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Benfica - FC Porto
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Benfica have beaten Porto for the first time in nearly four years, and in so doing go above them and Braga to the top of the league. That was one of the most horrendous games of anything that you'll ever see, but they won't care and why should they? Porto, though, were abysmal and should be contemplating that for the next few days.
Full-time: Benfica 1-0 Porto
Porto win a free-kick on the left - this will be it - and it's curled into the box, where Militao heads over!
watching the goal again, it's impossible to overstate how good Pizzi's assist was.
No one's bothered to tell us how long is left, but Samaris has replaced Seferovic.
Herrera is looking to get something going only to suffer what Trevor Brooking would call "a bit of a bobbler," and he shanks the ball into touch.
Porto have woken up! They win a free0kick out on the right and Sergio curls in hard to the far post, where Militao is up ... but he can only head high.
Sergio tries a volley when a clearance falls onto his laces, and when it's blokced, Sergio picks up the loose ball on the left of the box He shimmies inside and spanks a curler just wide of the far post.
RED CARD! Lema, who was booked in the first half, swings a boot as Andre Pereira breaks past him onto the ball. He catches him, but not hard - Pereira was asking for the ref before he'd even hit the ground - and the ref should really have let it slide, given it was fair for him to make the challenge But he didn't and couldn't, so Benfica have to see out the final bit with 10 men. What a debut that is for their summer signing!
Benfica take off Pizzi, who's been the best of a stinking lot, and bring on Alfa.
This is still absolute nonsense. I cannot remember when the last time I saw a game this poor, it's easily the worst since Man United - Valencia.
Brahimi hacks down Grimaldo and is booked.
Change for Porto: Andre Pereira replaces Soares.
Rafa slides in on Jesus, and is booked.
Porto win a corner down the right, driver to the near post ... and Danilo is up but can only head wide, so he crosses himself by way of compensation and commiseration.
Porto have been awful so far. No zest, no enterprise, no attitude.
Change for Porto, Corona replacing Maxi.
Pizzi's corner is headed out for a throw.
Rafa drives at the porto box and finds Slavio, whose low shot hits Dias and goes behind.
Benfica are still in the ascendancy here, so Porto get ready to make a change. They've done the cube root of nothing this evening.
Or put another way.
The crowd are absolutely loving this - Benfica haven't beaten Porto since December 2014.
GOAL! Benfica 1-0 Porto (Seferovic) Gabriel lifts a ball over the top, and Pizzi dives and contorts brilliantly to cushion a low header into Seferovic's path; he holds off Militao and Felipe to punch a sidefooter inside the near post. We have ourselves a ball-game!
A shot! A save! Seferovic, in an offside position, lays back Gabriel, and he drives a low shot that Casillas dives to shove away. My commentator makes out like it's Banks from Pele.
Rafa charges away from Herrera, who brings him down as is booked. Obviously the free-kick is wasted.
Cervi, who's at least tried to do something, is replaced by Rafa.
Cervi reaches the ball ahead of Maxi who hacks him down; play continues as Seferovic picks it up and heads towards goal before making a mess of a simple pass. The ref goes book and books a disbelieving Maxi.
Maxi humps over a long cross from the right, which Almeida turns away under no pressure whatsoever.
This isn't getting any better, I'm afraid to say.
Porto make a change, Sergio replacing Otavio - who looks exceedingly glum.
Salvio attacks the box, enters the box, tumbles; nothing doing; then Militao hammers the ball into his body, and there's a brief kerfuffle.
Grimaldi skips past Otavio, down the line and on the outside; a cheppy of the arm is enough to halt his momentum, and finally seal that yellow card.
Just because this is miserable, doesn't mean we have to be miserable. Lorenzo Insgine is on one.
The fun has recommenced.
That was an absolutely dreadful - a few ok fouls, but literally nothing else. See you in 15 for more!
Half-time: Benfica 0-0 Porto
Goody goody gumdrops.
There'll be two added minutes.
What a miss! Porto step up, and one touch from Pizzi, onto a pass from Gabriel, sends Seferovic through! He's offiside but the flag stays down as he opens his body and very deliberately sidefoots past the far post.
