Portuguese League Roundup, Mar. 13

Braga went level with Benfica at the top of the Portuguese league

Saturday after beating Rio Ave 1-0.

Andres Madrid scored in the 16th minute to extend Braga’s

unbeaten home record in the league. It was the first time the team

has beaten Rio Ave in three attempts this season.

Braga and Benfica both have 55 points and have been neck and

neck for most of the season.

Benfica, which has lost only once away, has a game in hand

and can go clear again when it visits Nacional on Sunday.

Also Saturday, third-place Porto beat Academica 2-1, with

Cristian Rodriguez scoring the winner four minutes from full time.

Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira needed the win after a 5-0 loss to

Arsenal in the Champions League midweek and recent poor results in

the league.

On Friday Naval beat Leiria 1-0.

Also Sunday it’s: Olhanense vs. Belenenses; Leixoes vs.

Setubal; and Sporting vs. Guimaraes.

On Monday it’s Pacos Ferreira vs. Maritimo.