Portuguese Legue Roundup, Feb. 21

FC Porto trounced Braga 5-1 to re-ignite its Portuguese league

title hopes while keeping its opponent from going top of the


Benfica, which was not in action this weekend, remained top

of the league with 49 points, one better than Braga, while

four-time defending champion Porto is third with 43 points.

Sporting is fourth with 29 points after Saturday’s 0-0 draw at


Also on Sunday, Pacos Ferreira beat Rio Ave 2-1 and Naval was

a 1-0 winner over Setubal.

Porto led 3-0 by halftime thanks to goals from Raul Meireles,

Alvaro Pereira and Radamel Falcao, who headed home his second in

the 73rd before Fernando Belluschi completed the rout in the 83rd.

Braga striker Alan headed home a consolation goal in injury


Last-place Belenenses tackles Academica on Monday.

On Friday, Maritimo drew 1-1 with Nacional while Guimaraes

beat Leixoes 2-0 on Saturday.