Ben­fica scores late against Porto to grab point

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Ar­gen­tine de­fender Lisan­dro Lopez scored an equaliser two min­utes into sec­ond-half in­jury time to give Ben­fica a 1-1 draw against ri­val FC Porto on Sun­day. The point kept de­fend­ing cham­pion Ben­fica un­beaten and com­fort­ably ahead in the Por­tuguese league. Lopez’s header off a cor­ner at the Es­ta­dio do Dra­gao al­lowed Ben­fica to main­tain a five-point ad­van­tage over Porto, which has drawn three of its last six games. Diogo Jota had put the hosts ahead in the 50th minute with an an­gled shot that should have been saved by Ben­fica goal­keeper Eder­son. “We played bet­ter,” Porto coach Nuno Espir­ito Santo said. “This re­sult will hurt. We need to re­cover as soon as pos­si­ble.” Sport­ing Lis­bon joined Porto with 21 points from 10 matches by beat­ing Arouca 3-0 with a pair of goals by Dutch striker Bas Dost. Sport­ing had only one win in its last five league games.

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