Benfica Pip Porto To Win Record 38th Portuguese League Title On Final Day

Benfica have been crowned Primeira Liga champions after four years following its 3-0 victory on Saturday over Already relegated Santa Clara inside a rocking Estádio da Luz.

Since Benfica’s last title, Porto had won it twice and Sporting once. It was also Benfica’s record-extending 38th league title and their first since 2019.

FC Porto finished two points behind in second after beating Guimaraes 3-0.

Last year’s champions needed last-place Santa Clara to pull off a surprising win at Benfica to have a realistic shot at defending their title.

The Portuguese striker, Gonçalo Ramos, opened the scoring for Benfica in the seventh minute after he headed in a cross from Alexander Bah near the far post. Rafa Silva then doubled the lead in the 28th minute with a first-touch shot from inside the area. Álex Grimaldo contributed to the team’s success by adding a third goal from the penalty spot in the 60th minute.

Speaking after the game, Benfica coach Roger Schmidt said, “It was a long struggle throughout the season, We needed the last game and we managed to pull it off”.

“We are very proud, but also relieved by this title. We put in a lot of effort and we deserve to be champions.” Schmidt who joined the club last summer continued.

Benfica entered the home game two points ahead of Porto. If they had ended up tied on points, Benfica still held the advantage on goal difference in the tiebreaker with Porto.

The champions ended the season with the league’s best attack with 82 goals scored and its best defense with only 20 goals conceded.

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