Two of the Venezuelans who play for Portuguese teams and who are regularly tracked on this site played in the UEFA Europa League this midweek just gone – click here for more details – but one was left at home and was in domestic action.
Wednesday 27 August 2014
Feirense 1-2 Porto B
The previous day in front of over 45.000 fans, Porto’s senior side ensured their progress to the UEFA Champions League group stage with a 3-0 aggregate victory over Lille, yet here in the Portuguese second-tier watched by a crowd that was 1/40th the size, Victor García made his first start of the season to shore up the B side’s back-line. Indeed, though earlier this month García appeared to be flirting with a place in the first-team squad, having reportedly been handed the number 50 shirt, his return to the B side in his number 52 shirt will have been very much appreciated by manager Luís Castro as he achieved his first victory both of the season and since his reinstatement following last season’s brief two-month spell in charge of the first team. Both teams had chances in what was a rather feisty game with nine yellows (four for the home side, five for the away) and one late red card for Tonel of the hosts, who may well have been the victim of some Porto play-acting. Nevertheless, the away side emerged victorious with goals from two 20 year-olds: Gonçalo Paciencia from the penalty spot and Frederic Maciel with a well-placed strike just outside the area. The B side, quite possibly with García still in their ranks, now have a good opportunity to move up from 17th in the league as they have a home match tomorrow against Santa Clara, a side just one point above them.