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Porto extend lead as Benfica slip

Two of Portugal's three UEFA Champions League contenders continued to experience differing Liga fortunes last night, as FC Porto moved five clear.

Three players scored their first goals of the season as FC Porto defeated SC Beira-Mar 3-0 to open up a five-point advantage at the top of the Portuguese Liga.

'Aggression'
Despite dominating the first-half possession, Porto only found the net in the second following the introduction of Anderson and Lisandro López for Jorginho and Adriano. Hélder Postiga scored the opener in the 55th minute and López doubled that lead in the 74th. Moroccan Tarik Sektioui completed the scoring in the final minute, leaving coach Jesualdo Ferreira to say: "We pushed a lot in the first half and reaped the rewards after the break. The new players added some aggression and I always felt we would win after taking the lead."

Benfica held
Porto have won all four of their games to move on to 12 points, five more than FC Paços de Ferreira who drew 1-1 with SL Benfica. Greek international Konstantinos Katsouranis headed the Eagles into a 24th-minute lead from Paulo Jorge’s left-wing cross, although the visitors lost their rhythm following the 54th-minute dismissal of Brazilian left-back Léo. Paços de Ferreira also had a man sent off, Luiz Carlos for deliberate handball on 75 minutes, but still found an equaliser through João Paulo in added time. Benfica are tenth with four points from three games.

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