Third-place surprise package Famalicão lost at Portimonense and Sporting Lisbon went down 3-1 at Gil Vicente.

Sporting’s woes continue as they sink thirteen points, having lost four of their twelve games, behind archrivals Benfica.

Famalicão’s second loss of the season, at the hands of Portimonense, also saw the newly-promoted side fall nine points behind the Eagles. It was only Portimonense’s second win of the season and their first at home thanks to goals from Dener (32’) and Lucas Possignolo (72’) with Famalicão pulling a goal back in stoppage time through Fabio Martins.

Whilst Portimonense are still struggling near the drop zone, just down the coast, SC Farense are making great strides in an effort to reach the top flight. Their 1-0 home win against CD Chaves - they even managed to miss two penalties - was their sixth consecutive Segunda Liga victory and gives them a five point lead over CD Nacional who they play in Madeira on Saturday.

Just four kilometres down the road from the São Luís Stadium in Faro is another club hoping for a return to the higher echelons of Portuguese football. Campeonato Portugal Division D leaders SC Olhanense racked up their tenth victory in twelve games as they won 2-0 at third placed Alverca thanks to goals from João Vasco and Hassan, the son of former Farense favourite and Moroccan international Nader Hassan.

Olhanense are at home on Sunday against mid-table Amora at the José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão (behind McDonalds on the EN125) kick-off 3.00pm.