Sunday, August 11, 2019

Benfica open campaign with thumping of Pacos

Benfica opened defense of their Portuguese league title with a 5-0 thumping of newly promoted Pacos Ferreira in front of a home crowd of over 62,000 fans at the Estadio da Luz. Benfica opened the scoring with a "Golaco" from young right back Nuno Tavares who picked out the top corner from a good 40 meters out. Benfica was then awarded a kick from the penalty spot when Pacos defender Bruno Santos got his hand on a cross into the box for Raul de Tomas and Pizzi stepped up to the penalty spot, converting to double the lead and it remained this way until half time. Pacos Ferreira's 

Bernardo Martins then received his second yellow card with twenty five minutes left in the game, putting Pacos down to ten men. Benfica would capitalize on this with three goals in a fourteen minute span, as last seasons leading scorer Seferovic would get on the board finishing a nifty pass from substitute Chiquinho. Pizzi followed with his second of the game after a master class of passing from Nuno Tavares and Chiquinho set the midfielder alone on the keeper. Newly acquired Carlos Vinicius rounded out the scoring converting a pass from Nuno Tavares after entering the game six minutes prior. Benfica will next face Belenenses on the road next weekend in a Lisbon Derby.

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