Benfica has won its fifth Portuguese league title in six seasons after routing Santa Clara 4-1 on Saturday.

Benfica lifted its 37th league trophy by finishing two points ahead of defending champion Porto, which defeated Sporting Lisbon 2-1.

Benfica trailed Porto by seven points in the beginning of the year.

“Everybody thought we were done in January,” Benfica forward Pizzi Fernandes said. “But we have a great group of players and overcame the challenge. We showed that we are deserving champions.”

 

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