Sporting beat Benfica, 4-3, in the third game of the play-off final, held on Saturday night, at Pavilhão João Rocha, in Lisbon, and became two-time national futsal champion.
After having won the first two games, both in extra time, the lions beat the eagles again and closed the championship.
At half-time, the story seemed told, thanks to goals from Pauleta, Diego Cavinato and Fernando Cardinal, but the second half offered a different story, with the Reds betting on reversing the course of events to force game 4. André Sousa reduced the disadvantage, and not even Zicky Té’s goal annihilated Benfica’s dream. Pulpis’ men still managed to find strength to re-enter the discussion of the result, with a double from Arthur leaving uncertainty in the marker until the end.
And at the last second (!) the tie could even have been a reality, but Arthur, after Robinho’s corner, shot at Guitta’s goal post.
It was the swan song for the eagles and, from then on, the João Rocha Pavilion, which was bursting at the seams, exploded with joy to celebrate yet another achievement of the lions under the command of Nuno Dias, which, in this way, becomes the coach with the most national titles: it was the seventh championship won by the current Sporting coach who, in this way, surpassed Orlando Duarte (6).
Remember the game movie:
End of match! Sporting 4 Benfica 3. Sporting becomes two-time national futsal champion.
40 minutes: Robinho and Arthur’s right corner, in the center of the area, hits the left post of Guitta’s goal.
40 minutes: Great shot by Robinho, from mid-range, but the ball took paint off the right post of Guitta’s goal.
39 minutes: Technical break requested by Nuno Dias, Sporting coach.
39 minutes: Benfica scores! Excellent move by Robinho down the right flank and, already on the end line, perfect assistance for Arthur to reduce the disadvantage. 4-3.
37 minutes: Fifth foul committed by Benfica. There are 3 minutes and 2 seconds left in the game.
37 minutes: Technical break requested by Pulpis, Benfica coach.
37 minutes: Alex Merlim takes a long shot, trying to take advantage of the fact that Benfica doesn’t have a goalkeeper in the goal, but the ball goes slightly off the side of the post.
36 minutes: Afonso Jesus hits the side mesh of Guitta’s goal.
Benfica starts to play in 5×4. Ivan Chishkala takes on the role of forward goalkeeper. There are 5 minutes and 15 seconds left in the game.
34 minutes: Yellow card to Afonso Jesus.
34 minutes: Fourth foul committed by Benfica.
34 minutes: Benfica scores! Arthur’s excellent run down the left flank and not even the opposition of Zicky Té prevented the Brazilian’s strong shot from the eagles to the back of the net of Guitta’s goal. 4-2.
33 minutes: Sporting scores! Zicky Té, at the close of goal, just had to touch. 4-1.
32 minutes: Yellow card to Zicky Té and Rômulo.
31 minutes: Second foul committed by Sporting.
31 minutes: Third foul committed by Benfica.
30 minutes: Pauleta, after flexing from the right to the center, shoots hard, with his left foot, making the ball go very close to the left post of André Sousa’s goal.
29 minutes: Yellow card to Pauleta.
29 minutes: First foul committed by Sporting.
28 minutes: Carlos Monteiro’s pass and Arthur’s deflection, with his right foot, is returned by the left post of Guitta’s goal.
26 minutes: Second foul committed by Benfica.
26 minutes: Benfica scores! André Sousa’s long-range shot, the ball subtly deflects on Alex Merlim and enters Guitta’s goal. 3-1.
25 minutes: First foul committed by Benfica.
24 minutes: Robinho, at the entrance of the area, and seeing Guitta’s advance, tries to poke the ball, but the leonine goalkeeper, on top of the area line, catches it.
23 minutes: A sugary pass from Pany Varela and Pauleta, at close range, deflects at first, with André Sousa’s excellent intervention denying the lions’ fourth goal.
22 minutes: Ivan Chishkala, after getting Zicky Té out of the way, shot hard, but with Guitta’s figure.
Start of the second part!
Sporting has a hand and a half on the title. The lions go to rest winning by 3-0, the result of an extremely competent first half and that even had moments of great brilliance.
Pauleta, after 5 minutes, opened the scoring, following an assist from Erick Mendonça, and Diego Cavinato, in the 13th minute, and after a throw-in from Alex Merlim, increased the lead.
Benfica could have reduced it in the 17th minute, but Arthur, in the conversion of a 10-meter free-kick (sixth foul committed by Sporting), shot the right post of the goal of Gonçalo Portugal, who was called up to try to defend the dead ball.
They didn’t mark the eagles… they marked the lions again. Close to half-time, and after Pauleta’s excellent work on the right, Fernando Cardinal, at the entrance of the area, shot the ball and gave Nuno Dias’s men even greater advantage. And the 3-0 once again fueled a huge party for the public present at the João Rocha Pavilion, who felt that the title’s accounts could be closed this evening…
Break! Sporting 3 Benfica 0.
20 minutes: Technical break requested by Nuno Dias, Sporting coach.
18 minutes: Sporting scores! Pauleta’s work on the right flank and a perfect assist for Fernando Cardinal who, at the entrance of the area, only had to pull over to make it 3-0.
