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Primeira Liga Roundup after March 9 games

Primeira Liga Round-up: Sporting claim last-gasp win as battle for second place intensifies

March 10, 2021 By Oscar Rojas
The Lions had to rally back thanks to a late goal by Sebastián Coates, who once again stepped up at the right time to score a goal.

The 2020-21 Primeira Liga title race continues to keep fans on the edge of their seats. Sporting nearly dropped points, but a late turn of events gave one more win to Ruben Amorim's men. Meanwhile, the chasing pack featuring Braga, Porto, and Benfica all won their games to keep the battle for a potential second-place finish alive.

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

Top four teams in the Primeira Liga until March 9

Sporting kept their nine-point lead over Braga, who also claimed three points over Vitoria Guimaraes. Porto also added three points to their season with a convincing win ove Gil Vicente, and Benfica increased their chances to make the top three with a three-nil win over Belenenses.

Primeira Liga's Top 3 scorers

Sporting's Pedro Gonçalves' kept his lead at the top of the goalscoring charts, but Haris Seferovic is now second in the goalscoring department thanks to his brace against Belenenses. Porto's Sergio Oliveira is third despite scoring once against Gil Vicente.

Primeira Liga - Top headlines

  • Coates extends Sporting's late-goal charm in win vs Santa Clara - Prior to this game, Sporting had scored 12 goals in the last ten minutes of all games this season. To keep their flawless form in the league, captain Sebastián Coates increased that number with a game-winning goal vs Santa Clara. Now, the Lions have cemented their place as the Primeira Liga team with the most goals in that timeframe.

  • 2020-21 Benfica, with the worst goalscoring record under Jesús - When Jorge Jesús arrived to Benfica, the massive investment made to boost the team hinted that a new golden age was about to begin. Nevertheless, all the money spent and some problems away from the pitch have caused the Eagles to fall short of all expectations, especially in the goalscoring department, where they have only 38 goals, their worst tally under Jesús in any of his previous stints as coach.

  • Conceicao leaves press conference in less than a minute - It may not have taken place in a Primeira Liga game, but Conceicao's brief presser with no questions in over a minute made headlines around the world. The reasons for the lack of reporters in his press conference remains unknown, but was surely disappointing not to hear from the boss after such a massive win against Juventus.

Top matches to watch in the Primeira Liga from March 12-15, 2021

  • Benfica vs Boavista - The Eagles will try to keep themselves in the race for the second spot when they host Boavista. Although the away team is ranked fourteenth in the league, Benfica must be wary when the game kicks off, as Boavista claimed a 3-0 win in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

  • Tondela vs Sporting - The league leaders will travel to Tondela's stadium with a comfortable lead at the top. Tondela make it to this game in 10th place of the league, trying to score their first goal against the Lions after two games.

  • Porto vs Pacos de Ferreira - Porto will try to make their good run in the UEFA Champions League continue in the domestic tournament in the game against the fifth-placed Pacos. The reverse fixture of the season between these teams ended with a 3-2 win for Pacos, which will surely make Porto eager to get some payback.

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