Benfica victorious, Pacos fire late on
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Benfica opened up a three-point lead at the top of the Portuguese Liga table following a 3-0 win at Gil Vicente. The Lisbon club were out of sight by half-time as goals from Lima (two minutes), Luisinho (27) and Andre Gomes (45) set them on their way. 

The win was soured only by the 70th-minute dismissal of Argentinian midfielder Enzo Perez. The win means Benfica will sit alone at the top for at least 24 hours with champions Porto at Estoril in tomorrow's late game.

Two late goals helped Pacos Ferreira up to fifth with a 2-0 win at Beira Mar. Vitor broke the deadlock on 81 minutes before substitute Arturo Alvarez got the clincher with three minutes left.

Pedro Rui Duarte netted two penalties to give Olhanense a 2-2 draw at home to Moreirense. Moreirense had twice gone ahead through Pablo Olivera (35) and Nabil Ghilas (57) but were pegged back by Rui Duarte spot-kicks on each occasion as he first converted on 40 minutes before keeping his cool three minutes from time.