Defeat in Portuguese heat

Dundee tasted defeat for the first time this pre-season as they lost out in very hot conditions this morning in Portugal.

The match which was split in three 30 minute periods saw Neil McCann’s side face Portuguese Premeira Liga side Portimonese  at the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira.

The Dee started the match well and had the better of the play in the first period but it was the local side who took the lead with a final touch of the period.

Dundee has chances through Sofien Moussa and Elton Ngwatala in the first half but couldn’t find the net.

After the first break, Dundee had a huge penalty shout as Jean Alassane Mendy broke in behind the defence and when he was fouled a free kick was given on the edge of the area, despite what appeared to be a disagreement of opinion between the referee and assistant.

Portimonese made 8 changes half way through the 2nd period and almost right away the fresh legs made a difference. They broke twice before the period was out to make it 3-0 going into the final 30 minutes.

Dundee made changes before the restart and after Portimonese added another early it was Dundee who finished the game stronger, good chances fell to Matty Henvey and Craig Wighton but they failed to find the net.

It was a defeat but a good work out in the warm weather. Next up is a return to the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira on Tuesday to face SC Farense before next weekend’s Betfred Cup opener.