Highlights: Benfica 4 - 0 Penafiel

Benfica performed to expectations and comfortably beat bottom side Penafiel, who sealed their relegation to the second tier of Portuguese football.

Lima opened the scoreline early on the 8th minute with a strong header from Maxi Pereira's cross. Salvio won the ball in midfield and countered with pace to assist Jonas at the half hour mark to double Benfica's advantage.

In the second half Pizzi made it three from outside the area with a low placed shot in the corner of Haghighi's goal, who will want to avoid watching any replays of that one.

The full time score was decided a minute later on the 62nd minute when Lima scored his brace after taking full advantage of a miscalculated back pass.

Jonas is now leading the Liga top goalscorers table with 18 to his name, the same as Porto's Jackson Martínez who has a game in hand. Strike partner Lima is just a goal behind.


Squad List: Benfica vs Penafiel

Salvio has returned to options as confirmed by Jorge Jesus in yesterday's press conference. In return, compatriot Argentine winger Nico Gaitán has been ruled out due to injury.

Serbian midfielder Fejsa, who recently returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines and featured in the last couple of games, has not been included.

From the 19 selected one player will be left out.

Benfica are two games away from retaining the Liga crown with Penafiel (H), Guimarães (A) and Marítimo (H) left as opponents.

Goalkeepers: Artur and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Maxi Pereira, Lisandro Lopez, André Almeida, Jardel and Eliseu

Midfielders: Salvio, Sulejmani, Pizzi, Samaris, Talisca, Cristante, Ola John and Rúben Amorim

Forwards: Derley, Lima and Jonas

Benfica x Penafiel Preview

Three games, six points to take to realise this old dream of winning two Ligas in a row. If manager Jorge Jesus has learnt from past euphoria gone sour by giving respect and not underestimating Saturday’s opponents Penafiel, the statistics are there to boost the morale of the Benfiquista nation.

Jesus confirms Salvio return

Jorge Jesus previewed tomorrow's game against relegation battlers Penafiel, but recognised the difficulties his side can face, given that there are only three games left in the season.

"Benfica have a very technical and fast tempo approach to their game. You can only stop this by either your tactical positional quality or with persistent fouling. And it becomes difficult for the defending team when you can't do either. Those clubs that commit many fouls are subject to finish the game with less than eleven players on the pitch."

Jesus cautious in his presser after crushing Gil Vicente 5-0

"We won 5-0 with a lot of quality, in a difficult pitch that had long grass [note: reports were made of mushrooms growing on the Barcelos ground]. We managed to create space through our movement and tactical quality to overpower a difficult opponent. Things got easy given Benfica's quality as well as some individual players'."

"I know best on which player is better suited to make the roster. I am the one working with them, I know who can play or not. Sometimes, it doesn't work out, however no one but the managers know who the best players to line up are.  

Highlights: Gil Vicente 0 - 5 Benfica

Benfica are just six points away from retaining the Liga title with 3 games remaining, two of them at home to Penafiel (Saturday 9th May) and Marítimo (last game of the season).

Right-back and vice-captain Maxi Pereira scored his first ever brace for the club since moving from Uruguayan club Defensor in 2007. Defender Luisão also got his name in the scoresheet and now has four goals in the Liga, equalling his defending partner Jardel's number.

Lima netted his 15th of the season whilst striker Jonas continues his superb form and and is level with Porto's Jackson Martínez with 17 goals.


No Salvio and no Ola John as 19 players travel north

Jorge Jesus has taken 19 players to north of Portugal as Benfica face Gil Vicente in Barcelos this evening at 18:00 local time.

Argentine winger Salvio misses out once again due to injury whilst dutch player Ola John, who is normally selected in Salvio's absence, has also stayed in Lisbon.

Goalkeeper Paulo Lopes has been chosen ahead of Artur but it will be Júlio César named in the starting line-up.

Goalkeepers: Paulo Lopes and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Jardel, André Almeida, Maxi Pereira and Eliseu

Midfielders: Talisca, Samaris, Ruben Amorim, Gaitán, Fejsa, Sulejamni, Cristante and Pizzi

Forwards: Derley, Lima and Jonas

"We want to retain the leadership" says Benfica's manager ahead of Gil Vicente clash

Although Jorge Jesus is conscious about the difficulties awaiting him and his team at the Estádio Cidade de Barcelos this coming Saturday, he also knows that every game is important in the race to the title. Here is a report from his latest press conference.

Gil Vicente vs Benfica preview

With four games left to play and the obligation to win three of them to be crowned Portuguese champions, Benfica has theoretically made a giant’s leap towards the title by drawing against Porto at the Luz last weekend. Out of the four games left, two will be against bottom league table clubs (Gil Vicente and Penafiel) and one mid-table, Maritimo. Furthermore, 2  of those games will be played at home, where the Eagles are unbeaten since March 2012 (Portuguese Liga only)

Highlights: Benfica 0 - 0 Porto

Benfica remain three points ahead of Porto after a goaless draw in Estádio da Luz, and have to obtain nine points from a remaining twelve to become champions.