Benfica's Portuguese cup defeat caps disastrous finale

Benfica players

Benfica's terrible end to the season took another turn for the worse on Sunday as they were shocked by Vitoria de Guimaraes in the Portuguese Cup final.

The Lisbon club were on for a treble two weeks ago.

But they lost both a decisive league match against Porto and their Europa League final with stoppage-time goals.

And they suffered a similar same fate against outsiders Guimaraes in the domestic cup final, meaning they end the season without a trophy.

The Lisbon club had led until the 79th minute following Nicolas Gaitan's first-half effort, but late goals from El Arbi Hillel Soudani and Ricardo completed a turnaround that gave Guimaraes their first Portuguese Cup.

"I don't know what happened in the last 10 minutes," said Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic. "We surely deserved to win something this season."

Thousands of Guimaraes fans had travelled more than 400 km to see their side who had failed to win the trophy in their last five finals.

Coach Rui Vitoria said: "We made history. So many don't know Guimaraes, even some Portuguese don't understand what we are all about. Now, they will."

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