BOLA – Benfica is national champion (Women’s Football)

Benfica beat Sporting 3-1 and won the women’s football championship twice.

On a summer afternoon, in the heart of Estádio da Luz, the red emblem not only managed to defeat the eternal rival and celebrate another national title, but also managed to beat the attendance record in a women’s football game in Portugal: 14,221 spectators were present. in the Benfica amphitheater and, in this way, the number reached in the 2019/2020 season, also in Luz and also with Benfica and Sporting face to face.

Carole Costa, after 2 minutes, opened the scoring for the eagles, and Andreia Faria, at 12 minutes, increased the contention. The 2-0 at half-time gave Filipa Patão’s men – who just needed a draw to celebrate – a very comfortable margin for the second stage, a period in which Sporting tried to react but always bumped into Katelin Dalbert, the networks faced that defended almost everything there was to defend.

And when Ana Vitória, in the 75th minute, shot for the 3-0, it was practically doomed that the title would not escape the benfiquistas.

Sporting’s goal of honor came practically in the last bid, at 90+8 minutes, when Andreia Jacinto, in a very confusing bid, ended up shooting into the back of the net of the opposing goal. Before that, Joana Marchão had already missed a penalty, allowing an excellent save to Katelin Talbert.

After winning the title last season, Benfica celebrated again this season. As soon as the final whistle blew, and under the watchful eye of Rui Costa, the red-faced president who followed the match from the presidential stand at Estádio da Luz, the eagles’ players gave wings to their joy and, in communion with the fans present in the stands, celebrated for several minutes.

This was followed by the delivery of the medals and the trophy on the Luz lawn, by Humberto Coelho, vice-president of the Portuguese Football Federation, a moment that led the two-time national champions to delirium.

End of match! Benfica 3 Sporting 1.

90+8 minutes: Sporting scores! Joana Marchão’s free-kick, Katelin Dalbert punches the ball forward and Andreia Jacinto shoots with a left foot, with the ball still being deflected by Christy Ucheibe, into the goal. 3-1.

90+7 minutes: Francisca Nazareth yellow card.

90+5 minutes: Joana Marchão left Sílvia Rebelo along the way and, in the face of Katelin Dalbert, shoots for another extraordinary save by Benfica’s American goalkeeper.

A minimum of 8 minutes of additional time was granted for the second half.

90 minutes: Joana Marchão, in the conversion of the maximum penalty, finishes for an excellent intervention of Katelin Dalbert, for corner.

89 minutes: Penalty for Sporting! Catarina Amado foul on Diana Silva.

87 minutes: Double substitution in the Benfica team, with the departures of Beatriz Cameirão and Cloé Lacasse, for the entrances of Ana Seiça and Maria Negrão.

The number of spectators present at Estádio da Luz was announced: 14,221. The attendance record in women’s football matches in Portugal is broken!

81 minutes: Yellow card to Fátima Pinto.

77 minutes: Double substitution in the Sporting team, with the departure of Joana Martins and Carolina Beckert, for the entrances of Vera Cid and Ana Teles.

75 minutes: Benfica scores! Pass from Pauleta to Ana Vitória, the ball bounces off Bruna Lourenço and Alicia Correia, it goes back to the number 10 of the eagles who, in the face of Doris Bacic, shoots placed for 3-0.

72 minutes: Substitution in the Benfica team, with the departure of Jessica Silva and the entry of Christy Ucheibe.

71 minutes: Yellow card to Jessica Silva.

70 minutes: Stop at the meeting to hydrate the players.

69 minutes: Yellow card to Carolina Beckert.

68 minutes: Diana Silva’s individual move, a cross to the center of the small area and a providential cut by Catarina Amado, who had Joana Marchão on her back ready to aim for the goal. In the rebound, Chandra Davidson, with a header, saw Catarina Amado deny him the goal on the line.

67 minutes: Excellent pass by Pauleta and Francisca Nazareth, in the face of Doris Bacic, tried for the hat, but the leonine goalkeeper denied her the intentions.

62 minutes: Double substitution in the Benfica team, with the departures of Lúcia Alves and Andreia Faria, for the entrances of Valéria Cantuário and Francisca Nazareth.

57 minutes: Great shot by Andreia Jacinto, from the middle of the street, for no less spectacular save by Katelin Talbert, for a corner. Moment of enormous spectacularity in Luz!

49 minutes: What a loss for Ana Vitória! The number 10 of the eagles, completely isolated in the face of Doris Bacic, tried to get the ball out of the reach of the leonine goalkeeper as much as possible, but saw his shot go just over the left post of Sporting’s goal.

46 minutes: Substitution at Sporting, with the departure of Mariana Rosa and the entry of Alicia Correia.

Start of the second part!

With a very comfortable advantage, since a draw will be enough to win the title, Benfica is on the verge of repeating the feat achieved last season and, in this way, reaching the first double championship in its history.

