Benfica’s derby debacle ahead of their European ‘final’ against Dinamo
The Benfica succumbed in Da Luz before the Sporting (1-3) in a derby that leaves him very touched in the Primeira Liga five days after receiving the Dynamo Kiev on the last day of the Champions League group stage, a match in which he hopes to win and enter the round of 16, taking advantage of a hypothetical defeat of the Barça before him Bayern. It seems like a feasible European combination, but the clear defeat to the great rival raises serious doubts that they will be able to overcome the Ukrainian side under pressure. In Portugal he remains with 31 points to four of the co-leaders, Porto and Sporting, who add 35 after also winning the Porto this Friday 0-3 at Portimonense.
A goal from the Spanish international Pablo Sarabia in the 8th minute it affected the team too much Jorge Jesus, who had to risk more than usual, leaving gaps in defense well used in the second half by Paulinho (62 ‘) and Matheus nunes (66 ‘), after the assistance of another Spaniard, Pedro Porro, to place a hurtful 0-3 on a scoreboard that only managed to make up Pizzi in added time (96 ‘).
Benfica had no luck with a header from Darwin Nunez to the post with 0-1 (60 ‘), but the local fans ended up paying it with Jorge Jesus, abroncado in the last minutes because Sporting did not prevail in Da Luz since 2015.
Benfica: Odisseas Vlachodimos; André Almeida (Taarabt, 74 ‘), Nicolás Otamendi, Jan Vertonghen; Valentino Lazaro (Yaremchuk, 46 ‘), Julian Weigl (Gilberto Junio, 74’), Joao Mario, Alex Grimaldo; Rafa Silva, Darwin Núñez (Gonçalo Ramos, 86 ‘) and Everton (Pizzi, 85’)
Coach: Jorge Jesus
Sporting: Antonio Adan; Neto, Goncalo Inacio, Zouhair Feddal (Esgaio, 55 ‘) Pedro Porro, Manuel Ugarte (Nuno Santos, 90’), Matheus Nunes, Matheus; Pedro Goncalves (Bragança, 90 ‘), Paulinho and Pablo Sarabia (Tiago Tomas, 83’)
Coach: Ruben Amorim
Goals: 0-1, Sarabia (8 ‘); 0-2, Paulinho (62 ‘); 0-3, Matheus Nunes (66 ‘); 1-3, Pizzi (95 ‘)
Spectators: 40,000 in Da Luz
Referee: Artur Soares. Yellows to Feddal (1 ‘), Paulinho (1’), Poro (20 ‘), Vertonghen (22’), Weigl (27 ‘), Sarabia (33’), Gonçalves (45 + 3 ‘), Esgaio (73’ ) and Taarabt (87 ‘)
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