Nacional of Madeira of the
SuperLiga lost 2-4 to Segunda B side Camacha Wednesday. "We didn't approach this game as seriously as we should have done," said assistant coach Eduardinho.
Benfica drew 1-1 at home to Ajax
at the Luz Wednesday in a game that saw the return after injury of the Croatian striker Sokota, a valuable 'reinforcement' for a side that for this position only has Nuno Gomes fit. Benfica's central defender
Ricardo Rocha opened the scoring on 70 minutes, but in the dying minutes Ibrahimovic for an equaliser for the visitng Dutch club. The game was watched by an estimated 10,000.
Vitória de Setúbal beat Segunda leaders Alverca 2-0
Saturday with penalties from Rui Miguel and new signing Pascal. The coaches of the two sides had to intervene at one point when spirits became a little too exalted.
Thursday's friendly results:
Esposende 2-4 Gil Vicente (Everton, Magalhães/ Luís Loureiro, Paulo Alves (2), Marco Nuno)
Vitória de Guimarães 2-2 Marco (Fangueiro, Ferreira/ Rui Gomes, Edson Baiano)
Paços de Ferreira
2-0 Maia (Puntas, Leonardo)
Benfica tied up their Swiss tour with a win Sunday, easily beating Swiss third divison side Grand-Lancy 5-1. Hélder
and Fernando Cunha put Benfica in front, Hilty pulling one back for the Swiss ten minutes before half-time. Miguel, Drulovic and Roger finished G-L off in the second half.
Vitória de Guimarães beat
São João de Ver 4-0 with goals by Cléber and a hat-trick from Hugo Cunha. In the second half, Vitória coach Augusto Ignácio pulled his players off to avoid the expulsion of Nuno Assis - and the ruse worked.
Académica struggled to beat Benfica de Castelo Branco 4-3. Os Estudantes
were 3-0 up through Paulo Adriano and Marcelo (2), but BCB reacted well and pulled one back through Bruno Matos before half time, and through Tito and Cristof in the second half. Nuno Miranda, however, gave the 4-3 victory to the team from Coimbra.
Sanã and Pedro Santos got the goals that gave Boavista a 2-0 victory at Segunda B side Infesta Saturday.
Paços de Ferreira could only draw 1-1
with third division side Vila Pouca de Aguiar. An own goal by Gil gave Paços the lead, but Luís Carlos equalised for the locals.
Vitória de Guimarães too could only draw, this time 0-0 with
Sanjoanense of the Segunda B.
Moreirense travelled to Gondomar of the Segunda B and beat them 2-1. Anderson put the SuperLiga
side in front, Quim equalised but Emerson gave Moreirense the win in the closing minutes.
Sporting Braga drew 2-2 with Segunda side Chaves. Manduca put Chaves in front, Bordi equalised,
Trigueros put Chaves in front agains and Odair confirmed the draw.
Beira-Mar managed the biggest score of the day, beating Segunda side Felgueiras 7-0
with three from Zezinho, two from Fary and one each from Carlinhos and Rui Dolores.
Benfica won their second friendly on Swiss soil Friday when they beat Neuchatel 2-0 with goals by
Roger (9) and Miguel (65). A third friendly has been arranged to replace the aborted trip to Turkey to face Besiktas: the Águias will play Grand-Lancy
of Geneva who play in the Swiss third division.
Sporting travelled to Segunda side Marco and beat them 3-1 with their second-string players. Danny
scored two of Sporting's goals and passed for João Paiva to score the other.
Benfica will not now travel to Turkey after Besiktas
informed the club that they could not gather sufficient players to make up a representative team as so many of their squad would be on international duty. Benfica are looking into the possibility of arranging a third game in Switzerland after Servette Wednesday (2-1) and
Benfica began their brief tour of Switzerland and Turkey Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Swiss side Servette. Ricardo Rocha
put the Reds in front on eight minutes, Weber equalised after 24 and Miguel got the winner on 79.
Gil Vicente beat Vilanovense 5-1. Lourenço opened the scoring for the visitors but two
from Manoel, and one each from Dário, Lary and Ali conformed the goleada for Gil
Boavista beat Segunda club Marco 2-0 Thursday, Cafú and Sanã scoring the goals.
