Benfica march

Benfica march on

The Eagles supporters in Portugal were in good voice last Sunday (December 14) as they crowded into bars and cafés to watch Benfica record their first league victory away at FC Porto for nearly 10 years.
A goal in each half from Lima did the damage despite Porto dominating the game for large periods. The win gives the Lisbon side a six-point lead over their arch rivals, the Dragons, and a 10-point lead over Lisbon rivals Sporting, going some way to assuage their disappointment in missing out on the later stages of European competition for the first time in six seasons.
For Porto, it was the second home loss this season against major rivals after being kicked out of the Portuguese Cup in October by Sporting.
Spanish coach Lopetegui and his men will now try to redeem themselves in their own stadium against Setúbal this Friday (December 19), while Benfica receives last-placed Gil Vicente at Estádio da Luz and Sporting travels to Madeira to play Nacional on Saturday.
And as we went to press, Sporting and Benfica were to take on Vizela (Wednesday) and Sp. Braga (Thursday) for the Portuguese Cup.