Benfica-Sevilla, 0-1 (historical past) | MORE FOOTBALL

Benfica misplaced. The determination, which can appear uncommon for a group that performed its thirty fourth recreation at this time – between official and personal video games – is, this yr, uncommon.

But it is true: Benfica misplaced 1-0, in a non-public recreation towards Sevilla, performed this Sunday, on the Estádio Algarve.

Readers will ask: what justifies the primary defeat of what has been, till now, the most effective Portuguese group this season?

There could possibly be a number of solutions, comparable to the dearth of essential gamers (worldwide gamers Enzo Fernández, António Silva, João Mário and Otamendi) or the dearth of music – Schmidt not too long ago gave the gamers 10 days of mini-holiday.

But there’s something else: Benfica’s second half was lower than what the crimson group is used to.

The recreation began properly once more. The Reds went in fearlessly, however, going ahead, they discovered a group that confirmed as soon as once more that they weren’t within the Algarve simply to play a pleasant recreation.

The first signal of actual hazard was left by Sevilla: within the eighth minute, Nianzou led, close to the put up, after a nook taken by Suso.

Benfica responded quickly after, on 10m, by Musa.

The Croatian striker struck onerous, inside the realm, forcing Dmitrovic to make two saves.

But the primary half was performed in the course of the sport and at a pre-season tempo: the quantity, which was initially introduced, lasted a complete of 45 minutes.

The finest likelihood of all the first half ended, nevertheless, for Benfica.

Captain Rafa – who, it should be stated, at all times managed the crimson assault with the disruptive pace we all know him – obtained a cross from Draxler, ran in the direction of the aim, tried a hat, however Dmitrovic stretched and defended (40m and).

For the second half, Roger Schmit made an actual change.

The 11 who began, left and Benfica left for the second half with a brand new group: Samuel Soares, Gilberto, Lucas Veríssimo, Morato, Ristic, Aursnes, Paulo Bernardo, Neres, Gil Dias, Henrique Araújo and Rodrigo Pinho.

On the Spanish facet, Sampaoli… did not change anybody.

The guess of the crimson coach didn’t repay: the sport was confused and the constructive indicators that Benfica left within the first half disappeared within the second half.

Sevilla had been good and scored the aim within the 61st minute.

After a messy throw, Rekik assisted Rakitic. The Croatian shot along with his left foot, inside the realm, with no likelihood for Samuel Soares.

Unusually this season, Benfica discovered themselves in peril, however, shortly after 72m, Rodrigo Pinho may restore parity.

The Brazilian striker began from the center, bumped into the realm and shot, however the Seville goalkeeper saved it.

Until the top, there was no extra: the sport was temperature, and a member of Sevilla’s bench regardless of being despatched off, and Henrique Araújo, at 90 + 3m, had the final likelihood to keep away from a crimson return.

In the thirty fourth recreation, Benfica, who will now face Moreirense on the seventeenth to resolve their place within the League Cup, misplaced.


Algarve Stadium

Caller: Miguel Nogueira

Sponsors: Nuno Pires and Rui Cidade

Caller 4: Helder Carvalho

BENFICA: Helton Leite (Samuel Soares, 46m); André Almeida (Gilberto, 46m), João Victor (Lucas Veríssimo, 46m), Brooks Morato, 46m), Grimaldo (Ristic, 46m); Florentino (Aursnes, 46m), Chiquinho (Paulo Bernardo, 46m), Diogo Gonçalves (Neres, 46m/João Neves, 77m), Draxler (Henrique Araújo, 46m), Rafa (Gil Dias, 46m) and Musa (Rodrigo Pinho, 46m) ).

SEVILLE: Dmitrovic; Navas (Nacho Quintana, 71m), Nianzou (Salas, 71m), Gudelj (José Angel, 46m), Rekik (Ortiz, 71m); Jordán, Fernando (Johansson, 71m), Rakitic (Bueno, 71m), Óliver Torres (Hormigo, 71m), Rafa Mir (Isaac, 71m) and Suso (Carlos Álvarez, 41m).

During the break: 0-0

Notes: Racket (61m)

Title: Yellow card for Lucas Veríssimo (66m), Isaac (80m), Gilberto (89m).

The closing outcome: 1-0


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