Gil Vicente FC – Match Report vs. Portimonense SC 03/06/20


  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, rewatch
  • D – Below average in this match

Portimonense beat Gil Vicente in which was a very sloppy match. The visitors were dangerous on a few occasions but could not find the final pass. It was clear to see that it was the first match after three months of rest. Portimonense played in a 433 formation but sometimes moved to a 3-1-4-2 in possession as Junior Tavares dropped deep to play as a left central defender at times. Gil Vicente played in a 433 as well with Kraev playing as an attacking midfielder.

Alex Pinto

  • Nationality: Portuguese
  • Date of birth: 08-07-1998
  • Age: 21
  • Club: SL Benfica, on loan at Gil Vicente
  • Career: Vitória SC (Y), Moreirense (Y), SL Benfica (Y), Gil Vicente (L)
  • Position: right-back
  • Preferred foot: Right

Alex Pinto played as a right-back and had a very mixed performance. Even though he showed some good signs in attack, it was clear to see that he is limited on the ball and that he has some weaknesses in attack. Pinto managed to hold his opponents off well in the attacking duels and delivered some good crosses, but has a mediocre mobility. This limited him as he sometimes struggled to control the ball and it did not look smooth at all. He played a very good through pass in the first half and liked to combine with his teammates by passing and immediately making a run. In defence, he won a lot of duels with Tabata and he did well to come in front of his opponent a few times.

Rating: B1

A strong player for Gil Vicente and he has the potential to play for a better team in Portugal.

Bozhidar Kraev

  • Nationality: Bulgarian
  • Date of birth: 23-06-1997
  • Age: 22
  • Club: FC Midtjylland, on loan at Gil Vicente
  • Career: Levski Sofia (Y), Levski Sofia, FC Midtjylland, Gil Vicente (L)
  • Position: attacking midfielder
  • Secondary position: right winger and left winger
  • Preferred foot: Right

Bozhidar Kraev played as an attacking midfielder and even though he did not play very well, he showed some very promising signs which made me very interested to rewatch Gil Vicente. The Bulgarian made some very good runs into the box. He spotted space very well and was always making a run in behind, troubling the defence of Portimonense and creating space for other players. He had good decision making in the final third and stayed calm on the ball which helped him when he was being put under pressure. Despite the fact that he is very tall, he moved elegantly and he had a nice style of running. In defence, he showed that he is strong in the physical duels and that he reads the game well as he intercepted some good passes. Also, he won a lot of aerial duels.

Rating: A1

Could be of good use for Liga NOS teams that are looking for an attacking midfielder that likes to run in behind.

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