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Sunday, 20 April 2014 22:00

Lima double clinches title for Benfica

Eagles see off Olhanense to trigger massive celebrations

benfica-champions-201314.jpgBenfica beat Olhanense 2-0 at the Estádio da Luz tonight to clinch the Portuguese title with two rounds to spare. In front of a 64,000 capacity crowd a quick-fire double from striker Lima in the second half earned the Eagles the three points and their 33rd national championship.
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:50

Benfica 3-1 FC Porto: Tactical breakdown

Eagles prove their mettle

taca-de-portugal.jpgNot unlike Atlético Madrid and Barcelona over in neighbouring Spain, Benfica and FC Porto met once again this season for the first of three upcoming Clássicos over the upcoming weeks, with the soon-to-be Portuguese champions resiliently (and enthusiastically) overcoming the incumbents for the Portuguese Cup.

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Friday, 11 April 2014 23:27

PortuGOAL Podcast: More joy for Benfica, more despair for Porto

How are Sporting set for next season?

portugoal-square-logo.jpgIt was joy for Benfica in the Europa League last night, as two Rodrigo goals gave the Eagles a 2-0 win over AZ Alkmaar to set up a mouth-watering semi-final against Juventus. Porto, on the other hand, crashed out after being beaten 4-1 at Sevilla. And can Sporting maintain their momentum with new challenges next season? Vasco Mota Pereira and Tom Kundert attempt to make some sense of it all in the latest PortuGOAL podcast.
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 23:30

Europa League: Benfica waltz into semi-final, Porto crash out

Sílvio double fracture mars Benfica win

salvio-smiles-20130412.jpgTwo identical Rodrigo goals gave Benfica a comfortable win in Lisbon tonight to complete a 3-0 aggregate victory over AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League quarter-finals. It was a sad night for Portugal full-back Sílvio though, who fractured his tibia and fibula robbing him of a probable place in Portugal's World Cup squad.

FC Porto crashed out of the competition with a heavy defeat in Spain against Sevilla. An awful decision from the referee to award a penalty for a blatant dive gave the Spaniards the perfect start on 5 minutes, but the Dragons proceeded to fall apart. The tie was all but over on the half hour mark, with Sevilla 3-0 up, and the final 4-1 scoreline is one of Porto's heaviest defeats in Europe.
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 22:28

FPF renew Paulo Bento's contract

Portugal coach signs on dotted line until 2016

bento-contract-extension-20140409.jpgThe Portuguese Football Federation has extended the contract of Portugal coach Paulo Bento until the end of Euro 2016. The move is a show of faith for Bento ahead of the summer World Cup in Brazil.
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Monday, 07 April 2014 21:34

Liga round-up: Benfica close in on title

Top spots all but defined

cardozo-celebs-20140407.jpgThe top four in the Liga ZON Sagres all won this weekend and it now looks certain that the top positions in the 2013/14 season are defined. Benfica's resounding 4-0 demolition of Rio Ave tonight - the 9th successive Liga victory for Jorge Jesus' men - means the Eagles need just five points from their final four matches to claim the title.
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Thursday, 03 April 2014 21:00

Europa League: Benfica with one foot in semi-finals, Porto gain narrow lead

Portuguese rivals beat AZ Alkmaar and Sevilla respectively

mangala-varela-20140403.jpgIt was another positive night for Portugal in the Europa League. Neither Porto nor Benfica put in a barnstorming performance, but both did enough to beat their Spanish and Dutch opponents by a single goal.

Mangala's first-half header gave the Dragons victory over Sevilla, but Porto will be without Jackson Martínez and Fernando in the second leg next week. Benfica coach Jorge Jesus again made a series of changes to his side, but the Eagles came away with a 1-0 win at AZ Alkmaar thanks to Salvio's strike.

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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:20

Sevilla - the expert lowdown

An in-depth look at FC Porto's Europa League opponents

beto-sevilla-20140402.jpgIt may have been a hugely disappointing Liga campaign for Porto, but the Dragons are still very much alive in the cup competitions, including the Europa League. Spanish football expert David Cartlidge brings us the lowdown of La Liga outfit Sevilla.
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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:59

AZ Alkmaar - the expert lowdown

An in-depth look at Benfica's Europa League opponents

aron-johannsson-azalkmaar.jpgBenfica are in the Netherlands on Thursday on the next step of their quest to make it to a second successive Europa League final. Dutch football expert Michiel Jongsma tells us what we can expect from the Eredivisie side.
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Sunday, 30 March 2014 21:44

Lima sinks Braga and Benfica smell the title

Sporting close in on Champions League, more Porto misery

lima-silvio-20140220.jpgBenfica beat Braga 1-0 this afternoon thanks to an early goal from Lima to maintain their 7-point lead over Sporting with five matches remaining. The Lions had kept up the pressure by beating Vitória Guimarães by the same scoreline on Saturday night, while Porto crashed to their sixth liga defeat of the season, losing 2-1 in Madeira at Nacional.
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