Eagles were winning by two 2-0. However, the Belenenses SAD took advantage of two miserable mistakes to make the tie. Benfica is leading the same 60 points as FC Porto.
Summary: It was no surprise that Benfica-Belenenses SAD started in the Light. Silas bet on the same eleven that had already bet on the previous two rounds, while Bruno Lage sent Jonas and Florentino to the places of the injured Seferovic and the chastised Gabriel.
The visiting team showed up at the Estádio da Luz with a new symbol, but with the same identity. Compact to defend, attentive to the defensive transitions and always with the aim in the opposing goal. From early it was noticed that the Belenenses SAD did not want to extend the treadmill to Benfica. And it could have done damage in the first half if Diogo Viana was aiming for accuracy. Silas’s right-back had an almost certain goal on his feet.
And if the Belenenses SAD entered just like himself, Bruno Lage’s Benfica was not far behind. The Reds could have been the first to score, but Rafa wasted an offer … on Pizzi’s part.
As they say in the slang, the two teams had opportunities to ‘wet the soup’ in the first 45 minutes, but Benfica was superior. The Belenenses SAD did not shrink but had to be up to withstand the pressure exerted by the players of the house. With individual traits, good combinations, or even using half-distance, the Eagles tried everything to avoid the draw for the interval, but the truth is that the null remained until the second half.
The goals (and the excitement) were reserved for the second 45 minutes. And if there was no Seferovic, there was Jonas. The ‘pistols’, who had not been in the starting lineup since December, returned to the taste and put Benfica ahead in the 56th minute. After an excellent cross from André Almeida, the Brazilian striker dominated and shot to the bottom of the net.
Benfica did not waste time and at 63 ‘increased the lead through Samaris. On a half-distance shot, after a relieving defensive, the Greek midfielder struck Muriel for the second time. But what was to come, no one expected in the Light.
Two errors of Benfica and two goals of Belenenses SAD. The Silas team equalized 71 minutes. First, on a free-kick from Diogo Viana, Odysseas seemed to have a controlled path, but … the ball eventually entered an unusual shot by the guardian of the eagles. And if Odysseas missed, Ruben Dias was no better. Three minutes after 2-1, the Benfica midfielder wanted to delay the goalkeeper, but what he did was to leave Kikas isolated. Belenenses striker SAD in one-on-one with Odysseas did not hesitate and made the second goal of the away team.
Until the end, Benfica tried to reverse the course of events, but the tie persisted. Bruno Lage had Zivkovic and Jota, but the night would no longer have smiles on the part of the Light. With this result, the incarnations ascend to the 1st place, but now add the same 60 points as FC Porto.