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Liga Sagres wrap: Benfica follow Porto´s trail

18 February 2013 00:24

Benfica re-joined Porto on top of Liga Sagres after a heart-stopping 1-0 win against Academica on Sunday.

Despite dominating the match with 67 percent possession, it took a 95th-minute penalty from Brazilian attacker Lima to secure the three points in front of their fans.

Drama ensued shortly after the winning strike with Academica defender Helder Cabral given a straight red, rounding out a horrible end for Pedro Emanuel's men.

With Porto winning 2-0 against Beira-Mar on Friday, Benfica needed to win to join the reigning Portuguese champions on top of the standings and now trail on goal difference alone.

Elsewhere, Pacos Ferreira missed a golden chance to secure third position after drawing 1-1 at home against Nacional.

Cicero gave Pacos the lead in the 21st minute before Bruno Moreira tied the game after 77 minutes.

In other results, Maritimo got their second win in a row as two first-half goals led them to a 2-1 triumph over Estoril, Vitoria Guimaraes defeated Moreirense 1-0 and Olhanense slumped to 1-0 home defeat against Vitoria Setubal.

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