European Football Monday Round-up

We round up the best of the footballing action across selected leagues in Europe.

Football News: Oscar Cardozo, Benfica

Portuguese Primeira Liga

Benfica went back to the top of the Liga with a comfortable 3-1 win at Sporting Lisbon, whose problems in the league continue.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel put the home side ahead after half an hour, before Marcos Rojo put the ball into this own net after 58 minutes.

Oscar Cardozo scored from the spot with nine minutes left to put the visitors in front before the striker sealed the win five minutes later.

The win puts Benfica at the top of the table on goal difference ahead of Porto while Sporting languish in ninth.

Braga are nine points off the top despite a 4-0 hammering of Academica.

The visitors dominated from the off with Ismaily putting them ahead after nine minutes. Ruben Amorim doubled their lead seven minutes later before Mossoro (63) and substitute Carlao (80) eased their side to the win.

Danish Superliga

Aarhus scored two late goals as they came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at home to struggling Silkeborg in the Superliga on Monday.

Petri Pasanen pulled one back in the 85th minute and Jens Jonsson equalised in the last minute.

The hosts had gone in front through Aron Johannsson's 28th-minute strike, but Jesper Mikkelsen levelled from the spot a minute before the break and scored again early in the second half.

Marvin Pourie made it 3-1 to Silkeborg in the 71st minute, but they could not resist the late fightback from mid-table Aarhus.

Greek Super League

AEK Athens' woes continued as Superleague's bottom club were beaten 1-0 at Panthrakikos.

Marama Vahirua struck the only goal of the game after 62 minutes to condemn AEK to their ninth defeat of the campaign.

The capital club have collected just 11 points from their 14 matches so far, but remain just a point away from safety, with both Aris and Veria hovering just above the relegation zone.

Russian Premier League

Anzhi Makhachkala missed the chance to go level with CSKA Moscow at the top of the Premier League as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Zenit St Petersburg.

Joao Carlos Pinto Chaves put Anzhi ahead in the 24th minute, but Konstatin Zyryanov equalised in the 66th minute.

Zenit had Danny sent off in the 90th minute, but there was not enough time for their opponents to take advantage of the extra man.

The draw left second-placed Anzhi two points behind CSKA and three points ahead of Zenit in third.

In the night's other game, Aiden McGeady's goal on the hour-mark earned Spartak Moscow a 1-0 win at Rubin Kazan.

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