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FC Porto x Benfica Post Match Analysis

FC Porto stronger, Benfica played with ten and Marega spendthrift

FC Porto were far ahead of Benfica in the second half after a balanced first half, but the Portuguese champions’ 13th round match ended at zero in the Dragão.

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Before and after Zivkovic’s ‘hara kiri’, who entered in the 76th minute, saw two yellows and was sent off in the 82nd, the ‘dragons’ created several occasions of goals, more or less scandalous, but failed to score.

In the 56th minute, Herrera, the ‘defendant’ of the 1-1 of last season, giving an unnecessary corner in the rebates, introduced the ball in the benfica mark, but Jorge Sousa, by indication of the ‘auxiliary’, had already marked, barely, a out of play for Aboubakar.

Malagasy Marega was the most profligate, with incredible failures at 58, 86 and 90 + 4 minutes, in one of the last plays of the meeting, where, loose in the small area, he headed over the bar, to the despair of the Dragon.

As for Benfica, he made a custom entry, as he rarely did at the home of the rival and got to ‘send’ in the first half, but ‘lost’ offensively in the second, but ended up having the best occasion already with 10, 85 minutes, José Sá denied the goal to Krovinovic, isolated by a happy rebound.

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The ‘incarnates’ almost did not exist offensively in the second half, but they knew to suffer and, even with some happiness to the mix, they got a point and said present in the fight for the title.

Two consecutive draws for Sérgio Conceição

Porto, who added a second consecutive draw and third in the competition, remained in the lead, but now on a par with Sporting, both with three points off the four-times national championship.

In relation to the tie to one in the Vila das Aves, Sérgio Conceição changed the chastised Corona and the spearhead Soares by Marega and Sérgio Oliveira, going from ‘4-4-2’ to ‘4-3-3’, the same scheme presented by Rui Vitória, exactly with the same ‘eleven’ of the 6-0 thrashing of Vitória de Setúbal.

Whoever expected a ‘dragon’ to enter domineering, as is usual in the history of the receptions to the ‘incarnates’, had a very different start of game, with Benfica to enter custom and to get, spaces, ‘boss’.

The ‘incarnates’ won the first corner and created, within three minutes, a good opportunity, which turned out to be the best of the initial stage. José Sá missed the interception, Jonas headed, but the goalkeeper amended.

In the 13th minute, this time after a free, Luisão won in the heights to José Sá and the ball was left to Krovinovic, with the shot to leave transviado and on top.

Except for Marega’s very quick and strong starts on the right, FC Porto could not bother Varela and only made the first shot in the 24th minute, by Danilo, who acrobatically shot past the side post.

After the 30 minutes, the ‘dragons’ started to play more in the midfield of Benfica, but in practice were left by timid shots of Herrera, Alex Telles and Felipe, in a first part that ended with the Dragon asking for penalties for alleged Luisão hand. Jorge Sousa consulted the video-arbiter and had him play.

Benfica apathetic at the start of the second half

The second half started well, but after 10 minutes, FC Porto began to take charge of the match, before a Benfica that now rarely was able to leave for the attack.

Herrera introduced the ball into the net in the 56th minute, but after Jorge Sousa interrupted the game, signaling, badly, an offside game to Aboubakar, who was in legal position when he shot wide defense for Varela.

Two minutes later, it was Marega to isolate himself and to start his private festival of lost goals, with a shot to the side meshes.

Feeling their team over, Sérgio Conceição traded Sérgio Oliveira for the most offensive Otavio, while, in the opposite direction, Rui Vitória traded Pizzi for Samaris.

Felipe (68 and 75 minutes), Octavio (71) and Brahimi (78) always decided badly, in a position to do much better, and, on the other hand, after Zivkovic and Aboubakar exchanged for Soares, Krovinovic ) topped off to the side.

In the 82nd minute, the game was further complicated for Benfica, with Zivkovic being sent off, but the first time after the Serb screwed up Benfica in the 85th minute, with Krovinovic isolating but bumping into Jose Sa.

The goalkeeper gave the last ‘vitamin’ to his team-mates, who in the final few minutes created several occasions to undo the ‘null’, with Marega, very uninspired, to miss two very clear, at 86 and 90 + 4 minutes.

