Sunday, August 4, 2019

Benfica win their 9th Super Cup in rout of Sporting

Benfica kicked off the upcoming Portuguese season with a 5-0 rout of arch rivals Sporting in the Portuguese Super Cup at the Algarve stadium, winning their second trophy in the last 24 hours after being crowned the International Champions Cup winners yesterday. Benfica's Pizzi and Rafa Silva combined for three goals and three assists in the contest with the former scoring a brace and being named the player of the game. Alex Grimaldo chipped in a free kick goal when he just squeezed the ball between the post and Sporting keeper Renan's out reached hand. Benfica newcomer Chiquinho would end the scoring tapping in a Seferovic pass in extra time.
Sporting's best chances for a goal came from the foot of star midfielder Bruno Fernandes who made sure that Benfica keeper Vladchodimos made a couple of outstanding stops to keep Sporting off the scoreboard. The down side of Benfica's dominating performance is that midfielder Gabriel looked to may have picked up a knock during the game and was substituted, the seriousness of the injury is yet to be determined. Benfica will kick off defense of their league title on Saturday when they host last seasons division two champions Pacos Ferreira.

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