Benfica 4-3 Sporting

Sporting have failed to keep their invincibility record alive after going 32 league games unbeaten, suffering a 4-3 defeat to Benfica at the Estádio da Luz, this Saturday, in the penultimate game of the season.

The champions were stunned coming into the encounter, accumulating a three-goal deficit to a rampant Jorge Jesus side in the first half, prior to Pedro Gonçalves’ first of the evening.

Benfica were quick to add to their lead coming into the second half before two goals in response from Sporting finalised a 4-3 victory that leaves the hosts a point away from FC Porto ahead of the latter’s game against Rio Ave, tonight.

In their bid to remain invincible at the Estádio da Luz, Sporting came into the encounter without the trusted João Mário and João Palhinha in the middle, against a packed Benfica midfield and back three to mirror the Lions’ habitual system.

Far from the cagey affair often expected on such occasions, the two city rivals engaged themselves in an open contest, fuelled by a potential penalty call early on for a foul on Pizzi, overruled by the linesman’s flag for offside.

The hosts breached Sporting’s high line again shortly after their initial scare, with Seferovic poking the ball over the on-rushing Antonio Adan before a desperate Nuno Mendes helplessly turned the ball into his own net in his attempt to clear off the line, 12 minutes in.

Rubén Amorim’s men were quick to reply, attacking through former Benfica man Nuno Santos down the left flank, with Pedro Gonçalves arriving late to the winger’s dangerous cross in the 15th minute.

The Eagles remained a step ahead of their opposition, however, hitting Sporting for seconds with another cute dink from Pizzi, assisted by a cute back-heel from Everton Cebolinha in the 29th minute.

Sporting were left muted seven minutes later after Lucas Veríssimo, beating Sebastian Coates in the air from a corner, glanced in a third for Jorge Jesus’ men against the newly-crowned champions.


Benfica 4-3 Sporting match highlights


Seferovic came close to lending the ‘Green & Whites’ a hand when flicking a header towards his own net, roaming just wide, but Sporting would eventually manage to claw a goal back through Pedro Gonçalves, finding the bottom corner from the edge of the area on the brink of half-time.

The visitors couldn’t have asked for a worse reintroduction into the half after the glimmer of hope initially offered by Pedro Gonçalves, cancelling the effort out by conceding a penalty early for a foul on Alex Grimaldo.

In a direct dispute for the golden boot with Pedro Gonçalves, Seferovic was quick to sweep up the ball and step over the penalty spot, making it 4-1 to Benfica by landing his 20th league goal of the season.

Sporting were keen to go down fighting, however, landing a second goal through Nuno Santos after attacking Paulinho’s cut-back on the half-volley in the 62nd minute.

As the table-toppers grew in confidence, Everton had the golden opportunity from Grimaldo’s long free-kick to kill off any hopes of a comeback, but the Brazilian, one-on-one, was caught in two minds between shooting and squaring the ball to Seferovic, consequently spurning the chance.

The nerves peaked in the 78th minute at the Estádio da Luz after Lucas Veríssimo brought Pedro Gonçalves down inside the box, with the man himself slotting away the spot-kick to take the score to 4-3.

No less than a couple of minutes later, Pedro Gonçalves had both sides of the city on edge with a left-footed shot, laid off by Jovane Cabral inside the box, crashing against the outside of the post in a breathless period of the game.

Sporting's threat stifled there, with Adan later denying Benfica from scoring a fifth home goal before running out as 4-3 victors in the final derby of the season, leaving the Eagles in anticipation of a potential Porto slip-up in the current battle for second place.

By Patrick Ribeiro

Benfica XI: Helton Leite - Jan Vertonghen, Nicolás Otamendi, Lucas Veríssimo - Alex Grimaldo, Adel Taarabt (Gabriel, 53’), Julian Weigl, Diogo Gonçalves (Nuno Tavares, 82’) - Everton Cebolinha (Gian-Luca Waldschmidt, 90'), Pizzi (Rafa Silva, 82’) - Haris Seferovic (Darwin Nunez, 90')

Sporting XI: Antonio Adan - Matheus Reis (Jovane Cabral, 69’), Sebastian Coates, Gonçalo Inácio - Nuno Mendes, Daniel Bragança (João Palhinha, 45’), Matheus Nunes, João Pereira (João Mário, 45’) - Nuno Santos, Pedro Gonçalves - Paulinho

 

Goals:

[1-0] - Nuno Mendes O.G. (12’)

[2-0] - Pizzi (29’)

[3-0] - Lucas Veríssimo (37’)

[3-1] - Pedro Gonçalves (45’)

[4-1] - Haris Seferovic (pen.) (48’)

[4-2] - Nuno Santos (62’)

[4-3] - Pedro Gonçalves (78’)

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Well it certainly was an action packed derbi with 7 goals and full of incidents. A great game to watch for the neutrals, but I would think a rather irritating game for both Benfica and Sporting fans. For Sporting fans, irritating to see their...

