Estádio José Alvalade, Lisboa, Portugal
Benfica moved four points clear at the top of Liga NOS thanks a fantastic freekick from Victor Lindelöf, that salvaged a point for the Águias as they drew 1-1 against their cross-city rivals Sporting, away at the Estádio José Alvalade in what was the 300th meeting between the two sides in the Derby de Lisboa.
The Leões went ahead through skipper Adrien Silva’s early penalty after Ederson’s clumsy challenge on Bas Dost, however Lindelöf’s freekick after the hour-mark earned a well-deserved point for the league leaders.
Sporting started the match in the ascendancy and were awarded a penalty in the third minute after Dost was sent tumbling by Ederson, who caught the Dutchman after a poor first touch. Skipper Silva stepped up to put the hosts ahead, sending Ederson the wrong way in the process.
A minute from the interval, the Águias went close when Álex Grimaldo’s curling freekick beat the wall but not Rui Patrício, who palmed the effort behind.
The hosts had a good chance to double their lead when Dost met an Adrien Silva cross with a header, but he headed the ball over the bar under-pressure from Nélson Semedo.
Five minutes later Sporting should have doubled their lead when Gelson Martins sent an early cross into the path of the waiting Dost, who had just Ederson to beat, but he dragged his strike wide first-time, when he should have scored.
Seven minutes later the visitors had a good chance when Pizzi managed to find Kostas Mitroglou, who cut-inside, but his tame effort was saved well by Patrício.
In the 65th minute Benfica drew level courtesy of a fantastic freekick from Lindelöf, who curled home into the top-corner past Patrício.
Both sides battled in an attempt to find the next goal but cancelled each other out, as Benfica held on for a vital point.
The result meant that Benfica remained on top of the league but now moved onto 72 points while Sporting remained in third but now moved onto 64 points.