Benfica took the lead close to the break and with some luck in the mix. In a three-way goal, Lucas Ordonez ‘s timely and victorious touch over Angelo Girao.
Sporting returned to the charge and responded early in the second half. In a move well constructed by the attack, Matias Platero deflected in close range after a good pass by Ferran Font.
The incarndos returned to the advantage in a patient move, behind the goal, with Roberto di Benedetto serving Goncalo Pinto ‘s lucky shot , which hit the crossbar and Girao’s back, betraying the national team’s goalkeeper, who shortly afterwards avoided another goal with two consecutive saves of good level.
However, Benfica benefited from a penalty five minutes from time and Diogo Rafael didn’t waste it, making the final 1-3. In the last minute, Pedro Henriques even stopped a direct free-kick charged by Nolito Romero.
With this result, Nuno Resende’s team rises to first place on condition, with 37 points, three more than FC Porto – which only plays on Wednesday – and leaves Sporting behind, in second place, with 36 points.