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Tuesday, 2 July: “Maintain the same firm and constant path” is the advice from European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Olli Rehn to new Portuguese finance minister, Maria Luís Albuquerque who takes over from Vítor Gaspar after his resignation on Monday.
Hélder Postiga’s sole goal was crucial to keep qualifying hopes intact. Cristiano Ronaldo was a constant threat, but the winger failed to overcome Russian keeper Igor Akinfeev.
Despite Benfica’s win over Moreirense, the ‘Dragões’ secured the Championship on the final matchday.
The Portuguese club looks to avoid its seventh straight defeat, with Benfica manager Jorge Jesus saying the FC Porto match “just has nothing to do with this final.” Supporters are already gathering outside the Amsterdam arena.
With one match to go, FC Porto is poised to celebrate the Championship with a win over Paços de Ferreira, which has already qualified for the UEFA Champions League.
League leaders Benfica will visit FC Porto with a two point lead, in a match that may determine this year’s champions.
Porto’s win on Saturday may not pressure Benfica if they beat Estoril tonight.
The Portuguese will play Chelsea in their first European final since 1990 after dropping Fenerbahçe in clear fashion.
Both clubs are separated by one point as Benfica plays Maritimo tonight, as all eyes will be on the “clássico” at Estádio do Dragão.
A controversial late goal for Fenerbahce came after the Turkish side hit the woodwork on three occasions.