Academica 1-2 Porto
Edinho (pen 76)- Valentin Stocker(81), Jackson Martinez (86)
An absolutely crazy match, with some very late goals. Things started off bad for our opposition as we were pilling on the pressure in the first half, and almost scored when Benteke hit the post. The second half was total shambles. In the 75th minute Danilo fouled Edinho in the box, and gave away a penalty, and was also sent off. After Edinho stepped up to convert the penalty, our chances looked bleak. But, after two late goals from Martinez and Stocker, we managed to take all 3 points from a game we never looked liked winning.
Red Bull Salzburg 0-1 Porto
Jackson Martinez (42)
Our first Champions League match saw us come up against the minnows of the group, in this Austrian outfit. I fully expected us to beat them by several clear goals, but this was not the case. It was generally a drab match, with very few chances for either side, as I tested out a new tactic. The deadlock was broken by Jackson Martinez, just before half time. The second half was just as boring, and we held on for the win.
Maritimo 0-0 Porto
If I thought the last match was drab, this was much, much worse. What should have been a routine win, turned into 2 lost points after we failed to convert the catalogue of chances that came our way. We dominated in most areas, but weren't able to put the ball into the back of the net.
Porto 3-0 Olhanense
Alex Sandro(33), Christian Benteke (77, 84)
Our final game of the month, which also happened to be our first home game of the month was a great example of what we can do when we are on form. Led by a great performance from front man Christian Benteke, we absolutely destroyed Olhanense. Alex Sandro opened the scoring after 33 minutes with a good finish, before in the second half, a Benteke double sealed the deal. It even could have been more with 22 shots for us, in comparison to our oppositions 2.
A solid month where we picked up 3 wins and 1 draw. It saw our first outing in the Champions League, and despite some shaky performances, I feel like it was a successful month. Our results so far have put us in 3rd place, two points behind leaders Benfica.
Player of the Month
This month was all about our two frontmen who scored twice each, and it was a tough decision between them. In the end, I have decided to award it to Christian Benteke for the 2nd month running, as I feel he is really lighting up this league, and is on all the fans lips.