Portimonense 2-0 Benfica; Braga 2-0 Maritimo; Sporting 2-1 Belenenses; Aves 0-1 Porto
Benfica lost 2-0 against Shoya Nakajima’s Portimonense, a bitter blow to their chances of regaining the Primeira Liga title.
The goals came from fortuitous circumstances for the Algarve side, who failed to get the ball across the line on their own. Instead, Ruben Dias first put the ball into his own net, sliding in to intercept a Manafa cross, but inadvertently putting the ball past the out-rushing Vlachodimos, who could only watch the ball trickle over the line.
That first goals came just 12 minutes in, meaning that a Benfica victory was still very much potentially on the cards.
Jardel came closest to equalising on the 26th minute, flicking his header towards goal, but it was too close to the goalkeeeper. Jonas then powered a close-range free-kick well over the bar.
However, for Benfica’s half-chances, they were unable to put the game back on level term, and when Shoya Nakajima played a delightful over-the-top-ball towards Jackson Martinez, Benfica had another defensive blunder.
After Martinez flicked the ball up and over Vlachodimos, his improvised chip was actually harmless, both off target and slow moving. However, Jardel’s attempted header over his own goal proved disastrous as he somehow nodded the ball into his own net. A disastrous error that proved costly for Benfica.