Jose Eduardo Simoes, President of Academica went straight to the press room in Avalade Stadium
after his team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Sporting and blasted the league for allowing Uniao de
Leiria to play with 8 men against Feirense on Sunday a game they would go on to lose 4-0.Academica
is currently fighting relegation with Feirense and Simoes used words like disgrace,
Uniao de Leiria have named Vitor Pontes their new head coach for the remainder of the season.
Pontes takes over for the departing¬ Pedro Caixinha. Pontes is on his third stint as coach of
Leiria and has also coached Guimaraes and Portimonense but has not held a head coaching position
since the 2009 season.
FC Porto returned to the top of the Portuguese League with a thud as they defeated U. Leiria 5-2 on
the road in a game from Week 3 that was pushed forward due to the Dragons, UEFA Super Cup game
against Barcelona. Porto scored the only goals of the first half when James Rodriguez and Kleber
gave the visitors a 2-0 lead going into the half.
FC Porto continued their undefeated season atop the Portuguese league with a 2-0 victory over Uniao
de Leiria in Week 23 action. The win gives Porto a thirteen point lead over second place Benfica
with seven games remaining on the season.Porto opened the scoring in the second half when Guarin
scored at the 59th minute to give the league leaders the lead, Hulk then converted a penalty kick
The Winter transfer window has officially closed and we now take a look on a team by team basis of
what was completed in Portugal. All figures are in British PoundsFC PortoINKelvin (Parana Club)
$1,760,000Juan Iturbe (Quilmes) $1,320,000OUTBruno Moraes (Gloria Bistrita) Free TransferDiego
Valeri (Atletico Lanus) Free TransferBenficaINLionel Carole (Nantes) $660,000Jardel (Olhanense)
Porto continue their fine form this season with a convincing victory over Uniao de Leiria in
Portuguese League play. The Dragons remain undefeated in Portugal and are once again seven points
clear of second place Benfica after Week 8.Porto wasted no time opening the scoring as Hulk chipped
the ball over the Leiria keeper at the 13 minute mark.
Braga continue to remain on Benfica's heels after a come from behind victory over Uniao de Leiria.
Leiria opened the scoring at the 11th minute mark, when Cassio headed a cross just out of the reach
of Eduardo but Braga replied before at the 31st minute when Meyong got to a loose ball in the
goalie crease and the game was tied at 1-1.
Benfica took it to Uniao Leiria today in a Portuguese League re-scheduled game from Week 21.
Cardozo, Saviola and Ruben Amorim all scored for Benfica as they defeated Leiria 3-0 and moved into
top spot in the Portuguese League by three points over Braga
Benfica kept pace with Braga today at the Estadio da Luz with a 3-1 victory over Guimaraes. Benfica
and Braga continue their dance at the top of the Superliga (Liga Sagres) in Week 17 play as both
clubs sit with 42 points six up on third place Porto and fifteen up on fourth place Sporting.
Benfica opened the scoring when Pablo Aimar broke in alone and beat the Guimaraes keeper, Nuno
Nuno Gomes scored a big marker for Benfica in the 90th plus minute to save face for the Eagles as
they took on Olhanense in the Algarve. Olhanense opened the scoring when a Benfica header went
wayward and right to Olhanense's Fernandes who headed it past Quim. Benfica then brought the score
back to even when Javier Saviola knocked in a corner kick.
Sporting Braga have moved back into sole position of top spot in the Portuguese Superliga (Liga
Sagres) after their victory today over Uniao de Leiria 2-0 to end play for Week 11. Paulo Cesar
scored six minutes into the game and Matheus added another in the second half and Braga now sit two
points ahead of second place Benfica and five points ahead of third place FC Porto
Uniao de Leiria and Olhanense opened Week two in the Superliga with a draw as the two promoted
clubs were not able to put anything past the keepers in this match up. The portuguese league
campaign has started the season so far with many draws as teams have drawed in eight out of nine
matches so far.