Porto 4-1 Portimonense: Porto recover to take all three points
Porto recovered after falling behind in the opening 10 minutes to storm to victory over a hard-working Portimonense side.
It was a result many expected, but it wasn’t straightforward. In fact, it was the away side that found the back of the net first, after Shoya Nakajima, who has been heavily linked with Wolves in recent times, whipped in a delightful cross to find the head of Tormena, the pass putting it on a plate for the right-back who headed home past Iker Casillas.
However, Porto were able to respond quickly, Brahimi first striking a long distance volley into the bottom corner in the 16th minute - a goal which was ultimately ruled out due to Tiquinho Soares standing in an offside position when the shot came in, while Moussa Marega then made up for it 6 minutes later, bulleting a glancing header into the far corner from an Alex Telles corner.
Porto came very close to taking the lead on the half hour mark but for some terrific goalkeeping from Ricardo Ferreira, who stretched acrobatically to push away Tiquinho Soares’ header, who nearly found the back of the net three minutes later, slotting his one-on-one effort just wide of the post.
But Porto had to settle for going in level at half time, with Portimonense good value for their hard-earned point.
However, Porto fans did not have to wait too long after the restart to see their side take control, Tiquinho Soares first finally getting on the scoresheet, tapping in Moussa Marega’s tap down from a beautiful Brahimi cross. And just over a minute later, Porto doubled their advantage, Brahimi’s powerful strike beating the keeper with ease.
Moussa Marega rounded off the victory after smashing home from close range, his goal initially flagged for offside but given after consultation with the video assistant referee.
The win sees Porto move five points clear of second placed Sporting, who take on Aves on Sunday.