NICK LEYDEN - Monday, November 26, 2012
Tony Taylor was a late substitute and had an acrobatic goal controversially called back as Estoril fell to Nacional, while Steven Silva Rodrigues played the full 90 for Leixões in a tie with Aves.
CD Nacional 1-0 GD Estoril Praia
Estoril will return to the Portuguese mainland with a bitter taste in their mouths after dropping a contentious 1-0 result to Nacional on the island of Madeira.
Despite having the upper hand for the majority of the game and creating the most dangerous opportunities, the visitors fell behind in the 57th minute when Nacional's substitute Mateus beat Vagner with a chip shot.
The Angolan attacker's shot was helped by a deflection off a sliding Gonçalo.
Marco Silva made three attacking substitutions in an attempt to equalize by bringing on Carlos Eduardo and Gerso Fernandes in the 70th minute, as well as Taylor in the 83rd.
The Florida product needed only a few minutes to make an impact as his bicycle kick found the back of the net in the 88th minute.
Referee Marco Ferreira waved the goal off, however, claiming Taylor's effort constituted a dangerous play.
New Jersey born Sergio Duarte did not dress for Nacional.
Estoril sit in sixth place with 12 points from 10 games, and they next will host Vitória de Setúbal in Estádio António Coimbra da Mota on 12/7.
CD Aves 0-0 Leixões SC
Steven Silva Rodrigues made his second start in a row and helped the Leixões defense earn its sixth shutout of the season.
The visitors were lucky to escape the first half unscathed, though. Aves controlled the opening 45 minutes and had two goals called back for offsides, the second of which was a particularly controversial decision.
Leixões was the better team in the second half, however, and came close to breaking the deadlock when substitute Calé's shot was cleared off the line in the 73rd minute.
Steven and company will play their second of three consecutive road games on 12/2 against Porto B.
Leixões currently sit in eighth place after 15 games in the second division season.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell watched from the bench as Setúbal's defense conceded early and often in a 5-3 defeat at home against Rio Ave.