Benfica defeated Marítimo 1-0 this afternoon in Madeira in the 32nd round of the league. Darwin Núñez’s goal after just two minutes brought the Reds three points. Return to the Eagles victory after the Famalicão draw.
Benfica practically won. A play by Gil Dias, the fight against Paulo Victor and the charging of a Uruguayan head. Marítimo reacted, got dangerous movements, but the task of the islanders became much more difficult with the expulsion of Cláudio Winck. The Brazilian winger saw a straight red card when he hit Benfica’s Sandro Cruz, one of the afternoon’s debutants.
In the second half, the Eagles had the best chances, especially through João Mário and Darwin Núñez, but they couldn’t beat Paulo Victoria. Marítimo’s ability to press all over the field frequently paid dividends.
With two games left, Benfica scores 71 points and awaits the result of this Sunday’s Sporting-Gil Vicente. Marítimo retains 37 points and is in danger of passing Santa Clara and Paços de Ferreira.