FC Porto's unbeaten start to the season ended at the hands of CS Marítimo as the leaders lost 2-1.
Gaúcho on the mark
José Mourinho's men, undefeated in 21 league games and 29 matches in all competitions, lost to a 70th-minute goal from Gaúcho, the division's top scorer. Porto appeared to have salvaged a draw at the Barreiros stadium when, three minutes earlier, the Brazilian Derlei equalised Mitchell van der Gaag's first-half strike for the home side. But Gaúcho proved otherwise, controlling a cross from Danny before shooting past Vítor Baía from 12 metres. To compound Porto's misery, the visitors had midfielder Deco sent off along with Marítimo's Pepe.
Porto's defeat allowed SL Benfica to close the gap at the top to ten points with a 2-0 home victory against Madeira's other team, CD Nacional. Slovenian international Zlatko Zahovic was the hero with two goals in a dazzling four-minute spell. Mário Jardel also registered twice as Sporting Clube de Portugal beat SC Braga 2-0 at the José Alvalade stadium. The defending champions are in third place, three points behind Benfica.
Goals, goals, goals
Completing a hat-trick of wins for the Lisbon clubs, CF Os Belenenses thrashed Varzim SC 4-1 in Manuel José's first match as coach. A hat-trick from the Brazilian Ludemar helped Belenenses to their first victory in nine games. There were more goals still in Aveiro, where SC Beira-Mar defeated Vitória Setúbal 5-3 with Fary Faye, Ferreira with a brace, Ricardo Sousa and Albert Meyong on target for the home side.
Elsewhere, UD Leiria let a two-goal lead slip at home against Moreirense FC, who rescued a point thanks to strikes from Afonso Martins and Demétrius. CD Santa Clara also surprised their hosts as Bruno Ribeiro claimed a late winner in a 2-1 triumph at Gil Vicente FC. Meanwhile, the only stalemate was at the Bessa stadium, where Boavista FC were held by FC Paços de Ferreira.
In the Monday night game, Vitória Guimarães edged past Associação Académica de Coimbra thanks to a stoppage-time effort from Rafael.