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Benfica scores 10 in demolition of Nacional

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Eight goalscorers dotted the Benfica scoresheet as they terrorized relegation-threatened CD Nacional de Madeira 10-0 in Portuguese Primeira Liga action.

Swiss striker Haris Seferovic and Brazilian international Jonas were the only ones to bag multiple goals with a brace, while six others including Barcelona youth product Alejandro Grimaldo, and 21-year-old defender Ferro all found the back of the net.

Grimaldo scored in the first minute of the match, and Seferovic scored both his before the half-hour mark to put Benfica up 3-0 where it would stay through halftime. After the break, the floodgates opened. Joao Felix, Pizzi, and Reis Ferreira all scored before the hour mark, while Ruben Dias struck just after to make it 7-0.

The hosts would not take their foot off the gas pedal, as Jonas grabbed both his in the final five minutes and Ferreira Silva picked one up to finish things off.

Benfica is the first team to score 10 goals in a Portuguese top-flight match since they did it over 50 years ago in 1965 with an 11-3 win over Seixal, a now-defunct club. They have now won six league matches in a row, and 11 of their last 12. They have not lost under new manager Bruno Lage, having appointed him as first interim and then permanent boss immediately following their last loss on January 2.

The win pulls Benfica within one point of leaders Porto, but the scoreline also gives them a sudden advantage in the goal differential category, going from three behind Porto to seven in front. In the Primeira Liga, goal differential is not the primary tiebreaker – that is head-to-head points – but having already beaten Porto once, they now have some tiebreaker breathing room should they fall in the next meeting  in early March.

“It’s a dream” – Mexico’s Jimenez stars in another Wolves win

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Raul Jimenez is living the stuff of dreams for seventh-place Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Wolves hammered West Ham United 3-0 on Tuesday behind the strength of a brace from their Mexican forward.

“It’s a dream,” Jimenez said. “When I was in Mexico I always saw the games here with all the intensity and passion but now I am here making my dreams come true and I am going to keep working to give the supporters happiness.”

Jimenez now has eight goals and six assists on loan from Benfica, and Wolves supporters will be anxious to lock up their big talisman.

Wolves have a 8W-3D-1L record when the El Tri 27-year-old scores or assists.

Romain Saiss scored the other goal for Wolves, who are in pole position to qualify for the Europa League. He’s also scored against Chelsea and twice versus Spurs.

“We always keep going forward to score, maybe the goals sometimes appear, sometimes I have to assist or provide the movements for others to score.

“I feel an important part of the team and that gives me confidence that things are coming. When you hear the fans shouting your name it is an amazing feeling.”

USMNT youngster joins NYCFC on loan from Benfica

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NEW YORK (AP) U.S. national player Keaton Parks has been acquired by New York City FC on loan from the Portuguese club Benfica for the 2019 season.

The 21-year-old Texan is a versatile central midfielder. He joined Varzim of Portugal in 2015 when he turned 18 and then signed with Benfica in 2017.

He made his national team debut in May, entering in the 62nd minute of a 3-0 victory over Bolivia in Philadelphia.

New York sporting director Claudio Reyna said Saturday that Parks “comes to us highly motivated” and can “make a strong impact” in midfield.

Report: Mourinho turns down Benfica managerial offer

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Sky Sports transfer centre says that Jose Mourinho isn’t ready to return to a manager’s chair.

Saturday reports indicated that Benfica wanted the 55-year-old back in the chair which started his managerial career.

[ MORE: Transfer rumor roundup ]

It just sounds like the man needs a break after sitting in the Old Trafford pressure cooker for a few years. From Sky Sports:

Sky Sports News understands the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss feels that it’s too early to return to Portuguese football at this stage of his career.

Benfica sits fourth in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, and is alive in three cup competitions including the Europa League’s Round of 32.

UCL: Wild matches see Benfica, Red Star Belgrade through

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PSV Eindhoven made quick work of BATE Borisov on Wednesday to ensure its place in the UEFA Champions League group stage, but the day’s two other fixtures provided great drama, including a stomping incident and a horrific goalkeeping error.

[ MORE: Wednesday’s Carabao Cup roundup ]

Benfica routed PAOK, 4-1, en route to the group stage with a trio of first-half goals and a fourth just after halftime to advance.

PAOK goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis had a match to forget though, handing Benfica its second goal with a horrible mistake by keeping the ball in play and then conceding a penalty kick (below)

Eduardo Salvio’s brace helped Benfica on to the 6-2 aggregate victory.

Meanwhile, Red Star Belgrade knocked off Red Bull Salzburg, 2-2, by virtue of El Fardou Ben’s two away goals on the day.

Marin Pongracic was the target of a contentious incident in the second half though, after jumping and stomping on a Red Star player that was down with after a collision (below).

Wednesday’s UCL results

PSV Eindhoven 3-0 (6-2 on agg.) BATE Borisov
PAOK 1-4 (2-5 on agg.) Benfica
Red Bull Salzburg 2-2 Red Star Belgrade