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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 14 +31 36
2 14 +21 36
3 14 +23 33
4 13 +13 28
5 13 +4 24
6 14 +5 23
7 13 -5 20
8 14 -3 18
9 14 -3 17
10 14 -4 17
11 14 -2 16
12 14 -4 15
13 14 -8 13
14 14 -12 13
15 13 -7 11
16 14 -15 10
17 14 -14 8
18 14 -20 8

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