It was FC Porto in savings that drew, this Tuesday, against the Academico de Viseu (1-1), who fights in the II League, in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup.
The Porto players, finalists in the last edition of the ‘queen’ event, appeared in Fontelo four days from Classic with Benfica and with eight new features in the initial team, including Vítor Ferreira and Zé Luís, who would be highlighted in the goal.
The blue and white formation faced an opponent who, despite being a lower echelon, was not frightened by a stronger opponent. The viseenses did not have many opportunities at the offensive level, but they also did not grant spaces at the rear, which helped to highlight the difficulties of FC Porto in the last third, without creating truly dangerous situations for Ricardo Fernandes.
In one of the few situations in which they managed to take advantage of a mistake by the Academico de Viseu, FC Porto managed to open the scoring, but only in the second half and after a poor first half. Vítor Ferreira recovered a ball, and made a broken pass to Zé Luís, who, in the face of Ricardo Fernandes, did not miss the opportunity to return to goals, something that had not happened since December 2, in the Porto triumph over Paços de Ferreira .
Winning, the blues and whites, who until then proved to be a team with little clarity in the attack, let themselves fall asleep and who took the opportunity to score was the Academician of Viseu, present for the first time in this stage of the race. Kelvin took advantage of the space granted, crossed into the ‘blue and white’ area, where João Mário appeared to beat Diogo Costa.
Viriato’s warriors cling to the tie with a tooth and nail, which leaves the tie open for the second leg match that takes place on Wednesday next week at Dragão.