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Benfica thrashes Estoril 6-0 to extend overnight lead in Portugal to 7 points


LISBON, Portugal — Benfica thrashed Estoril 6-0 at home to increase its overnight lead of the Portuguese league on Saturday.

The defending champion opened a seven-point gap over FC Porto, which hosts third-place Sporting Lisbon on Sunday.

Defender Luisao opened the scoring in the 16th minute when he headed in a pass from Luis "Pizzi" Afonso.

Eduardo Salvio, Pizzi and Jonas added goals before halftime.

Lima then converted a penalty before Estoril's Anderson Esiti was sent off for a second booking in the 70th. Jonas got his second goal with four to play.

Fourth-place Braga also won 2-0 at Rio Ave to pull within one point of Sporting.

Boavista drew 1-1 at Gil Vicente.

Nacional's home match with Setubal was postponed until Sunday because of fog.

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