Cardozo brace boosts Benfica, Braga beaten

Benfica top the Liga table on goal difference from Porto thanks to a 3-0 win over Nacional tonight.

Jorge Jesus's men had to wait for the breakthrough at the Estadio da Luz, not scoring until the 51st minute through Oscar Cardozo. That opened the floodgates, though, and Rodrigo and Cardozo again wrapped things up.

FC Pacos de Ferreira also enjoyed a routine win as they saw off UEFA Champions League-bound Braga 2-0. Javier Cohene opened the scoring (13) and Christopher Hurtado made sure of the win ten minutes from the end.

Beira Mar shared the points with Moreirense, drawing 1-1 at the Estadio Municipal. Ricardo Pessoa gave the visitors a first-half lead from the spot, but half-time substitute Saleh Javier Al-Shehri ensured Beira hit back.

Elsewhere tonight, Gil Vicente and Vitoria Setubal drew 0-0, as did Rio Ave and Academica.