Benfica on a high

By Chris Wright, in Sport · 06-09-2018 10:27:00 · 0 Comments
Benfica on a high

Following their electrifying second-leg Champions League play-off victory in Greece, Benfica had a comfortable victory at Nacional to go top of the Primeira Liga. Single goal wins for Sporting Lisbon and SC Braga keep them in contention whilst FC Porto put their shock home defeat to Vitoria de Guimarães behind them to take all three points against Moreirense.

Benfica’s 4-1 win against POAK Salonica, to reach the Champions League group stage, guaranteed them at least €43m, and they celebrated in style when they travelled to Madeira to play newly promoted Nacional.
Midway through the first-half Seferovic found the back of the Nacional net, his first goal in eight months, and on the stroke of half-time Seferovic crossed for Eduardo Salvio to make it 2-0. The title hopefuls looked comfortable in the second period before adding to their advantage fifteen minutes from the end through Alejandro Grimaldo, receiving Pizzi’s cross-field pass from the right flank before burying his strike across goal. Rafa Silva added goal number four in the third minute of stoppage time.
In the Champions League The Eagles have been drawn against AEK (Athens), Ajax (Amsterdam) and Bayern Munich who they meet at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon on 19 September. Sporting and Feirense locked horns on seven points prior to their game at the Alvalade. It was the visitors, through veteran striker Edinho, who came desperately close to the opener as his long range free-kick struck the frame of the goal in the fifteenth minute.

On the brink of half-time the 36- year-old striker wasted a golden opportunity as he blazed over from close range. Feirense looked to hold onto a point going into the final ten minutes but Sporting’s persistence paid off when Jovane Cabral popped up to turn home Stefan Ristovski’s low cross.
Manager Sérgio Conceição gave a debut to Eder Militão, signed from São Paulo (Brazil), as Porto welcomed Moreirense to the Estádio do Dragão. Héctor Herrera gave the home side the lead in the fourteenth minute and a quarter-on-an-hour later Vincent Aboubakar made it 2-0 as he tapped home Moussa Marega’s post rebound.
Moussa Marega got his own reward with a tap in, after good work by Otávio, deep into stoppage time. SC Braga are riding high and their visit to GD Chaves resulted in a single goal victory that keeps them in second place. Brazilian defender Pablo unlocked the Chaves defence when he slotted home two minutes before the interval; his second goal of the campaign.
SC Portimonense have had a disastrous start to the season and matters went from bad to worse at Rio Ave. A goal up at the interval, via Dener, they conceded the equaliser three minutes after the restart. Lucas received a straight red ten minutes later when he brought down Galeno and when Manafá picked up a second yellow five minutes from time the visitors were down to nine men. The numerical advantage was too much for Portimonense and Rio Ave bagged the winner, through Gelson Dala, five minutes into stoppage time.
The Portimão side remain joint bottom with Aves on one point. Owing to the international the next Primeira LIga fixtures are on the weekend of 22/23 September.


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