União de Leiria beat Segunda B side Caldas 4-3 in a training match ahead of the team's SuperLiga clash with Moreirense. Márcio Santos, Silas, Edson and Maciel scored the UDL goals.
, for their part, drew 2-2 with Segunda B side Fafe, Demétrios and Anderson providing the Moreirense goals.
Benfica beat third division side Sintrense 4-2
Wednesday in a friendly to give the less-used players a run out. It was the comeback match of Angolan star striker Mantorras
after injury and he scored two, equalising a two goal lead that Sintrense had built up. Former Corunha central defender Hélder and Fernando Rosa got the other two.
Gil Vicente beat Segunda B
side Trofense 5-0 with goals by Rui Guerreiro, Rui Figueiredo, Marco Nuno and Manoel (2).
Sporting beat Celta de Vigo 1-0 away Sunday,
Luís Filipe scoring the goal 12 minutes into the second half. The two teams had drawn 0-0 in Lisbon in the pre-season.
Belenenses also beat Spanish opposition 1-0, this time Real Bétis
at home. Marco Paulo scored the only goal three minutes into the second half after a pass by Rui Borges.
Marítimo won the Madeiran Autonomy Tournament, beating Segunda B side
Pontassolense 2-1 in the final. Júnior and Joel Santos put the SuperLiga side two-up early in the second half, while Luís Alves got a consolation for Pontassolense in the dying minutes.
Vitória de Guimarães confirmed their good early-season form by beating Segunda B club Taipas 4-0. Nuno Assis got two, Bessa and Paulo César the other two.
After recent bad displays and even worse results, Boavista were cheered up a little Thrusday when they beat Spanish side Málaga 1-0 away. Silva
scored the goal eight minutes from time, but also missed a penalty in the second half. Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco was sent off after half an hour.
Results of other friendlies:
Alcanense (district league)
0-12 Sporting (Toñito 2, Djaló 3, Hugo 2, Paiva, Danny, Tello, Ronaldo, João Lopes (o.g.))
Fátima (IIB) 2-8 Benfica (Bruno Brito, Mamadi/ Roger 3, Andersson 2, Argel, Drulovic, Carlitos)
Vizela (IIB) 0-0 Moreirense
Arcos de Valdevez 1-5 Gil Vicente (Nito/ Paulo Alves 2, Rodri, Ali, Duah)
Boavista play Málaga
in Spain in a friendly organised as part of the transfer of Litos to the Spanish club at the summer of 2001.
Moreirense , who have lost their first two games of the season, travelled to Segunda
club Maia and beat them 2-1 Wednesday with two goals from former Boavista striker Demétrios. Moreirense play Benfica on Day 3 of the SuperLiga, in ten days' time.
To commemorate 83 years of the club's existence, Belenenses receive Real Bétis next Sunday (08/09) in a friendly. There are no SuperLiga games because of international matches during the following week.
Sporting have also arranged a friendly for September 8th, away at Celta de Vigo . The two clubs played at Alvalade in the pre-season, drawing 0-0.
Friendly results (Wednesday)
Amora (IIB) 0-1 Vitória de Setúbal (Rui Miguel)
Nacional 5-0 Camacha (IIB) (Rómulo, Adriano, Rogerinho 2, Pascal)
Gil Vicente 1-2 Maia (II) (Lary/ Igor, Sérgio Pinto)
Friendly results (Wednesday):
Portugal U-21s 3-1 Olivais e Moscavide (details)
Esposende 1-2 Vitória de Guimarães (Ricardo Machado/ Jaime, Guga)
União de Leiria 1-2 Benfica B (Freddy/ Fernando Rosa, Francisco Cunha)
Friendly results (Sunday):
Braga 1-3 Celta de Vigo (Bodi/ McCarthy 2, Silvinho) (Celta win the three-way Taça Ibérica - involving also FC Porto)
Marítimo 3-0 Nacional
(Rincón, Júnior, Gaúcho)
Santa Clara 2-1 Operário (IIB) (George, Figueiredo/ Regri)
Marinhense (IIB) 0-2 União de Leiria (Alhandra, Fredy)
Pedras Rubras (IIB) 1-2 Moreirense
(Muca/ Emerson, Armando)
When the Luz stadium was inaugurated in 1954, Real Madrid
were one of the first teams to play there. They returned Saturday for the last time (the Luz will be coming down before they play there again) and beat a reasonable Benfica side 3-2 in the
Taça Gama Sport (See Match Reports). Real were paid one million euros for their presence, while Benfica kept 60% of
the gate receipts, the organisers Gama Sport keeping the rest.
