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Benfica complete unbeaten home campaign

Published: Monday 5 May 2014, 10.42CET
Sunday's 1-1 draw against Vitória FC ended SL Benfica's 11-game Liga winning run, but meant the Portuguese champions finished unbeaten in 27 home fixtures across five competitions.
by José Nuno Pimentel
from Lisbon
Benfica complete unbeaten home campaign
Benfica lift the Liga title after Sunday's match ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Monday 5 May 2014, 10.42CET

Benfica complete unbeaten home campaign

Sunday's 1-1 draw against Vitória FC ended SL Benfica's 11-game Liga winning run, but meant the Portuguese champions finished unbeaten in 27 home fixtures across five competitions.

SL Benfica warmed up for the first of their three cup finals in 11 days by ending the season unbeaten at home in all competitions.

Already crowned Portuguese Liga champions, Jorge Jesus's side concluded their home league campaign with a 1-1 draw against Vitória FC in the penultimate round of matches, Rafael Martins' penalty earning the visitors a point after André Gomes had given a much-changed Benfica the lead. That was the first league goal the capital club had conceded at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica since 6 December – and ended an 11-match winning Liga sequence, home and away – but ensured they finished 2013/14 unbeaten on home soil.

Of their 27 home matches this term, Benfica have won 22 and drawn only five – three in the league, plus European draws against Olympiacos FC (UEFA Champions League) and Tottenham Hotspur FC (UEFA Europa League). They have also scored in 78 successive home league games, since a 1-0 loss to A. Académica de Coimbra in April 2009.

The Eagles can claim their second trophy of the season on Wednesday, when they take on Rio Ave FC in the Portuguese League Cup final in Leiria. A week later, they return to Turin – having ousted Juventus in last week's semi-finals – for the UEFA Europa League decider against Sevilla FC, before another contest against Rio Ave, this time in the Portuguese Cup final at the Estádio Nacional on 18 May.

Last updated: 09/05/14 17.56CET

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