Sporting Clube de Portugal began the defence of their first division crown with a comfortable 2-0 defeat of newly-promoted Clube Académica de Coimbra.
Winger Ricardo Quaresma opened the scoring two minutes before the break after a fine ball from Ricardo Fernandes, driving a low shot past goalkeeper Pedro Roma. The lead was doubled when Coimbra defender Tonel deflected a César Prates cross into his own net on 63 minutes.
Sporting’s city rivals SL Benfica made an equally solid start, despatching CS Marítimo 3-0. Zlatko Zahovic and Tiago both scored before Simão Sabrosa buried a penalty as The Eagles exacted revenge for failing to defeat the Madeira side on four separate occasions last season.
FC Porto, another of Portuguese football’s traditional giants, could only manage a draw with another Lisbon side, CF Os Belenenses, leaving it late to level through Lithuanian international striker Edgaras Jankauskas. Under-21 striker Hélder Postiga scored the other for Porto, while Neca hit a brace for the visitors.
FC Paços Ferreira defeated Varzim SC 3-1, scoring twice inside 20 minutes through Paulo Sousa and Pedrinha; Zé Nando adding a third with eight minutes remaining. UD Leiria, meanwhile, came unstuck 2-1 at home against Vitória Guimarães, going down to goals from Ricardo Silva and Adriano Bessa.
SC Braga held out for a scoreless draw against Azores side CD Santa Clara in a match heralding Portuguese international goalkeeper Quim’s return to action after a six-month ban for using the banned substance nandrolone. The shot-stopper proved his reflexes remain in tact by scurrying to save a penalty soon after the restart.
Elsewhere, Gil Vicente FC deprived CD Nacional of three points with a 1-0 win, while SC Beira Mar defeated Moreirense FC 2-1. Senagalese striker Fary Faye thundered a powerful winner for Beira Mar from six metres.
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