NICK LEYDEN - Monday, April 9, 2012
Tony Taylor's first goal since returning to Estoril inched Os Canarinhos closer to promotion, while Caleb Patterson-Sewell was once again let down by an incapable offense in another Atlético loss.
Estoril 2 - 0 Naval
Having returned to the Estoril squad following his involvement in the USA's failed Olympic qualifiers, Tony Taylor started and scored in the 2-0 win over Naval.
The hosts entered the game with an opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of the standings after second place Aves had tied earlier in the weekend, and a Steven Vitória opener in the 19th minute put them well on their way.
Estoril controlled the game throughout the rest of the first half, and nothing changed after the interval.
Taylor effectively iced the game in the 49th minute when he converted from the center of the box after a pass from Licá.
Within minutes Naval had made two changes in an attempt to dig their way out of the hole, but a 57th minute red card to Leomar ensured there would be no comeback.
The win moves Estoril seven points clear of their nearest promotion challengers with four Liga Orangina games remaining.
Os Canarinhos will visit third place Moreirense on 4/22.
Penafiel 1 - 0 Atlético
For the fourth game in a row there was nothing Caleb Patterson-Sewell could do to prevent defeat for Atlético.
In three of those games, including this weekend's defeat to Penafiel, the Lisbon team has failed to score, bringing their total to 10 shutouts on the season.
Brazilian defender Elízio scored the game's only goal in the 51st minute off a corner kick.
The loss continues Atlético's steady fall down the standings as they are currently in a three way tie for seventh place.
They host second place Aves on 4/21.
Oguchi Onyewu remains injured, but for the first time in three seasons Sporting defeated crosstown rival Benfica. Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored the solitary goal from the penalty spot in the 18th minute following a controversial call against Luisão. The fourth place Lions take on Nacional on 4/22.