League Traffic Light: Chaves gets the first, Carlinhos superstar in Portimão and 77 cards

At the end of each matchday of Liga Portugal, Flashscore presents you with an assessment of what happened in the nine games of the top tier of Portuguese football, cataloged through the three colors of the traffic light. The green to highlight a positive moment, the yellow to mark something impactful/relevant, and the red for a less positive point of each round. Let’s go to the three moments of the 7th round.

GREEN: First keys

After the epic recovery from 0-2 to 2-2 in the reception to Estrela da Amadora, in Moreno’s debut in the technical command of the transmontanos, here came the first victory of Chaves in this edition of the Portuguese League, in the trip to Arouca (0-2).

It wasn’t an eye-popping game and everything became easier after David Simão’s ejection at the half-time whistle, but as the Flavienses coach said at the end of the match, it may have been the “click” needed to start a good winning streak.

“Satisfied and also a little relieved. It’s not easy to prepare games in a situation like the one we’re in. It’s really hard. Our athletes had a fantastic week of training. At this level, it can be the click. There is still a lot to improve and we will improve,” Moreno said at the end of the meeting.

Chaves still occupies the last position but has won an oxygen balloon that allows you to face the future with good prospects. Also because it is not for lack of quality in the squad that the results did not appear.

YELLOW: Carlinhos in Candy Point

A serious knee injury sidelined him for virtually the entire 2022/23 season, yet nothing to disturb Portimonense’s intentions to provide him with a contract extension offer (until 2026), which would eventually be accepted. Carlinhos is one of the names of the moment in the Portuguese League.

The Brazilian creative has left all the doubts surrounding his recovery behind and, at the age of 29, presents himself in his best version. There are already five goals in nine games, two of them last weekend, in the victory in Vizela (2-3), and the second goal of the personal account was a true work of art.

He took advantage of the space and sent an authentic missile to the goal of Buntic, a little like what he had already done in Guimarães, against Vitória SC (1-2).

“He is a very important player for us, who brings technical qualities that do not abound in many players. Our supported game favors his characteristics. I know the player I have and we have taken advantage of it,” said the coach of the Algarve, Paulo Sérgio, in a press conference.

After a difficult start, Carlinhos has been the main driver of Portimonense’s recovery in the league table. The captain’s armband sits him very well.

RED: Expulsions

Hard fouls, fiercer words, overzealousness on the part of the refereeing team… All this resulted in a journey marked by multiple cards (yellow and red) shown to the players.

In the nine matches of the 7th round of Liga Portugal, only three did not have at least one expulsion, and Boavista-Famalicão reigned in this chapter and had three expulsions (Cádiz, Tiago Morais and Chiquinho). In all, there were eight reds (!) and 69 yellows distributed over the nine games.

A very bad image at a time when it is intended that interest in football Portuguese not be lost. That makes it harder.