Sunday, September 29, 2019

Benfica continue poor play but still win over Setubal

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Benfica squeak out another victory in the Portuguese League with their 1-0 defeat over Setubal at the Estadio da Luz. It took substitute Carlos Vinicius' goal at the 64th minute for Benfica to earn all three points. Benfica decided to move from a failing strike partnership and started just Seferovic up front with youngster Gedson Fernandes acting as the secondary striker. The first half did not see much action from both clubs with the first and only real scoring chance of the half going to Pizzi at the 35 minute mark when his left footed shot from a difficult angle was stopped by Setubal keeper Makaridze. The second half opened with a Setubal break out were Mansilla was partially in alone on Vlachodimos but his shot went wide off the side netting.
Benfica would then score from a mad scramble off a Grimaldo corner. The teams first shot was stopped by Makaridze off a Ferro kick but Benfica would gain position again after a poor Setubal clear and Rafa Silva's cross was tipped by Makaridze right to striker Carlos Vinicius who's first touch put him in scoring position at the center of the box and he made no mistake to give Benfica the 1-0 lead. Benfica then were reduced to ten men when midfielder Taarabt was handed a straight red card for a hard challenge on Zequinha at the 80th minute. Benfica would then tighten their defensive game as they hung on to defeat Setubal. Next up for Benfica is a Champions League encounter in Russia versus Zenit

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