0-0 @ Académico de Viseu (4-3 on PKs)
We played another second division side, this time with a different result. Viseu defended very well against us, surviving the 90 minutes of regular time and going all the way to penalties. A miss from Rafa Soares put us on edge, but two saves from our third string goalkeeper Celton Biai sealed the deal.
We’ve now reached our goal of making the third round in the Allianz Cup. Our group for this round includes Rio Ave and Sporting, and with only one team qualifying to the semi finals I think we’ve gone as far as we can.
0-2 @ Paços Ferreira
Rochinha, Oscar Estupiñán
A strong start to our league games, we managed a dominant win away to Paços Ferreira who are in the Conference League this season. Rochinha opened scoring after a through pass by Sacko and Estupiñán continues his hot streak, scoring his 4th of the season.
2-0 vs Estoril Praia
Ricardo Quaresma, Oscar Estupiñán
With 6 points from 2 games, we continue our dominant run. This time Quaresma scored a golazo, cutting inside from the left wing and curling it in from 25 yards. Estupiñán headed in his second goal of the league season to seal the deal.
0-2 @ Arouca
Oscar Estupiñán x2
This man can’t be stopped! A masterful performance by Estupiñán pushes us to yet another 2-0 win. Shoutout to our defense as well, they allowed only one shot and none on target.
1-0 vs Tondela
Nélson da Luz
Nélson da Luz scored his first ever goal for Vitória as we finish off a perfect month.
We finish August with 12 points out of 12 possible and in 4th place. I’m very glad with our performance so far, with Estupiñán as one of the top scorers in the league and the fact that we have yet to allow a goal. Hopefully we can continue winning these “easy” games for them to carry us when we face the harder games against Sporting, Benfica and Porto.
Let’s talk about Estupiñán!
Oscar has started all 4 games for us, playing 330 minutes. He’s bagged 4 goals for us so far along with one assist for a 7.5 average rating. According to our analysts, he’s head and shoulders above the league average strikers:
7.64 shots/90 with 39.29% of them on target
A conversion rate of 14.29%
The Colombian is also very different from the norm as he's considered an aggressive shooter with low quality shots, as he averages 3 shots on target/90 albeit with a low xG per shot. All things considered, Estupiñán has been an absolute stud for us and hopefully he continues being so the rest of the season.
We signed USA wonderkid Ricardo Pepi, who was a free agent for some reason. He’ll play second fiddle for now but has potential to be a superstar in this league. We also signed 18-year-old attacking mid Wikelman Carmona and 21-year-old striker Patrick, both for free. We ended up selling attacking mid Nicolas Janvier to Hellas Verona for 1.5 million, Carmona will cover for him on the bench.
Ricardo Pepi (USA), Abdul Mumin (Ghana), Alfa Semedo (Guinea-Bissau) and Falaye Sacko (Mali) were called up by their national teams for the upcoming September break.
We start September by facing Famalicão, so hopefully we’re 5-0-0 before we face Benfica at home, Braga away and Porto at home.
Thanks for reading!
FMBlake - Estupiñán is great lol Thanks for the support!
Harleygator - Truly one of the great prospects that never reached their full potential. He's been solid for us so far, but at 37 I'm not sure there's a lot left in the tank
Tango - I only knew of Pervis before this save haha, I'm not sure if it's a common last name. I'm not sure about Leixões, they haven't played in the first division since 2010.
jwell - It's a Control Possession 4-2-3-1 that I've customized a bit.