Sporting held to draw at Setubal

Lisbon, Portugal ( - Ricardo Horta's 89th-minute penalty kick helped Setubal claim a 2-2 home draw against second-place Sporting Lisbon, dropping the visitors further off the pace at the top of the league.

Rafael Martins equalized in the 51st minute for Setubal, canceling out Islam Slimani's first-half opener for Sporting.

Adrien Silva appeared to have clinched all three points for the visitors when he scored from the penalty spot four minutes from time.

However, Setubal was awarded a spot kick three minutes later that Horta converted to peg back Sporting.

Benfica took advantage of that result to stretch its lead at the top of the league to seven points with a 2-0 win over Estoril.

Goals from Luisao and Rodrigo in the opening 20 minutes were enough for Benfica, while FC Porto closed the gap on Sporting to two points as the defending champions downed Arouca, 4-1.

Ricardo Quaresma scored a goal in each half for Porto, which was playing its first game under interim manager Luis Castro following the departure of former boss Paulo Fonseca.

Braga claimed a 2-1 win over Nacional behind goals from Carneiro Wanderson and Alan, Gil Vicente topped last-place Pacos Ferreira, 2-0, Belenenses and Olhanense played to a 0-0 draw in a battle of bottom-three sides, Academica and Rio Ave failed to produce a goal in a 0-0 stalemate and Maritimo edged Guimaraes, 2-1, with Derley scoring the winning goal 15 minutes from time.