Porto could be champions today


Porto could become the new Portuguese League champions on April 25, the day Portugal commemorate the Carnation Revolution, if they get a win and Sporting, second on the table, lose or draw.

There are only four days left to end the 2021/2022 season and the “dragons” have reached the final stretch unbeaten with a record of 58 consecutive games without losing the championship.

Porto is set to reclaim the title two years after losing to reigning champions Sporting, whom they eliminated 1-0 in the Portuguese Cup semi-final last night.

Thanks to the goal of Spaniard Toni Martínez, Porto secured a place in the final of the Portuguese tournament, to be held on May 22nd.

Despite victory in the second leg of the Portuguese Cup semi-finals, on matchday of league 31 he didn’t have it all.

In addition to playing away from home on Monday, the opponent is Braga, who comfortably took their fourth place and beat Benfica 3-2 three weeks ago.

In case there is a draw, with a defeat to Sporting, the “dragons” will also be the winners in the league.

If one of these scenarios happens, Sporting’s hopes of retaining the league title will be shattered on April 25th.

Rúben Amorim’s men are nine points behind Porto and on Monday they will play against Boavista, eleventh on the table.

Thursday’s defeat in the classic coincided with last weekend’s when they widened the distance to the leader in the defeat against Benfica.

Uruguayan Darwin Núñez and Portuguese Gil Dias gave the “eagles” victory in a match that ended 0-2.

Sporting also could not rely on Spaniard Pedro Porro, who was sent off with a red card in yesterday’s game in the 89th minute.

If it proves impossible to retain the league title, they will look to secure second place for direct access to the Champions League group stage.

Benfica, third, are nine points behind Sporting and this weekend they will host Famalicão, thirteenth.

The first four spots, just four games from the end of the league, don’t seem to change, while in the queue, six teams struggle not to fall.

Vizela and Arouca, two points behind and not far from relegation places, will open matchday 31.

On Saturday, Portimonense and Moreirense will meet, while in the afternoon Santa Clara will host Marítimo and Gil Vicente will host Paços de Ferreira.

The Belenenses, the latter, will travel to Estoril Praia on Sunday in an attempt to stop being bottom while Vitória will play on the Tondela field.

Source: La Verdad


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