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Benfica cruises past Estoril

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 Eduardo Salvio 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.

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