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Gomaa and Ghazal feature in Nacional’s defeat to Porto
Nacional came into this game having won their first league game since late August last weekend against Académica. However, they had only lost once in their previous five games in all competitions – their best run of form all season.
FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui played an attacking line-up as his side looked to get three points on the board before travelling to Spain to play Athletic Bilbao midweek in the Champions League.
It would take just eight minutes for the home side to open the scoring; Ricardo Quaresma had a shot saved by Silva before Brazilian left-back Danilo smashed in the loose ball to give the home side an early advantage.
Saleh Gomaa was playing some neat passes throughout the first-half, but Porto’s defence remained tight while Brazilian goalkeeper Fabiano, despite being a spectator for the majority of the half, dealt with most dangerous balls with relative ease.
1-0 is how the first-half ended and despite the scoreline, and FC Porto’s dominance, Nacional played quite well, with Marco Matias and Mario Rondón in particular looking lively.
The second-half was played at a slow pace, with very few opportunities for either side and it wasn’t until the 74 minute when FC Porto extended their lead, through Algeria’s Yacine Brahimi, who curled a stunning shot into the top corner from around 16-yards out to seal the victory for the hosts and condemn Nacional to their first defeat in three games in all competitions.
2-0 was the final score, and Nacional coach Manual Machado will take positives from the game, despite the loss. It doesn’t get any easier for Nacional, though, as they host Benfica next Sunday at the Estádio da Madeira.