Benfica slip up at Sporting
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Benfica's Liga ZON Sagres title hopes suffered a major blow tonight as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at local rivals Sporting Lisbon.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel netted the only goal of the game with an 18th-minute penalty as Benfica, who had Luisao sent off at the end to complete a miserable few days following last week's UEFA Champions League exit to Chelsea, suffered only their third league defeat of the season.

And it could prove a costly one as they remain four points behind leaders Porto with only four Liga games left now. Fourth-placed Sporting are still 13 points behind the pacesetters after tonight's win.