No separating Porto and Benfica

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Updated: February 11, 2013

FC Porto and Benfica remained tied atop
the Portuguese Liga over the weekend despite both sides being held to draws.

Benfica was first up on Sunday, and after taking a 2-1 lead into halftime, the
Lisbon-based side allowed Mateus to score the equalizer early in the second
half for Nacional, while both sides had players sent off in the 88th minute
and Benfica’s Nemanja Matic also saw red in stoppage time as the two teams
ended in a 2-2 draw.

Porto kicked off later in the day and had the chance to move two points clear
at the top of the league with a win.

But the match didn’t start well as Tiago Targino scored after seven minutes
for visiting Olhanense, while the only response from the defending champions
was a Jackson Martinez goal in the 55th minute, leaving the final score at
1-1.

Monday’s contest saw Pacos Ferreira move four points clear in third place as
the club held on for a 3-2 victory at fourth-place Braga.

A first-half brace from Paolo Hurtado put Pacos up 2-0 at the break, while
Cicero added a third goal early in the second half before the home side pulled
two goals back, but couldn’t find the equalizer.

Sporting Lisbon sustained another setback as Maritimo won 1-0 in Lisbon with a
first-half goal from Hyun Jun Suk, Bebe’s first goal for Rio Ave helped the
club to a 2-1 win at Academica, a second-half brace from Nabil Ghilas
propelled last-place Moreirense to a 3-0 win over Beira Mar and Setubal used a
24th-minute goal from Pedro Santos to down Gil Vicente, 1-0.