NICK LEYDEN - Sunday, January 23, 2011
Estoril gave up a stoppage time equalizer to Belenenses on Saturday, just minutes after Tony Taylor had come on as a late substitute.
The neighboring teams from Linha, the coastal outskirts of the greater Lisbon area, had not met in several years as Belenenses played in the first division for the previous decade before last year's relegation.
But the rivalry still drew a much larger crowd than Estádio António Coimbra da Mota has been used to this year.
Those in attendance were treated to a battling display, long on hustle but perhaps short on creativity and technique.
Estoril started the brighter of the two, but neither team was able to create any decisive scoring opportunities in the first half. In fact, it took an own goal early in the second half to break the deadlock.
In the 48th minute Os Canarinhos' Brazilian leftback, Jefferson, whipped a cross into the box only for Pelé to mis-hit his clearance and turn it into his own net.
The goal did little to change the flow of the game, however, as both teams continued to struggle to create attacking opportunities.
Coach Vinícius Eutrópio inserted Taylor for Luis Leal in the 87th minute, hoping the striker could use his speed and dribbling to take advantage of a tired defense and put the game away.
But, instead, Fredy buried a shot from just inside the box a minute into stoppage time to give Belenenses a deserved tie.
Os Canarinho's other American, Greg Garza, was not on the substitute's bench.
The point moves Estoril to 11th place in the Liga Orangina, just one spot behind Belenenses.
They next take the field on Saturday in another Lisbon derby when they host powerhouse Sporting in the final group game of Taça da Liga's third round.