FC Porto moved to within three points of Portuguese league leader Braga Sunday after beating Academica 3-2.
One second-half goal from Mariano Gonzalez, and two from Farias were enough to clinch three points for Porto, although a late score By Academica’s Moudou Sougou ensured a tense finish.
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Also on Sunday, Setubal beat Leixoes 1-0 and Maritimo beat Pacos Ferreira 3-1.
Braga’s seven-match winning run ended when it drew 1-1 against Rio Ave in the Portuguese league on Saturday.
Braga has made the best start to a league campaign in its history, leading the standings and unbeaten after eight games. However, on 22 points it is only three ahead of Porto and Benfica, which has a game in hand.
Also on Saturday, Leiria beat Naval 2-0.
Sporting looks to get back in touch with the leaders when it plays Guimaraes on Monday.