Just a single point separates Portugal's top two, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Boavista FC, after both maintained their championship ambitions with victories on Saturday.
Mario Jardel struck twice for leaders Sporting as they defeated FC Paços de Ferreira 3-0 in Lisbon. Mario Jardel scored on 14 and 48, with the third Sporting goal coming from Hugo Viana 16 minutes from time.
Duda the provider
At the Bessa stadium, Serginho opened the scoring for Boavista after just ten minutes, collecting a neat through-ball from Duda before rifling home from close range. Duda was also the provider of the second, in the last minute, crossing for Alexandre Goulart to finish. It was a less satisfactory day's work for Boavista's neighbours, FC Porto, who are now ten points behind in third place following a 0-0 draw with FC Alverca at the Das Antas stadium.
Fifth-placed CS Maritímo moved to within a point of SL Benfica after a convincing 4-1 home success over SC Braga. The home side raced into a two-goal lead thanks to an impressive double from Eric Gaúcho, who scored his first from the penalty spot. Dinda added a third just after the interval and although Zé Roberto pulled a goal back on the hour, Richardson restored Maritímo's three-goal advantage in injury time
A second-half hat-trick from Marco Ferreira helped Vitória Setúbal edge out Gil Vicente FC 3-2 in a tense encounter at the Do Bonfim stadium. The hosts were trailing 2-0 at the interval courtesy of goals from Manoel and Ivo on but Ferreira reduced the deficit early in the second before firing two goals in the space of seven minutes for a memorable comeback.
Beira fight back
SC Beira Mar also fought their way back after going a goal down to record a 2-1 win over UD Leiria. Maciel opened the scoring for the visitors in the 51st minute but Demétrios equalised in the 71st minute and Beira-Mar clinched all three points when Demétrios converted a 74th-minute penalty.
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