Victory at Moreirense FC has moved Sporting Clube de Portugal to within a point of SuperLiga leaders SL Benfica.
By Hugo Pietra
Sporting Clube de Portugal went second in the Portuguese SuperLiga tonight thanks to a 3-1 win at bottom side Moreirense FC.
With leaders SL Benfica held to a 1-1 draw at home by UD Leiria on Saturday, both SC Braga and champions FC Porto took full advantage over the weekend by recording victories that cut the gap at the top. Sporting approached tonight's game knowing a win would move them within a point of Benfica and above Braga on goal difference, and the visitors duly went in front in the 32nd minute through Cameroonian forward Roudolphe Douala after a clinical counterattack.
Sporting were pegged back midway through the second half as midfield player Fernando brought Moreirense level with a fine free-kick, but parity lasted only four minutes as Sá Pinto restored Sporting's advantage with 19 minutes remaining. A third goal from prolific Brazilian forward Liedson five minutes later sealed three important points for the UEFA Cup semi-finalists to leave the Portuguese title race intriguingly poised with seven games to play.