Benfica 5-0 Sporting

Benfica claimed the 2019 Portuguese Super Cup after a second-half capitulation from ten-man Sporting saw the Primeira Liga champions put five past the Lions in a 5-0 thrashing, as the two Lisbon outfits went head-to-head in the Estádio do Algarve, tonight.

After a competitive first half of football, edged by Benfica following Rafa Silva’s opener, two goals in quick succession set the Eagles into a 3-0 lead midway through the second period.

A Pizzi brace took the score to four soon after, leaving the final honours to new-boy Chiquinho to pick up, as the ex-Moreirense man got himself off the mark in red and white to conclude a forgettable night for Sporting.

Marcel Keizer reverted to a back five for the occasion at kick-off, enabling Luis Neto to pick up his official debut for the club, as Lage unleashed his new signing, Raúl de Tomas, to partner Haris Seferovic in Benfica’s attack.

A lightning start from Sporting almost saw the Lions take the lead just two minutes in, countering via Bruno Fernandes before prompting Ferro to turn his intervention towards his own net, as Odisseas Vlachodimos got down well to palm the potential own-goal wide.

De Tomas took aim for the first time in the 10th minute as Sporting failed to clear their lines from Pizzi’s corner, but the Spaniard’s on-target volley traveled kindly into Renan’s orbit for the Brazilian’s stop.

Approaching the half-hour mark, Bruno Fernandes edged us closer to the game’s first goal with a first-time shot aimed at Vlachodimos’ goal, who was in turn forced to reply to the strike with an important save.

The two came face-to-face once more in the 37th minute, as Acuña slipped Bruno Fernandes in on goal via the left before Benfica’s goalkeeper came out on top, gathering up a low drive caught under him. 


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Benfica’s response was positive, breaking the deadlock soon after through Rafa Silva with a side-footed volley across goal, ghosting in at the back-post to meet Pizzi’s cross five minutes from the break.

A chance apiece set up another entertaining half of football before Rafa, dispossessing Jeremy Mathieu just outside the Frenchman's own box, returned Pizzi the favour to assist Benfica’s second goal of the night in the 60th minute.

Sebastian Coates’ challenge from behind offered the Eagles another opportunity to pile further misery onto the Green & Whites via a free-kick, duly taken by Grimaldo to put Benfica 3-0 up in the 63rd minute.

Stunned, Sporting came close to shipping in a fourth soon after via Seferovic, with Renan standing strong to deny the Swiss hitman. Lage’s men remained keen to rub salt into the wounds, however, profiting from yet another Rafa and Pizzi combination for the latter’s brace in the 76th minute, squeezing a finish under the goalkeeper on his left foot.

The night’s sour taste intensified for Sporting when they were reduced to ten men after Idrissa Doumbia's second bookable offence, and then Chiquinho, on his debut, dealt the Lions a final blow with Benfica’s fifth from close range, concluding a 5-0 victory for the Eagles.

By Patrick Ribeiro

Benfica XI: Odisseas Vlachodimos - Nuno Tavares, Rúben Dias, Ferro, Alejandro Grimaldo - Rafa, Florentino Luís, Gabriel (Chiquinho, 83’), Pizzi (Adel Taarabt, 83’) - Raúl de Tomas (Jota, 88), Haris Seferovic

Sporting XI: Renan Ribeiro - Luis Neto, Sebastian Coates (Abdoulay Diaby, 66’), Jeremy Mathieu - Marcos Acuña (Cristian Borja, 84’), Wendel, Idrissa Doumbia, Thierry Correia - Bruno Fernandes, Bas Dost (Luiz Phellype, 66’), Raphinha

 

Goals:

[1-0] - Rafa Silva (40’)

[2-0] - Pizzi (60’)

[3-0] - Alejandro Grimaldo (64’)

[4-0] - Pizzi (76’)

[5-0] - Chiquinho (90’)

 

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Well last year was something special for Sporting CP winning those two cups after what happen the summer before, but I guess now we are seeing that summer's consequences for sure, while Benfica and Porto can just go and buy players, Sporting...

Well last year was something special for Sporting CP winning those two cups after what happen the summer before, but I guess now we are seeing that summer's consequences for sure, while Benfica and Porto can just go and buy players, Sporting can't do anything and what is this I'm hearing about when Bruno Fernandes is sold all the money will just go to the bank... just says it all really

I wasn't expecting Sporting to win to be honest but wasn't expecting 5-0 just shows how much Sporting replies on Bruno Fernandes to carry the team and when hes gone, looking at that team I can't see anyone who is even worthy of tying his shoe laces let alone replace him.

The difference in confidence between Sporting's players and Benfica was out of this world, feel bad for Bruno Fernandes as this is probably his last game and he goes out like this but we all knew he was too good for the club to stay given how Sporting need money.

