Benfica beat Eléctrico, 2-1, and sealed qualification for the play-off final of the national futsal championship.
Repeating the result achieved last Friday, in Ponte de Sor, the reds scored their place in the decisive match of the most important trophy on the national calendar, where they will face Sporting, in what will be another edition of the best derby in the world.
Ivan Chishkala gave the eagles the lead, after just two minutes, in the only goal seen by the fans present at the Pavilhão da Luz in the entire first half.
In the complementary stage, the Alentejo team managed to equalize, in the 26th minute, through Peixinho, leaving in the air the uncertainty of what could happen until the end.
Pulpis’s men felt some difficulties in the face of the selflessness of the Eléctrico players, but a move of high artistic note returned Benfica to the lead: fantastic work by Ivan Chishkala and a back-heel (!) by Rômulo to make it 2-1.
Until the end, the team led by João Freitas Pinto still tried to reach, at least, the draw, with Russo already playing the role of advanced goalkeeper, but André Sousa was imperial during the period in which the Alentejo played in 5×4.
It is thus confirmed that the title will once again be held in Lisbon, with Sporting and Benfica clashing in the championship final for the 15th time, the fourth in a row. The lions, who defend the scepter won last season, are the record holders of championships won (16), precisely double those of Benfica (8).
Remember the game movie:
End of match! Benfica 2 Tram 1.
40 minutes: Afonso Jesus shoots over.
40 minutes: Gustavo Rodrigues, twice in the same play, sees André Sousa denying him the goal.
40 minutes: Ivan Chishkala, with a shot on half back, sends the ball to the left post of the goal of the Alentejo team.
39 minutes: Russo, with everything to equalize, shoots in arc, slightly to the left post of André Sousa’s goal.
37 minutes: Second foul by Tram.
With just over three minutes to go, Eléctrico chose to play in 5×4, with Russo playing the role of forward goalkeeper.
Technical break requested by João Freitas Pinto, Eléctrico’s coach.
36 minutes: Benfica scores! Phenomenal pass by Ivan Chishkala and Rômulo, with a heel (!), gives the Reds the advantage. 2-1.
35 minutes: Yellow card to Matheus Kogikoski.
33 minutes: First foul committed by Tram.
33 minutes: Jacaré yellow card.
33 minutes: First foul committed by Benfica.
33 minutes: Crossed shot by Jacaré and another stop by Diogo Basílio.
32 minutes: Again Robinho trying his luck, from afar, but Diogo Basílio continues to add saves with great effect.
31 minutes: Pass by Ygor Mota and shot by Ferrugem for a safe intervention by André Sousa.
30 minutes: Front shot by Robinho, in the form of Diogo Basílio.
26 minutes: Tram scores! Great job by Hugo Neves and perfect assistance for Peixinho’s first shot. 1-1.
25 minutes: Jacaré shot for another good save by Diogo Basílio.
24 minutes: Matheus Kogikoski’s aerial and Russo’s first-time shot, without dropping the ball, to the left post of the red goal.
24 minutes: Hugo Neves’ cross shot for André Sousa to save.
24 minutes: Pass by Afonso Jesus and cross by Arthur for an excellent intervention by Diogo Basílio.
24 minutes: Great cut by Robinho, preventing Ygor Mota’s shot from heading towards André Sousa’s goal.
23 minutes: Robinho, from afar, shoots for another appeal by Diogo Basílio.
22 minutes: Rômulo, with a cross shot, once again tests Diogo Basílio’s attention.
21 minutes: Strong shot by Ivan Chishkala for a tight save by Diogo Basílio.
Start of the second part!
The reds leave for the break with the minimum advantage, achieved following an excellent shot by Ivan Chishkala, after just 2 minutes. In a very tactical encounter, where the two teams have not printed a very high rhyme, danger has not often been around the goals of André Sousa and Diogo Basílio, but when they have been called to intervene, the goalkeepers of Benfica and Eléctrico, respectively, have responded in the affirmative.
It is expected that the quality will improve during the second 20 minutes, not only because Benfica will want to solve, once and for all, this tie to seal their presence in the play-off final, but also because Eléctrico will aim to prevent, precisely, this desideratum. , being, for that, obliged to win this afternoon, in Luz, to take the decision to the third game.