Sporting tried to react, managed to make some arrivals near the red goal, but the truth is that the lionesses were not able to really bother Katelin Talbert, Benfica’s American goalkeeper who was always showing safety between the posts.

A devastating entry by Benfica into the game left the title doors wide open. Carole Costa, after 2 minutes, took advantage of a false start by Doris Bacic to open the scoring, and it was up to Andreia Faria, 10 minutes later, to increase the contention, following a rebound from a move by Cloé Lacasse on the left and which Fátima Pinto, in the center of the area, could not relieve.

Interval! Benfica 2 Sporting 0!

45+5 minutes: Long pass by Andreia Jacinto and Chandra Davidson, already in the area, shot the ball with his left foot to the side net of Benfica’s goal.

45+4 minutes: Free kick from Joana Marchão’s right, straight to the goal, but Katelin Talbert was attentive and punched the ball preventing greater harm.

Added 5 minutes of minimum additional time to the first half.

42 minutes: Chandra Davidson’s powerful shot from the edge of the area, just off the left post.

34 minutes: Shot by Brenda Pérez from afar, far over the crossbar from Katelin Talbert.

30 minutes: Yellow card for Pauleta.

29 minutes: Excellent individual work by Cloé Lacasse who, inside the small area, shoots against the body of Bruna Lourenço, who literally prevented the goal of the Canadian international Benfica.

29 minutes: Cross from the right by Cloé Lacasse and Beatriz Cameirão, at the edge of the area, kicks in for an attentive save by Doris Bacic.

28 minutes: Cloé Lacasse, on the counterattack, shoots weakly into the hands of Doris Bacic.

24 minutes: Stop at the meeting for the hydration of the players. It’s very hot in Luz…

21 minutes: Mariana Rosa’s cross from the right and Sílvia Rebelo’s providential cut for a corner, preventing the ball from reaching Chandra Davidson, who was already ready to finish.

15 minutes: Mariana Rosa’s initiative, who escaped from the marking of Lúcia Alves, pass to Diana Silva who, already in the area, delivers a cross, slightly to the side of the right post of the red goal.

12 minutes: Benfica scores! Cloé Lacasse’s play, who flexed from the left to the center with the ball under control, and after a rebound (Fátima Pinto didn’t get the relief), Andreia Faria shot a cross for 2-0.

9 minutes: Cross from the left half of Andreia Jacinto, but Mariana Rosa, in the center of the area, does not manage to deflect and the ball calmly reaches the hands of Katelin Talbert.

3 minutes: Benfica scores! Pauleta’s right corner, Doris Bacic had a bad approach to the play and Carole Costa, at the edge of the area, slightly dropped to the left, shot strong and placed for 1-0.

Start of the match!

It is the second time that Estádio da Luz has hosted a women’s football match between Benfica and Sporting. In the 2019/2020 season, more precisely on October 19, 2019, eagles and lionesses faced each other in the red enclosure, with the home team smiling the victory (3-0). On that date, the record for attendance at women’s football matches in Portugal was broken, with 12,812 spectators present at Luz. Is today? Will this number be beaten?

Benfica: Katelin Talbert, Catarina Amado, Sílvia Rebelo ÇCarole Costa, Lúcia Alves, Andreia Faria, Pauleta, Beatriz Cameirão, Ana Vitória, Jessica Silva and Cloé Lacasse

Substitutes: Carolina Vilão, Ana Seiça, Valéria Cantuário, Maria Negrão, Christy Ucheibe, Francisca Nazareth and Lara Pintassilgo

Trainer: Filipa Patão

Sporting: Doris Bacic, Carolina Beckert, Bruna Lourenço, Joana Marchão, Mariana Rosa, Fátima Pinto ÇAndreia Jacinto, Joana Martins, Brenda Pérez, Diana Silva and Chandra Davidson

Substitutes: Hanna Seabert, Rita Fontemanha, Ana Teles, Melisa Hasanbegovic, Francisca Silva, Vera Cid and Alicia Correia

Coach: Mariana Cabral

Referee: Filipa Cunha (AF Viana do Castelo)

Assistants: Sara Alves and Rafaela Almeida

4th Arbitrator: Joana Pinto

There are already teams!

Remember that Benfica is the current holder of the trophy. Last season, on the 14th and final round of the championship qualifying phase, Filipa Patão’s men, who also only needed a draw to secure the title, won against Sporting (3-0), and from that In this way, they won the first women’s football championship in the history of the red emblem.

The eagles enter this penultimate round in the lead of the championship, with 33 points, while the lionesses are in 2nd position, with 27. This means that, in the event of a victory or a draw, Benfica is crowned national champion. .

Benfica and Sporting will face each other this afternoon (4 pm), in a match referring to the 12th round of the BPI League champion qualification phase, which will be held at Estádio da Luz. BOLA online will follow the eternal derby hand in hand. Don’t miss…

Good afternoon!


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