Koeman leaves Benfica

BENFICA’S DUTCH first-season manager, Ronald Koeman, has rescinded his contract with Benfica to move back to PSV Eindhoven, where new Russia boss, Guus Hiddink, has vacated his post. Koeman’s new club will have to pay 500,000 euros in compensation, in order to release him from the second year of his contract with Benfica.

Closing arguments

WITH THE Championship already decided in Porto’s favour, European and relegation issues remained. Benfica gave themselves no chance of snatching second place from Sporting by losing 3-1 at P. Ferreira, thus finishing third in the league. Sporting cemented second, beating Braga 1-0 at home. Both join Porto in next season’s Champions League while Braga, Nacional and Setubal qualify for the Uefa Cup. A fraught relegation battle saw Belenenses lose out to accompany Rio Ave, Guimaraes and Penafiel into the Liga de Honra.