Benfica clinches 34th Portuguese league title
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica clinched the Portuguese league title on Sunday despite a 0-0 draw at Guimaraes after FC Porto was held 1-1 at Belenenses.
Benfica won its first back-to-back titles in 31 years and its 34th league crown in club history after it protected a three-point lead with one round to go. Benfica holds the head-to-head advantage with Porto.
Porto looked set to push the title race to the final round of the season next weekend after Jackson Martinez scored in the 44th minute.
But Belenenses’ Tiago Caeiro equalized with five minutes to go to ruin Porto’s title hopes.
Benfica led the championship from start to finish, though it shared the lead in the third round.
“It was tough, but we are the deserved winners,” Benfica striker Lima said. “I feel like I have joined the history of the club. It was more difficult than last year, the responsibility was also different because Benfica hadn’t successfully defended its title in 30 years.”
Porto, with Spanish coach Julien Loptegui in his first season, will finish the season without a trophy for the first time since 1989.
Guimaraes will head to the Europa League next season along with Braga after securing fifth place despite the loss.
Gil Vicente was relegated after losing to the already-relegated Penafiel 2-1.
Elsewhere, it was: Sporting 4, Braga 1; Setubal 2, Arouca 1; Pacos Ferreira 3, Academica 2; Maritimo 4, Rio Ave 0, and Moreirense 1, Estoril 1.