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JUST IN: Benfica sack title winning coach Rui Vitoria

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Benfica fired their coach Rui Vitoria on Thursday after a series of poor results for the team he led to back – to – back Portuguese titles in 2016 and 2017 .Benfica came second in Portugal last year but in December failed to qualify for the Champions League knock – out rounds , and after defeats to modest clubs now sit fourth in the domestic league.

On Wednesday the side scored two own goals in a 2 – 0 defeat to Portimonense .

“ Benfica have come to an agreement with Rui Vitoria for an immediate end to his contract , ” the club said in a statement on Thursday .

Benfica ’ s ‘ B ’ team coach Bruno Lage , has been appointed as an interim coach .

AFP .

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