FC Porto beat Maritimo 2-1 at Estádio do Dragão in advance of the 15th round match
With Brahimi of first – half goals and André Silva in the second, FC Porto beat Maritimo 2-1 on anticipated game of matchday 15 of the league match NOS on Thursday night at the Estádio do Dragão. It was the fourth consecutive victory of blue and white, which on one hand allows them to match the best winning streak of the season obtained in October and, secondly, reduce, at least temporarily, to a point the distance that separates it from the first.
Nuno Espírito Santo did line up for the third consecutive time, the same eleven that before had thrashed Feirense (4-0) , for the championship, and Leicester (5-0) for the Champions League. He saw a team that returned to control and dominate the game, the always want to have the ball at his feet, trying to circulate it quickly but, at times, had to be made more slowly due to the back stance with the maritime performed with all players behind the midfield line, almost abdicating the attack.
The island strategy was to try to postpone the most of the goal to FC Porto and, therefore, take their tranquility in the game. The truth is that it was about to fall to the ground when Felipe headed it took the ball to pass millimeters from pole (9m) and, shortly after, when Maxi was stepped inside the box by Erdem No, without the consequent penalty it had been sanctioned by the referee Bruno Esteves – another (11m).
The second part has not changed the feature of the match. The Dragons came back to get well, to seek the best ways to reach the goal of patient, but with a good momentum, looking for the inside game with combinations the center aisle. And that ‘s got the 2-0, by André Silva, served perfectly by Brahimi (67m) – was the fifth goal in the last three matches, the tenth of 10 in the league, thus achieves Marega in leadership goalscorers list, and 15 at the time.
Even with a more comfortable lead in the scorer, FC Porto did not drop the pace imposed on meeting, looking for a quick movement of the ball and when he had not showing a good reaction to the loss, stopping often the opponent’s attacks. Almost always, because after 85 minutes Djoussé struck one pump from outside the area and beat Casillas after 744 minutes, putting an end to a series of seven consecutive games without conceding a goal FC Porto.