Vitória de Guimarães and União de Leiria drew 2-2
on Monday in a well-disputed, open game in the north of Portugal. Vitória dominated the first half but had just one goal to show for it: Targino was allowed to take the ball across the face of the penalty area on 33 minutes before laying it off for
to unleash a powerful drive from 25 metres that deflected off Diego Gaúcho and fooled Djuricic. União reacted quickly, though, and equalised against the run of play, Pateiro putting an inch-perfect through ball to
Carlão who shot as soon as he saw the whites of the goalposts and sent the ball past Nilson's right hand from 20 metres.
Into the second half and União were much improved, taking the game to Vitória. On 52 minutes, they took the lead: in a goalmouth scramble, Carlão headed a cross against the bar, Nilson saved from Tall, but
was following up to head in. União could have pushed home their advantage but chose to sit back and rely on the counter; it was their undoing. Five minutes after coming on as sub on 73 minutes, Milhazes crossed from the left for
Roberto to beat Djuricic to the ball and head in.
Overall, justice was done.
Vitória de Guimarães: Nilson, Alex, Moreno, Lazzaretti, Andrezinho (Milhazes 73), Desmarets (Santana Carlos 55), Flávio Meireles (Custódio 55), Jorge Gonçalves, Nuno Assis, Targino, Roberto
União de Leiria: Djuricic, Panandetiguiri (Ronny 36), Bruno Miguel, Mamadou Tall, Paulo Vinicius, André Santos, Silas, Pateiro, Diego Gaúcho, Carlão, Cássio (Tiago Luís 48)
The reigning champions FC Porto got the better of Sporting in the first clássico of the season on Saturday. The result was made as early as the third minute, Falcão
beating Anderson Polga to the ball to head in from a Belluschi free-kick. Postiga headed against the bar, still in the first half, but the moment of the game came on 51 minutes: Hulk, who had been a headache for the Sporting defence throughout, broke into the area and was brought down by the hapless Polga. The former Brazilian international defender saw a second yellow and was sent off, but Falcão's spot kick was saved by Rui Patrício. Sporting put up a strong fight-back but were unable to breach the Porto defence, where Hélton especially was on form. In added time, Sporting's Miguel Veloso was also sent off for a second yellow, leaving his side down to nine men for the closing seconds of the game. Coach
Paulo Bento was dismissed from the bench for protesting Veloso's red card.
FC Porto: Helton, Fucile, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Álvaro Pereira, Fernando, Raul Meireles (Valeri 81), Belluschi, Mariano (Tomás Costa 70), Hulk, Falcao (Farias 77)
Patrício, Abel, Daniel Carriço, Polga, Grimi (Pereirinha 45), Miguel Veloso, João Moutinho, Vukcevic, Matías Fernández (Tonel 54), Hélder Postiga (Caicedo 77), Liedson
The win leaves Porto still five points behind Braga at the top, while Sporting are eight points off the pace. They are also now six points behind Lisbon rivals Benfica.
Benfica thrashed Leixões 5-0
at the Luz. Leixões kept the Eagles out with some resolute defending (and some wayward shooting from the hosts) but their job was made harder on 27 minutes when striker Pouga
saw a second yellow. Benfica finally took the lead in added time of the first half, David Luíz heading home an Aimar free from the left.
On 56 minutes, Nuno Silva was adjudged to have brought down Pablo Aimar in the area and saw a red card, leaving Leixões down to nine men; Cardozo
blasted in the penalty kick. In the last 15 minutes, Benfica got three more: César Peixoto crossed from the left for an unmarked Ramires to pick his spot at the back post, Maxi
knocked in a loose ball from close range and César Peixoto crossed from the left again for Cardozo to head in his second. Benfica are two points behind the leader Braga.
Quim, Maxi Pereira, Luisão, David Luiz, César Peixoto, Ramires, Javi García (Fábio Coentrão 62), Di María, Aimar (Rúben Amorim 73), Cardozo, Saviola (Nuno Gomes 71).
Leixões: Diego, Laranjeiro,
Tucker, Nuno Silva, Benitez, Cauê (Trombetta 79), Wénio, Hugo Morais, Léo (Joel 56), Pouga, Tiago Cintra (José Manuel 61).
Rio Ave are on the same ten points as Sporting after drawing 0-0
at home to Académica, who have just three points from their six games.
A goal on the counter attack by Maikon on nine minutes gave Paços de Ferreira a 1-0 win at Vitória de Setúbal.
