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Porto profit from Fernando own goal

Published: Sunday 22 January 2006, 18.01CET
An own goal helped FC Porto keep a three-point advantage at the top of the Portuguese Liga at the weekend.
by Hugo Pietra

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Published: Sunday 22 January 2006, 18.01CET

Porto profit from Fernando own goal

An own goal helped FC Porto keep a three-point advantage at the top of the Portuguese Liga at the weekend.

FC Porto held on to their three-point advantage at the top of the Portuguese Liga following a 1-0 victory over A. Naval 1º Maio on Saturday. The match was decided by a Fernando own goal on 30 minutes, the player turning the ball into his own net following a cross by Ricardo Quaresma.

Benfica joy
Porto's closest rivals, SL Benfica, also picked up maximum points, defeating Gil Vicente FC 3-1 on Friday thanks to strikes from Simão, Geovanni and an own goal by Marcos António. Meanwhile, Sporting Clube de Portugal lost ground on the leaders after they could only draw at home to CS Marítimo. Sporting led when Romagnoli scored his first goal for the club on eight minutes, but Fahel netted an equaliser for the visitors three minutes before half-time.

Ribeiro strikes
Vitória FC stay in sixth spot after a 2-1 away victory against FC Paços de Ferreira – their goals coming from Binho and Bruno Ribeiro – while Boavista FC sit just below them in the standings thanks to three points against CF Estrela da Amadora. Carlos Brito's side claimed a 2-1 win with goals from Ricardo Silva and Zé Manel, while Santamaria scored the only goal for Amadora.

Stormy encounter
Struggling Vitória SC picked up an important point as they drew 1-1 against Rio Ave FC in a stormy encounter which saw the home side finish with nine men and the visitors with ten. Polish striker Marek Saganowski scored for Guimarães one minute into the second period after Gaúcho had earlier put Rio Ave in front. Meanwhile, two other teams with relegation worries, A. Académica de Coimbra and FC Penafiel, both gained unlikely points against the league's third- and fourth-placed sides, CD Nacional and SC Braga, in goalless draws. Penafiel still find themselves seven points adrift at the bottom however. The weekend programme is completed on Monday when UD Leiria face CF Os Belenenses.

Last updated: 22/01/06 23.43CET

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