In the middle, Ricardo also tried his luck, while Krovinovic, once again, although visibly exhausted, still returned to shoot the opposite goal. The ‘null’ remained to the end.

American Football

American football is a team sport between two teams of eleven players who alternate between defense and attack. The goal of the game is to score points by carrying or throwing the ball to the opponent’s in-goal zone. To maintain possession, the attacking team must travel at least 10 yards in 4 attempts (called “down”). At the same time, the defense team must prevent the attack from reaching this goal, in order to regain possession of the ball. If the attacking team validates 10 yards or more in possession, it has four more attempts to continue gaining ground. Otherwise, the possession of the ball changes sides, and the roles (defense / attack) are reversed.

The points can be scored in different ways: by crossing the goal line with the ball, throwing the ball to another player on the other side of the goal line, throwing the opponent’s ball carrier in his own end zone (safety) or by shooting the ball between the posts of the opposing goal. The winner is the team with the most points at the end of the match.

In the United States and Canada (including Quebec), this sport (and its Canadian counterpart) is known simply as football.


American football comes from association football (soccer) and rugby. These two codified disciplines in England were introduced in North America as early as 1861 for football association (soccer) and in 1864 or 1865 for rugby. The first rugby matches played on the North American continent are probably played in 1864 in Toronto or in 1865 in Montreal. This Canadian branch will give birth to Canadian football.

In the United States, university teams also practice rugby and football association (soccer). This is also the occasion of confusion. Thus, for a long time, it was considered that the first game of American football was held on November 6, 1869: Rutgers won 6-4 against the College of New Jersey (future Princeton). According to historian Stephen Fox’s research, this New York Ball match could be an association (soccer) football match. Princeton and the NFL now admit this version.

The Canadians are proposing to the Americans a rugby match between Montrealers from McGill University and Harvard students who did not play football at all. We play a half time according to the rules of each university. Indeed, each school has its own regulations, as was also the case in Europe a few years earlier. Harvard adopted in 1875 as a regulation that enacted by Yale, but it is still a mix between rugby and football association, called combination in Europe. It was not until November 23, 1876, and the famous Massasoit Convention, to see the establishment of rules common to several American universities. In fact, they adopt all the regulations of the English Rugby Federation with the exception of one detail, the counting of points. American football clearly different from its ancestors has yet to be created.

Between 1880 and 1883, Yale coach Walter Camp profoundly changed the rules and the spirit of the game: reducing players from 15 to 11, reducing the area of ​​the field and introducing scrimmage. These modifications of Walter Camp are completed by others at the same time: a team must return the ball to the opponent if it has not managed to progress five yards in three attempts. American football is born.

The first professional players were enumerated in 1892-1893 but it was not until 1896 to see the first team composed exclusively of professional players: “Alleghany Athletic Association”. One year later, “Latrobe Athletic Association” is the first team to finish a full season with a professional-only squad (1897).

The first completed pass dates from October 27, 1906. Prior to this date, forward passes were not allowed.

The National Football League (NFL) was set up in 1920 to put an end to the mismanagement then prevailing in the world of American football.

American football remains for a long time confined to the United States where it becomes the number one sport, in front of baseball, from the 1970s. A notable exception, Japan, American influence obliges, where has been a university championship since 1947. The game is introduced in Europe with the arrival of American troops in the First World War in 1917, and particularly in France with the creation of a first championship of France between the various US regiments present, won in 1918 by the team of the naval base from Pauillac to Gironde.

Nevertheless it will not enjoy popular success off American soil until the late 1970s and early 1980s. An international football federation was created in 1998.

Although there seems to be no connection between the two sports, the modern form of football is very close to rugby league. Indeed, the rule of four downs is equivalent to the five held or fallen term that translates exactly down rugby to XIII. The only basic difference is that the quarterback the counterpart of the “half held” in rugby league is allowed to pass forward. Finally, it is important to note that the quarterback is not the only player allowed to pass forward, any player who can receive a pass can also make one.

Most women’s football leagues play with the same rules as male players, with one exception: women’s leagues use a smaller ball, adapted to smaller hands. There is also a derivative of football, the flag football, known as easier to access women physical contact is less important.