Pitchside Europe: Advantage Benfica as Porto run ends

“Benfica fans had two reasons to cheer about Porto’s unexpected 3-1 loss to Gil Vicente in Barcelos on Sunday evening. Firstly, and most importantly, it gave their side a five-point lead at the top of the Portuguese Liga and put them in an advantageous position to win what be only their third league title in the last 18 years. Secondly, but perhaps even more deliciously, it stopped Porto one game short of equalling Benfica’s 1978 record of 56 unbeaten matches in the Portuguese top flight.”

This week’s Pitchside Europe column, on how the balance of power in the Portuguese title race has shifted in Benfica’s favour, can be read here.

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