Sporting could only manage a draw in Madeira against Marítimo, while FC Porto lost their opening game against newly reinstated Gil Vicente.

Benfica fans were hailing a new hero as 19 year-old Nuno Tavares who opened the scoring against Paços de Ferreira at the Estádio da Luz.

The U19 international played just twelve games for the Eagles ‘B‘ team last season but he certainly made his mark on his Primeira Liga debut. As well as the opening goal he claimed two assists. Pizzi made it 2-0 from the penalty spot on half-an-hour.

Chiquinho was on hand to set Seferovic up for the Eagles’ third twenty minutes from time and a few minutes later Nuno Tavares set-up Pizzi for his second of the night. It was Tavares who created the final goal as his low-cross found Vinícius lurking at the back-post,to slot the ball home.

FC Porto travelled to Barcelos to play Gil Vicente who had been embroiled in the Mateus Affair that saw the club relegated thirteen years ago for the alleged illegal registration of Caso Mateus.

After years of lengthy judicial battles through sports and civil courts Gil Vicente has been reinstated in the Primeira Liga.

Following a summer filled with ins-and-outs the Dragons had survived the 19 hours return flight to Russia, returning home with a single goal advantage after beating Krasnador in the Europa Cup qualifier. The trip may well have contributed to their lack-lustre performance against Gil Vicente who took the lead on the hour mark through Lourency. The visitors levelled thanks to a Alex Telles penalty on seventy-three minutes.

Porto were left stunned four minutes later, with Lourency fizzing a pass into Kraev’s path before the Bulgarian found the back of the net and consigning the Dragons to their first opening-day defeat since 2001. Sporting travelled to Madeira to play one of their least favourite teams Marítimo, who they had failed to beat on their last three visits and once again the pattern continued. A goal down after just nine minutes by Getterson, the Lions levelled when Bruno Fernandes cross was headed home by Sebastian Coates.

SC Braga could again be pushing for a top three finish as they duly despatched Moreirense 3-1 with goals from Fransérgio, Hassan and a stunning third from Angolan international and former Olhanense centre-forward Wilson Eduardo.

SC Portimonense, with seventeen Brazilians in their squad, played out a goalless home draw against Belenenses.