13 May 2017, 21h04
SL Benfica became, on Saturday, "Tetracampeão Nacional" (four-time champion). With one match left to play, history has been made after a home winning, 5-0, against Vitória de Guimarães.
Before the starting whistle, the supporter’s cardboards were risen for a choreography where it was asked: "Make history". And they made!
In the line-up, only a change after the Vila do Conde's match, with Rio Ave. Rui Vitória changed Rafa by the Argentinian Toto Salvio.
And SL Benfica started stronger. We only to two points blocking the dream and in front of 60 thousand spectators - 64 591, the best attendance of the season and of the history of new Estádio da Luz -, the reds did not waste the opportunity to do which was never been done.
In the first quarter, the "Tricampeões Nacionais" were more and more closer of making history, winning by two goals. First it was Cervi, 10m. The reds got the ball back in the offensive area, Jonas proceeded with ball and shot for an incomplete save by Douglas. With his left foot, the Argentinian did not look back.
At minute 15, Raúl rose up the stadium! Long goal kick by Ederson and the Mexican touched the ball to overfly Douglas and score with a head shot. Two chances, two goals.
Phenomenal atmosphere in Luz! The supporters were singing and asking for the "36", to a Benfica which was decided to win the unprecedented "Tetra".
At minute 37, Jonas assisted Pizzi who scored the 2-0. At 44m, after two wasted chances, Jonas scored a chip goal.
A great performance of Rui Vitória’s team, which was winning 4-0 at the halftime, a difficult result to Vitória de Guimarães which seemed not to have the strength to change it. A tremendous first half and the "Tetra" was 45m away.
90 minutes leading to "36"...
In the second half, more Benfica. Before confident supporters, receiving their continuous chants, the reds came to a handful of goals.
66m, Marega touched Cervi on his back, the Argentinian fell down and Jorge Sousa blew for penalty.
Jonas was called to shoot, Douglas waited for it but he had no chance before a powerful shot. The final 5-0 was done.
Rui Vitória's line-up: Ederson, Nélson Semedo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Grimaldo, Fejsa (78’ Samaris), Pizzi, Salvio, Cervi (72’ Carrillo), Jonas (87' André Almeida) and Raúl.
In two weeks, on May 28th, the two teams play again in one of the biggest parties of the Portuguese football: The Portuguese Cup's final. The tickets are sold out and we expect a full attendance.
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