Kerrouche headed bottom club Naval in front on 40 minutes at Marítimo, who equalised on the hour through Babá. But Kerrouche
gave Naval their first victory of the season on 83 minutes, finishing off an assist by Outarra. At the end of the game, there were protests from the Marítimo fans against the poor displays and results of their team, who have just five points from six games.
Sporting Braga made it six wins out of six on Friday, beating a young and promising Olhanense 1-0 in the Algarve.
Braga were at Olhanense's throats from the off, and the latter rarely left their own half early on. On 13 minutes, Paulo César launched a stupendous shot from a full 30 metres that crashed against the right-hand
post, but Olhanense clawed their way into the game, a spell of Olhanense pressure culminating in a Sandro free kick from 25 metres that hit the bar. Then just before the break came the turning point: Alan was put
through on goal and Ventura pulled him down; the 'keeper was sent off and Meyong
prepared to take the spot kick against substitute Bruno Veríssimo. The Cameroonian sent the ball over the bar, and Olhanense breathed again. It was the last kick of the half.
Braga dominated the second half, with Olhanense organising their defence well. Braga did find their way through on various occasions, but Bruno Veríssimo
was always there to stop them, notably from Alan and Adriano, making his début for Braga as sub. The game seemed to be heading for a draw until Bruno Veríssimo fumbled a ball deep into added time. From the resulting corner, the ball was crossed to the back post by Hugo Viana; it fell for
Alan who this time made no mistake and clipped the ball past Veríssimo's right hand.
Olhanense: Ventura, Miguel Garcia, Sandro, Anselmo (Éder Baiano 55), Stephane, Tengarrinha, Castro, Rui Duarte, Ukra, Rabiola (Zequinha 80), Toy (Bruno Veríssimo 46)
Eduardo, João Pereira, Moisés, Leone, Evaldo, Vandinho, Alan, Mossoró (Diogo Valente 78), Hugo Viana, Meyong (Adriano 70), Paulo César (Matheus 62)
Sporting closed the 5th jornada with a rather fortunate 3-2 win at home to Olhanense. The Algarve team took the game to Sporting in the first half and were 2-0 up within 20
minutes. On nine, former Sporting right back Miguel Garcia crossed for Rabiola
to sneak between two defenders and head home. Then on 19 and after a superb move from Olhanense that saw the ball switching flanks, Ukra cut the ball back for Castro
to unleash a phenomenal drive from 25 metres that rose and thwumped into the top left-hand corner of the net. Olhanense were momentarily in the driving seat, but a Carriço
header from a Miguel Veloso free-kick on 35 minutes reduced the lead. Then three minutes from half-time, Anselmo was adjudged to have handled in the area, although the ball clearly hit his chest and only his chest.
João Moutinho converted and the second half started all square.
Rabiola hit the bar, while Liedson saw a header drift wide and another saved by Ventura. But then three minutes from time, the Olhanense defence lost concentration and Vukcevic
swivelled to crash a loose ball into the roof of the net. The final result was made.
Sporting are now on ten points, the same number as FC Porto and five behind Sporting Braga at the top. Porto receive Sporting on Saturday.
Sporting: Rui Patrício, Abel, Daniel Carriço, Polga, Caneira (Matias Fernandez 62), Miguel Veloso, Ângulo (Yannick 27), João Moutinho, Vukcevic, Liedson, Hélder Postiga (Caicedo 71).
Olhanense: Ventura, Miguel Garcia, Sandro, Anselmo, Stephaner, Castro (Messi 81), Tengarinha, Rui Duarte, Ukra, Rabiola (Paulo Sérgio 74), Toy (Nwokolo 61).
Benfica made hard work of beating a well organised União de Leiria 2-1
on Sunday and may well have finished without any points at all after what was perhaps their worst display of the season so far. Coach Jorge Jesus rested Óscar Cardozo, but his replacement Keirrison is taking his time to make his mark in this side. Even so, the Lisbon giants took an early lead: an Aimar free-kick from the left was tapped in at the back post by
Saviola, who had lost his marker Pateiro. But a team that had scored twelve goals in their last two league games quickly went off the boil and let Leiria grow in confidence until they equalised on 19 minutes,
a free-kick by Silas, also from the left, turned into his own goal by David Luiz.
In the second half, it was Leiria who were looking the more dangerous, and Djujricic
was stopping everything that was coming his way from the Benfica forwards. União had the best chance of the whole game when Pateiro went rampaging down the right and crossed for Kalaba who skewed his shot wide and high of the open goal. Then on 78 minutes, Mamadou Tall put in a reckless challenge on Aimar, the referee pointed to the spot, and
Cardozo got the winner, putting the ball under the body of the excellent Djujricic, who had guessed which way to go.
