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Portugal: Benfica win, Porto drop points

14 February 2010 00:56

(GSM) - Benfica extended their lead in the Portuguese league thanks to a 1-0 win over local rivals Belenenses, while Porto had their title hopes dented by a goalless draw at Leixoes.

Benfica, who had only three Portuguese players in their starting line-up against seven South Americans, scored the opening goal through Paraguayan forward Oscar Cardozo in the ninth minute.

The leaders failed to add to their lead but were helped by a direct red to Belenenses goalkeeper Bruno Vale in the 78th minute.

FC Porto saw the gap with the top two increase following a 0-0 draw at Leixoes, and are now nine points behind Benfica. The defending champions do have a game in hand.

Sporting Braga, who have four points less than Benfica but also have two games more to go, play a home match with Maritimo on Sunday.

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Primeira Liga table

# Team MP D P
1 22 +36 54
2 22 +34 53
3 22 +16 44
4 22 +13 38
5 22 +5 36
6 22 +2 33
7 22 +4 32
8 22 +0 29
9 22 +0 29
10 22 -4 28
11 22 -9 27
12 22 -5 26
13 22 -17 25
14 22 -11 23
15 22 -10 20
16 22 -14 19
17 22 -17 15
18 22 -23 14

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