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Benfica beats Rio Ave in Luz

Seferovic (count the number of letters) came in and only needed 11 minutes to ‘save’ the incarnates of the Portuguese Cup surprise.

Benfica stamped the qualification for the Portuguese Cup semi-finals on Tuesday by beating Rio Ave 3-2 at the Luz stadium. A ‘sweat’ match at least perfectly with two words of nine letters each: ‘Reassembled’ and ‘Seferovic’.

But let’s go in parts. The Vilacondenses entered the field committed to putting their football into practice, which eventually achieved, thanks to the passive adversity.

Passivity was in sight after three minutes when Matheus Reis tossed Mehdi Taremi ahead, and Reuben Dias had to use the free-kick to block the Iranian.

From that foul was born the free kick that Lucas Piazón took perfectly, kicking off what was to be a truly unsuitable first half for the heart, with two more goals.

The first on 13 minutes, signed by Franco Cervi, and the second on 30.Taremi (always he) scored with a header that Zlobin did not look good in the photograph, and that started on a penalty request by the Benfica (thing they would do four more times until the end.

Then, in the second half, Bruno Lage ‘pulled a rabbit out of his hat’. The coach risked, removed Ferro and launched Haris Seferovic, who would prove to be the ‘hero’ of the night, by signing the goals that sealed the ‘somersault’ incarnate.

Benfica are joining FC Porto in the Portuguese Cup semi-finals and are now awaiting the outcome of the match between Famalicão and Paços de Ferreira to find out what opponents they will face in the next round.

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