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Primeira Liga Round-up: Porto and Sporting nab top spot away from Benfica

November 2, 2021 By Oscar Rojas
Things are heating up in the Portuguese top-flight following Benfica's draw against Estoril. Here are the highlights of the past weekend in the Primeira Liga.

The top football category in Portugal has given us one of the most interesting weekends of the season, and with that, a new leader has emerged after Matchday 10.

The team that reaped the benefits of Benfica's draw was Porto, the team that has a better goal difference in the tournament with +18. The Dragons' win over Boavista saw them rise to the top spot while also cemented their spot as the top scoring team in the league. Right next to them is Sporting, who also won their match this weekend and leapfrogged Benfica in the title race.

Benfica were unable to secure one more win for their cause and ended slipping down the ranks. This draw comes during a crucial week for Jorge Jesús' men, as their trip to Munich in the UEFA Champions League could also have serious ramifications in the way they plan their season.

With that under consideration, let's have a look at how things stand after this weekend in the Portuguese league.

Primeira Liga - Top 5 teams after Matchday 10

Porto and Sporting are now top of the league with the same record, but Porto's goalscoring skills have secured them the top spot at least for this week. Benfica are now one point behind the leaders, while Braga and the surprising Estoril are level at 19 points to complete the top five teams in the league.

Primeira Liga top 3 scorers

Colombian sensation Luiz Díaz and Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi, both Porto players, share the top spot in the goalscoring charts with seven goals after Díaz found the back of the net last weekend and Taremi's effort was disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee. The podium is completed by Estoril's André Franco with five goals to his name.

Primeira Liga – Top headlines

  • Poeto ready to exercise contract extension for promising starlet - The Dragons have been dazzled by Danny Loader's skills, and as a reward for his first goal with the club last weekend, the club is willing to execute the buyout clause in his deal that will extend his stay with the blue and white side until 2025. Loader was registered with Porto B, but his form and interesting performances saw coach Conceicao fielding him in the final minutes against Boavista, where he scored his first goal with the first team.

  • Rui Costa slams players over recent drop of points - Benfica's draw against Estoril saw the Eagles slip down to third place, and president Rui Costa did not hold back when trying to find the reasons why. The former midfielder urged his players to find in their conscience the reasons for dropping ponts in the last three games, which eventually resulted in their fall from grace.

  • Sporting coach on the verge of reaching new milestone - Since his appointment in the 2019-20 season, Ruben Amorim has seen his Sporting squad scoring at least one goal for 29 consecutive home games in all comps. If he can lead the Lions to two more games with at least one goal for his team, he will break a record for most consecutive home games with a goal that has lasted for over 68 years. Not bad for the young boss!

Top matches to watch in the Primeira Liga on November 5-7, 2021

Santa Clara vs Porto: The Dragons will want to watch the international break from the top, and to do so, they will have to find a way to beat Santa Clara. It will be a clash between the best and the last team in the standings, but Santa Clara have proven to be quite a complicated rival for Porto in the past, and they will not want to go down into the night without at least putting up a good fight.

Pacos de Ferreira vs Sporting CP: The current second-placed team in the league will travel to face Paços de Ferreira with nothing but victory on their mind. The Lions have won their past six games against Os Castores, and they have done so while conceding only once during those six matches. Will they add one more victory to that record?

Benfica vs Sporting Braga: The Eagles desperately need to go back to winning ways after slipping down the ranks, but their game against Sporting Braga will not be a walk in the park. Braga are still in the race for a top-three spot, and facing Jorge Jesús' men right before the international break could be just what they need to turn their season around. Braga have only lost once during the 2021-22 season, which proves just how complicated it will be for the Eagles to beat The Bishops.

*Keep track of all the activity in the Portuguese top-flight by following our dedicated Primeira Liga competition page.

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