Benfica stays on course for title, Penafiel relegated
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica moved one step closer to successfully defending its Portuguese league title after it sealed bottom-side Penafiel’s relegation with a 4-0 win on Saturday.
Benfica extended its lead over FC Porto to six points, and can clinch the title if Porto loses to Gil Vicente on Sunday.
Lima led Benfica’s lopsided win with two goals to start and polish off the rout.
The Brazilian striker opened the scoring in the sixth minute.
Jonas doubled the lead in the 30th, and Luis “Pizzi” Afonso made it 3-0 in the 60th, before Lima struck again two minutes later.
Elsewhere, Fabio Nunes scored in injury time to snatch Belenenses a 1-1 draw at Academica.
Also, Maritimo won 3-1 at Braga, and Paco Ferreira drew 0-0 at Rio Ave.