Benfica moved up to third place in the provisional National Division I after beating leaders FC Porto 4-1 at home in the 20th round classic. But the host depends on the performance of Sporting, at the end of the afternoon, to stay on the podium or take back the fourth position held by Oliveirense.
Benfica’s win fits the events of the match. Superior at almost all times, against an uninspired FC Porto, with difficulty in reaching the goal of Pedro Henriques. He was rewarded with the excellent performance of goalkeeper Xavi Malián, who excelled in defending the benfiquistas’ shots, even relentlessly denying the numerous scoring chances created by Lucas Ordoñez.
FC Porto scored the first, against the run of play, by Ezequiel Mena. In the same minute, Carlos Nicolía equalized, before Gonçalo Pinto made it 2-1 at halftime. In the second half, FC Porto missed goalscoring opportunities and the chance to restart play, leaving space for Benfica to increase the score, through Diogo Rafael and Pablo Álvarez, the latter with an open goal, in the latter seconds. Correct arbitration.