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Benfica beats Nacional to stay ahead of Porto in Portugal

SSC Napoli v SL Benfica - UEFA Champions League

NAPLES, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 28: Players of Benfica shown their dejection during the UEFA Champions League match between SSC Napoli and Benfica at Stadio San Paolo on September 28, 2016 in Naples, . (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) Striker Jonas scored twice in the first half and forward Konstantinos Mitroglou added another in the second to help Benfica defeat Nacional 3-0 in the Portuguese league and take back the lead from FC Porto.

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Jonas struck in the 26th and 35th minutes, and Mitroglou put the game beyond any doubt in the 81st to give Benfica 48 points, one more than Porto.

The three-time defending champion had won only one of its last three league games entering Sunday’s home match.

Porto had provisionally taken the lead on Saturday with a 2-1 home win over third-placed Sporting Lisbon. Forward Soares scored twice for Porto, and Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas contributed with a spectacular save on a close-range header deep into injury time.

It was the fourth straight win for Porto.