Benfica suffer shock loss as Porto leapfrog the Aguias in Portuguese title race
Bruno Lage would be ruing his side’s defensive slip-ups as a last minute winner saw the Islanders snatch a shock win at the Estádio Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
For most of the match, Benfica were the ones who dominated possession but blew a lot of chance sand got punished ultimately.
The first half started in similar fashion. The Aguias saw more than half of the ball in the first half but fell on the losing end after a goal from Brazilian midfielder Anderson Carvalho put the visitors ahead.
Five minutes after the second half began, Rafa Silva levelled things up for the hosts. It didn’t take long before Benfica were behind again as Zaidu Sanusi put Santa Clara in the lead once again.
However, Carlos Vinicius, who came on for Haris Seferovic, looked to secure a comeback for his side as the game approached the latter stages.
The Brazilian scored in the 63rd minute and then again a minute later to put Benfica 3-2 up.
The quick-fire brace from Vinicius saw him become the top scorer in the Portuguese league with 17 goals.
Santa Clara did not give up though and the Brazilian left winger Crysan levelled things after 82 minutes at the Estadio da Luz.
It looked like the game was going to end in a draw but there was a big twist right at the end of the game. Ze Manuel gave Santa Clara a last gasp winner in the 95th minute and made it 3-4 to give the visitors a vital win.
Boosted by the news that Benfica lost, Porto faced Boavista and raced to a 4-0 win that saw them climb to the top of the league.
With six rounds of games remaining, Porto have 67 points while Benfica, who have won five of the last six league titles have 64 and most now hope their rivals slip up if they are to stand a chance of retaining the title.