Benfica coach Jesualdo Ferreira
was relatively pleased with his side: "We didn't play against just any old team, so I have to be moderately satisfied. But we were a bit permissive with the goals, and we missed some sitters."
Real Madrid's Luís Figo, who was the subject of a tribute before the game, was happy with his physical progress: "My main objective is to see how my ankle is bearing up - and I haven't felt any pains."
Asked to comment on the nomination of Agostinho Oliveira as national team coach, he was critical of the selection process: "AO is the best choice for the moment - he knows the players and he has done well at lower
levels [U-21], but you can't ask him to work for two months and win the European Championship. As for whether I would like a Portuguese or a foreign coach ... well, it's not up to me. I'm in the Selecção to serve
Other friendly results (Saturday):
Desportivo das Aves (II) 1-3 Boavista (Doda/ Ávalos, Martelinho, Jorge Couto)
Estrela da Amadora (II) 0-1 União de Leiria (Maciel)
Sporting Espinho (IIB) 0-1 Académica (Marinescu pen) [Final - Torneio Cidade de Espinho]
Odivelas (IIB) 0-1 Belenenses (Rui Borges)
Felgueiras (II) 1-1 Vitória de Guimarães
(Zé Pedro/ Ricardo Silva)
Gil Vicente 2-1 Ovarense (II) (Manoel pen, Paulo Alves/ Nei)
Varzim 1-2 Marco (II) (Rui Baião/ Paulinho, Rui Gomes)
lost their first pre-season game (out of eight) Friday when they went down 0-1 to the inevitable Celta de Vigo in the Ibérica Cup in Braga. Jesuli
got the Celta goal on 28 minutes. Despite the result, Porto coach José Mourinho declared himself satisfied with the performance of the team, in which new-signing Tiago (from União de Leiria) made his début.
FC Porto lined up:
Nuno; Secretário, Jorge Costa, Ricardo Costa and Hugo Luz (Nuno Valente); Paulo Ferreira, Tiago (César Peixoto), Costinha (Manuel José) and Alenitchev; Cândido Costa (Capucho) and Hélder
Celta have now played four Portuguese clubs in pre-season games, and their record is superb for them, worrying perhaps for the quality of the Portuguese game.
won 3/ drawn 1/ lost 0/ 7 goals for/ 0 against.
Sporting 0-0 Celta
Benfica 0-2 Celta
Celta 4-0 Vitória de Guimarães
FC Porto 0-1 Celta
Other friendly results
Santa Clara 2-1 Lusitânia dos Açores (IIB) (Bruno Ribeiro, Vouzela/ Márcio)
Arcos de Valdevez (district league) 2-2 Académica (Tozé, Vítor/ Abaci, Rui Miguel)
Friendly results (Thursday):
União de Lamas (II) 0-2 Académica (Tixier, Vital)
União de Leiria 4-2 Ovarense (II) (Maciel 3, Kibuey/ Sander, Nei)
Gil Vicente 1-0
Ribeirão (III) (Paulo Alves)
Marítimo lost the final of the Prince Abdullah Al-Faisar Cup in Abha, Saudi Arabia Wednesday. They went down 1-2
to a 'golden goal in extra time against Jeddah side Al-Ahli. Dinda
had put the Madeiran team in front on 33 minutes, but Al-Ahli equalised at the death. Three minutes into extra time they got the dreaded 'golden goal'.
FC Porto beat Sporting Braga 1-0 in the
Trofeu Ibérico at the Estádio 1º Maio in Braga. In an uneventful match, Jankauskas got the solitary goal on 38 minutes.
