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Benfica

Why O Classico between Porto and Benfica matters so much

Expectations were high in Portugal, as the first clasico of the Primeira Liga season Benfica down FC Porto 2-0 courtesy of two goals from Lima.

Sunday was -- or at least should have been -- an auspicious occasion for Porto's president, Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, given it was 31 years to the day since he won the first of his 58 trophies with the club. It was the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira, the then-two-legged Portuguese Supercup, and a victory over Benfica sealed in the second leg at the old Estadio da Luz.

Pinto da Costa is certainly not to all tastes in Portugal. How could it be any other way? Under his reign, now in its fourth...

By ESPN Staff
4 days ago

Highlights: FC Porto 0-2 Benfica

Expectations were high in Portugal, as the first clasico of the Primeira Liga season Benfica down FC Porto 2-0 courtesy of two goals from Lima.

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Bayer Leverkusen settle for second best after draw with Benfica

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Leverkusen makes it out of Group C in second place and will join group winners Monaco in the round of 16.

Bayer Leverkusen had to settle for second place in Champions League Group C after they were held to a goalless draw by Benfica in Portugal.

Already guaranteed a place in the last 16 - but needing a win over Benfica, who knew they would finish bottom, to seal top spot - Leverkusen could not find the goal they needed and in fact ended the match with 10 men following the late red card for defender Omer Toprak.

Monaco's 2-0 win at home to Zenit St Petersburg ensured they moved ahead of Leverkusen to...

By ESPN Staff
Dec 9, 2014

Highlights: Benfica 0-0 Leverkusen

Leverkusen makes it out of Group C in second place and will join group winners Monaco in the round of 16.

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By ESPN Staff
Dec 9, 2014

Benfica 0-0 Leverkusen

Leverkusen makes it out of Group C in second place and will join group winners Monaco in the round of 16.

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