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Portugal round-up: Porto still clear of the pack

Published: Monday 27 January 2003
FC Porto stayed 14 points clear with a 1-0 victory against Boavista FC, although SL Benfica also won.

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Published: Monday 27 January 2003

Portugal round-up: Porto still clear of the pack

FC Porto stayed 14 points clear with a 1-0 victory against Boavista FC, although SL Benfica also won.

FC Porto secured a narrow 1-0 win against Boavista FC to maintain their eleven-point advantage at the top of the Portuguese First Division.

Benfica stay second
Porto had temporarily moved 14 points clear following their win on Saturday, but SL Benfica secured another single-goal victory at home to SC Beira-Mar on Sunday to stay clear of the chasing pack and remain in touch with the leaders.

Well-worked goal
The game between Porto and Boavista at the Antas stadium was a tight affair, but Lithuanian striker Edgaras Jankauskas broke the deadlock as he scored what proved to be the winning goal after 72 minutes. Brazilian playmaker Deco burst into the Boavista penalty area and found striker Hélder Postiga with a clever through-ball. The Porto forward’s shot was saved, but the ball fell to Jankauskas, who made no mistake. 

Narrow win
Benfica were also narrow winners, as Geovanni scored the only of the game to seal all three points for the Lisbon giants. Meanwhile, reigning champions Sporting Clube de Portugal stayed in contention for second place as they also won by a 1-0 margin, defeating CD Santa Clara, who dropped to bottom of the table.

Early goal
Toñito’s ninth-minute goal was enough for Sporting, as the Lisbon side moved above Vitória Guimarães who were held to a goalless draw at CD Nacional.

Late winner
Gil Vicente FC are in fifth place after substitute Lourenco Manoel’s last-gasp strike gave them a 1-0 win at Vitória Setúbal, while UD Leiria were comfortable 3-0 winners against CS Marítimo, with first-half goals from Rudolph Douala and Silas putting Leiria in control before João Paulo added a third in the final minute.

Substitute scores
Elsewhere, SC Braga won 1-0 at FC Paços de Ferreira thanks to Ibon Arrieta’s 71st-minute winner, while Montanni Demetrios scored the only goal of the game for Moreirense FC, as the substitute was on target in added time to give his side a surprise win against Varzim SC.

Last updated: 27/01/03 0.30CET

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