The week began and ended in the UEFA Champions League.
The first qualification match was at home for Benfica at the Estadio da Luz. The opposition was Fenerbache from the Turkish league.
Franco Cervi’s deflected shot in the 69th minute gave them the important 1-0 lead at home, going into the second leg.
The next qualification game was played on August 14th in Turkey. Gedson opened the scoring for SLB in the first half. Fenerbache tied the game, but due to aggregate goals, Benfica would advance.
The Eagles will now face PAOK in the playoff round to enter the group stage in the tournament.
It was also the start of the LIGA NOS season in Portugal.
Pizzi scored all 3 goals for the home side and they began their season in the win column.The first half began in the best way possible; Benfica led 3-0 at halftime. The second half was a different story, as V.Guimaraes fought back with 2 goals of their own. The team was fortunate to hang on for the victory. Their next game in the Portugal Liga is against Boavista on Sat 8/18.
The other big teams in Portugal, Sporting and Porto, were also victorious in their opening games.
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