Portuguese League Roundup, Mar. 28

BY foxsports • March 29, 2010

Hulk returned from a three-month suspension to score a goal and set up another in FC Porto's 3-0 win over last-place Belenenses on Sunday.

The Brazilian forward scored from a well-taken left-foot shot in the 51st minute to make it 2-0 after Rolando had opened the scoring in the 41st. Hulk's cross in the 83rd minute was met by Radamel Falcao, who scored his 18th league goal.

Porto is demanding compensation from Portuguese football authorities after Hulk's suspension for his part in a December post-match brawl was reduced to three games after he had already sat out 17 matches.

The victory allowed four-time defending champion Porto to move within five points of second place - and the last Champions League qualifying place from Portugal.

Benfica is moving closer to its first title in five years following Saturday's 1-0 win over second-place Braga which gave it a six-point cushion with six games to play.

Sporting slipped 23 points behind Benfica in fourth following Friday's 3-2 defeat to Maritimo.

In Sunday's other games, it was: Leixoes 1, Naval 0; Rio Ave 1, Olhanense 5; Setubal 2, Nacional 1; and Leiria 2, Pacos Ferreira 1.

Guimaraes beat Academica 1-0 on Saturday and Maritimo was a 3-2 winner over Sporting on Friday.


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