Benfica cruises past Estoril

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Updated: January 6, 2013

Benfica maintained its position at the top of the Portuguese Primera Liga table, easing past Estoril in a 3-1 win at the Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota on Sunday.

The two sides remained scoreless until the 37th minute when Nicolas Gaitan put
the visitors in front.

Benfica’s lead was extended in the second half when Lima and
scored seven minutes apart, putting the club firmly in the driver’s seat.

Goncalo Santos was able to pull back a consolation goal for Estoril two
minutes from time, but there was not enough time to spark any sort of
comeback.

Benfica improves to 35 points to go three points clear of FC Porto while
Estoril, with two successive losses, remains on 15 points.

Also on Sunday, Eder grabbed the lone goal in Braga’s 1-0 defeat of Moreirense
while Serginho and Fidelis scored six minutes apart in Beira-Mar’s 1-1 draw at
Maritimo.

Saturday’s biggest result saw Academica come out on top in a six-goal thriller
against Vitoria Setubal. Edinho produced a hat trick in the match, helping
Academica to a 4-2 victory.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Porto claimed a 1-0 win over Nacional, Pacos Ferreira
edged Sporting Lisbon in a 1-0 win, Rio Ave surrendered a 1-0 loss to
Olhanense, and Gil Vicente played to a 0-0 draw with Vitoria Guimaraes.