Lisbon-based giants lead the way.
Benfica moved three points clear at the top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga table with a 2-1 win over third-placed Braga.
With Porto not playing until Monday (28th January), Benfica had the chance to move three points clear at the top of Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Away against third-placed Braga, it took just five minutes for the leaders to open the scoring – Eduardo Salvio reacting quickest after his initial effort was weakly parried.
Benfica’s second was a mix of ruthless counter-attack and calamitous goalkeeping.
The move was worthy of a goal, but Lima’s deflected 35th minute strike had no right to go in.
Braga halved the deficit when Eder’s lofted the ball into the box found substitute Joao Pedro in the 77th minute, but it was two little too late as Benfica held out to move three points clear at the top.
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Fourth-placed Pacos de Ferreira took the opportunity to move just a point behind Braga with a 5-0 win at bottom side Moreirense.
Midfielders Paulo Hurtado and Vitor Silva both scored twice.
The pick of the goals came when home keeper Ricardo came off his line mid-way through the second half, but his tame clearance fell to Luiz Carlos who showed no mercy in humiliating Ricardo.
5-0 it finished – Moreirense remain rooted to the bottom of the table, six points from safety.
And Sporting Lisbon were held to a 1-1 home draw by Guimaraes.
The visitors took the lead in the 53rd minute when Marco Matias’ cross was deflected into his own net by Sporting defender Xandao.
Sporting equalised just three minutes later and in some style, as Ricky van Wolfswinkel cheekily back-heeled Miguel Lopes’ cross into the net.
The result left Guimaraes sixth, with Sporting Lisbon ninth.
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