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A solitary strike from Ángel Di María proved decisive as Benfica clinched a 1-0 victory over FC Porto, temporarily claiming the summit of the league table.
Benfica entered the pitch for the second half with renewed intensity, exerting increased pressure in FC Porto’s defensive third. It was at the 68th-minute mark that Di María exhibited precision in executing a finely orchestrated move, validating the Encarnados’ triumph in this classic encounter.
The lone goal of the match materialized in the 68th minute, courtesy of Ángel Di María, granting Benfica the triumph in the eagerly awaited Classic held at the Luz stadium. FC Porto’s challenge became more daunting due to the early expulsion of Fábio Cardoso in the 19th minute.
The Dragons valiantly held their ground until half-time and well into the second half, but a well-executed maneuver orchestrated by David Neres, featuring a low cross from the left flank, found Di María, who finished with clinical precision, leaving goalkeeper Diogo Costa with no chance.
Despite a few additional opportunities to widen their advantage, the scoreline remained unaltered, and Benfica emerged victorious with the slimmest of margins. This victory not only secured their supremacy in the direct clash against their arch-rivals but also propelled them to the provisional summit of the league standings, amassing 18 points (Sporting could reach 19 points if they triumph over Farense on Saturday).