Former Spain coach José Antonio Camacho's first game in charge of SL Benfica ended in triumph tonight as his charges overcame Gil Vicente FC 3-1 to claim second place in the Portuguese Super Liga.
Benfica fell behind after just ten minutes when the Ghanaian Emmanuel Duah struck, but mounted a spirited fightback to drew level soon after through Portuguese international Nuno Gomes's fourth goal of season.
Gil Vicente's Rui Guerreiro was sent off on the half-hour and Benfica took full advantage. Tiago Mendes put the home side ahead eleven minutes before half-time and Armando Petit's 89th-minute goal put the gloss on a highly satisfactory debut at the Estádio da Luz for Camacho.
Next up for Camacho's team is a meeting with reigning champions Sporting Clube de Portugal on Saturday. "
We have to savour victory a little and leave Sporting until tomorrow," he said. "Now is the time to think about our win and see how the team is. By Saturday we'll need to think of everything to see what has to be done."
Santa Clara win
Elsewhere, CD Santa Clara also came from behind to beat CS Marítimo 2-1 in a game played under intense fog in Ponta Delgada. A 68th-minute header from striker Ceará secured the points for the home side after Marco Paiva's close-range effort had brought them level. Marítimo had led through Joel Santos's strike after only 12 minutes.
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