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Jimenez's late goal keeps Benfica top in Portugal with 1-0 win at Rio Ave

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LISBON, Portugal — Raul Jimenez scored a late goal to ensure Benfica reclaimed the lead of Portuguese league with a 1-0 win at Rio Ave on Sunday.

Jimenez went on as a substitute in the 67th and the Mexican forward found the net in the 73rd when he headed in a ball that had been cleared onto the bar.

The defending champions restored their two-point lead over Sporting Lisbon at the top of the table with three rounds left.

Elsewhere, Joao Pica scored four minutes from time to give bottom side Tondela a 1-0 win at Setubal, boosting its hopes of avoiding relegation.

On a good night for visiting sides, Arouca also won 2-1 at Maritimo, Moreirense won 1-0 at Nacional, and Estoril drew 1-1 at Guimaraes.

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