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Football: Buoyant Benfica set for Juve showdown

Having shaken off the hangover from their title celebrations on Sunday, Portuguese champions Benfica host Juventus in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday. The Eagles have been driven this season by the bitter memory of 12 months ago, when they found themselves on the verge of winning a treble of Portuguese league and Cup and Europa League, only to miss out on all three trophies in an agonising two weeks.

Football: Benfica claim 33rd league title

Portugal's most decorated club Benfica added further silverware to their overladen trophy cabinet on Sunday in the shape of a 33rd league title. The Lisbon giant's 2-0 win over Olhanense moved them up to an uncatchable 73 points with two games of the season remaining. Their city rivals Sporting, who beat Belenenses 1-0 on Saturday, are destined for the runners-up spot on 66 points. Benfica's success ended FC Porto's run of three successive championships.

Football: Portugal coach Bento extends contract

Portugal coach Paulo Bento has signed a new contract to keep him in the job until 2016, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced on Wednesday. The 44-year-old, who replaced Carlos Queiroz as coach in 2010, was initially due to be out of contract after this year's World Cup in Brazil but will now stay through to the end of Euro 2016, which will be held in France.

Football: Benfica survive Spurs fright, Juve edge Fiorentina

Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday but not before giving Benfica a huge scare as English interest in the continent's second-tier tournament ended. Benfica survived a dramatic late onslaught in Lisbon to reach the quarter-finals with a 2-2 draw having won the first leg 3-1 at White Hart Lane last week. Jorge Jesus's team appeared to be cruising towards the last eight when Ezequiel Garay scored in the first half at the Estadio da Luz.

Football: Benfica survive Spurs fright, Juve edge Fiorentina

Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday but not before giving Benfica a huge scare as English interest in the continent's second-tier tournament ended. Benfica survived a dramatic late onslaught in Lisbon to reach the quarter-finals with a 2-2 draw having won the first leg 3-1 at White Hart Lane last week. Jorge Jesus's team appeared to be cruising towards the last eight when Ezequiel Garay scored in the first half at the Estadio da Luz.

Football: FA charge Mourinho with improper conduct

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association on Wednesday after being sent to the stands during his title-chasers' shock Premier League defeat by Aston Villa last weekend. Portuguese boss Mourinho was dismissed by referee Chris Foy after going on to the pitch at Villa Park on Saturday following the red card shown to Chelsea midfielder Ramires.

Football: Benfica stun Tottenham, Juve held in derby

Tim Sherwood's prospects of remaining in the Tottenham Hotspur manager's job long-term were not helped as his side lost 3-1 at home to Benfica in their Europa League last 16, first leg on Thursday. Portuguese league leaders Benfica extended their unbeaten run to 24 matches and made it nine consecutive wins in all competitions with a victory that was given to them by a goal from Rodrigo and a Luisao brace, with Christian Eriksen pulling one back for the hosts.

Football: Portuguese champions Porto fire Fonseca

Reigning Portuguese champions Porto on Wednesday ditched coach Paulo Fonseca following a poor run of form. Third-placed Porto's 2-2 draw at Guimaraes on Sunday saw them drop to nine points behind leaders and bitter rivals Benfica. They have won only three of their last seven league matches, picking up nine points less than Benfica during that period. Fonseca, 41, will be replaced by the club's B team coach, Luis Castro, until a new full-time coach can be found, the club said in a statement to the stock exchange.

Football: Portugal name squad for Cameroon friendly

Portugal coach Paulo Bento on Friday named two new faces in a 23-man squad to play Cameroon in a friendly in Leiria next Wednesday, March 5. The Benfica winger Ivan Cavaleiro and Rafa of Sporting Braga have been given their chance to impress as more experienced names such as Inter Milan centre-back Rolando return.

Football: Benfica and Portugal great Coluna dies

Mario Coluna, who captained Benfica to two European Cup wins and Portugal to third place in the 1966 World Cup, has died aged 78 in the Mozambique capital Maputo, his former club announced on Tuesday. Coluna, who like his legendary team-mate Eusebio was born in Mozambique, then a Portuguese colony, had been hospitalised since Sunday because of a "serious lung infection" according to Benfica.
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