Otavio fouls Pizzi, who tries to get him booked on countback like it's basketball; the ref leaves him be. The free-kick, of course, is wasted, hoofed behind.
This is awful!
Pizzi launches a free-kick into the box, seeking Seferovic at the back post, but he can't get involved.
The ref gives a corner following that last tussle, which Telles takes and manages to whack past everyone.
Marega chases a bouncing ball with Dias down the right side of the box, neither get it, and Marega gets hurt. There's a break while he receives treatment.
If I wasn't already at home, I'd want to go there.
Porto win a corner down the left, the first of the match, and it's headed away by Seferovic at the near post.
In comes the free-kick and Militao looks to head for goal, but Dias and Lema get in the road.
Neither side has got remotely close to scoring here, but Marega finds space down the right, skirting around Lema who marks his league debut with a scything foul for which he's booked. I enjoyed that, relatively speaking.
What do you get if cross a football team with an ice cream?
Maxi curls in from the right and Marega is looking to meet the cross, but Dias intercepts and the excitement begins afresh.
Herrera chases Gabriel and has a few hacks before eventually applying the foul.
"We're close to the half-hour mark," offers the commentator. Great stuff.
Seferovic gets down the left and crosses low ... Casillas collects easily. More news as I get it.
Brahimi outswings a ball over the top and Suarez chases it, driving a hopeful shot wide. Yes, a shot!
Danilo chests a ball down on the run but careers into Cervi and goes down in no small amount of pain. There's a break while he receives treatment, easily the closest we've come to a goal so far.
My days. Casillas hangs onto the ball for too long and is booked for timewasting.
Otavio leaps to win a header and flattens Cervi; another free-kick. Oh this is thriling.
Felipe pulls down Salvio 35 yards from goal, and Benfica have a free-kick. Nothing comes from it.
Casillas, who I think has had a hair-job, races off his line to poke away a long ball, ahead of Seferovic.
This is nonsense so far, and every time there's a dead ball it takes about 10 minutes for play to restart.
Benfica are making the running at the moment, without actually threatening the box never mind the goal.
Grimaldo swings it out, and Almeida is up but unable to do anything decent when he wins the header.
Otavio brings down Cervi when he cuts in off the left, and Benfica have a free-kick in a dangerous position, infield and not far from the box, left-hand side...
Grimaldo hauls down Danilo and is booked.
Nice from Benfica, building down the right with Almeida, who escapes Alex Telles and crosses low, but Casillas is there.
This has been a really low-key start.
Herrera finds Soares, who crosses low, but Odysseas is there to claim.
The camera at the new Stadium of Light is far too high, but my picture has improved slightly as Benfica break, seeking Seferovic. They fail to find him.
Benfica knock it around at the back, but the game hasn't yet settled.
I'll level with you: my picture here, supplied by my friendly local turf accountant, is not good - but I'll do my best
Away we go!
There's a good old row in the ground now - the home fans are giving it some.
There she goes!
I'm looking forward to seeing Hector Herrera, and not just because of how great a name it is to say in Salford accent. He's looked a player pretty much every time I've seen him, and is good enough to boss the midfield in this.
Napoli have just scored against Sassuolo, and a very fine goal it was too.
Anyway, in just a few hours, this league tedium will be over and we can embrace the thrill of the international break.
Last season, Porto won the league by seven points, a fair distance. But it's fair to note that Benfica had lost a stack of players in the summer, so needed some time to adjust; today will give us a decent clue as to whether we'll see a proper title race this time.
Give me some Emirates.
Now that you ask: I've backed Porto and both teams to score, but without any confidence.
Both sides have made decent starts in the Champions League; Porto are top of what is admittedly a weak group, drawing with Schalke and beating Galatasaray, while Benfica lost to Bayern and beat AEK.
People are still enjoying the sun and Super Bock.
Let's have some teams then....
As things stand, Porto are second in the table, Benfica third; they're separated by a point, and will for either will move them above Braga who currently lead having played a game more.
Afternoon all, and welcome to O Clássico!