Maritimo’s dream was alive. Well alive. The second division side proved its reasons for reaching the Portuguese Cup semi-finals after leaving teams like Azeméis or Elétrico futsal along the way. A very daring team, even brave, blocking all the roads to the goal and forcing Benfica to serve … to the limit.
The first part was balanced. With dangerous shots, from both sides, with Benfica only hitting the goal with a free kick. A corner kick by Romulo and Tibi, without any control, beat Moreira. Navy reaction. He grew up and never shrank, creating several occasions to get into the lottery. He succeeded, towards the end of the first half, in a move in which Arthur looked bad in the photo, and Claudinho, with his left-footed grenade, overpowered Andre Sousa.
In the last step, nothing has changed. Marítimo, always with his high streaks, has shown ambition. And Benfica had to pull the gallons with some characters to stand out, especially Robinho who put on a bid for the second red goal, which Jaccari confirmed. A goal felt by the islanders who lost some spark at the end of the half hour gameplay.
The eagles’ calm was achieved only when the story of the game began. Through a corner kick taken by Nelson, he puts it in Robinho with the last shot first, passing the ball between Moreira’s legs. One of the moments of the night. Maritimo, for the inevitable Claudinho, still held back and kept the dream of a tie… 15 seconds from the end. Fate was already decided but the dream, this dream, was always alive. Benfica had to sweat. and suffering…
Here are the highlights of the match:
end of the match.
39′ Maritimo scored 3-2 by Claudinho. Bomb from the Brazilian to freeze the red fans.
An artistic break requested by the Navy.
34′ A goal from Benfica, 3-1 to Robinho. A formidable goal from the experienced player materialized again after a corner kick, with the help of Nilton, with Robinho first, passing the ball between Moreira’s legs.
32 ‘ Moreira avoids Arthur’s goal again with an excellent stretch.
The game enters a frosty tone a few minutes after the end. Moreira, the goalkeeper of the islanders, continues to try to fulfill Maritimo’s dream and continues to keep the tie alive.
27′ Jacari has a cross and Moreira can only catch the second. Benfica is fast paced.
26′ Benfica goal, 2-1 for Jacari. Robinho is unbalanced and gave it to the Brazilian who only had to press the goal line after Moreira’s false start. The incarnate passes forward.
24′ Tibi wins the duel with Lucas Amparo, but Moreira, with a quick exit, avoids the worst.
The Navy continues to surprise. Playing with their high lines, pressing and shortening the spaces against Benfica, who had some difficulties going forward.
21′ Yellow card for Jose (Maritimo).
The second part is already being played in Sines.
19 ‘ Almost Afonso Jesus score!
Technical break for Benfica again from the end of the first half.
19 ‘ This time, Andre Sousa, the Eagles’ goalkeeper, was going up and trying to shoot the ball. Moreira took the lead and defended.
17′ Another attempt by Jose, by space, to risk the shot for Andre Sousa’s strong defense.
Technical rest for navigation.
15′ Maritimo scored 1-1 by Claudinho. The Brazilian takes Arthur away, turns towards Andre Sousa’s goal and shoots hard with his left foot. The ball goes down and Andre Sousa is surprised!
15th’ With Moreira out of position, Bruno Sintra risks the long-range shot but it moves too far. Benfica wakes up again.
14′ What a Claudinho bomb! Nicolas Corner and he is, at first, shooting hard, in a beautiful artistic gesture. Andre Sousa looked undefeated, but the ball came close to the post.
12′ Free Nikola, in the frontal area, with André Souza deflection. Maritimo continues to play well and reacts well to Tibi’s goal.
11′ Yellow card to Silvestre Ferreira (Benfica).
Ten minutes into the match, Benfica felt some difficulty entering the more consistent defensive zone in Madeira. The goal, which came after a dead ball, reflects the difficulties embodied in the face of Maritimo’s good entry.
8′ Benfica goal 1-0 for Tibi. Romulo launched from the corner kick and the Iranian shot in the heart of the area to score the first goal of the match.
6′ Robinho speeds up, gains space and shoots hard but the ball is widening. Play with good strength from side to side.
5′ Alessandro Almeida hits a cross pass and Andre Sousa grabbed tightly.
4′ Great job by Jacaré, who greeted him on the edge of the box and with the back heel nearly betrayed goalkeeper Moreira.
3′ Tight response to Andre Souza’s shot by Jose. An ambitious entry by the islanders.
1 ‘ The first threat to Benfica, with Arthur risking to shoot the ball with great force.
The game started in Sines
the reviewer: Miguel Castillo and Wilson Soares
3 judgment: Joao Senval
timekeeper: Gustavo Pereira
Navy (first five): Moreira (GR), Nicholas, Papao, Jose and Kaichi
alternates: Rodrigo Moura, Henrique, Pincha (cap.), Lucas, Marco Gomez, Claudio, Freddy, Alessandro
Coach: Bruno Salgado
Benfica (five starters): Andre Sousa (GR), Nelson, Arthur, Bruno Sintra and Jacari
alternates: Diego Roncalio, Martim Figueira, Silvestre, Afonso, Rafael Henmi, Robinho (cap.), Chichkala, Rocha, Romulo, Tibi, Carlos Monteiro