FC Porto were officially crowned Portuguese league champions for the third year in a row after a 2-0 defeat of Paços de Ferreira on Sunday. The championship was the 27th in club victory, which now leaves them five shy of the most in domestic football. It was also Porto’s ninth championship in 11 seasons in total.

A penalty by Lucho González in the first half was followed up by Jackson Martínez early in the second half to give Porto the title on the final day of the domestic league. The victory meant that FC Porto goes undefeated in the league for the second time in three seasons. It was the final chapter of one of the most exciting campeonato in recent memory.

Vitor Pereira’s club went into the second last match of the campaign on May 11th against leaders Benfica knowing that anything less than a win would likely mean conceding the domestic league to their great rivals. A late goal by 19 year-old substitute Kelvin put Porto ahead in the match and in the league.

It looked unlikely in February and March when an injury to midfielder João Moutinho lead to Porto dropping points against Olhanense, Sporting Lisbon and Marítimo. Not to mention, being eliminated from the Champions League by Málaga. But Os Dragões did not quit. They would win the next seven league matches to surpass Benfica.

Porto manager Vitor Pereira praised his club’s determination and resiliency throughout the season. “We have shown that in crucial moments we never gave up and we came out in front. This was the case last season as well,” he told media after the match.

Pereira has been linked to Everton as a possible replacement for David Moyes. When asked about his future, he was reluctant to discuss any potential move. “I do not want to talk about myself but the players instead. It has been a great privilege to work with them. It is them who deserve the credit for this title.”

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