NICK LEYDEN - Monday, April 2, 2012
Caleb Patterson-Sewell suffered the worst half of his Portuguese career as Atlético continued to stutter and dropped their third game in a row.
Moreirense FC 4 - 1 Atlético CP
Leandro Pimenta gave Atlético a 1-0 halftime lead against promotion chasing Moreirense with his 27th-minute goal, but an offensive avalanche in the second half handed the hosts all three points.
Patterson-Sewell was first beaten by a powerful Luís Pinto drive in the 55th minute, and a Bruno Moreira header followed five minutes later to give Moreirense the lead.
Two substitutes, Wagner and Nabil Ghilas, then added to the scoreline with strikes in the 75th and 78th minutes, the latter of which was a delicate chip over the former New York Red Bulls ‘keeper.
The loss drops Atlético into a sixth place tie.
The Lisbon team has now lost all three games under new coach Paulo Pedro, and will next face Penafiel on Saturday.
In Oguchi Onyewu's continued absence, Ricardo Sá Pinto opted to field a largely second choice lineup in Sporting's 1-0 victory over struggling Leiria. Chilean Matias Fernandez secured the victory in the 90th minute, maintaining the Lions' fifth place position. Sporting will next travel to Ukraine for the second leg of their Europe League quarterfinal against Metalist.
Estoril dropped a league game at home for the first time all season, losing 2-0 to Trofense. Tony Taylor, who had been part of the failed U-23 Olympic qualifying roster, was not on the gameday roster. Despite the loss, the Canaries remain five points clear of Moreirense and Aves at the top of the Liga Orangina.