A point at home against Sporting, as the paper went to print, would have been sufficient for the Dragons to claim their second title in three seasons. Failing that, a solitary point from their final two games against Moreirense and SC Braga would do the trick.

Benfica’s atrocious form since the resumption of the Primeira Liga has all but handed the crown to their northern rivals

In a low key game at the deserted Estádio da Luz, the Eagles took the lead eight minutes before the interval when Chiquinho fired home from the edge of the penalty area. Swiss international Seferovic scored his twelfth goal of the season, three minutes from time, to wrap up the points and ensure that Benfica qualify for next season’s Champions League.

On the south coast SC Portimonense have been a different team since the enforced break. Up to March they had won only two Primeira Liga games, drawn ten and lost twelve and looked certain to be relegated. Since the re-start they won four, draw two and lost just two.

On Tuesday evening Boavista (Porto) were the visitors and found themselves a goal down after fourteen minutes when Willyan headed home from a right-wing corner.

It could have been more but Boavista keeper Helton Leite was in fine form. Four minutes before the break Bruno Tábata was tripped in the box and Lucas Possignolo calmly slotted home the resulting spot-kick. Midway through the second-half Yusupha picked up a second yellow card and Boavista were down to ten men. Despite the numerical disadvantage they pulled a goal back five minutes from time through Marlon’s free-kick. Portimonense held out for all three points and in the process moved out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

They now face a difficult game at P.Ferreira on Monday before finishing the season on 26 July when CD Aves, already relegated, are the visitors.