Defending Portuguese champions Braga lose to ACD Sótão as Casa Benfica cut the gap
Matchdays 12 and 13 of the Elite Championship in Portugal were played on Saturday and Sunday outside Lisbon near Loures, as Casa Benfica sealed two wins to slash the gap at the top.
The European champions now sit on 28 points in second, just one point behind SC Braga, who lost 4-2 to Nazaré club ACD Sótão.
Casa Benfica beat Varzim and Buarcos, while Braga put five past bottom place São Domingos to win their other match, just enough to retain their place as league leaders going into Matchday 14.
The 2020 league winners Sporting maintained their good form this weekend, to take six out of six points, also beating São Domingos and Leixões. Sporting remain in third behind Casa Benfica.
The eight clubs head into Matchday 14 of the Portuguese league, which will be played on 31 July in Sesimbra.
MATCHDAY 12 & 13 RESULTS (16/17 July)
ACD Sótão 4-2 SC Braga
Casa Benfica de Loures 10-3 AD Buarcos
Leixões 9-8 Varzim SC
Sporting CP 4-0 São Domingos
Sporting CP 2-1 Leixões
Varzim SC 2-7 Casa Benfica de Loures
AD Buarcos 8-9 ACD Sótão
São Domingos 0-5 SC Braga
STANDINGS (after Matchday 13)
1st – SC Braga (29 pts)
2nd – Casa Benfica de Loures (28 pts)
3rd – Sporting CP (25 pts)
4th – ACD Sótão (21 pts)
5th – Varzim SC (18 pts)
6th – AD Buarcos (13 pts)
7th – Leixões (11 pts)
8th – São Domingos (0 pts)