Benfica: Title celebrations turn violent in Lisbon

Benfica fans and riot police
Police moved in to disperse fans after trouble flared

Benfica's title celebrations in Lisbon on Sunday evening were marred by clashes between supporters and police.

A goalless draw at Vitoria Guimaraes earlier in the day had earned Benfica consecutive Primeira Liga titles for the first time in 31 years.

The match was held up for two minutes as flares were thrown on to the pitch.

And the Benfica players, arriving back in central Lisbon in the early hours of Monday morning, were greeted by jubilant crowds in Marques de Pombal Square, although the celebrations turned sour as violence broke out.

Portuguese newspaper Abolaexternal-link said police used force after a number of fans began throwing objects.

Benfica title celebrations in pictures

Benfica fans
Bottles and stones appeared to be thrown towards toward anti-riot police officers
Benfica fans and riot police
Police in full riot gear were deployed
Benfica players celebrate
Benfica's players and staff took to a stage to celebrate in front of their fans
Jorge Jesus & Luis Filipe Vieira
Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus (left) and club president Luis Filipe Vieira were present
Benfica fans
Thousands of fans attended the celebration
Benfica fans and riot police
Portuguese newspaper Abola said order was quickly restored by the authorities
Benfica players celebrate
The title win as Benfica's 34th

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