NICK LEYDEN - Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Tony Taylor and Estoril threw away a late lead against Guimarães on the road, while Steven Silva Rodrigues and Leixões also earned a tie with Freamunde a division below.
Vitória de Guimarães 2-2 GD Estoril Praia
After starting and playing nearly 60 minutes up top alongside Licá and Luis Leal, Tony Taylor watched from the bench as Estoril conceded two late goals and lost a prime opportunity to pick up their first win of the season.
The Canarinhos took an early lead in the sixth minute when Licá met a pinpoint diagonal ball from Carlos Eduardo with a left-footed volley from the six yard box into the side netting.
The visitors' lead was doubled just a minute into the second half when Jefferson whipped in a free kick that finished with a Bruno Miguel diving header at the back post.
The goal actually proved to be a scary moment for Estoril as Bruno Miguel's momentum carried him into a forceful collision with the post itself, but the defender would eventually be ok.
Marcos Silva would replace Taylor with Gerso in the 57th minute, as well as taking out an injured Luis Leal for Paulo Henrique ten minutes later.
But the Estoril coach surely would have wished he had his two starting attackers available in the game's final stages, as Guimarães staged a dramatic comeback.
The hosts pulled one goal back in the 81st minute when Malian international Mahamadou N'Diayed buried a header off a corner kick.
The comeback was complete nearly five minutes into stoppage time with literally the last kick of the game.
A foul just outside the top left corner of the penalty box deep into stoppage time led to a João Ribeiro free kick which beat Vagner to the near post after his two-man wall of Gerso and Hugo Leal jumped and allowed the ball to scoot underneath them.
The tie leaves both teams with two points through the first three games of the season.
Taylor and Estoril will continue their search for a league win against Marítimo on 9/23, but first comes a Taça da Liga matchup with União on 9/13.
Leixões SC 2-2 SC Freamunde
The game could not have opened any better for Leixões as Tiago Borges took advantage of a confused defense in just the first minute to open the scoring for the hosts.
But the goal did not send Leixões to their third consecutive victory in the Estádio do Mar, as Steven and his fellow defenders would endure their toughest game of the young season.
In the 31st minute Nuno Silva took down Pedro in the box, and Freamunde's midfielder Lio placed the penalty to Rui Sacramento's left.
Just two minutes later, though, Leixões restored the lead when Pedras buried a shot in the side netting after taking a nice touch to separate from his defender in the box.
The guests dominated the early stages of the second half, however, and were able to tie the score in the 55th minute with another Lio penalty, once again to the goalie's left.
In the 68th minute Moedas earned his second yellow card in the span of five minutes, condemning the hosts to a ten man finish.
Despite the disadvantage Leixões did create a couple dangerous opportunities through Gonçalo Graça and Zé Pedro, but they were unable to find the winning tally.
The tie marks the first points dropped at home all season for Steven and company, as well as the first time they have give up more than a single goal in any game this season.
It also continued Steven's streak of playing the full 90 minutes in each of the Matosinhos club's league games.
Leixões will next take the field against Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Setúbal on 9/8 in the Taça da Liga.
New Polish signing Pawel Kiezsek was preferred to Caleb Patterson-Sewell in net for Vitória de Setúbal's 0-0 tie with Gil Vicente.