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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov 5, 2006

Portugal: Benfica win takes them up to third

LISBON, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Second-half goals gave Benfica a 3-0 win over struggling Beira Mar as they moved up to third place in the Portuguese Premier League on Sunday.

League Leaders Porto, who have 19 points from eight matches, visit Setubal on Monday when second-placed Sporting, two points off the pace, host Braga.

Benfica share third place with Maritimo, Uniao Leiria and Nacional Madeira on 16 points but have a game in hand on those teams having played only eight matches.

Maritimo beat Naval 1-0 away on Sunday, Uniao Leiria won 1-0 at Belenenses on Friday and Nacional Madeira crushed Pacos Ferreira 5-1 also on Sunday.

Benfica scored twice in three minutes with the opener coming in the 51st minute when Greece midfielder Kostas Katsouranis headed in a cross from the right by defender Nelson.

They were 2-0 ahead when playmaker Armando Petit struck a low close-range shot from near the far post after a pass by Italian winger Fabrizio Miccoli.

Beira Mar defender Buba was then sent off 20 minutes from time after he was shown a second yellow card.

Benfica sealed the victory soon after thanks to an own goal by defender Ricardo Mota in the 76th as he tried to clear a cross from the right by Brazilian defender Luisao.

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