17 minutes: Arthur, in the transformation of the 10-meter free-kick, shoots the right post of the goal of Gonçalo Portugal (who was called to the leonine goal to defend this dead ball).
17 minutes: Sixth foul committed by Sporting. Benfica will benefit from a 10-meter free kick.
16 minutes: Jacaré yellow card.
16 minutes: Fifth foul committed by Benfica. There are 4 minutes and 17 seconds left until the break.
16 minutes: André Sousa’s hand throw, from one area to the other, and Arthur, after jumping higher than Guitta, heads the bar of the leonine goal.
16 minutes: Alex Merlim, after an excellent individual play, shot just over the bar of André Sousa’s goal.
14 minutes: Fifth foul committed by Sporting. There are 6 minutes and 17 seconds left until the break.
14 minutes: Fourth foul committed by Sporting.
More than 10 minutes later the match is resumed in Alvalade.
Frederico Varandas, president of Sporting, is in the tribune of honor at the João Rocha Pavilion to watch the eternal derby.
A problem with an acrylic that is behind Benfica’s bench forced the game to be interrupted. The spirits are calm, there are no problems to register in the stands, and the refereeing duo is just waiting for the floor next to the reds’ substitute bench to be cleaned so that the match can be resumed.
13 minutes: Sporting scores! Set pieces charged by Alex Merlim and Diego Cavinato, in the face of André Sousa, deflected to 2-0.
12 minutes: Yellow card to Fernando Cardinal.
12 minutes: Yellow card to Bruno Cintra.
12 minutes: Fourth foul committed by Benfica.
12 minutes: Strong shot by Erick Mendonça, over André Sousa’s crossbar.
12 minutes: Yellow card to Robinho.
12 minutes: Third foul committed by Benfica.
12 minutes: Pany Varela’s long pass and Fernando Cardinal’s first shot, in rotation, for André Sousa’s careful defense.
11 minutes: Second foul committed by Benfica.
10 minutes: Third foul committed by Sporting.
10 minutes: Afonso Jesus’ frontal shot, with the ball going just over the right post of Guitta’s goal.
10 minutes: Assisted by Afonso Jesus and Arthur, with everything to equalize, curled shot, wide.
9 minutes: Second foul committed by Sporting.
9 minutes: Following the move, Guitta tries to take advantage of André Sousa’s lead, but the Brazilian international’s shot goes just wide of the eagles’ goal.
9 minutes: André Sousa pass and Arthur, head, throws the figure of Guitta.
8 minutes: Technical break requested by Pulpis, Benfica coach.
8 minutes: First foul committed by Benfica.
7 minutes: Pass from Zicky Té to Diego Cavinato, with the Italian international’s shot being blocked by André Sousa.
7 minutes: Robinho tries his luck, from a long way off, but the ball goes off the right post of Guitta’s goal.
7 minutes: Tomás Paçó shot for a beautiful intervention by André Sousa.
5 minutes: Sporting scores! Assisted by Erick Mendonça and Pauleta, at the edge of the area, right-footed shot for the first of the night in Alvalade. 1-0.
4 minutes: Another serious threat from Sporting and again by Pany Varela: the front shot by number 18 of the lions hits the left post of André Sousa’s goal.
4 minutes: Afonso Jesus, after a fine individual effort, sees Guitta deny him the goal.
3 minutes: Pany Varela, from mid-range, tests André Sousa’s attention, with the red goalkeeper defending for a corner.
2 minutes: Robinho, down to the right flank, shoots with his left foot, just over Guitta’s goal post.
2 minutes: Ivan Chishkala’s cross shot, Guitta’s tight defense, and Afonso Jesus, in the rebound, shoots over the bar.
2 minutes: First foul committed by Sporting.
1 minute: Alex Merlim’s cross shot, with the ball coming very close to the right post of André Sousa’s goal.
Start of the match!
Benfica (starting five): André Sousa, Romulo, Robinho ÇIvan Chishkala and Rocha
Sporting (starting five): Guitta, Tomás Paço, João Matos ÇDiego Cavinato and Alex Merlin
Coach: Nuno Dias
Referees: Cristiano Santos and Ruben Santos (AF Porto)
There are already teams!
Bernardo Paçó, Waltinho, Caio Ruiz and Miguel Ângelo were the players passed over by Sporting coach Nuno Dias.
Robinho is back in Pulpis’ options. Instead, the coach of the eagles cannot count on Tayebi, who is injured. Diego Roncaglio and Nílson, both by choice, are not included in the Spanish coach’s accounts.
Remember that Sporting won the first two games (5-4 and 4-3), both in extra time.
Sporting and Benfica meet this Saturday night (9 pm), at Pavilhão João Rocha, in Lisbon, in game 3 of the play-off final of the national futsal championship. In case of victory, the lions automatically become national champions. Benfica, in turn, want to prevent the green and white party, defeating the eternal rival and keeping the title flame alive. As always, A BOLA online will tell you all about the best futsal derby in the world. Are you already equipped, dear reader? It’s going to play at first…