The former striker of Santos made his debut for the new team on the right foot. Activated in the second stage, Marcos Leonardo took the place of Arthur Cabral and he did it beautifully.
The striker’s first goal came 17 minutes later. Fredrik Aursnes crossed just fine, and the center forward rose in style to head the ball and score.
In addition to Marcos Leonardo, Angel Di Maria, António Silva and João Mário scored for Benfica. On the other hand, Gonçalo Rodrigues scored for Rio Ave, who opened the scoring, but couldn’t handle the pressure.
Benfica continues the hunt for the leader Sportingwho won the Chaves 3-0 and reached 43 points, one more than the Incarnates, which are 42 in the table. The teams have played 17 games so far.