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Porto crowned Portuguese champions after Benfica-Sporting draw

08:35 GMT+3 06/05/2018
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Benfica had won four successive titles but their dominance ended after Saturday's draw against Sporting CP as Porto were crowned champions

Porto dethroned Benfica as Primeira Liga champions after the latter played out a goalless draw with fellow Portuguese title rivals Sporting CP.

Benfica had won four successive league crowns but their dominance came to an end following Saturday's stalemate against Sporting as Porto were crowned champions without kicking a ball.

The draw in Lisbon – where Benfica hit the woodwork twice in the first half – left both teams four points adrift of Porto, due to play Feirense on Sunday, with one round remaining.

It capped a successful first season in charge for Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao, who delivered the Primeira Liga crown back to Estadio do Dragao for the first time since 2012-13.

The title is Porto's 28th league title, moving closer to Benfica who hold the record for the most Portuguese national championships having lifted the trophy on 36 occasions.

Sporting CP have won the league 18 times, while only Beleneses (1946) and Boavista (2001) have been able to break the dominance of the 'big three' since the very first season back in 1934-35.

Meanwhile in Russia, Lokomotiv Moscow sealed their first league title since 2004 with a 1-0 win over Zenit.

An 87th-minute goal from Portuguese forward Eder ensured Lokomotiv cannot be caught by Spartak Moscow, who are four points adrift heading into the final matchday.