Mafra confirmed the excellent moment at home, reaching, this Sunday, the eighth game without losing as a visited club. Against Nacional, in a game referencing the 26th round of Liga 2, the Mafrense team won 3-2.
With both teams ready to attack, it was the islanders who scored first, in the 11th minute, through Róchez, with João Camacho’s pass, the ball still hitting Bura and betraying goalkeeper Miguel Santas. Mafra’s response couldn’t have been better and two minutes later Pedro Barcelos restored the equalizer with a Francis Cann assist from a corner. Up until the break, the match was quite intense, with high tempo and goal chances for both teams.
In the second half the game continued, Mafra took the lead, in the 55th minute, with Bura firing from outside the box and Vágner having slipped when he couldn’t catch the ball, the letting escape at the bottom of the goal. The meeting went through a more controversial phase, and after a few yellow cards, Nacional ended up being reduced to ten, with the expulsion of Baiano (72nd). The islanders still scored in the 76th minute, Júlio César responding in the best possible way to a free kick taken by João Camacho. The tie was short-lived, the Mafrenses taking the lead in the 78th minute, thanks to a goal from Stevy Okitokandjo, after a cross from the left by Gui Ferreira.
In the 90th minute, Mafra also saw a goal disallowed, for offside by Okitokandjo, a decision which deserved many protests.
It’s the ninth round for Nacional (6th with 38 points) without a win and they are moving further and further away from the promotion places and sees Mafra (8th with 36 points) closing in on the standings.