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Benfica match-winner Lima open to playing for Portugal

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His 95th minute penalty was already his 15th goal of the season and Benfica striker Lima admits that he would consider a call-up for Portugal with a Seleção call still a distant dream.

Lima, who scored 20 league goals for Braga last season, has played in Portugal since 2009 and would be eligible to play for the European nation if selected.

With the 29-year-old striker acutely aware that his low profile in his homeland is unlikely to see him selected by manager Luis Felipe Scolari, he admits he would be willing to follow the likes of Derlei, Liedson, Deco and Pepe in choosing to play for Portugal at international level.

“I am open, I have said this already,” Lima told reporters. “I play for Benfica, I have been in Portugal for many years and, if I were selected, I would not refuse it.”

Benfica currently lie level on points with Primeira Liga leaders Porto after 19 games of the season, while also hosting Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League knockout rounds later this week.

Source: Globo Esporte


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