• Tuesday, 28 April 2009

    Superliga Round 26: As you were

    Sporting Braga 1 - 0 CD Trofense
    Sporting CP 2 - 1 Estrela Amadora
    OS Belenenses 1 - 2 Nacional
    Naval 0 - 1 Rio Ave
    FC Porto 2 - 0 Vitoria Setubal
    Benfica 3 - 2 Maritimo
    Leixões Matosinhos 2 - 2 Vitoria Guimaraes
    Paços de Ferreira 1 - 1 Academica de Coimbra

    The top five all won this weekend in Portugal, although it wasn't all plain sailing, except for Porto who breezed passed struggling Setubal thanks to two delightful finishes from Lisandro Lopez. The Argentine has been nowhere near as prolific as his previous season but is still an integral part of the side and would be sorely missed should he be sold this summer. Sporting took the lead through Helder Postiga at home to Amadora, only for the visitors to draw level through a quite simply brilliant strike from Marcelo Goianira. Liedson was the hero for Paolo Bento's side as his header, his 13th of the season, proved the winner.

    Also on 13 goals is Benfica's Paraguyan striker Oscar Cardozo, who must be quite glad he wasn't sold to Newcastle last summer. Cardozo hit two and David Luis one as O Glorioso took a 3-0 first half lead against Maritimo only for the Madeirans to hit back either side of half time through Marcinho and Bruno to set up a nervous finale. Benfica's season has still come to a halt and one wonders if Quique Sanchez Flores, unable to deliver a title, will be shown the door.

    At the bottom, Rio Ave's mini-revival continues after their second successive win, this time away at Naval. Belenenses's defeat at home to Nacional was their first in three matches and it is still rather right down there. Braga did not totally convince in their 1-0 win over Trofense while Guimaraes proved their recent obduracy by holding Leixoes to a 2-2 draw, meaning the once high-flying Matosinhos side have won just 1 of their last 6.

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