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Liga Sagres wrap: Porto, Nacional enjoy strong wins

20 February 2012 01:21

Porto have kept the pressure on Liga Sagres' leaders Benfica with a 3-1 win at Vitoria Setubal on Sunday.

The reigning champions took the lead in just the third minute when Marc Janko powered a header past Ricardo in Vitoria's goal.

Trailing Benfica by five points heading into Sunday's match, Porto needed the victory and went a step closer when Fernando galloped into the right-hand side of the penalty area and scored in the far corner to make it 2-0.

The home side got back into the game when Albert Ze Meyong curled a fine free-kick around the wall and into the top corner in the 75th minute but just four minutes later Porto ended any chance of a comeback from the bottom-placed club when Varela fired home a cut-back from substitute Cristian Rodriguez.

Elsewhere, Senegalese striker Ladji Keita scored twice in the first half as CD Nacional crushed Academica de Coimbra 4-1.

Daniel Candeias increased the home side's lead to 3-0 just after half-time before Coimbra pulled one back through Edinho after 69 minutes, but Mario Rondon finished the scoring with a minute to go.

Sporting Lisbon moved into fourth with a 1-0 victory over Pacos de Ferreira thanks to an own goal from Ferreira's Ricardo Da Silva in the 36th minute.

The win means Lisbon move above Maritimo on goal difference, with both sides on 35 points, eight points behind third-placed Braga.

In other results from Liga Sagres on Sunday, Olhanense stole a 1-1 draw against Feirense thanks to a 90th-minute equaliser from Andre Pinto, while the match between Uniao Leiria and Beira Mar ended scoreless.

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