Benfica trash Nacional with 10-0 victory

Benfica became the first team since 1965 to score 10 goals in a Primera Liga match as they thrashed Nacional on Estadio da Luz.

With the 10-0 win over Nacional, Benfica delivered the biggest margin of victory in the Primeira Liga for 55 years. This is also the first match in the Portuguese league to see one team scoring 10 goals since then.

Benfica were also the last team to achieve the feat, beating the now defunct Seixal 11-3 in on the penultimate day of 1964-65.

The Lisbon side is in magnificent form, as they won twice against their city rivals Sporting in the past week. They won the first leg of the Taca de Portugal 2-1 on Wednesday and humiliated the local rivals on their home soil with a 2-4 victory on Jose Alvalade Stadium the past Sunday.

Alejandro Grimaldo scored a goal in the opening minute as an introduction of what was coming for the visitors. Haris Seferovic scored a brace in 21st and 27th to give Benfica “only” a 3-0 lead at half-time.

It was the youngster and future big football star, Joao Felix who made it 4 for the Eagles at the start of the second half. Pizzi, from the penalty-kick and Ferro, scored two in a margin of one minute to make it 6-0 after only 10 minutes play since the break.

The defender, Ruben Dias scored the seventh goal for Benfica, while the brace from Jonas and the goal from Rafa Silva made it incredible 10-0 at the end of the game.

The Lisbon side have now scored 57 goals in 21 league games this season, which makes them the top scoring team in Portugal by far. Nacional, on the other hand, already had the worst defensive record in the top flight and now have conceded 45 goals in total.


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This was their sixth straight win in Primera Liga. They are still on the second position on the table one point behind the leaders Porto, and one above 3rd placed Braga.

However, Benfica closed the gap behind Porto, as their rivals in the title race drew for a second time in a row on Friday. Hector Herrera scored a leveler 2 minutes into the stoppage time at Moreirence and saved their top place on the table.

The possible title decider between Porto and Benfica is set for March 3 on Estadio do Dragao.

The Eagles won their last Primera Liga title in 2017, as they dominated the Portuguese football in the period from 2014 to 2017.

Benfica now goes to Istanbul for the first leg of the Round of 32 tie in the Europa League against Galatasaray on Thursday.


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