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Talisca strikes late on as Benfica edge Monaco 1-0

Reuters, LISBON

AS Monaco’s Layvin Kurzawa, top, heads the ball next to SL Benfica’s Jardel, right, in their UEFA Champions League Group C match at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal, on Tuesday.

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SL Benfica edged AS Monaco 1-0 with a late goal from in-form Talisca at the Estadio da Luz on Tuesday to boost their hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.

The highly-rated 20-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder poked home his ninth goal of the season in all competitions in the 82nd minute as Benfica got their first win of the campaign.

The Portuguese side remain bottom of Group C on four points, level with Zenit St Petersburg, while Monaco stay in second place on five.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim had urged his goal-shy side, who had scored once in their previous three group games, to improve in attack, but for large periods of the opening half they were forced to defend against a desperate Benfica side.

Nicolas Gaitan could have given Benfica the lead on the stroke of halftime, but his shot was brilliantly blocked by Andrea Raggi as the hosts failed to capitalize on their possession.

Monaco improved drastically in the second half and came close to scoring several times, but with the French side pushing for a win, Talisca fired home when left unmarked in the penalty area.

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