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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 7 +15 19
2 7 +7 15
3 7 +7 14
4 7 +9 13
5 7 +4 12
6 7 +6 11
7 7 +5 11
8 7 +1 11
9 7 +0 11
10 7 -5 8
11 7 -1 7
12 7 -4 7
13 7 -6 7
14 7 -9 7
15 7 -5 6
16 7 -4 5
17 7 -10 4
18 7 -10 2

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