After taking a record crowd to Belenenses last weekend, the Benfica bandwagon set a new record for a domestic game at the Estádio Municipal Dr. Magalhães Pessoa: 22,676. The previous record had also
been on a visit by Benfica in 2004: 17,728. The stadium has attendances of one or two thousand for 'normal' opposition.
The Estádio Municipal Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, now with only three sides, has a capacity of 23,888. It was purpose built for Euro 2004, when with an extra movable stand the capacity was 30,000. The
absolute record for the stadium is 29,160, for Croatia v France at Euro 2004
União de Leiria: Djuricic, Mamadou Tall, Bruno Miguel, Diego Gaúcho, Paulo Vinícius, André Santos, Pateiro, Panandetiguiri (Ronny 59), Silas (Tiago Luís 82), Carlão, Marco Soares (Kalaba 47).
Benfica: Quim, Maxi Pereira, Luisão, David Luiz, Shaffer, Javi Garcia, Ramires (Nuno Gomes 64), Di Maria, Aimar, Saviola (Ruben Amorim 80), Keirrison (Cardozo 64).
A ten-man Nacional
came out on top in the Madeiran derby, beating local rivals Marítimo 2-1. Nacional looked the more dangerous early on, Luíz Alberto driving wide on 32 minutes after an excellent through ball from Rúben
Micael. Two minutes later, the same Rúben Micael fed Edgar
who made no mistake in front of goal. Just before half-time, Luíz Alberto and Marítimo's Kanú challenged for the same ball and Kanú came out of the challenge with a broken leg; Luíz Alberto was sent off. Marítimo took advantage of the numerical superiority to lay siege to the Nacional goal, kept out by Braccali and some stout defending. But 15 minutes from time, Filipe Lopes sent a long ball upfield and
Edgar was allowed to control it and place it past Peçanha for his second. Nacional dug in their heels from then on and survived.
Nacional: Bracalli, Patacas, Felipe Lopes, Clebão, Tomasevic (Pecnik 65), Cléber Oliveira, Luiz Alberto, Ruben Micael, Mateus (João Aurélio
51), Edgar, Amuneke
Marítimo: Peçanha, Briguel, Robson, Fernando Cardozo, Alonso (Kléber 78), Olberdam, Roberto Souza, Miguelito, Marcinho, Kanu (Djalma 45), Baba
Vitória de Setúbal got their first win of the season, beating fellow strugglers Naval 1-0 away. Polish midfielder Kazmierczak
got the only goal from a free-kick on 27 minutes, leaving Naval bottom. Naval's Carlitos was sent off on 51 minutes.
Naval: Peiser, Carlitos, Gómis, Diego, Daniel Cruz, Lazaroni (Tandia 69), Davide (Kerrouche 45), Godemèche, Alex Hauw, Marinho e Bolívia (Camora 75)
Vitória de Setúbal: Nuno Santos, Alan (Rui Fonte 68), Zoro, André Pinto, Ruben Lima, Djikiné, Álvaro Fernandez (Joãozinho 58), Kazmierczak, Luís Carlos, Hélder Barbosa (Bruno Monteiro 80), Keita.
Académica have still to get a win, drawing this time 1-1 at home to Belenenses. Miguel Pedro put the home side in front early on, and Belenenses had to wait an hour to equalise,
Diakité heading in from a José Pedro free-kick. Académica coach Rogério Gonçalves left the field to a barrage of whistling from the home crowd.
Académica: Ricardo, Amoreirinha, Orlando, Pedrinho, Rafael, Nuno Coelho, Cris, André Fontes (Lito 69), Sougou, Miguel Pedro (Miguel Fidalgo 81), Éder (Licá 64).
Barge, Tiago Gomes, Gavilán (Celestino 75), Mano, Yontcha, Zé Pedro, Fredy, Beto (Arroz 70), Diakité, Lima (Ivan 63).
Sporting Braga confirmed the best start to the season in their history on Saturday (five wins from five), beating reigning champions FC Porto 1-0
at the Quarry. It was a very even game, and the teams could only be separated by a moment of fortune: on 69 minutes, Braga's winger Alan, formerly of Porto and celebrating his 30th birthday, crossed from the right, the ball taking a deflection off Varela and looping over Hélton and in. In added time, Eduardo made two outstanding saves to keep out Farías and guarantee that Braga will be top of the table for at least another week; they are now five points ahead of Porto and Benfica, but Benfica have a chance to close the gap when they play Leiria on Sunday.
