Chronicle: Two reloads in two minutes give Benfica another victory


Two reload goals, in the space of just two minutes, ensured another victory for Benfica, against Penafiel, by 2-0, in the second round of Group C of the League Cup.

Gilberto, in the 55th minute, and Neres, in the 57th minute, scored for the ‘incarnates’, who, even without many important players, maintain the triumphal path this season, in the 27th game without yet knowing the taste of defeat, and lead the grouping, with six points. Penafiel, who had already lost to Moreirense (2-1), is still ‘zero’ and has no chance of moving forward.

Morato and Draxler were the new additions to Benfica’s squad, in relation to the victory against Estrela da Amadora (3-2), to the detriment of Brooks and Diogo Gonçalves, while Penafiel only kept Adriano Castanheira and Edi Semedo, making nine changes .

On the day of the death of Fernando Gomes, a great symbol of FC Porto and Portuguese football, Estádio da Luz paid tribute, with a minute of silence observed in full and a round of applause for the ‘bibota’, who died today, to the 66 years.

The ‘incarnates’ wasted no time and were installed in the opposing midfield from the opening whistle, with Musa having his feet, in the fifth minute, the first opportunity of the game, but João Miguel cut it close to the goal line, in a Penafiel cohesive defensively.

Roger Schmidt’s team showed a lot of ‘mercy’ when it came to shooting at goal, in a sequence of shots cut inside the area by the Douro defense, highlighting a move on the right in which Neres handed Rafa over, but he shot out.

An inattention by the Benfica defense could have been costly, in the 27th minute, when Adriano Castanheira appeared loose on the left flank, crossed low and Vlachodimos made an incomplete defense. On the reload, Feliz shot for a deflection of a rival defender.

Recovered from the small scare, in the only intervention with danger from Penafiel’s attack, the ‘eagles’ set off in search of the opening goal with a little more foresight, but Grimaldo (39), in a free-kick directly wide, Draxler (42), against the side mesh, and Rafa (44 and 45), to Caio Secco’s saves, were unable to break the tie before the break.

Filipe Rocha took out Feliz and Adriano Castanheira at half-time, for Vasco Braga and Rúben Freitas to enter, getting close to opening the scoring at 51 minutes, but because João Victor almost made the perfect ‘hat’ to Vlachodimos, in a somewhat ridiculous move by the central defender.

After Rafa hit the side net, with a heel, Benfica opened the scoring at 55 minutes, by Gilberto, taking advantage of a reload on a first shot by Musa, which was intercepted by an opposing defender, in a move initiated by Grimaldo on the left wing.

The Luz stands were still finishing celebrating the first goal and Benfica were already scoring the second, at 57 minutes, thanks to another rebound, this time by Neres, after a quick recovery of the ball and a shot by Rafa, already very on top of Caio Secco.

Penafiel sought to recover from the goals conceded in the gust and even introduced the ball into the goal of Vlachodimos, but with Roberto’s irregular position, at 64 minutes, allowing Roger Schmidt to refresh the team with Brooks, Henrique Araújo and Rodrigo Pinho, at first , and Paulo Bernardo, afterwards, which broke the pace of the encounter.

Until the end, the newly entered forwards still tried to score one opportunity each, but Henrique Araújo, in a half-turn shot, shot for the calm defense of Caio Secco, and Rodrigo Pinho was centimeters away from scoring the goal, in great position.


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