NICK LEYDEN - Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Caleb Patterson-Sewell endured a frustrating loss against Benfica, while Tony Taylor played a crucial role as a substitute in Estoril's tie with Paços de Ferreira.
GD Estoril Praia 1-1 FC Paços de Ferreira
Estoril welcomed Paços de Ferreira to the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota on Sunday afternoon and secured their first point of the season.
Tony Taylor, who has been battling an ankle injury, was replaced in the starting lineup by João Paulo, but the former US U-23 international played the entire second half.
Vitorino Antunes put the guests in the lead in the 30th minute with a long distance strike past Renan, but a 74th minute penalty converted by Steven Vitória ensured Estoril would get a share of the points.
Taylor was instrumental in earning the penalty as his attempt to control a long throw-in near the six yard box led to a handball on one of Paços de Ferreira's defenders.
Estoril has scored two goals this season, both coming from Vitória at the penalty spot.
The home team had to feel even more confident four minutes after the equalizing goal when Paços de Ferreira had Luiz Carlos sent off for a second yellow card.
But Steven Vitória negated the advantage in the 86th minute when he too was booked for the second time for a hard foul on Cícero
In addition to drawing the penalty Taylor produced two other moments of particular danger in the 52nd and 66th minutes, but was unable to open his first division account.
Next week the Canarinhos will travel north for a tough matchup with Vitória de Guimarães.
Vitória de Setúbal 0-5 SL Benfica
An early red card to Amoreirinha left Caleb Patteron-Sewell and the rest of Setúbal's defense little chance against a rampant Benfica.
The veteran defender's two footed, scissor-kick tackle on Lorenzo Melgarejo earned a straight red and condemned Patterson-Sewell to a long day in a Benfica shooting gallery.
The visitors broke through just six minutes after the expulsion with a tap in by Rodrigo. Two rebound goals by Salvio and Enzo Perez, in the 30th and 45th minutes respectively, send Setúbal to the locker room with a three goal deficit.
The second half proceeded in a similar fashion with the guests constantly on the attack.
Spanish attacker Nolito extended Benfica's leadin the 67th minute with a half volley from the top of the box that somehow sneaked under Patterson-Sewell.
Rodrigo then finished the scoring with a back post chip in the 80th minute.
Despite giving up five goals Patterson-Sewell did not play poorly. The Australian-American made numerous strong saves, but there was nothing he could do shorthanded against what is possibly the most talented team he has faced in his professional career.
Setúbal will next travel to Gil Vicente in search of their first win of the season.
Oguchi Onyewu is scheduled to miss out on Sporting's game with Rio Ave on Monday evening.