Benfica got the defence of their Portuguese league title off to a successful start with a 5-0 victory over newly-promoted Pacos de Ferreira at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon on Saturday.
Bruno Lage’s men didn’t have it all their own way to start with, with Pacos giving as good as they got in the first half until Nuno Tavares curled in a spectacular shot in the 26th minute and home skipper Pizzi converted a penalty six minutes later.
Then, after Pacos midfielder Bernardo Martins was sent off midway through the second half, the visitors fell apart.
Haris Seferovic added a third in the 70th minute, Pizzi grabbed his second and Benfica’s fourth four minutes later and substitute Carlos Vinicius completed the rout with six minutes left.
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has been banned from international football for two months by CONMEBOL over his conduct in the Copa America final.
Jesus scored Brazil’s second goal in a 3-1 victory over Peru at the Maracana last month but was later sent off for a second bookable offence.
Having received his marching orders, the forward remonstrated with Chilean referee Roberto Tobar before punching a dugout, pushing pitchside VAR equipment and retreating to the tunnel in tears.
The suspension rules Jesus, who has also been fined 30,000 US dollars (£24,700), out of Brazil’s friendly clashes with Colombia and Peru in September.
The 22-year-old has a week to lodge an appeal against the ruling.
Argentina captain Lionel Messi received a three-month ban and was fined 50,000 US dollars (£41,200) earlier this month for alleging his side had suffered “corruption” during the tournament, after he was sent off in the third-place play-off against Chile.
Former Manchester United and Uruguay forward Diego Forlan has announced his retirement.
The 40-year-old, who also played for Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan, revealed his decision on Twitter.
He wrote: “After 21 years I made the decision to end my career as a professional footballer.
“A beautiful stage closes full of great memories and emotions but another of new challenges will begin.
“Thanks to all who in one way or another accompanied me on this path!”
Forlan moved to United from Argentine side Independiente for £6.9million in January 2002.
Luego de 21 años tomé la decisión de poner fin a mi carrera como futbolista profesional. Se cierra una linda etapa llena de grandes recuerdos y emociones pero comenzará otra de nuevos desafíos.— Diego Forlan (@DiegoForlan7) August 7, 2019
¡Gracias a todos los que de una u otra manera me acompañaron en este camino! 👋🏼 🔟 pic.twitter.com/gVwX0RQJow
He had to wait until September to score his first goal, and went on to find the net 17 times in 98 appearances.
Although his time at Old Trafford was not exactly a roaring success, Forlan became a prolific goalscorer in La Liga for both Villareal and Atletico.
He also scored 36 goals in 112 games for Uruguay, helping them to the Copa America title in 2011.
Forlan won the Golden Ball award for the best player at the 2010 World Cup – where Uruguay reached the semi-finals.
He wound down his career with boyhood club Penarol, Mumbai City and most recently Kitchee in Hong Kong.