Benfica vs. Rio Ave  6 - 1

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Liga Sagres wrap: Benfica thump Rio Ave, Porto cruise

31 March 2013 00:46

Benfica preserved their four-point lead on top of the Liga Sagres table thanks to a 6-1 destruction of nine-man Rio Ave on Saturday.

Lima was the star of the show with a hat-trick in a match that saw Rio Ave's Jose de Souza and Edimar sent off in the second half.

Lorenzo Melgarejo, Nemanja Matic and Enzo Perez also got themselves on the scoresheet, a win that maintains Benfica's unbeaten status.

At the Estadio Efapel, Porto bounced back from their surprise draw against Maritimo by defeating Academica 3-0.

Goals from Eliaquim Mangala, Danilo and Andre Castro clinched the points for the visitors.

Elsewhere, Maritimo consolidated fifth position with a 4-2 victory over Vitoria Setubal, Lucas scored in the closing 10 minutes to hand Olhanense a 1-0 win at Beira-Mar, while Moreirense and Estoril played out a 1-1 draw.

Primeira Liga table

# Team MP D P
1 30 +56 78
2 30 +57 77
3 30 +13 54
4 30 +16 52
5 30 +10 45
6 30 -7 42
7 30 +0 42
8 30 -6 40
9 30 -11 40
10 30 -11 38
11 30 -12 28
12 30 -25 26
13 30 -23 25
14 30 -16 25
15 30 -21 24
16 30 -20 23