Portuguese League Roundup, Jan. 17

BY foxsports • January 18, 2010

Benfica routed Maritimo 5-0 and Braga beat Academica 2-0 on Sunday to remain level on points at the top of the table in Portugal.

Javier Saviola, Maxi Pereira and Oscar Cardozo gave Benfica a 3-0 first-half lead before an own-goal by Roberto Sousa and Luisao's 70th minute goal capped the easy win for Benfica as it extended its best start in nearly two decades at the Barreiros Stadium.

Cardozo snapped a six-game scoreless streak with his 16th goal.

Benfica leads Braga on goal difference with the two clubs tied on 39 points, three better than FC Porto. Sporting is fourth with 27.

Meyong Ze opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 41st for Braga, and Matheus doubled the lead with his injury-time goal.

Also Sunday, Leixoes beat Belenenses 3-1 and Leiria was a 2-0 winner over Rio Ave.

On Saturday, Porto rallied for 1-1 draw against lower-table Pacos Ferreira and Sporting held off Nacional for a 3-2 victory.

Olhanense beat Naval 1-0 and Guimaraes drew 1-1 against bottom-table Setubal.

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