With two games to play Benfica are in the driving seat with a trip to Rio Ave on Sunday and a home game against Santa Clara (Azores) the following week.
Champions FC Porto, two points adrift in second place, face difficult games away to National (Madeira) this weekend and a home tussle against resurgent Sporting at the Estádio do Dragão on the final day of the season.
Benfica ran out 5-1 victors against Portimonense who were without ex-Porto man Jackson Martinez through injury. Goalless at half-time, it was the visitors who drew first blood eight minutes into the second period through Rodrigo Tabatá.
That goal was soon cancelled out after Rafa Silva took advantage of sloppy play at the back for Portimonense to nip in and equalise.
Ten minutes later Rafa gave the Eagles the lead and a brace from Swiss striker Seferovic made the game safe before Jonas added a fifth as Benfica close in on the title. After a difficult week that saw FC Porto concede ground to Benfica in the race for the title and Iker Casillas’ recent absence in light of heart complications, the Dragons were looking for a positive response against Aves at home.
Jesús Corona got Porto off on the right foot with a headed goal in the eighteenth minute before a Tiquinho Soares penalty set Porto up for a 2-0 lead going into the break. Wilson Manafá made it three midway through the second-half and Soares drew the curtains on a 4-0 victory just two minutes later with his second. Having secured automatic qualification for next season’s Europa League campaign, Sporting looked to top-up their momentum ahead of the Taça de Portugal final against FC Porto.
The Lions travelled across Lisbon to play Belenenses and hammered eight goals against past the unfortunate Belenenses custodian Muriel. The eight goal rout included a first career hat-trick from Bruno Fernandes who goes into the record books as the highest-scoring midfielder in Primeira Liga history with thirty-one goals. It was Sporting’s ninth consecutive league victory.