Benfica beat Turquel today by 3-1, in the semi-final of the Portuguese Women’s Roller Hockey Cup, repeating the triumph of the “black” of the sixfold red championship (4-1), and will try, on Sunday, to conquer the ‘Guts’.
Benfica won the right to play in the final which could give them their ninth consecutive title in the competition, the goals of the team coached by Paulo Almeida being scored by the “double” of Marlene Sousa (seven and 34 minutes) and Marta Severino. (17). The entire Leiria association reduced thanks to Marta Vieira (43).
After winning the sixth national championship against the same Turquel, the “eagles” left for the “final four” of the Portuguese Cup in search of the ninth consecutive title and to confirm the status of favorites for, once again, reinforce the hegemonic status they have in the modality in Portugal.
Turquel presented himself as the formation, in theory, with more capacity to prevent Benfica’s revalidation of the trophy and the game had the characteristics of an early final for the few supporters present at the Pavilhão Municipal Nortecoop, in Maia.
The “red” players came into the game more aggressively, which turned out to be quite open in its initial phase, with opportunities on both sides, but Rita Lopes’ blue card foul on Marlene Sousa ended up unblocking inefficiency until then Benfica in the finalization.
Benfica’s number two did not spoil the duel with Cláudia Vicente and deceived the Turkmen goalkeeper with a simulated free throw to open the scoring in the seventh minute.
From then on, the current holders of the title reduced the rhythm of the game, lengthening the time of the attacks, against a team of Turquel necessarily more defensive.
At a time when Turquel was growing, with some shots giving Maria Vieira a hard time, Benfica ended up reaching the second goal thanks to the “stick” of Inês Severino (17 minutes), who, inside the box , effectively deflected the ball placed by Raquel Santos. .
Without ever giving up, the national vice-champion obtained a penalty, six minutes from the end of the first half, but Rute Costa missed the goal, thus missing a sovereign opportunity to shorten the distances.
The Lisbon side controlled the aftermath of the game in the second half, despite giving the opposition a few scoring chances, but reached the third with a certain naturalness, again through 34-year-old Marlene Sousa in a fast counterattack, completed in the best form. by the captain.
Until the end, there was still time for Turquel’s honor goal, at 43 minutes, from Marta Vieira, who, after stealing the ball in midfield, led an individual movement and, surrounded by the defense from Benfica, found space to score the 3-1 end.
In a comfortable way, Benfica secured passage to the final of the competition, which will be played on Sunday at 12:00 p.m., while waiting for the winner of the second semi-final, between Académica and Académico da Feira, during a meeting scheduled for today, at 3:00 p.m.
Game organized at the municipal pavilion of Nortecoop, in Maia.
On break: 0-2.
0-1, Marlene Sousa, 07 minutes.
0-2, Marta Severino, 17.
0-3, Marlene Sousa, 34.
1-3, Marta Vieira, 43 years old.
Under the arbitration of Pedro Silva, Pedro Miguel Sousa and Fábio Leitão, the teams lined up:
Turquoise: Cláudia Vicente, Carolina Gonçalves, Rita Lopes, Leonor Coelho and Rute Lopes. Also playing: Marta Vieira and Isa Ricardo.
Coach: Nelson Lawrence.
Benfica: Maria Vieira, Marlene Sousa, Beatriz Figueiredo, Maria Sofia Silva and Raquel Santos. Also playing: Catalina Flores, Macarena Ramos and Inês Severino.
Coach: Paul Almeida.
Assistance: About 300 spectators.