Sporting Braga: Eduardo, João Pereira, Moisés, André Leone, Evaldo, Alan, Vandinho, Mossoró (Madrid 81), Hugo Viana, Meyong (Diogo Valente 84), Paulo César (Matheus 79).
Helton, Fucile, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Álvaro Pereira, Raul Meireles (Farias, 62), Fernando, Guarín, Varela, Falcao (Rodriguez 62), Hulk.
Paços de Ferreira and Rio Ave drew 1-1, the goals coming in the last ten minutes. The visitors scored first with a seemingly inoffensive free-kick from Adriano
that found its way in. William
scored from the spot five minutes later to equalise for Paços. Rio Ave's Zé Gomes was sent off for the hand-ball that resulted in the penalty. Both teams now have three draws to their 'credit'.
Paços de Ferreira: Cássio, Manuel José, Ozeia, Danielson, Maykon (Roncatto 74), Ricardo, Leonel Olímpio, Pedrinha (Leandrinho 87), Ciel (José Coelho 67), Cristiano, William
Carlos, Zé Gomes, Gaspar, Fábio Faria, Sílvio, Ricardo Chaves, Wires, Vítor Gomes (Adriano 77), Chidi (Bruno Fogaça 82), Bruno Gama (Tarantini 88), João Tomás
Leixões and Vitória de Guimarães opened the 5th jornada of the Liga Sagres on Friday, and it was the team from Matosinhos that came out on top after an enthralling, hard-fought game; it was Leixões' first win of the season, but a deserved one. They took the lead when Alex brought down the promising Tiago Cintra on 18 minutes for
Laranjeiro to convert the penalty. Vitória were back in it on the half hour, a well worked counter-attack ending with a Targino lay-off for Nuno Assis
to place the ball low into the corner from the edge of the area.
Early in the second half, the Cameroonian striker Pouga
beat the offside trap to head in a Caué cross from deep. Vitória's fightback was dampened on 70 minutes, Douglas sent off for lashing out at Nuno Silva. The topping on the cake for Leixões came deep into added time, sub
José Manuel breaking and going solo to smack the ball past Nilson.
Leixões: Diego, Laranjeiro, Nuno Silva, Tucker, Benitez, Caué (Hugo Morais 87), Wénio, Fernando Alexandre, Leo, Pouga, Tiago Cintra (José Manuel 79)
Vitória de Guimarães:
Nilson, Alex, Sereno, Lazzaretti, Andrezinho, Nuno Assis, Flávio Meireles (Rui Miguel 74), Desmarets (Roberto 57), Jorge Gonçalves, Douglas, Targino.
Sporting de Braga are sitting proudly at the top of the Liga after a difficult win at Marítimo, who went in front on six minutes through Miguel Ângelo
after a corner by Marcinho. On 39, João Pereira's cross was deflected past his own 'keeper by Fernando Cardozo. Ten minutes from time, Braga were awarded a controversial penalty for a 'foul' on Meyong
, who brushed himself off to tuck away the spot kick. The game had an unusual kick-off time: 11.15.
Marítimo: Peçanha, Briguel, Fernando Cardozo, Miguel Ângelo, Alonso, Olberdam, Roberto Sousa, Paulo Jorge, Marcinho (Pitbull 77), Djalma (Kanu 45, Miguelito 77), Baba.
Eduardo, João Pereira, Rodriguez (Leone 41), Moisés, Evaldo, Vandinho, Hugo Viana (Andrés Madrid 17), Mossoró (Matheus 85), Alan, Meyong, Paulo César.
After beating Vitória de Setúbal 8-1 last week,
Benfica notched up another four at Belenenses on Sunday. Javier Saviola
started them off after just five minutes, running from his own half to slot the ball home at a second attempt after Nélson had saved the first. They had to wait until ten minutes into the second half to extend their lead,
Cardozo finishing off a pass from Saviola, and they had to wait another 20 minutes to reach three, Javi Garcia scoring from an Aimar cross. Two minutes from time, Ramires rounded off the goleada on a counter attack, assisted by Coentrão.
Belenenses: Nélson, Mano, Beto, Diakité, André Pires (Lima 45), Gabriel Gomez (Pelé 59), Barge, José Pedro, Celestino (Fellipe Bastos 59), Yontcha, Fredy.
