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Portugal round-up: Porto's staying power

Published: Tuesday 12 November 2002, 0.13CET
FC Porto maintained their four-point lead over free-scoring SL Benfica after a 1-0 win at Vitória Setúbal.

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Published: Tuesday 12 November 2002, 0.13CET

Portugal round-up: Porto's staying power

FC Porto maintained their four-point lead over free-scoring SL Benfica after a 1-0 win at Vitória Setúbal.

FC Porto maintained their four-point lead over SL Benfica at the top of the Portuguese Super Liga this weekend after a 1-0 away win against Vitória Setúbal.

Only goal
José Mourinho's side, who have not lost a domestic league game for six months, had a difficult night in Setúbal on Saturday but scored the only goal through Hélder Postiga. The young striker slotted past Marco Tábuas after being put through by Maniche. In the second half, Setúbal striker Rui Miguel had the ball in the Porto net but his effort was adjudged offside.

Benfica hit seven
Benfica remain on the leaders' coat-tails after securing the biggest win of the Portuguese season so far 24 hours later - 7-0 against FC Paços Ferreira. Portugal Under-21 midfield player Tiago and Angolan striker Mantorras both scored twice, and Roger, Nuno Gomes and João Pinto were also on target.

Toñito double
Sporting Clube de Portugal climbed above Vitória Guimarães and into third place by beating the same team 3-1 on Friday in a match played at Porto's Antas stadium. Mário Jardel and Toñito (2) struck for Sporting, who lost central defender Beto with suspected torn knee ligaments.

Red card
UD Leiria beated CD Santa Clara 3-1 through goals from Edson, Alhandra and Freddy. Santa Clara also lost captain Figueiredo to a second-half red card.

Islanders win
Goals from Mitchell van der Gaag, Pepín and Pepe gave CS Marítimo a 3-0 win against SC Braga on Saturday, while their Madeira neighbours CD Nacional ran out narrow 3-2 victors against Clube Académica de Coimbra. Spanish substitute Carlos Alvarez won the three points for the islanders with two second-half goals.

Ricardo Sousa shines
SC Beira Mar owed their 2-1 win over sixth-placed Varzim SC to a fine performance from Ricardo Sousa, the coach's son. After scoring the first goal, he then set up Senegalese striker Fary Faye to score the second.

Boavista boos
Boavista FC coach Jaime Pacheco was the target of jeers from the home crowd after 0-0 draw with Moreirense FC. Finally, in Monday night's game, Gil Vicente FC beat fifth-placed CF Belenenses through goals from Luís Loureiro, José Gaspar and Manoel.

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