Benfica held 0-0 to sit tied for Portuguese league lead

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — With scarves replacing fans and an eagle mascot making its traditional pre-game flight, Benfica was held to a 0-0 draw by Tondela on Thursday, missing a chance to take the outright lead of the Portuguese league in the team’s first match since the competition was halted nearly three months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of scarves with the club’s red and white colors were placed on the seats at the Stadium of Light to represent Benfica fans as the club returned to action a day after rival Porto lost 2-1 at Famalicão in its first game back.

The pair of results left the clubs tied with 60 points with nine rounds remaining.
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