Monday, January 9, 2006
Porto win to stay top, Benfica up to second
LISBON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Porto grabbed a 1-0 home win over
Boavista to consolidate their position on top of the Portuguese
Premier League as the season reached its reached its halfway
stage on Sunday.
Champions Benfica moved up to second ahead of Nacional
Madeira on head-to-head results with a 2-0 victory over Pacos
Ferreira in front of their best crowd of the season with more
than 53,100 fans packed into Stadium of Light.
Porto have 40 points from 17 matches, six ahead of Benfica
and Nacional, who were held to a 2-2 home draw by Vitoria
Setubal on Friday.
A powerful 23rd-minute from Ricardo Quaresma was enough to
keep Porto unbeaten for 14 league matches with their 12th
victory of the season.
Brazilian keeper Moretto replaced Quim in goal for Benfica
while his compatriot winger Manduca and French midfielder
Laurent -- also new signing -- were substitutes.
They opened the scoring thanks to an own goal by Pacos
Ferreira defender Joao Duarte. who tried to cut out a Nelson
Marcus attempt from the left after 10 minutes.
Brazilian winger Geovanni made sure of the three point after
67 minutes by tapping in a cross from captain Simao Sabrosa, who
returned to action after nearly two months recovering from
Brazilian winger Wender made Sporting regret letting him go
to Braga on loan in the January transfer window when he scored
twice in a 3-2 victory over the Lisbon club on Saturday.
Wender opened the scoring after 33 minutes and striker Joao
Tomas doubled the lead before halftime.
Sporting got back on level terms in the second half with two
goals from Brazilian striker Liedson in four minutes before
Wender grabbed the winner, tapping in a corner after 79 minutes.