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Posted by portugalpress on September 12, 2017
Olhanense (red/black stripes) battle for the ball in the Louletano box
Olhanense players acknowledge their fans after the 1-0 victory
Leleco blasts his penalty wide
From left: Freddie Offley, Rui Costa and James Somerville
Olhanense keeper Cleber Santana foils a rare Louletano attack

Olhanense opened brightly in their local derby against Louletano DC (Loulé) at the José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão, in the Campeonato de Portugal, last Sunday. The visitors were content to sit back and soak up the early pressure with the hope of snatching the occasional breakaway.

On 20 minutes, the lively Januário nearly gave the home side the lead as his curling shot narrowly missed the upright with Bruno Lúcio well beaten.

There was a buzz of expectancy as 19-year-old Jefferson, on loan from Sporting Lisbon, made his debut as he replaced the injured André Dias on the stroke of half-time.

After the interval, the gangly winger outpaced the Louletano defence at will, whilst at the back the experience of Ivo Nicolau and Materazzi frustrated the lightweight Louletano attack. The visitors’ midfield general Hugo Faria, previously with Olhanense but more recently turning out for Livingston and Airdrieonians (Scotland), worked hard to stem the flow of attacks.

The crowd became restless with the antics of referee César Leitão who suddenly started brandishing yellow cards, three in nine minutes, to Olhanense players while similar infractions by the visitors went unpunished.

Midway through the second period, the home side took a deserved lead. Januário fired in a cross from the left and Jefferson was in the box to exquisitely hammer the ball home. With five minutes remaining, Olhanense were awarded a penalty and the chance to make the game safe but Leleco fired his spot-kick wide of the right-hand post.

Five minutes of stoppage were safely negotiated with Louletano having failed to have one worthwhile effort on goal throughout the entire game!

Benfica vice-president Rui Costa at Olhanense
The former Portugal international - he played 94 times for his country - was a guest at the game between Olhanense and Louletano.

Rui Costa, nicknamed "The Maestro", spent the majority of his career with Benfica and Fiorentina and A.C. Milan in Italy. In a top-flight career spanning 17 years, he won several trophies, including one Primeira Liga title, one Taça de Portugal, one Serie A title, three Coppa Italia, one UEFA Champions League title (2003) and one UEFA Super Cup.

In his international career, Costa was especially instrumental in helping Portugal reach the Euro2004 final on home soil, scoring a screamer of a goal at the Estádio da Luz against England in the quarter-final.

Whilst at the Olhanense game, keen football fans Freddie Offley and James Somerville from Camberley, Surrey, holidaying in Albufeira, were “over the moon” to meet the footballing legend.

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