LISBON – Pizzi scored three times on Friday to power Benfica 3-2 over Vitoria Guimaraes in the kickoff of the 2018-2019 Primeira Liga season.
The Portugal international put the hosts up 1-0 in the 10th minute.
Facundo Ferreyra failed from the penalty spot for Benfica minutes later, but Pizzi completed the hat trick with goals in the 30th and 38th minutes to give the Lisbon club a commanding 3-0 lead at the break.
Guimaraes sprung to life in the final third of the match, making for some anxious moments among the crowd at Estadio da Luz.
Andre scored in the 76th minute and Guillermo Celis got a goal five minutes later to narrow the deficit to 3-2, but Benfica hung on the preserve the win.