Other friendly results (Wednesday):
Oliveira do Bairro (IIB)
1-3 Beira.Mar (Jorgito/ Juninho Petrolina, Carlinhos, Gamboa)
Moreirense 1-2 Salgueiros (Mauro César/ Ricardo Nascimento 2)
Portimão 0-3 Vitória de Setúbal (Hugo Henriques, Jorginho, Meyong)
Vitória de Guimarães travelled to Vigo Tuesday and came back with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Celta. Vitória's coach Augusto Inácio had harsh words for the Spanish referee, but
the truth is that his side were outclassed on the night. Mostovoi got a controversial penalty just before the break and another goal in the second half, along with one apiece from Catanha and Yago. (
Marítimo reached the final of the Prince Abdullah Al-Faisar Cup by beating the Syrian national team (and not Al-Ahli, as reported below) 1-0
in the semi final monday. Dinda got the only goal of the game on 17 minutes. Marítimo meet Al-Ahli of Jeddah in the final Wednesday.
Other friendly results (Tuesday):
Académica 0-0 Casa Pia
Feirense 2-1 Paços de Ferreira (Vitinha, Magano/ Carlos Carneiro)
Results of friendlies on Sunday:
União de Leiria 1-0
União de Madeira (Paulo Duarte)
Maia 0-0 Varzim
Beira-Mar 5-1 Estarreja (Kaka, Fary, Juninho Petrolina and Zezinho 2/ Nelinho)
Espinho 1-0 Paços de Ferreira
Vitória de Guimarães (Rafael, Hugo Cunha, Romeu, Paulo César)
Penafiel 0-0 Sporting Braga
lost their first pre-season game Saturday, going down 0-2 to Celta de Vigo in Vila do Conde in the North of Portugal. Benfica put in a spirited display but failed in the scoring department, despite new
signing Nuno Gomes coming on after an hour. Kaviedes and Caceres
scored Celta's goals in lethal counter attacks on 68 and 89 minutes. Benfica coach Jesualdo Ferreira said that Benfica were still in preparation and that he was happy with the perfomance.
Benfica lined up:
Moreira; Armando, Argel, João Manuel Pinto and Cristiano; Petit and Tiago (Ednilson 63m); Zahovic, Simão and Roger (Mantorras 59m); Féher (Nuno Gomes 59m).
haven't lost yet in the pre-season but conceded their first goals in seven games in a 2-2 draw at Charlton. Graham Stuart put the English side in front on six minutes but Derlei
equalised just before the break. César Peixoto gave Porto the lead in the second half and then Johansson settled the score a quarter of an hour from the end.
FC Porto lined up:
(Nuno 55m); Paulo Ferreira, Jorge Costa, Pedro Emanuel (Ricardo Carvalho 46m) and Nuno Valente (Secretário 55m); Costinha (Bruno 55m), Cândido Costa and Alenitchev; Capucho (César Peixoto 46m), Derlei and Hélder Postiga
Marítimo reached the semi-finals of the Prince Abdullah Al-Faisar Cup in Saudi Arabia after drawing 0-0 with Alriyadh. The Madeiran side meet Al-Ahli in the semis.
Results of other friendlies on Saturday:
Salamanca (Spain) 0-2 Belenenses (Ludemar, Pedro)
Casa Pia (Segunda B) 0-3 Vitória de Setúbal (Meyong 2, Vasco Matos)
Intercontinental do Recife (Brazil) (Hugo Correia, Gouveia/ Wellinton 3)
Result of friendlies on Friday:
Sporting Pombal 0-0 Nacional
Intercontinental do Recife (Brazil) (Académica's goals: Roberto, Lucas, Marinescu)
Beira-Mar 3-0 Naval (Segunda) (Ricardo Sousa, Fary, Ribeiro)
Paços de Ferreira 3-1
Aliados de Lordelo (District Leagues) (Paços' goals: Cláudio Neves o.g., Renato Queirós 2)
Marítimo thrashed Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal 6-1 in the Sixth
Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Cup
Thursday. Alan and Rincon made it 2-0 at the break, while Júnior, Pepín, Gaúcho and Rincón with his second made it six in the second half. Alshihiri got a consolation for Al-Hilal ten minutes from time.
Other results of Marímo's games in the competition:
Bahrain Olympic Team 3-3 Marítimo
Saudi Olympic Team 0-1 Marítimo
head Group B of the tournament with seven points from three games. Al-Ahli head Group A.
Vitória de Guimarães beat Vilanovense 4-0 away. Paulo César (2), Bessa and Marcinho got the goals.
Santa Clara beat Pinhalnovense by a single goal, scored by Ceará on 25 minutes.
Moreirense beat Freamunde 2-1
away but made heavy work of it. Ex-Boavista forward Demétrios got the opener for Moreirense, Luciano equalised and João Duarte got the winner.
