FC Porto slip up at bottom side Olhanense

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FC Porto's disastrous season continued at the weekend when they gave a lifeline to relegation threatened Olhanense.

The reigning champions went down 2-1 away at the Algarve club, giving the hosts' chances of Primeira Liga survival a massive boost.

Olhanense went ahead as early as the fourteenth minute through former Everton and Fiorentina man Per Kroldrup and doubled their advantage when Federico Dionisi netted his seventh goal of the season.

The final ten minutes proved to be a lot more nervy after Hector Herrera pulled a goal back for Porto, but the home side hung on to claim a famous, and crucial, win.

The three points lifted them off the bottom of the table on goal difference, and they're now just one point from safety heading into the final round of fixtures.

The result summed up a season of disappointment for Porto, who had clinched league success in seven of the last eight years, but will end this campaign in third.

The club have failed to cope with the loss of creative stars Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, as well as club captain Lucho Gonzalez, defensive rock Rolando and promising youngster Christian Atsu.

Any team in Europe would struggle to replace such players, but Porto are accustomed to losing their star names, having seen the likes of Radamel Falcao, Hulk and Lisandro Lopez all depart in recent years.

Unfortunately, summer signings such as Juan Qunitero and Hector Herrera have not yet shone in Portugal and manager Paulo Fonseca paid the ultimate price when he was dismissed in March.

Fonseca had only been in the job since July 2013 having replaced Vitor Pereira, who departed after two successive title wins.

Whoever is handed the reigns will have his work cut out restoring Porto to the top of the league, with bitter rivals Benfica conquering all this season.

The Lisbon outfit tied up the league title in April and last week sealed their place in the Europa League final, having already made it to both the Portuguese Cup final and tomorrow's League Cup final.

The success of Jorge Jesus' men will only add to the disappointment for Porto fans, who will have to watch their team enter the Champions League qualifying rounds for only the second time in ten years, and anything but a serious title challenge next year will be deemed unacceptable.

Europe hasn't exactly been a happy hunting ground this season though, having been eliminated at the group stage of the Champions League they reached the quarter finals of the Europa League but eventual finalists Sevilla dumped them out 4-2 on aggregate.

For a club so used to walking away with the Primeira Liga title year after year, this season has been a disaster. The league's most dominant team struggling after a summer of change? There's a few people in Manchester who could relate to Porto's struggles.

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