- Associated Press - Sunday, May 7, 2017

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Mexico forward Raul Jimenez scored a 75th-minute winner and Benfica moved closer to its fourth straight Portuguese league title by defeating Rio Ave 1-0 on Sunday.

Jimenez scored from inside the area after a breakaway to give Benfica 78 points from 32 matches, five points more than FC Porto with two rounds to go.

Benfica can celebrate the title with a home win against fourth-placed Vitoria de Guimaraes next Saturday.

Porto, which hosts Pacos Ferreira on Sunday, lost ground to Benfica after a 1-1 draw at Maritimo on Saturday.

Third-placed Sporting Lisbon, 11 points behind Benfica, lost 3-1 to Belenenses at home.

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