Volleyball team disputes championship

Benfica's volleyball team overcame a 3-0 loss to win by the same result at home against Fonte do Bastardo last week at the Pavilhão Fidelidade.

Notable player Zelão spoke to BTV about how they turned the result around.

"We corrected our faults and worked hard to minimise their strong points so we could equalise the tie. We were slightly anxious but with our strength, courage and the home crowd behind us we turned it around."

The third match of this final will be played on Saturday 2nd May away to Açores and will kick-off at 18:30 BST (deferred on BTV1 HD at 21:30 BST)

"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.

Jorge Jesus previews title clash against Porto

Jorge Jesus press conference quotes ahead of the "title" dubbed match against second placed Porto in Estádio da Luz. 

After Porto's heavy quarter-final defeat at the hands of German champions Bayern Munich, the manager seemed unfazed at the psychological impact the visitors may have suffered. 

Salvio doubtful to face Porto

Jorge Jesus led another training session this morning in Seixal ahead of the all-important Clássico clash against FC Porto in Estádio da Luz. 

Influential argentine winger Salvio was a key absence as he continues his recovery from a muscle injury, which prevented the 24-year-old from featuring in weekend's Lisbon derby against Belenenses.

The session was open to the press for the first 15 minutes where goalkeeper Artur (right shoulder) and defender César (right thigh) trained under close watch.

Taça de Honra friendly tournament dates confirmed

Lisbon Football Association (AFL) have announced the dates for the 2015/16 pre-season Lisbon tournament friendly, which will take place in Belenenses' Estádio do Restelo.

The 67th edition of Taça de Honra de Lisboa is confirmed from Thursday 16th July to Saturday 18th July where Lisbon based clubs Benfica, Sporting, Belenenses and Estoril will participate, being the four best placed teams in the domestic league.

Highlights: Belenenses 0 - 2 Benfica

Benfica came away with all three points in the Lisbon derby against Belenenses with a Jonas brace in each half. The Brazilian striker continues his exceptional form and takes his Liga tally to sixteen goals (26 all competitions). 

Host keeper Ventura was found outside the 18-yard-box as he attempted to stop Lima but the rebound kindly fell to Jonas who finished into an empty net with a long range effort. The brace was completed half hour from time with an angled shot from inside the area after a chest controlled cross from Gaitán.

Ola John was named in the starting line up instead of Salvio who was in risk of missing the Clássico should he had played and seen a booking. Both Samaris and Jonas escaped unscaded and will be available next week.

Porto marginally won Académica at home and continue to chase Benfica just three points behind.

Squad List: Belenenses x Benfica

Eliseu has returned from a one-match suspension following accumulation of yellow cards and in turn vice-captain Maxi Pereira misses out on the Lisbon derby.

Jonas, Salvio and Samaris are in risk of missing out on the dubbed title-decider match against Porto in the Clássico next weekend if booked this evening.

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus will equal former four-time Primeira Liga manager Otto Glória with 179 Liga matches, whilst the ever-present defender Luisão, will equal Mário Coluna's 328 games with the captain's armband.

Squad List:

Jesus critical of loanees playing against parent club

Belenenses striker Rui Fonte, who is on loan from Benfica, has been left out altogether from the host’s squad list, and Jorge Jesus insisted that the laws in football must change to dissallow loanees featuring against their parent club.