THE Academic played better, most of the time, had more clarity of ideas, and was more objective. But that's not why the students won yesterday against the Leixões. They won because they never gave up until the final whistle. A victory of race and will.
Contrary to what has been usual in recent years, Académica began the championship to win yesterday, against Leixões (3-2), in a great football game, where the victory could have “fallen” to either side.
It was, by the way, the third time in the last 10 years that the Academic began to win.
The last occasion had been three years ago, at Olhanense's home (2-1). Before that, already in the 1st League, it is necessary to go back to the 2011/2012 and 2010/2011 seasons, to see the 2-1 victories, at U. Leiria and Benfica, respectively.
César Peixoto had already warned that this year would always be until the final whistle, and the players gave him reason, at the first opportunity. Dias, at 88 ', scored the winning goal.
Full story to read in this Monday, August 12, print edition of Diário As Beiras