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Benfica keeps pace with win over Maritimo

Benfica kept pace with FC Porto at the 0 win at the Estadio dos Barreiros.

Oscar Cardozo's late goal in the 85th minute gave Benfica the lead, as the visitors capitalized on a man-advantage after Maritimo midfielder Olberdam was sent off two minutes into the second half.

The result allows Benfica to remain level on 30 points with Porto, which overturned a one-goal deficit to claim a 2-1 win over Beira Mar on Saturday.

Sporting Lisbon rebounded from its loss to Benfica in its last outing with a goal from Oguchi Onyewu in a 1-0 defeat of Nacional on Saturday. The American defender struck in the 22nd minute to claim all three points for the home side.

Braga trounced last-place Pacos Ferreira, 5-2, in Friday's only Portuguese Liga contest, but needed three goals in the final 18 minutes to claim the win.

On Sunday, Rio Ave edged Gil Vicente with a 2-0 win, Uniao Leiria earned a 1-0 defeat of Guimaraes, and Setubal played to a 1-1 draw with Feirense.

Adrien Silva capped the weekend with a goal in each half to lead Academica to a 2-0 win over Olhanense. Silva scored from the penalty spot late in the first half before Edson Sitoe was sent off just before the break for Olhanense, while Silva tallied a second goal in the 51st minute.