There were mixed reactions from both clubs following Porto’s 1-0 win in Lisboa over old rivals Benfica in the Portuguese ‘classico’.
By Alex Hough
Benfica president, Luís Filipe Vieira made a surprise appearance in the press conference to complain about referee Olegário Benquerença: “The state were so worried about security, but should have concerned themselves about the officials! I don’t live gagged and I hope it remains this way as well!
“Principally though, everyone saw what a sad spectacle the referee made it. We were robbed in our own stadium and I hope that everyone has the courage to admit it!”
This outburst was prompted by the Lisbon team having a seemingly clear cut penalty turned down, and goal from Petit disalllowed after referee Benquerenca adhudged the ball did not cross the line.
Benny McCarthy’s 9th minute goal won the game for Porto, much to the delight of manager Luis Fernandez.
“Today we played very well,” said Fernandez. ” Afterwards, in the second half, Pepe’s red card provoked many changes on our part. It’s clear that I’m happy with the win, because we won three more points.
“Above all I believe in my players, the fans and in my own work and knew that we could come to Lisboa to win.”
The result took Porto up to third position in the SuperLiga – and just one point behind Benfica who stay top.