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Benfica almost there

by Chris Wright, in Sport · 11-05-2017 15:24:00 · 0 Comments

A win against Vitória de Guimarães on Saturday will see Benfica crowned champions for the fourth consecutive season after they took all three points against Rio Ave last weekend.

Benfica almost there

FC Porto fans will be more than disappointed as they saw the Dragons surrender a 1-0 lead in Madeira as Marítimo shared the spoils.
Sporting suffered a shock home defeat, only their second at home this season, against local rivals Belenenses.
Jonas, leading the Benfica frontline, nearly wrapped up the points in the opening fifteen minutes as he twice went close after good work by, firstly, Rafa and then Alex Grimaldo.
Rio Ave can feel justifiably aggrieved when they were denied a strong call for a penalty on the stroke of half-time. The visitors continued to impress in the second-half but the Eagles stood firm and the all-important goal finally came fifteen minutes from time.
Eduardo Salvio cut in from the left to set up a one-on-one for Jimenéz versus keeper Cássio, with the ex-Atlético Madrid striker coming out on top as he drilled his shot home.  
FC Porto made it five draws in their last seven games as they were held by Marítimo.
Otávio gave Espiríto Santo’s men the perfect start when he pounced on Zainadine Júnior’s loose interception to fire a low shot into the bottom corner and give Porto the lead after half-an-hour.
The islanders upped a gear in the second-half as Raul went close just after the break.
Tiquinho Soares came close to killing such momentum with a delicate chip over Charles six minutes later only to see his shot drift wide. Matters got worse for Porto when Donald Djoussé’s header from a corner proved too powerful for Iker Casillas as the home side drew level in the 69th minute.
FC Porto stormed forward but when Soares’ header went wide and then minutes later claims for a penalty were ignored, the Dragons knew their quest for the title was virtually over. Sporting have had a disappointing season by their usually high standards but the Lions were looking for three points against Belenenses.
A win would have to be achieved without Gelson Martins and Daniel Podence, both suspended and the Green and Whites took until midway through the first-half to create their first goal-scoring opportunity. Bruno César played in Adrien Silva but the Sporting captain got his angles all wrong as he shot wide of the mark. Jorge Jesus’ men took the lead shortly after the break when a Bryan Ruiz cross hit the bar and Bruno César latched on to the rebound to break the deadlock. Just as the Lions began to find their stride, Rui Patrício was faced with a penalty, as Matheus Pereira handled in the area midway through the second period. Abel Camará slotted home the penalty.
Six minutes from time, Dinis Almeida popped up alone at the far-post to hook a volley past Patrício to give Belenenses the lead. With a couple of minutes remaining Maurides, taking advantage of confusion in the Sporting defence squared the ball for a Gonçalo Silva tap-in that concluded a 3-1 win and put an end to Belenenses’ dismal run of seven consecutive defeats.
At the bottom Moreirense and Tondela are battling to avoid joining Nacional in the Segunda Liga next season. Moreirense had a surprise 2-1 home win against SC Braga whilst Tondela beat V.Setúbal by the same score.
On Sunday, already promoted SC Portimonense will be hoping to tie up the Segunda Liga title when they entertain basement outfit SC Olhanense. Kick-off is 11.15am with the game being shown live on Sport TV.

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Edition 1445
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