Benfica vs. Santa Clara – Football Match Report – May 27, 2023

Benfica won their first Portuguese league title in four years after beating Santa Clara 3-0 on Saturday on the final day of the season.

FC Porto finished two points behind in second after beating Guimaraes 3-0. Last year’s champions needed last-place Santa Clara to pull off a surprising win at Benfica to have a realistic shot at defending their title.

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It was Benfica’s record-extending 38th league title and their first since 2019. Since Benfica’s last title, Porto had won it twice and Sporting once.

“It was a long struggle throughout the season. We needed the last game and we managed to pull it off,” said Benfica coach Roger Schmidt, who joined the club last summer. “We are very proud, but also relieved by this title. We put in a lot of effort and we deserve to be champions.”

Portugal striker Gonçalo Ramos headed in a cross from Alexander Bah near the far post for the opener in the seventh minute against Santa Clara.

Rafa Silva doubled the lead in the 28th with a first-touch shot from inside the area. Álex Grimaldo added the third from the penalty spot in the 60th.

Benfica entered the home game two points ahead of Porto. If they had ended up tied on points, Benfica still held the advantage on goal difference in the tiebreaker with Porto.

Benfica ended the season with the league’s best attack with 82 goals scored and its best defense with only 20 goals conceded.

Santa Clara had already been relegated.