the absence of Otávio – played Luis Díaz – was the dominant note. The midfielder has been having some physical problems and started the meeting on the bench. This in relation to the meeting with Boavista in the past day, in which the Porto players presented themselves with three central. Already regarding the victory over Juventus, the difference was just the departure of “Otavinho”. The islanders, in turn, made a “revolution, with seven changes in relation to the debacle in Tondela.
- It soon became apparent that Marítimo’s life was not going to be easy. At 14 minutes, when Porto opened the scoring, the “dragons” registered 71% possession of the ball and the goal came to the second visiting shot, first framed. The move was confusing, with rebounds, the maritimistic defense unable to clear the ball and Matheus Uribe shooting towards the bottom of the net.
- In this first quarter of an hour, the “blues-and-whites” accumulated seven ball actions in the opposite area and limited the hosts to one shot (framed) and only 67% passing efficiency. Yet, on 18 minutes, the tie came. Right corner, shot by Joel Tagueu and Léo Andrade appeared in the small area to finish. A move that needed analysis of the VAR to confirm the Brazilian’s regular position. Two shots to each side, two goals.
- At half an hour the game was somewhat confusing, with a lot of fighting, little quality football, the “dragon” still dominating possession (68%), but allowing innumerable danger moves by the Marítimo, which recorded four shots, three of which were, while Porto fans have not shot since Uribe’s goal.
- At 34 minutes, “Giant” Amir avoiding Porto goal twice, first by stretching to stop a “poisonous” header from Zaidu, and in the sequence to give “the body to the bullets” for lock to prompt reload of Mehdi Taremi. In a single move, Porto’s expected goals (xG) rose from 0.4 to 1.1.
- The game started with great superiority of Porto, but gradually the Maritime began to grow, managed to draw and, despite having little ball, came to rest with one more shot than the Porto players and the same ones. Thus, the result adjusted to what had happened in the field, with Porto goalkeeper Uribe to be the best on the pitch, ordinary GoalPoint Rating of 6.4, he who completed 84% of the passes he made, recovered possession four times and won two of three aerial duels.
- Great pressure from the “dragons” in the second half. In the first quarter of an hour, Portistas shot more (5) than in the entire first half (4), and continued to dominate, with a record of 67% possession of the ball. Even so, they left space in the defense for the Madeirans to attack, so the home team added three shots, two framed, in this period.
- Very well the two goalkeepers after 70 minutes. Marchesin, with 6.5, e Amir, with 6.2, both had four defenses, in the case of the Iranian all shots in his large area, the Argentine with three of them, and in the pass the two registered an average distance of these deliveries of 28 meters. Collectively, Porto was again in possession of more than 70% and accumulated 24 ball actions in the maritime area.
- In one of several counterattacks, on 83 minutes, Alipour fled in speed, isolated, but put the ball too far and when he got the shot, he already had Marchesin “On top” to make the stain. And following the singing, two “impossible” defenses for the Porto goalkeeper, the header of Zainadine and then refilling Leo Andrade. The best occasions in the game, scoring goals, naturally.
- The tie was expected… but after 90 minutes, the referee signaled Rúben Macedo fouls Francisco Conceição in the big area. Penalty that Otávio not wasted, hitting Amir at a decisive moment of the match, at 93 minutes, in the 14th Porto goal shot in the game, sixth with good direction. A blow to a team from Maritime that created enough occasions to achieve another result.
The best in the field GoalPoint
Exhibition of filling the field of Matheus Uribe. The Colombian was the best element in the clash in Funchal, with a GoalPoint Rating of 7.4, for the goal he scored, but not only. In addition to nine valuable offensive passes (game maximum), the midfielder completed 91% of the 82 passes performed, totaled eight progressive deliveries, 94 ball actions (maximum) and 11 possession recoveries, a number only surpassed by Hermes’ 12. Uribe guaranteed not only defensive solidity, but also quality in construction and attack.
- Marchesin 7.1 – What a great display of the Argentine. Marchesín was a real “savior of the country”, making some truly decisive defenses, especially in the second half. Altogether there were six, maximum of the day, five to shots in the wide area, two less than eight meters away.
- Francisco Conceição 6.3 – The young man came in and fanned with the Porto game. In just 27 minutes he made four valuable offensive passes, completed two of four dribbling attempts, added two defensive actions in the opposite midfield, as well as two blocking passes, and suffered three fouls, one of which led to the decisive penalty.
- Mahdi Taremi 6.1 – This time the Iranian did not score, but he moved a lot with Porto’s offensive football. He was one of three players with four shots, made an assist, five valuable offensive passes and recorded six ball actions in the opposite area. He was the most loaded player missing four times, three in danger zone. Negative note for a blatant missed occasion.
- Leo Andrade 6.0 – A central defender who is a danger in the attack, the Brazilian scored Marítimo’s goal and could have scored twice, had it not been for Marchesín to make a great defense to deny him the conversion of a flagrant occasion. Léo was the best of the islanders, with two shots, both framed – he registered expected goals of 1.3 -, and in the rear he won two defensive aerial duels of three and added five reliefs.
- Amir 5.9 – The Iranian goalkeeper was not to blame for Porto’s goals and was even the second best of his team, with four saves, all shots in his wide area.
- Sérgio Oliveira 5.8 – This time, the Porto midfielder was less assertive, especially in the pass. Altogether missed 14, the maximum of the game, having registered 20 losses of possession. On the positive side, the seven valuable offensive passes and the two passes for finishing.