Benfica fire five past Paços

Benfica hammered Paços Ferreira 5-1 in the Portuguese Liga this evening. Oscar Cardozo opened the scoring in the fifth minute, Pablo Aimar put the scoreline at two and Nicolas Gaitan added a third in the 25th minute.

Lionel Carole's own goal three minutes later gave the hosts hope, but that disappeared when they had Javier Cohene sent off four minutes before the break.

Substitute Nuno Gomes scored in the 82nd and 90th minutes as second-placed Benfica ran away with the game. Elsewhere, Hugo Viana's 73rd-minute goal gave Braga a 1-0 win at home to Rio Ave.