Oh well I hope things can change but I don't see Sporting challenging for the title given how weak their depth is

R.I.P Sporting

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This is what Sporting has become after BDC leaves. He at least fought for the club and had them on the road back to being a top team in Portugal.

The attack on the team was
Orchestrated by be benfica to frame bdc and that’s why he is no longer...

This is what Sporting has become after BDC leaves. He at least fought for the club and had them on the road back to being a top team in Portugal.

The attack on the team was
Orchestrated by be benfica to frame bdc and that’s why he is no longer president.

Sporting will be a mid table team
For the foreseeable
Future until they get a proper president.
And yes I am a sporting fan.

I also think Porto has a bleak
Future, benfica will
Keep winning titles every year and when they don’t Porto might win here and there .

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Make your mind up z. About a month ago you had declared Sporting Champions in waiting for the season ahead. Now you are mid-table at best and coming up with fantastic conspiracy stories! It is almost like you are total blinkered and totally...

Make your mind up z. About a month ago you had declared Sporting Champions in waiting for the season ahead. Now you are mid-table at best and coming up with fantastic conspiracy stories! It is almost like you are total blinkered and totally reactionary, the worst kind of the football "fan"

"--Z--

I approve of these dealings."
Mark my words, Sporting will be Campeao 2019/20. Força!"
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Fantastic way for SLB to finish off an impressive pre-season showing and to kick off the new season! I knew we were the big favorites to win last night, but I certainly didn't expect such a large margin of victory. I think 5-0 is a little harsh...

Fantastic way for SLB to finish off an impressive pre-season showing and to kick off the new season! I knew we were the big favorites to win last night, but I certainly didn't expect such a large margin of victory. I think 5-0 is a little harsh on Sporting, who were really in the game up until the hour mark, and had some good chances to take the lead in the first half. The Sporting coach should be concerned though about how they capitulated after going 2-0 down in the second half, that can't be allowed to happen at this level. The thing is though with Lage's teams, as we saw last season, is a ruthless offensive efficiency. We create a lot of chances in the box and we put them away, this is why we saw goleada after goleada in the second half of last season, and again last night.

All in all our squad is looking good, stronger than last season, or at least more options anyway. A lot of people feared the effect that losing Joao Felix would have on our attack. For me, while it was disappointing losing such a great young talent after no time at all, I still maintain that the size of the fee for such an inexperienced player (as talented as he is) was a great deal for the club, and has meant we could invest in strengthening the squad. In any case, the great second half of last season was all down to a team ethic and everyone doing their bit. If we had to single out one particular player who was the most important player last season....it wasn't even Felix anyway, it was Pizzi without any doubt. His constant assists and general effectiveness in the final attacking third were simply awesome last season, and he basically carried that on last night with two goals and yet another assist.

What I really liked last night was the fact that we scored 5 goals, and none of the goals were scored by the front two of Seferovic and De Tomas (both impressed neverthless). This shows we have goals all over the team. De Tomas has looked sharp and a more than able replacement for Felix as the second forward (he can also play as the main forward). Rafa is a huge danger to any defence (and was awesome again last night), Pizzi will score his fair share of goals (and provide an abundance of assists), and then there is still Carlos Vinicius to add to the attacking equation. I think we are going to score a lot of goals again this season with this squad.

One element that needs to improve a little I think is the defence. I wouldn't say we are weak in defence under Lage per se, but it's clearly not as strong as our attack. Even last night, Sporting had a few occasions in that first half when they were allowed too much room in the final attacking third. I think we should still get in another right back to challenge Almeida in that position (Nuno Tavares has looked very promising, but he's clearly a left back who can also fill in on the right....clearly he should be Grimaldo's backup on the left)....and a more experienced goalkeeper to be Vlachodimos' backup (Svilar should be loaned out to get more playing time and experience). If we can get more solid defensively, then we will have everything needed to have another successful season ahead. Let's see how it goes....

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That was an excellent all-round performance from the entire team and coaching staff. Pizzi and Rafa were at their brilliant best, but I was actually most impressed with Raúl de Tomas.

I hadn't seen him play prior to signing for Benfica but from...

That was an excellent all-round performance from the entire team and coaching staff. Pizzi and Rafa were at their brilliant best, but I was actually most impressed with Raúl de Tomas.

I hadn't seen him play prior to signing for Benfica but from what I've read, he sounded like a mobile #9 who could shoot well with both feet. Therefore, I initially quetioned whether or not he had the characteristics to play alongside another center forward in Seferovic.

However, if his performance against Sporting is anything to go by, we've found an outstanding replacement for João Félix. He's by no means a like for like replacent, but I was really impressed with his ability to pick up the ball and use in intelligently in between the lines. His movement, hold up and link up play were all superb. If he managed to score 14 goals for the worst team in La Liga, imagine what he can accomplish playing for the best team in Portugal!

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