Break! Benfica 1 Tram 0.
Technical break requested by Pulpis, Benfica coach.
17 minutes: Third foul committed by Benfica.
16 minutes: Rômulo, after being asked by Rocha, tried his hat on Diogo Basílio, but the ball went over the bar of the goal of the Alentejo team.
Technical break requested by João Freitas Pinto, Eléctrico’s coach.
14 minutes: Silvestre Ferreira’s cross shot for Diogo Basílio’s careful save.
12 minutes: Excellent long shot by Gustavo Rodrigues, not to mention André Sousa’s impressive save.
11 minutes: Yellow card to Pulpis, Benfica coach, for protests.
11 minutes: Hugo Neves’ cross shot, at the edge of the area, for another excellent intervention by André Sousa.
11 minutes: Assist by Rômulo and Rocha, with a heel, makes the ball pass within millimeters of the right post of Diogo Basílio’s goal.
10 minutes: Russian shot, at the edge of the area, on the side.
8 minutes: Third fault committed by Tram.
8 minutes: Long shot by Matheus Kogikoski for André Sousa to save.
7 minutes: Hugo Neves flexed from the left to the center and, already inside the area, tried to surprise André Sousa, but the red goalkeeper was attentive and denied him.
6 minutes: Free kick taken by Robinho and Iva Chishkala, with right foot, shot for a good save by Diogo Basílio.
6 minutes: Second fault committed by Tram.
6 minutes: Second foul committed by Benfica.
5 minutes: Arthur and Afonso Jesus pass, in the front zone, tried his luck again, with the shot coming out slightly to the left post.
5 minutes: First foul committed by Benfica.
4 minutes: Assisted by Nílson and Afonso Jesus, already in the area, shot for a save by Diogo Basílio.
4 minutes: First foul committed by Tram.
3 minutes: John Lennon, from afar, shoots hard, but over the bar of André Sousa’s goal.
2 minutes: Benfica scores! Ivan Chishkala, close to the touchline, has a left-footed shot into the back of Diogo Basílio’s net. 1-0.
Start of the match!
Electric (initial five): Diogo Basilio, Rust, Russian ÇJohn Lennon and Ygor Mota
Substitutes: André Correia, Alexey Popovich, Matheus Kogikoski, Gustavo Rodrigues, Peixinho, Hugo Neves and Daniel Airoso
Coach: João Freitas Pinto
Benfica (starting five): André Sousa, Nílson, Robinho ÇIvan Chishkala and Rocha
Substitutes: Martim Figueira, Silvestre Ferreira, Rômulo, Afonso Jesus, Arthur, Rafael Henmi, Carlos Monteiro and Jacaré
Referees: Pedro Costa (AF Coimbra) and Eduardo Coelho (AF Aveiro)
There are already teams!
Jorge Braz, national coach, is at Pavilhão da Luz to watch this Benfica – Tram live. The national coach, remember, had already been present at the João Rocha Pavilion, in the early afternoon of this Sunday, to follow the incidences of Sporting – Fundão.
In the Alentejo squad, Célio Coque is once again left out of João Freitas Pinto’s squad, as the young winger is on loan from Benfica to Eléctrico.
On the red side, Diego Roncaglio, Tayebi and Bruno Cintra are not included in Pulpis’ options, and instead, Silvestre Ferreira and Rômulo are back in the squad of the Spanish coach.
In the second round, however, the eagles prevailed, in a match of the 15th round, held on January 2, 2022, in Luz, with the team led by Pulpis winning 5-3.
The Alentejo emblem will, therefore, do everything in its power to tie these semi-finals, postponing the decision for the black team. Also, remember, beating Benfica will not be a new thing for Eléctrico this season: on October 16, 2021, the 2nd round of the regular phase was played, the team led by João Freitas Pinto beat Benfica (3-1).
Remember that the reds are at an advantage in the tie, as they won the first game, 2-1, held last Friday, at the Ponte de Sor Sports Pavilion.
Benfica welcomes Eléctrico this afternoon (5 pm), in game 2 of the semi-finals of the play-off of the national futsal championship, which will take place at Pavilhão da Luz, in Lisbon. BOLA online will follow the game step by step and counts on you, dear reader. Come with us, it’s part of our initial five…