Benfica overcome Vitoria Guimaraes resistance to complete double

Benfica won the double for the eleventh time after they beat Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1.

By: Reuters | Published:May 29, 2017 3:04 pm
benfica, Vitoria Guimaraes, Portuguese Cup, portuguese league, Raul Jimenez, Eduardo Salvio, football, sports news, indian express Benfica completed a league and cup double on Sunday. (Source: Twitter)

Benfica overcame dogged resistance from Vitoria Guimaraes to beat the underdogs 2-1 in the Portuguese Cup final on Sunday and complete a league and cup double.

Raul Jimenez and Eduardo Salvio scored early in the second half in a match featuring the use of video assistant referees as Benfica won the double for the eleventh time.

Jimenez cheekily dinked the ball into the net three minutes into the second half after Vitoria goalkeeper Miguel Silva had failed to hold Jonas’s long-range drive.

Salvio headed the second goal five minutes later from Nelson Semedo’s cross.

South African Bongani Zungu pulled one back following a corner with 12 minutes left but Benfica came closer to a third than Vitoria did to an equaliser.

The referee twice consulted the video official over possible handball incidents involving a Vitoria defender but on both occasions kept by his original decision not to award a penalty.

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