Benfica crowned Christmas champs despite draw

LISBON - Benfica were crowned "Christmas champions" for the first time in 15 years despite drawing 0-0 at home against Nacional Madeira in their last game of the year in the Portuguese Premier League on Monday. With the teams in the top five positions all drawing in the 12th round of the 2008/9 season, Benfica lead with 26 points from 12 matches, two points ahead Leixoes and Porto. The championship resumes on January 4.