Porto kept the pressure on with victory in the first Clássico of the year which provided rich entertainment for the 41,247 crowd at Alvalade.
Moussa Marega gave the Dragons a sixth minute lead before Marcos Acuna levelled matters on the stroke of half-time. The hosts came out all guns blazing in the second-half but Vietto, Luiz Phellype and Bruno Fernandes failed to convert gilt edged opportunities. Sporting were punished when Tiquinho Soares rose high to head in the winner for Porto seventeen minutes from time.
Famalicão took advantage of Sporting’s defeat to reclaim third place and end their own bad patch of league form with a 3-0 home win against V.Setúbal.
The result of the weekend was SC Braga’s 7-1 away demolition of Belenenses. Scarcely can a new manager’s first game in charge have gone better as new Braga boss Rúben Amorim took over from Sá Pinto who was sacked two days prior to Christmas.
Rúben Amorim was previously in-charge of Braga ‘B’ and his promotion has had major repercussions for SC Olhanense. The Olhão based team, currently top of the Campeonato Portugal Division D, lost their progressive young manager Vasco Faísca who has joined Braga. In his place has come Bruno Ribeiro, who played for Leeds United, Sheffield United and managed Port Vale.
Bruno Ribeiro got off to a dream start as Olhanense beat Oriental (Lisbon) 2-0 to open up a three point gap at the top.
As Olhanense push for promotion to the Segunda Liga, neighbours SC Farense slipped up in their quest for promotion to the top flight as they went down 3-0 at home to Benfica ‘B’.