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Primeira Liga roundup after Feb.14 games

Primeira Liga Round-up: Key talking points after February 14 weekend

February 16, 2021 By Oscar Rojas
Sporting kept their unbeaten status after defeating Pacos de Ferreira, while one of the Big Three seem to have said goodbye to their title chances.

The 2020-21 Primeira Liga title race seems to be heading to a conclusion, as Sporting continue their relentless run towards one more trophy. The Lions have made the most out of Benfica and Porto's mishaps, and it seems that the only team capable to end their title hopes are precisely Sporting. With a comfortable lead at the top of the table, the title is Sporting's to lose, but Porto, Braga, and Benfica will surely try to make things harder for a club that has not hesitated when it comes to winning key games.

Let's have a look at the main talking points after this weekend's games.

Top four teams in the Primeira Liga until February 14

Sporting increased their lead to ten points thanks to their win over Pacos de Ferreira after Porto were unable to beat Boavista. Now, the defending champions only have a one-point lead over Braga in the battle for second place, as the red and white side claimed all the points facing Santa Clara. Meanwhile, Benfica's title chances seem to have faded away after one more draw against Moreirense, which has left Jorge Jesús' men thirteeen points behind Sporting.

Primeira Liga's Top 3 scorers

Sporting's Pedro Gonçalves' lead at the top of the goalscoring charts was shrunk this weekend after both Mehdi Taremi and Sergio Oliveira scored for Porto. Nevertheless, the man with Sporting's No. 28 jersey still has a five-goal cushion at the top, which means that it would take a miracle for any of Porto's men to catch up with him.

Primeira Liga - Top headlines

  • Sporting continue breaking records with win against Pacos - The league leaders are now ten points clear off the second place, and their start of the season is now the best since the 1980-81 campaign. Ruben Amorim's men have won 16 of their 19 games this season, which represents their best start in a Primeira Liga campaign in over 40 years.

  • Porto's failure to keep flawless run vs Boavista costs them in title race - Boavista had failed to score a single goal against Porto at the Do Dragao since 2016. This weekend, the black and white side managed to score twice and were in command for most of the game. Fortunately for Porto, they were able to rescue one point that kept them in the title race, but their defensive mishaps will not be forgotten in a game that should have ended with three points in the bag for them.

  • Seferovic ends one-month scoring drought - The only positive thing for Benfica after their draw against Moreirense came thanks to Haris Seferovic, who had failed to score a single goal in all comps since January 8. If the Eagles want to keep their chances of winning the title alive, Seferovic's contribution will be crucial to their efforts.

Top matches to watch in the Primeira Liga from February 19-22, 2021

  • Sporting vs Portimonense - The current leaders will enter a game against a team currently struggling to leave the bottom half of the table. Judging by how Ruben Amorim's men have behaved, this should not represent a problem for them. Nevertheless, the away team will try to pull of a shocker and beat the leaders for the first time this season.

  • Farense vs Benfica - The Eagles are now past the point of no return. Jorge Jesús' squad must try to win all of their remaining games to keep their chances in the title race alive, and dropping points against Farense should be seen as a massive failure for the most winning team in Primeira Liga history.

  • Marítimo vs Porto - The Dragons dropped key points in their attempt to catch up with Benfica, and now they will aim to make up for those points when they visit Maritimo. The hosts are two points away from the relegation zone, which means that Sergio Conceicao's men will not have it easy to walk away with all the points in the bag.

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