Portimonense ended a losing run dating back to November 27 by beating relegation rivals Sporting Covilha 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The visitors went into the break with a deserved 1-0 lead before a spectacular equaliser from 55th-minute substitute Zambujo galvanized the Algarvean side.

A subsequent penalty taken by captain Ricardo Pessoa finally secured three points which see Portimao still six points behind in last place but secure in the knowledge that they will retain their Liga Orangina status for this season at least.

This is because of a subsequent extraordinary League Club assembly meeting which has decreed that in 2012/2013 the Portuguese top division will be increased from the current 16 to 18 teams, while the second tier is to have a total of 22 participants as a result of the introduction of the leading six club’s ‘B’ teams.

As a consequence there will be no relegations from either at the end of the current playing period.  

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