Benfica captures 33rd Portuguese league title


Maxi Pereira lifts the trophy after Benfica captured its 33rd Portuguese title on Sunday.

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Benfica clinched its 33rd Portuguese league title by beating bottom side Olhanense 2-0 after two goals by Lima on Sunday, bringing an end to FC Porto's three-year run at the top.

Benfica won its first domestic title since 2009-10 with two rounds to go after striker Lima scored in the 57th and 60th minutes at the Stadium of Light.

''This is the most important goal of my career,'' Lima said about his first strike. ''I am so grateful to everyone. This is the highlight of my professional life.''

Benfica secured the title by winning 11 straight games in the league, and can now turn its attention to winning more silverware this season.

Benfica has also reached the final of the Portuguese Cup, and the semifinals of the Europa League and Portuguese League Cup.

Benfica and Porto have monopolized the league title since Sporting Lisbon last won it in 2001-02.

Sporting guaranteed its second-place finish and automatic Champions League berth by winning 1-0 at Belenenses on Saturday.

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