Rafa Silva will long remember this evening of January 17 and this trip to the Sporting field. Substituting at kickoff, the offensive midfielder of Benfica came into play in the 74th minute in place of Chiquinho and changed the course of the match allowing his team to leave with the victory (2-0) during the 17th day of the Championship.
Rafa Silva first opened the scoring in the 80th minute but had to wait almost four minutes to see the referee validate his goal after consulting the VAR. The Portuguese international then doubled the bet during ten (!) Minutes of additional time. Taking advantage of an error of appreciation from Ilori, Seferovic recovered the ball and served Rafa Silva perfectly who did not shake when scoring the second goal of his team (90th + 9). This time the referee did not hesitate to validate the achievement of the former Braga player.
With this success, the 15th in the last 17 matches, all competitions combined, Benfica takes another step towards the title by taking advantage of the misstep of his runner-up FC Porto at home against Braga (1-2). Benfica is currently seven points ahead of its first pursuer.
This will not assure them the title at the end of the season, but the teammates of Rafa Silva concluded the first leg with a record of 48 points in 17 days clearing from the shelves FC Porto which had collected 47 points in 1996-1997 and 2010 -2011.