Championship resumes on Wednesday night


The Portuguese championship is preparing to return to the grass on Wednesday evening(3 June), the Portuguese Federation announced in a statement.

After the Bundesliga, La Liga NOS is the second major league to resume operations after suffering a break of more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On 5 May, the Portuguese federation, together with the organisation of the NOS League and the Government of Portugal, agreed that football would only return to play the final of taça de Plata between Benfica and Porto (the date has not yet been finalised) and the remaining eleven matches of the Portuguese first division.

Other competitions have been cancelled and promotions and runs will be governed according to the classification at the time of the break.

Adel Taarabt’s Benfica is the current vice-leader of La Liga NOS with 59 points, one behind leaders Porto, with ten more rounds at the end of the championship.

For a safe recovery, all stadiums should receive the approval of the Directorate General of Health to host the matches: 15 of the 18 venues have done so, all except those of Moreirense, Santa Clara and Belenenses, who will play their matches at the Football City of Lisbon, the usual concentration of the Portuguese team.

The start will be given at 19:00 (Moroccan time) by Portimonense-Gil Vicente to make way for the appointment of the day: Famaliçao-Porto at 21:15.

Here is the program of recovery:

Wednesday, June 3 :
(19:00) Portimonense – Gil Vicente
(9.15pm) Famalicao – FC Porto

Thursday, June 4 :
(18:00) Maritimo Madeira – Vitoria Setubal
(20:15) Benfica – Tondela
(9:15 p.m.) Vitoria Guimaraes – Sporting Portugal

Friday, June 5 :
(19:00) Santa Clara – Sporting Braga
(9:15 p.m.) Desportivo Aves – Belenenses

Saturday, June 6 :
(9:15 p.m.) Boavista – Moreirense

Sunday, June 7 :
(21:00) Rio Ave – Paços de Ferreira

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