Well it certainly was an action packed derbi with 7 goals and full of incidents. A great game to watch for the neutrals, but I would think a rather irritating game for both Benfica and Sporting fans. For Sporting fans, irritating to see their chance at finishing the season unbeaten come to an end at the home of their bitter city rivals. For Benfica fans, irritating to see even more of our absolute inconsistency this season. We have been so inconsistent and erratic, not just from match to match, but so often even within the same match. This match today was like our whole season in a nutshell. A very strong first half where we really whitewashed Sporting and could have scored even more than 3 goals in those opening 45 minutes. Then we went 4-1 up right at the start of the second half, and were in a great position to really humiliate the newly crowned league champions. But my word, what an abysmal rest of the second half from us, totally took our foot off the gas, relaxed too much thinking all the work was already done and we even almost let the 3 points escape by the end! Benfica have simply not been able to play consistently well for the full 90 minutes in almost every single game I've watched us play this season, and today was simply more of the same.

Let me take the opportunity to say parabens ao Sporting for their long awaited title win! Even as a Benfica fan, I fully acknowledge that this is good for our league and for Portuguese football to finally have another team win the league after 19 long years of Benfica/Porto hegemony of the league title. Sporting have been very consistent this season, and Amorim has set them up to be very organized and efficient. They have not been spectacular, usually winning by the odd goal and scoring many late late goals to secure the points. But in the end it's generally consistency, rather than being spectacular, that tends to be more important in winning championships. And well done to them for keeping consistent throughout! I repeat what I have mentioned a few times this season: Sporting have been seriously helped in their title charge by the fact that they didn't play at all in Europe this season. It makes a big difference playing every 3 days (and one of those two matches per week a very demanding European match), to playing just one domestic match a week all season long. I really think that things would have been very different had Sporting been in the Europa league this season. I guess only next season, when they are indeed playing every 3 days and travelling for European ties, will we really see just how strong this Sporting squad is and just how good a manager Amorim is. But for now they must enjoy their long awaited title win, and I'm genuinely happy for them and for my various extended-family members and friends who are Sporting fans.

As for Benfica....well an absolute disappointment of a season! To finish 3rd, and to not have even really fought for the title beyond February...with this squad of players we have (easily the strongest squad in the league!) is simply unacceptable. We spent more on new players last pre-season than any Portuguese club ever has, and yet we finished outside the top 2 for the first time in 12 years. Yes, it was a lot of new players in the squad, and a new coach and coach and coaching staff. Yes, we did have by far the worst covid wave of any club in Europe this season, which did cause us to lose many points in January. But even so, finishing 3rd is still unacceptable...even today in the penultimate match of this season, we still saw our total inconsistency and inability to perform well over a full 90 mins. I will say this: Jorge Jesus better absolutely hit the ground running at the start of next season! We better qualify for the Champions league in the play offs and also make a strong domestic start in the league. If in the opening months of next season we see more of this inconsistent and erratic crap that we saw all season long this year...well JJ can hit the road basically, and as early as possible while the season is still salvageable. I think most Benfica fans feel the same way, and will simply not tolerate another poor start to next season.

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Congrats on winning benficas championship today. A hungover half-drunk Sporting team still should have tied this game. It was cute seeing how hard benfica tried and how seriously this game was to them.

Next season sporting will be bicampeão!...

Congrats on winning benficas championship today. A hungover half-drunk Sporting team still should have tied this game. It was cute seeing how hard benfica tried and how seriously this game was to them.

Next season sporting will be bicampeão! Mark my words .

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Win the league, still as classless as ever from Z lol.

Benfica’s ‘championship’ is never simply to just beat Sporting. That is evidenced by the fact that they are a title challenger every year and have won it more than any other club. Sporting...

Win the league, still as classless as ever from Z lol.

Benfica’s ‘championship’ is never simply to just beat Sporting. That is evidenced by the fact that they are a title challenger every year and have won it more than any other club. Sporting are well deserved for their title this season and nothing can takeaway from that. Beating Sporting in a one off game is meaningless in the grand scheme of things for Benfica.

With that said, a ‘Classico’ is always hotly contested and each team gives more of them than they usually do as a result of the nature of the bitter rivalry.

As champions Sporting will see more of this effort from all opponents next season as the reigning champions normally do confront this sort of motivation in opposition on a regular basis. Get used to it.

On the night Benfica earned the victory as evidenced by the 4-3 score line. A little closer than I would have liked it to be given how things were at half time, but you can’t really expect Jorge Jesus and his team to clean up their act at this point when they hadn’t been able to all season long lol. Well done to a sporting for making a game of it in the end.


Andre: I wouldn’t even give JJ next seasons start. If I could I’d have him pack his bags after the taca match. Unfortunately, Vieira loves the man too much and put too much emphasis on him to back out now. Not only will he stay all of next season, I don’t doubt Vieira renewing with him even without winning the league.

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Good to see Sporting standing against terrorism. Pedro Goncalves should definitely be called up for the Euros.

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Yes yes yes ! victory against the unbeaten champions ! I'm over the moon with this sensational win !
Scoring 4 goals against the strongest defence by far, that's nearly 25 percent of all goals Sporting conceeded this season.
No, just...

