CHAD WINGER - Sunday, October 28, 2007
For the third time in a month, Freddy Adu scored in the final four minutes, this time converting from close range to give ten-man Benfica the win over Maritimo.
Maritimo silenced Estadio da Luz in the eighth minute when Oliveira Kanu latched on to Ricardo Esteves' pass and expertly lobbed goalkeeper Quim.
Oscar Cardozo equalized from the spot nine minutes later after Esteves handled inside the area.
Quim was sent off in the 31st minute when he hauled down goalscorer Kanu, and after Edcarlos was sacrificed for Hans-Jörg Butt, the former Bayer Leverkusen keeper saved the resulting penalty to keep the score level.
The score remained the same until late, and six minutes after the American hotshot replaced Maxi in the 80th minute, Leo served Adu a low cross which the US international stabbed home past Maritimo keeper Marcos.
With the win the Eagles jump up to second place behind FC Porto who can extend their lead to eight points on Monday.
Benfica travel to face Pacos Ferreira next Sunday.