Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Da Luz), Lisboa, Portugal
67′ Jonas (P)
Benfica sealed a fourth consecutive Liga NOS title after defeating Vitória Guimarães 5-0 at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Da Luz) in Lisboa.
First-half goals from Franco Cervi, Raúl Jiménez, Pizzi and Jonas gave the Lisbon-side a 4-0 half-time lead before Jonas’ second-half penalty ensured that Benfica wrapped up their 36th league title with one game to spare.
The hosts started well and went close to taking the lead in the second minute when Álex Grimaldo’s teasing cross, following a corner, was met by skipper Luisão, but his header cleared the bar by inches, although the flag was already up for offside.
The Águias had a good chance again, six minutes later when Nélson Semedo’s teasing delivery across the face of goal was fired wide by Raúl Jiménez from a tight-angle.
In the 11th minute Benfica went ahead when Rafael Miranda was dispossessed, allowing Jonas to surge forward before firing an effort that Douglas palmed away into the path of Cervi, who fired home the follow-up.
Five minutes later the hosts doubled their lead when Jiménez latched onto a terrific Ederson goal-kick ahead of Douglas before heading the loose ball home despite Pedro Henrique’s best efforts on the goal-line.
In the 33rd minute the Águias had a good chance to make it three when Jiménez played Jonas through on-goal, the Brazilian had just Douglas to beat but the keeper smothered the effort well. A minute later the Brazilian had another great chance when he was played through on-goal by Pizzi, but just as he attempted to round the keeper, he failed to get the ball out of his feet and Douglas gathered the loose ball.
In the 37th minute the hosts made it three when Pizzi exchanged passes with Jonas before firing the ball home across Douglas.
Benfica made it four on the stroke of half-time when Ljubomir Fejsa made a vital interception, allowing Pizzi to find Jonas, who wonderfully lobbed Douglas from the edge of the area.
The Águias should have made it five in the 61st minute when Pizzi was sent through on-goal, the midfielder tried a cheeky lob on Douglas but just as the ball bounced towards the goal-line, Henrique cleared the ball away.
Four minutes later the hosts were given a golden opportunity to extend their lead when the referee pointed to the spot after Cervi was shoved in the penalty-area by Moussa Marega. Jonas stepped-up to fire home the resulting spot-kick and make it five.
Three minutes later the Vermelhos very nearly got a sixth when Jiménez met a fine Jonas cross with a volley that struck the post with Douglas well-beaten.
In the 80th minute Benfica went close to adding to their tally when Eduardo Salvio’s cross was left by Jiménez for Jonas, whose strike was brilliantly palmed behind by Douglas.
The result meant that Benfica cemented their first-place position, sealing a 36th league title and their fourth in successive seasons as they moved onto 81 points. Vitória Guimarães remained in fourth on 62 points.