Benfica held to draw by Estoril

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Updated: May 6, 2013

Maxi Pereira

Benfica saw its lead atop the Portuguese
Liga reduced to two points this weekend as the club was held to a 1-1 draw at
home by Estoril.

Second-place FC Porto secured a 3-1 win at Nacional on Saturday with all three
goals being scored in the first 22 minutes for the defending champions, which
put some pressure on Benfica ahead of Monday’s clash.

And the home side fell behind to a goal from Estoril’s Cafe in the 59th
minute, while Maxi Pereira netted the equalizer nine minutes later.

But Benfica had to hold on for the final 12 minutes with 10 men as Carlos
Martins was sent off after picking up his second yellow card.

With two games to play, Benfica holds a two-point edge on Porto, but the two
sides will square off in Porto on Sunday in a potential title-deciding match.

A Benfica win will clinch the title for the Lisbon side, while Porto can take
the lead with one match to play if the hosts snatch all three points.

Braga clinched a spot in the top four with a 3-2 win at Moreirense on Friday
as Ze Luis scored the winning goal in the 83rd minute.

Pacos Ferreira stayed four points clear of Braga in third place after a 1-0
win over Sporting Lisbon on Sunday, Guimaraes downed Gil Vicente, 3-1,
Academica used a goal from John Ogu in the 81st minute to top Setubal, 1-0,
Olhanense won 1-0 on an own goal from Ricardo Monteiro of Rio Ave and Beira
Mar used a pair of goals from Evanildon Gomes in a 4-2 triumph against
Maritimo.