Benfica Defend Primeira Liga Crown, 34th Title


Benfica are celebrating back-to-back Primeira Liga titles for the first time since 1984 after a 2-1 win at Olhanense was good enough to see them win their 34th title, seven clear of nearest rivals Porto.

Sporting’s win at Académica, Braga’s defeat of Paços Ferreira, and Porto’s game in hand (Wednesday at home to Madeira) were all rendered irrelevant in the title-race as Benfica moved elven points clear with just three matches remaining in the Portuguese top flight.

Radja Nainggolan headed the champions in front after seventeen minutes, with Hugo Vieira doubling the lead on the stroke of half-time. Nuno Piloto pulled a goal back for Olhanense midway through the second-half, but the hosts couldn’t find an equaliser.

Meanwhile, Boavista have managed to avoid the embarrassment of a win-less campaign picking up all three points at the 27th attempt by beating fellow-relegated side Leiria 3-2 at home. Boavista were three-up in an hour and almost threw it away at the death, but held on to scrape the victory.