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Benfica wins to move closer to Portuguese league title

Mexico forward Raul Jimenez scored a 75th-minute winner and Benfica moved closer to its fourth straight Portuguese league title by defeating Rio Ave 1-0 on Sunday.

Published: 08th May 2017 08:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th May 2017 08:33 AM   |  A+A-

Benfica's Mexican forward Raul Jimenez celebrates after scoring during the Portuguese league football match Rio Ave FC vs SL Benfica at the Rio Ave FC stadium in Vila do Conde on May 7, 2017. | AFP

By Associated Press

LISBON: Mexico forward Raul Jimenez scored a 75th-minute winner and Benfica moved closer to its fourth straight Portuguese league title by defeating Rio Ave 1-0 on Sunday.

Jimenez scored from inside the area after a breakaway to give Benfica 78 points from 32 matches, five points more than FC Porto with two rounds to go.

Benfica can celebrate the title with a home win against fourth-placed Vitoria de Guimaraes next Saturday.

Porto, which hosts Pacos Ferreira on Sunday, lost ground to Benfica after a 1-1 draw at Maritimo on Saturday.

Third-placed Sporting Lisbon, 11 points behind Benfica, lost 3-1 to Belenenses at home.



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