0-0 with Celta de Vigo Wednesday in front of just six thousand at Alvalade. It was a final rehearsal before their Champions League third preliminary round matches against Inter Milan, the first of
which is next Wednesday. Once again, Sporting's lack of bite in attack was their weak point: they are sorely missing the busyness of João Pinto (suspended until October) and the cool finishing of Mário Jardel (on
'psychological leave'). New signings Kutuzov and Marcos Paulo came on in the second half, but the Brazilian was taken off near the end with a knee injury: not an auspicious start.
Earlier in the evening, Benfica beat fellow Primeira side Vitória de Setúbal 2-1
in a friendly played in Vila Real de Santo António in the Algarve. Benfica's Brazilian midfielder Roger
was the man of the match with two stunning goals, one in each half. For the first, he found space in front of goal but thirty metres out and struck a swerving drive that beat ´keeper Pedro Espinha's desperate dive. For the second, he burst goalwards on the right and poked a neat shot past the oncoming Espinha with his left foot. Setúbal's
Meyong, unmarked close to goal on the left, smacked home a consolation goal in the dying minutes.
Gil Vicente dominated and beat Sporting Braga 2-0
with goals by Ali and Manoel in the second half to lift the Troféu Munícipio de Melgaço.
Newly-promoted side Nacional lost to relegated Alverca 2-0 . Torrão in the first half and Rodolfo in the
second did the damage.
There was similar story in Tábua where Académica, new to the Primeira, went down 1-2 to Salgueiros, now in the Segunda. Roberto gave Os Estudantes
the lead but goals from Basílo and Iliev turned it around for Salgueiros.
A Carlos Carneiro goal after 52 minutes gave Paços de Ferreira a 1-0 win over Caçadores das Taipas.
Santa Clara beat Amarante 2-0 Tuesday. The Azores side waited until the second half to score the goals through George and Sandro.
FC Porto drew
0-0 with Werder Bremen Sunday in front of 22,000 at the Antas stadium in Oporto. Coach José Mourinho
started off with a team mainly made up of second string players, and it was only when the 'first-teamers' came on in the second half that their game picked up a gear.
FC Porto lined up:
Vítor Baía; Paulo
Ferreira, Ricardo Costa, Ricardo Carvalho and Mário Silva; Joca, Bruno and Alenitchev; Cândido Costa, César Peixoto and Derlei.
(Nuno Valente, Nuno, Jorge Costa, Pedro Emanuel, Secretário, Costinha, Capucho, Maniche,
Deco and Postiga also played.)
Boavista beat São Pedro da Cova 4-0 Saturday. Serginho (2) and José Pedro made it three before the break, and Serginho
got his hat-trick ten minutes from the end.
Boavista lined up:
William; Bosingwa, Paulo Turra, Saul and Erivan; Pedro Santos, Jorge Couto and José Pedro; Serginho, Martelinho and Luiz Cláudio.
(João Oliveira, Jaime Linares, Ricardo Ferreira and Alain also played)
Santa Clara won the Gafanha da Nazaré tournament by beating Águeda 5-1
in the final. George (2), Aldo, Figueiredo and Marujo got the Azores side's goals.
Goals from Wender and Barroso gave Sporting Braga a 2-0 win over at Segunda B side Taipas.
União de Leiria beat Caranguejeira 2-1 with goals by Douala and Zézinho at the close of both halves. The home side's goal came from Gualter with a quarter of an hour left.
Benfica drew 1-1 with Brazilian club Grêmio Saturday at the Luz stadium in Lisbon. (See Match Reports) The highlight of the evening was the presentation to 50,000 delirious fans of
striker Nuno Gomes, who signed for Benfica before the game. (See Transfer News). Coach Jesualdo Ferreira
was satisfied with the performance, highlighting his side's "positive attitude". While not promising Benfiquistas the earth, he admitted that "we are in a better position to be champions than in previous years."
Benfica's Lisbon neighbours Sporting won their Saturday friendly against Spanish side Real Bétis in Maia in the North of Portugal. Sporting scored first through winger
Ricardo Quaresma on the half-hour, Bétis equalised through Alfonso three minutes later, Pedro Barbosa restored Sporting's lead ten minutes into the second half, Alfonso
got his second ten minutes from time and youngster Cristiano Ronaldo made the final result 3-2 near the end.
