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Portugal round-up: Boavista go back to the top

Champions Boavista FC returned to the top of the 1. Liga with a 2-0 win at SC Braga.

Champions Boavista FC returned to the top of the 1. Liga with a 2-0 win at SC Braga on Saturday.

Duda opener
Brazilian striker Duda opened the scoring after 26 minutes after the ball fell to him in the area following a Petit free-kick. An own goal by Artur Jorge doubled the visitors' lead on 72 minutes, the Braga captain turning a cross from Bosingwa into his own net.

Sporting play on Sunday
Boavista now lead the table by two points from Sporting Clube de Portugal. The Axadrezados have 56 points from 26 matches, with Sporting on 54 points having played one game less. Sporting face UD Santa Clara - a team managed by their former captain and coach Manuel Fernandes - in the Azores on Sunday.

Moreira keeps clean sheet
In the night's other match, debutant José Moreira was responsible for keeping SL Benfica's first clean sheet in 14 matches as the Lisbon side won 2-0 at Gil Vicente FC. Moreira, who turns 20 later this month, had deputised previously as a substitute for Robert Enke against Vitória Guimarães last November. Replacing the injured Enke again, he enjoyed a comfortable full debut as Benfica took an early lead through Brazilian defender Argel and remained largely in control thereafter.

Simão the supplier
Argel headed home from a Simão Sabrosa free-kick after just three minutes and Simão was also the supplier of the second on 20 minutes, his cross providing a close-range finish for Ljubinko Drulovic. The win leaves Benfica level with third-placed FC Porto on 48 points.