International Soccer

Sporting survives Arouca test

Lisbon, Portugal ( - Sporting Lisbon kept pace with leaders Benfica by coming from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win at Arouca with Islam Slimani netting the winning goal 18 minutes from time.

Bruno Amaro scored after 15 minutes to hand Arouca a surprising lead, but his opener was canceled out in the 25th by a header from Marcos Rojo.

Both sides then had a player sent off in a three-minute span after the break as Arouca's Tinoco picked up a second yellow card in the 63rd before Rojo also saw red for Sporting.

Slimani provided the difference in the 72nd when he took down a ball inside the penalty area from Adrien Silva and fired his shot past goalkeeper Cassio.

The victory keeps Sporting in second place, two points back of leaders Benfica, which recorded a 2-0 win over Maritimo thanks to a pair of first-half goals from Rodrigo.

FC Porto is third and just one point back of Sporting after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Setubal.

Jackson Martinez and Silvestre Varela put Porto ahead 2-0 in the opening 35 minutes, and Carlos Eduardo put the result beyond reach in th 87th with a goal of his own.

Guimaraes held off Olhanense, 1-0, as To Mane netted the lone goal in the fifth minute before Guimaraes played the final 30 minutes with 10 men because of a red card to Abdoulaye Ba.

Luis Gustavo's 90th-minute goal lifted Rio Ave to a 1-0 win over Belenenses, Braga and Pacos Ferreira finished 1-1 with Bebe scoring the equalizer in the 72nd minute for Pacos, Academica topped Gil Vicente, 1-0, thanks to a late goal from Djavan Ferreira, while on Monday Nacional rallied for a 2-2 draw against 10-man Estoril after falling behind 2-0 in the opening 20 minutes.

01/20 17:01:26 ET