Benfica booked their places into the Portuguese Cup’s final!. This Tuesday, playing as visitors, the Reds from Lisbon traveled to Portuguese League’s sensation, Famalicao, and guaranteed the spot in the final in a dramatic 1-1 draw. Back in the 1st leg, in the Estadio da Luz, the Reds had won 3-2, as the aggregate ended up 4-3 Benfica.
The final will be played on May 24, at the National Stadium, in the city of Oeiras. Benfica’s opponent will likely be Porto, but it’s yet to be confirmed, as the Blue Dragons still have to overcome second-tier side Viseu.
The first half did not count on exciting chances for breaking the deadlock. Even so, Benfica managed to open the scoring on 23 minutes, in a goal scored by captain Pizzi. After stealing the ball in the attacking field, Vinicius crossed, Cervi flicked it as Pizzi got the left-over and scored from close-range.
Following conceding the early goal, hosts Famalicao stepped up and started controlling the game’s actions. In addition to a great chance wasted by Toni Martinez, face to face with the goalkeeper, defender Patrick William had a goal ruled out, with the VAR playing a major role in the decision.
In the second half, the scenario seemed that it wouldn’t be much different, with Famalicao pressing, without finishing with such danger, and Benfica defending themselves as possible. Until the 78th minute, the midfielder Racic pulled off an excellent long-ball to Diogo Goncalves, who advanced down the right and crossed low for Toni Martinez, who leveled everything up for Famalicao.
Famalicao kept on pressing, but couldn’t convert the few chances into goal. The hosts ended up throwing themselves at Benfica but conceding too many spaces on the back for counters, which were also wasted by the visitors.
With the 1-1 draw confirmed, Benfica will now await the winner of the clash between Porto and Academico de Viseu, which takes place this Wednesday, at the Estadio do Dragao. The first leg ended up in a 1-1 draw.
Benfica’s last featured in the Portuguese Cup final back in the 2016-17 season, when they defeated Vitoria de Guimarães in the final 2-1. The Reds are the biggest winner in the competition, with 26 titles.