Benfica celebrates Primeira Liga title with home win


Benfica celebrated in style as it ended its Primeira Liga-winning season with a 4-1 crushing of Maritimo.

Already assured of the Portuguese top flight title due to its head-to-head record against Porto, Benfica celebrated its 34th league crown with a resounding victory at the Estadio da Luz.

Lima struck in the sixth minute, but Maritimo made Benfica work for it - the visitor equalising just past the half-hour mark when striker Moussa Marega extended his scoring streak to five games.

But Benfica's Brazilian brigade responded in kind - Jonas re-taking the lead for the host in the 42nd minute.

Lima and Jonas sewed up braces in the second half, much to the delight of the 60,532 fans who watched on as Benfica was presented with the trophy post-match.

Jonas (20 goals) edged Lima (19) for most goals for Benfica this season, behind Jackson Martinez (21) - the Porto man winning the Primeira Liga's golden boot for three successive seasons.

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus was left to rue the disallowing of a goal that denied Jonas a hat-trick and a share of the golden boot award.

"The first half was more divided, which has to do with the fact that this was a week of celebrations; in the second period, Maritimo 'fell' and we scored more goals," the coach, as reported by Benfica's website, said.

"We added another that would give Jonas the scoring title, but the assistant referee saw otherwise.

"It's a pity as Jonas deserved this individual award."

Sporting extended its unbeaten streak to 13 matches in all competitions, as Nani's goal sent it past Rio Ave 1-0.

Gil Vicente's frustrations boiled over, as it finished with nine men at home to Belenenses - which claimed a 2-0 victory.

Already relegated to Segunda Liga, Gil Vicente lost Gabriel Moura and Markus Berger to red cards three minutes apart in the second half.

Estoril won for just the third time since January, downing Boavista 2-0 at home, while Nacional finished its campaign with consecutive victories as it defeated Pacos de Ferreira 3-0.

Moreirense had a Gerson Fernandes brace to thank for firing it to a 2-1 win at Arouca, while Vitoria Guimaraes was powered by a Valente double to a 4-2 win at Academica.

Sporting Braga snapped a six-match winless run in all competitions in emphatic fashion, comfortably accounting for Vitoria Setubal 5-0.

Source Omnisport