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Sunday, 24 August 2014 22:43

Eliseu cannonball wrecks Boavista return

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Match report: Boavista 0-1 Benfica

Benfica ruined ten-man Boavista's homecoming at the Estadio do Bessa last night courtesy of a wonderful Eliseu strike on the stroke of half-time. 
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Monday, 11 August 2014 15:52

Artur the hero as Benfica lift Super Cup

Much maligned Brazilian goalkeeper saves three penalties

benfica-supercup-2014.jpgIt may be a very different-looking team, but Benfica started the new domestic season in Portugal the same way they ended the previous one. Celebrating a trophy.

An entertaining game against Rio Ave ended goalless after 120 minutes. Benfica goalkeeper Artur saved three penalties in the shoot-out to give the Eagles victory in the Portuguese Super Cup, the traditional season curtain-raiser.
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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:07

The curious case of Oscar Cardozo

Benfica’s all-time top foreign goalscorer leaves Lisbon club

oscar-cardozo.jpgLet’s face it, strikers are every football fan’s heroes, especially when prolific, right? Wrong, in the case of ex Benfica goal machine Oscar Cardozo. The 31 year-old has completed his transfer to Trabzonspor for a fee that could rise to €5.6 million. Despite an incredible record of 172 goals in 295 games over seven seasons in the Portuguese capital, the big Paraguayan marksman bewilderingly never became an uncontested favourite of the Estádio da Luz faithful.
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Sunday, 18 May 2014 23:03

Benfica complete treble

Rio Ave refuse to lie down but Eagles see out tight Cup final victory

benfica-portuguese-cup-2014.jpgBenfica beat Rio Ave 1-0 in the Portuguese Cup final this afternoon to make it a clean sweep of the domestic trophies in 2013/14. A superb Nico Gaitán goal in the first half proved the winner.
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 22:41

Benfica's European heartache goes on

Benfica 0-0 Sevilla (Sevilla win on penalties)

benfica-heartache-el-final-loss.jpgBenfica lost their eighth successive European final tonight. After 120 minutes had failed to yield a goal, Sevilla came out on top in the penalty shootout. Nerves were evident among both sides throughout, but it was the Portuguese team who created more and better chances.

The ball did not enter the net, however, and Portuguese goalkeeper Beto was the hero for the Spaniards, saving two spot kicks while Sevilla's perfect penalties left Oblak with no chance. Sevilla win the 2013/14 Europa League, while Benfica will attempt to pick themselves up and complete a domestic treble against Rio Ave in the Portuguese Cup final on Sunday.