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Liga Sagres wrap: Sporting remain fourth

23 April 2012 02:48

Sporting Lisbon strengthened their case for a Europa League spot next season with a 3-2 over Nacional de Madeira on Sunday.

In the match of the day in Portugal's Liga Sagres, Madeira came from two goals down to equalise before a penalty from Ricky van Wolfswinkel with 13 minutes to go finished them off.

Sporting took the lead in the 12th minute thanks to a left-footed strike from Diego Rubio and then Renato Neto made it 2-0 just after the half hour mark.

The Brazilian midfielder received the ball well outside the penalty area, took a touch and then unleashed a powerful shot into the bottom corner.

But three minutes later Madeira got back into the match when Mateus controlled a cross from the right and thumped the ball into the top of the net.

A cracking half-volley from Ladji Keita in the 74th minute gave the home side hope of earning a draw but a penalty from van Wolfswinkel, who was brought down by Madeira goalkeeper Marcelo Valverde, ensured victory for Sporting.

That win means Sporting remain fourth with 53 points and are almost certain of playing Europa League again next season.

In other Liga Sagres results on Sunday, Feirense, who are second-bottom, upset eighth-placed Vitoria Setubal 1-0 thanks to Bedi Buval's 20th minute goal, while Gil Vicente and Rio Ave drew 0-0.

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