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Benfica beat Nacional in Portuguese league


Benfica, Nacional

Lisbon: Benfica beat Nacional 3-1 in the 27th round of the Portuguese football league at the Luz Stadium here.  Brazilian Jonas opened the scoring in the 20th minute on Saturday following a cross by Argentine Salvio from the right flank. He scored again (58th minute) after a pass by the same player, reports Xinhua.  Brazilian forward Lima scored (30th) with a header, giving Benfica a 2-0 lead in the first half.

Nacional’s Portuguese midfielder Tiago Rodrigues scored the only face-saving goal (73rd) with a powerful shot.  With the victory, Benfica continues to top the league with 68 points while Nacional stands in ninth spot with 33.  Elsewhere, Penafiel and Boavista drew 2-2, Belenenses beat Moreirense 2-0, P. Ferriera tied Sporting 1-1