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Primeira Liga roundup after Feb.22 games

Primeira Liga Round-up: Porto and Sporting involved in heated battle for 2nd place

February 23, 2021 By Oscar Rojas
Sporting maintained their lead at the top with a convincing win over Portimonense, while Benfica's woes in the competition continued after dropping points against Farense.

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, with Porto and Braga still with some hopes of catching up with the current leaders.

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

Top four teams in the Primeira Liga until February 22

Sporting kept their ten-point lead at the top of the table with their win against Portimonense, while Porto and Braga kept their battle for second place alive after their victories over Maritimo (2-1) and Tondela (4-2), respectively. As for Benfica, the Eagles dropped two more points in their goalless draw against Farense (0-0), which may have ended their hopes of winning the title for good, as they are now 15 points behind Sporting.

Primeira Liga's Top 3 scorers

Sporting's Pedro Gonçalves' kept his lead at the top of the goalscoring charts over Mehdi Taremi and Sergio Oliveira. None of these strikers was able to find the back of the net this weekend, which means that the race to become the top scorer in the Primeira Liga is still open.

Primeira Liga - Top headlines

  • Conceicao hits 250-game milestone - Porto's boss led his team to a new win this weekend, and he had more reasons to celebrate as he reached 250 matches as coach. Conceicao has won 139 of those games, which make him the second most winning coach in the Primeira Liga since 2012. Only Jorge Jesús, with 168, has won more than him.

  • Title hopes over for Benfica? - Even after a massive investment during the offseason, Jorge Jesus' Benfica seems to be headed to failure. Right now, the Eagles are on a woeful five-game streak without a win when playing away from home, something that had not happened to them since the 2007-08 season.

  • Sporting set to sign permanent deal for highly-rated defender - Sporting's season has given fans and experts quite a bit of headlines, and one of their best performers this season has been none other than Pedro Porro, who is on loan from Manchester City. Reports from Portugal state that the Lions will sign the Spaniard on a permanent deal, which will add depth to the team's roster for years to come.

Top matches to watch in the Primeira Liga from February 26-March 1, 2021

  • Porto vs Sporting - If the Dragons want to keep themselves as title contenders, this is the game they will need to win. Beating Sporting will not be an easy task, but if they can pull it off, the title race in Portugal could get way more interesting in the next few weeks.

  • Nacional vs Sporting Braga - The red and white side will keep their fight for the second place alive when they clash against Nacional. Carlos Carvalhal's men must try to take home all the bounty when they travel to Nacional's stadium, who will try to end a two-game losing streak against the third-placed team in the league.

  • Benfica vs Rio Ave - The Eagles have fallen way behind in the title race, but considering that Porto and Sporting will lock horns this Saturday, they might just be given a chance to keep fighting for the crown. Facing Rio Ave on Monday should not represent a problem for Jorge Jesús and his men, but this season has proven that Benfica's superiority is nowhere near where it was years ago.

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