The Nigerian defender returned to Porto’s squad after missing the team’s victory against Anadia at the Taca de Portugal.
The victory added 19 games in a row that Benfica has gone without defeat. It also saw the team extend their lead at the top of the league table ahead of Porto by six points.
For Nigeria’s Sanusi, he returned to the squad after sitting out Porto’s Taca de Portugal victory over Anadia.
Yellow cards dominate the first half
Referee Joao Pinheiro was very busy in the first half as he issued seven yellow cards to players from both teams, two of which went to Porto midfielder Stephen Eustaquio, who was sent off in the 27th minute after two tough challenges in space. of three. minutes.
Until then, Porto had been the better team, with Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos forced to make a save after a Mehdi Taremi header.
However, having fallen for a man, Benfica took the initiative and dominated their hosts.
The First League leader came close to scoring when Fredrik Aursnes beat his markers by hitting the post, but Rafa Silva’s clearance went over the crossbar.
Benfica seals victory with a goal in the 72nd minute
In the second half, Benfica also dominated possession for a long time, however fouls remained one of the main highlights of the game with the referee handing out up to five more yellow cards.
Save for the warnings, the other highlight of the game came eighteen minutes into regulation when Silva finally scored off an assist from David Neres.
The goal was initially denied due to Neres’ alleged offside, but following a VAR review, Benfica got their goal and eventually won to move six points clear of nearest challengers Porto.