NICK LEYDEN - Monday, February 18, 2013
Tony Taylor was a late substitute for Estoril in their disappointing loss to Maritimo, while Steven Silva Rodrigues put in a full shift for Leixoes in a heartbreaker of their own.
Braga B 1-0 Leixoes
Leixoes' promotion hopes took a hit when a 90th minute goal by Manoel handed Braga B a victory over the fifth place visitors.
However, violence outside the stadium between rival supporters, as well as police, overshadowed the result.
A dour first half saw limited offense on both ends, and even with a better effort in the second stanza it took until the game's final moments for Braga B to break the deadlock.
Rui Sacramento kept Leixoes in the game with several strong saves in the half, but the hosts earned a deserved three points when Manoel slotted home a rebound in the 90th minute.
Steven and crew will next host Benfica B on 2/23.
Maritimo 2-1 Estoril
Estoril slumped to a frustrating defeat in a physical match which saw the referee hand out 10 yellow cards and two reds.
The Canaries were down a goal in just the 9th minute when Guinea-Bissau striker Sami headed Maritimo in front.
David Simao doubled the advantage from the penalty spot in the 21st minute after Joao Pedro earned a yellow for taking down South Korean international Hyun-Jun Suk in the box.
Despite the early deficit Marco Silva's team never gave up and carried much of the attack for the remainder of the game. The strike duo of Luis Leal and Lica was particularly difficult for the Maritimo defense to contain.
In the 55th minute Suk was booked for the second time, and Evandro capitalized on the man advantage for Estoril just four minutes later by heading in a cross from the ever-impressive Jefferson.
Before the visitors could complete the comeback, however, center back Yohan Tavares leveled the playing field by being sent off in the 76th minute.
Tony Taylor entered for Carlitos in the 82nd minute but did not have any chances to earn a point for Estoril.
The Canaries will host struggling Lisbon giant Sporting on 2/22.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell watched from the bench as Setubal scored a rare road win over Olhanense, while Sergio Duarte also did not take part in Nacional's 1-1 tie with Pacos de Ferreira.