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Posted by portugalpress on February 10, 2018
From left: Zé Turbo, Stevy Okitokandjo and Saná

Two first-half goals against Lusitano VRSA were enough to secure all three points and move Olhanense into second place, behind SC Farense, in the Campeonato de Portugal Division (“Série”) E.

Manager Nilton Terroso, who returned to the dugout following his two-match touchline ban, was without the suspended Pedro Albino, whilst Tiago Jogo and Ivo Nicolau remained sidelined through injury. Zé Turbo, on loan from Inter Milan, made his home debut.

Lusitano VRSA started with a defensive formation allowing the home side to dominate early possession and it was soon apparent that the visitors would be more than happy with a point. The breakthrough came on 24 minutes when Leleco swung over a corner that picked out skipper Materazzi on the far post.

The centre-back rose above a static Lusitano defence to head firmly past keeper Pedro Pereira for his first goal of the season. Eight minutes later, the visitors conceded a free-kick on the left, some 25m from goal, and up stepped Pedro Dias to curl his shot into the top left-hand corner of the net with Pedro Pereira well beaten.

Shortly before the interval, Zé Turbo nearly added to the score-line as his perfectly-timed run ended with a magnificent header flashing just over the crossbar.

The second-half was played at a canter with neither side looking like scoring until the final moments of stoppage time.

Olhanense keeper Cléber Santana rushed out of his area to clear the ball but completely missed his kick and João Vítor had an open goal at his mercy. André Dias, scurrying back, threw himself between player and ball and diverted the shot for a throw in.

Olhanense, with seven wins from their last eight games, will be looking to improve away form as they travel to the Azores to play Operário on Sunday. The next home game at the José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão is on Sunday, February 18.

In addition to Inter Milan loanee Zé Turbo, Olhanense have acquired the services of two players from Segunda Liga outfit Leixões SC. Dutch centre-forward Stevy Okitokandjo and Guinea Bissau midfielder Saná will be available to strengthen the team for the final 11 games of the season in the push for promotion.

By CHRIS WRIGHT

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