Sporting Clube de Portugal regained their leadership of the Portuguese 1. Liga by winning 1-0 against SC Farense on Sunday. The Lisbon club now lead second-placed Boavista FC by one point.
João Pinto on target
Sporting’s Mario Jardel missed a match for the first time since he signed in the close season from Turkish giants Galatasaray SK. The injury to his left knee confined the Brazilian striker to the bench and he did not get the chance to add to his impressive goal tally.
Without the 1. Liga’s top scorer, Sporting’s attacking options were limited, but playmaker João Pinto and Greek forward Dimitris Nalitzis proved their worth. Against a very defensive Farense side, the only goal of the match came in the 36th minute when João Pinto received a long ball from Nalitzis and beat Yugoslavian goalkeeper Zoran Mijanovic with ease.
The match between SL Benfica and CF Os Belenenses proved to be a thrilling Lisbon derby, with Lithuanian international striker Edgaras Jankauskas scoring Benfica’s winner five minutes into stoppage time. Jankauskas was on hand to head a Ljubinko Drulovic cross from the left beyond the goalkeeper. Benfica scored first, in the 40th minute, when Simão Sabrosa finished neatly after sidestepping Angolan international defender Wilson Estrela before sending a curling shot in off the far post. Belenenses levelled the scores only three minutes later when Brazilian winger Verona headed a Pedro Henriques corner.
Santa Clara in charge
In Ponta Delgada, CD Santa Clara beat SC Braga 1-0, with the only goal being scored by Spanish midfield player Toñito in the 54 minute. SC Salgueiros and SC Beira-Mar drew 1-1 and both sides had a player sent off. Firstly, Beira-Mar goalkeeper Avelino was shown the red card on 68 minutes for a tackle on Edu Brasil when the Brazilian was clear through on goal. Then, in the 73rd minute, Salgueiros central defender Ricardo received his marching orders after tripping Juninho in the penalty area.
Former Leeds United AFC midfield player Bruno Ribeiro made no mistake from the spot and gave Beira-Mar the lead. Salgueiros levelled the scores in the dying seconds of the match, when captain João Pedro headed home a Basílio Almeida cross. FC Paços de Ferreira faired little better against neighbours Vitória Guimarães as the two sides played out a goalless draw.
In Póvoa do Varzim, Varzim SC won for only the fourth time this season, beating FC Alverca 1-0. The only goal of the match arrived in the 78th minute and was scored by defender Sérgio Carvalho, after French striker Oliver Pickeu headed on a near-post after a corner.
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