Benfica restore four point lead, Beira Mar beat Gil Vicente
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Benfica restored their four-point advantage at the top of the Portuguese Liga with a 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon.

Porto had moved to within a point of the summit with a 3-0 victory at Moreirense yesterday but Benfica replied confidently, with goals in either half from Eduardo Salvio and Rodrigo Lima securing the win against a Sporting side who have fallen a long way from expectations this season.

Indeed Sporting have now slumped to eighth in the table after Nacional scored twice in ten minutes to come from behind and beat Maritimo 2-1, climbing above their opponents into sixth place. Maritimo led through Suk Hyun-jun's 50th-minute goal, but 11 minutes later Ferreira Claudemir levelled from the penalty spot and substitute Daniel Candeias got the winner moments after coming into the match.

Basement-dwellers Beira Mar gave themselves hope with a rare win, just their fourth of the season as they edged out fellow strugglers Gil Vicente 1-0 with Pinto Yazalde's 59th-minute goal. They remain bottom, but are now only two points from safety.

Vitoria Setubal moved away from trouble with a 1-0 win over Estoril courtesy of Paulo Tavares' 62nd-minute penalty.