Quim, Rúben Amorim, Luisão, David Luiz, César Peixoto, Javi García (Maxi Pereira 80), Ramires, Aimar, Di Maria (Coentrão 66), Saviola, Cardozo (Keirrison 62).
Liedson 'resolved' matters for Sporting
once again, heading in a João Moutinho cross ten minutes from time to give his team a 1-0 win over super-defensive, resilient Paços de Ferreira. It was Liedson's 100th goal in his 250th game for the club. Paços had Fábio Pacheco and Baiano sent off in the last five minutes.
Sporting: Rui Patrício, Abel, Tonel, Daniel Carriço, André Marques (Hélder Postiga 46), Angulo (Matias Fernandez 46), Miguel Veloso, João Moutinho, Vukcevic, Yannick (Caneira 85), Liedson.
Paços de Ferreira: Cássio, Filipe Anunciação (Pedrinha 36), Danielson, Ozeia, Kelly (Carlitos 10, Fábio Pacheco 63), Leonel Olímpio, Ricardo, Baiano, Jorginho, Ciel, Cristiano.
Olhanense, down to ten men from 10 minutes on (red for Carlos Fernandes), and down to nine for the last half hour (Rui Baião) still had enough to beat visitors Académica 2-1
with first-half goals from Castro and Toy, sandwiching Lito's penalty.
Olhanense: Ventura, Miguel Garcia, Sandro, Anselmo, Carlos Fernandes, Rui Baião, Castro, Rui Duarte (Messi
90), Ukra (Éder Baiano 66), Rabiola (Tengarrinha 13), Toy
Ricardo, Pedrinho, Luiz Nunes, Orlando, Emídio Rafael, Nuno Coelho, Cris, André Fontes (Licá 43), Lito (Sougou 71), Eder, João Ribeiro (Miguel Fidalgo 61)
Vitória de Setúbal
suffered another four goals (eight last week at Benfica), at home to União de Leiria. It was União's first win, with Carlão, Silas, Panandetiguiri (penalty) and Kalaba
scoring. Kazmierczak missed a penalty for Vitória.
Vitória de Setúbal:
Felgueiras, Alan (Vasco Varão 57), André Pinto, Zarabi, Rúben, Djikiné, Joãozinho, Luís Carlos (Guilherme de Paula 46), Kazmierczak, Hélder Barbosa, Keita (Diouf 62).
União de Leiria:
Djuricic, Panandetiguiri, Bruno Miguel, Diego Gaúcho, Paulo Vinicíus, Pateiro, Pedro Cervantes (Ronny 57), André Santos, Silas, Cássio (Outtara 80), Carlão (Tiago Martins 63).
FC Porto beat Leixões 4-1 on Saturday, their four goals coming in an impressive first-half performance. Álvaro Pereira crossed on 19 minutes for Varela
to hit home, and the same Pereira was fouled three minutes later for Hulk to score from the spot. Centre back Rolando knocked in a loose ball on 33, and three minutes from the break Hulk fed Falcão
who rounded Diego to score. Porto dropped the pace in the second half and allowed Leixões a consolation a quarter of an hour from the end, Pouga heading in from a corner.
Helton, Fucile, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Álvaro Pereira (Tomás Costa 46), Fernando, Belluschi, Raul Meireles (Valeri 54), Varela (Farías 73), Falcao, Hulk.
Diego, Laranjeito, Tucker, Nuno Silva, Benítez, Wénio, Fernando Alexandre, Hugo Morais (Léo 54), José Manuel (Cauê 46), Faioli (Pouga 63), Tiago Cintra.
chalked up their second victory of the season against a Nacional side who are yet to win. João Tomás got Rio Ave's first on 33 minutes, Vítor Gomes
sealing the result on 63. Rio Ave's André Vilas Boas was sent off on 74 minutes but even that did not spark the Madeiran side, who have just two points from four games.
Vitória de Guimarães beat Naval 3-0 to open the fourth jornada of the Liga on Friday. Roberto put the home side in front on 25 minutes, with Lazzaretti (51) and
Flávio Meireles (86) completing the score in the second half.
Vitória de Guimarães: Nilson, Alex, Sereno, Lazzaretti, Andrezinho, Flávio Meireles, Jorge Gonçalves (Carlitos 83), Desmarets, Targino, Roberto (Marquinho 78), Douglas (Rui Miguel 66).
Naval: Peiser, Tiago, Diego, Gomis, José Mário (Baradji 62), Lazaroni, Godemeche, Bolívia, Marinho, Michel Simplício (Alex 26), Kerrouche (Tandia 70).