Yes yes yes ! victory against the unbeaten champions ! I'm over the moon with this sensational win !
Scoring 4 goals against the strongest defence by far, that's nearly 25 percent of all goals Sporting conceeded this season.
No, just kidding.... well deserved title and congrats for Sporting and all their fans, enjoy it !
And lots of success in the Champions League !

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Nuno Gomes, You make me laugh.
The only thing classless is Benfica’s organization not doing a guard of Honour.

Sporting is more than a football club. Sporting is also futsal campeoes, won the semi final in roller hockey, and is the club with...

Nuno Gomes, You make me laugh.
The only thing classless is Benfica’s organization not doing a guard of Honour.

Sporting is more than a football club. Sporting is also futsal campeoes, won the semi final in roller hockey, and is the club with most titles in Portugal and only behind Barcelona in Europe. Sporting is a way of life. Others are just football clubs. That’s the difference.

I can’t wait for Portugal to flop at the euros . I want benfiquistas and portistas to continue to feel the pain of not winning this championship.
Had some good news today seeing that Diogo Jota got injured as now a better player named Pedro Goncalves can play.

SPORTING!!.

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You want your nation to fail just because you hate the idea of non-sportinguistas being happy? I know you're a troll, but this is just stupid...
Also, Sporting has the most trophies in Portugal? Are you just not counting any season where sporting...

You want your nation to fail just because you hate the idea of non-sportinguistas being happy? I know you're a troll, but this is just stupid...
Also, Sporting has the most trophies in Portugal? Are you just not counting any season where sporting didn't win anything?

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Yup that's the real Z. Gives you a glimpse into what type of person he is.

Its non stop lies and self aggrandizing. Needs serious therapy. He is also very successful in his mysterious business "ventures" and has a different hot wife every time...

Yup that's the real Z. Gives you a glimpse into what type of person he is.

Its non stop lies and self aggrandizing. Needs serious therapy. He is also very successful in his mysterious business "ventures" and has a different hot wife every time he shit posts. Once she was Italian, once she was Portuguese.

There are funny trolls and then there are sad trolls, guess which one he is.

My theory is he is the son of Bruno De Carvalho, which explains the madness.

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Based on your comments -z-, you are no supporter of the national team. With that in mind, why do you want your beloved sporting players making the squad?
On that I think we can end our conversation regarding the national team. If you aren’t a...

Based on your comments -z-, you are no supporter of the national team. With that in mind, why do you want your beloved sporting players making the squad?
On that I think we can end our conversation regarding the national team. If you aren’t a supporter of them, no need for your input on the matter on this site.

As for the guard of honour, there is absolutely no reason for any Portuguese club to be doing that. It’s never been a tradition followed in this league. It’s happened a few times in recent years by our more humble clubs residing in the Primeira, but that means little in the overall. Sporting, Benfica and Porto have never done that for one another, why when Sporting win once in 19 years should Benfica bow down to their hated rivals? It’s a tradition in England and I can respect it. I don’t expect teams in a league to do it if it isn’t something that’s been present.
So before you go calling it ‘classless’ to not do that, remind yourself that Sporting were just as ‘classless’ in previous years when the opportunity presented itself.

Anyways, again congrats to Sporting and their long awaited title. Try to be a bit more respectful when posting.

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And the winner of the "Thinnest Skin" award is......

Benfica fans!

Congratulations. Your endless excuses, consistent undermining of Sporting due to "lack of European games" and platitudes really sealed the deal as winners of this trophy.

Here...

And the winner of the "Thinnest Skin" award is......

Benfica fans!

Congratulations. Your endless excuses, consistent undermining of Sporting due to "lack of European games" and platitudes really sealed the deal as winners of this trophy.

Here's to the next time we see you making excuses, like when Jorge Jesus fails to qualify you for the Champions League, like he always does! Against TITANS like PAOK!

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Campeoes CAMpEos!
Sporting is also now European Campeoes in roller hockey (historically the second most popular team sport in Portugal).

Jessica I encourage you read and research yourself so you will understand and see for yourself that...

Campeoes CAMpEos!
Sporting is also now European Campeoes in roller hockey (historically the second most popular team sport in Portugal).

Jessica I encourage you read and research yourself so you will understand and see for yourself that SPORTING, not Benfica , is the club in Portugal with more titles across sports.
Remember that not everything your benfiquista dad told you growing up is correct.

President Varandas is doing an excellent job. He is the typical Sportinguista: educated, from a respected profession , and a Campeao. Like
I said before Sporting will continue to win under the current structure.

When Portugal won euro 2016 I was happy but I was much more happy to see SPORTING win this liga.

I live my life according to Sporting’s ideals: hard work, dedication, devotion, and glory. This is why I’m successful in life.

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HAHAHAHAAH!! This is the funniest post ever.

"I live my life according to Sporting’s ideals: hard work, dedication, devotion, and glory. This is why I’m successful in life"

LOL!! Nicely played sir.

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