Sporting Braga beat Varzim in similar fashion. Bordi
put them in front after just two minutes, marcão levelled on 19, José António put through his own goal to give Braga the lead back on 36 and Quim Berto
equalised again for Varzim five minutes before half-time. It was left to Wender to give Braga the 3-2 win on 67 minutes.
Santa Clara beat Beira-Mar 6-5
on penalties after the teams had reached 90 minutes drawn at 1-1. Zezinho had put Beira-Mar in front ten minutes before the break, Sérgio Nunes equalised ten minutes after it.
Vitória de Guimarães left it to the last five minutes to beat Caldas 2-0, the goals coming from Romeu and Ferreira. Académica beat Spanish club Badajoz 2-0
in the same 'City of Caldas' tournament. Roberto scored twice in the first quarter of an hour of the second half. Academica's Dário and Pedro Nieto of Badajoz were sent off for tussling in the early minutes.
Vítor Pereira and Emerson gave Moreirense a two-goal lead in the first half against Paços de Ferreira, and Paços could only draw one back in the second half through Puntas to make it
Vitória de Setúbal beat Nacional of Madeira 1-0 with a goal from Mário Carlos in the dying minutes.
FC Porto beat
Atlético Madrid 3-0 Friday in a match that served to officially present the squad to the fans. FC Porto put in an assured display, creating many chances. Hélder Postiga
opened the scoring on eight minutes, latching on to a long pass from Jorge Costa. Derlei got the second on 20, heading home a Deco cross, and Deco himself completed the result on 52.
FC Porto lined up:
Vítor Baía; Secretário, Jorge Costa, Pedro Emanuel and Nuno Valente; Costinha, Maniche, Deco and Capucho; Derlei and Hélder Postiga.
(Nuno, Paulo Ferreira, Mário Silva, Ricardo Carvalho,
Ricardo Costa, Joca, Bruno, César Peixoto, Alenitchev and Cândido Costa also played)
Winger Simão Sabrosa is likely to return after injury and Hungarian striker Miki Feher to make his début for
Benfica in their friendly against Brazilian side Grêmio Saturday. The two players should make an appearance during the second half of the friendly. (A Bola On-line)
Azores side Santa Clara
, on the mainland for pre-season preparation, drew 0-0 with Segunda club Naval Friday.
Sporting beat Spanish Segunda B club
Pontevedra 3-0 Thursday in Pontevedra. Ricardo Fernandes got the first on ten minutes with Luís Filipe extending the score just before half-time. Sporting's Spanish midfielder Toñito
made himself at home and got the third half-way through the second half. Sporting left some first teamers, for example Rui Bento, Pedro Barbosa and newcomer Contreras, in the hotel and lined up:
Beto, Quiroga, Hugo; Carlos Martins, Paulo Bento, Ricardo Fernandes, Rui Jorge; Toñito, Luís Filipe, Ronaldo.
(Tello, Danny, Diogo, Custódio, César Prates, Quaresma and Niculae also played)
Varzim conceded a 2-2 draw at home to Segunda club Penafiel
Wednesday. Penafiel opened the scoring through Noverça, João Paulo equalised, Naddah restored the lead for Penafiel and Marcão set the final score in the dying minutes.
didn't have much more luck on their trip to Ovar, drawing with local side Ovarense 1-1. Both goals came just before the break, Sérgio Duarte first for the home side, Diogo Luís for Beira-Mar.
Vitória Guimarães do any better. Behind from a Bessa goal early on, they struggled against Lixa and left it until five minutes from the end to draw level (1-1) through Guga.
Vitória de Setúbal
also, and also against lowly oppostion, had to share the spoils (1-1) from their trip to Estoril. Henrique opened for the home side on the hour, and Rui Miguel evened the score with a quarter of an hour
Académica made it five of a kind with a 1-1 draw at Barreirense. Monzelo after just three minutes put Barreirense in the driving seat, and Os Estudantes put things right on the hour.
Moreirense and Gil Vicente at least had half an excuse: they were playing against a Primeira side, i.e. each other. Armando put Moreirense in front but Rui Figueiredo pulled it back (1-1
) direct from a corner ten minutes from the end.