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Benfica wins the European Handball League

Benfica made history and won, this Sunday, the title of champion of the European Handball League by beating Magdeburg in the final by 40-39, adding the first title in the debut in the final four of this European competition.

In a final that took place in a crowded Altice Arena, in Lisbon, the stage that hosted the final-four of the European League, the Lisboners managed to outdo the reigning champion and went into the break to win 15-14.

However, a bad start by the eagles in the second half meant that the Germans escaped in the lead. Magdeburg dominated the match and it seemed that the victory would not escape the outsiders who, five seconds from the final whistle, were leading by 31-32. But a well-aimed shot by Alexis Borges in the last breath took the game to extra time.

In these additional ten minutes, Magdeburg went into extra time to win 34-35. But Benfica came determined for the last five minutes and immediately equaled the score. After an exclusion for each side, the Reds took to the pedal in the final stretch of the game and celebrated in front of the thousands of fans present at the Altice Arena.

Benfica thus achieves the first victory in a final of this European Handball League and soon after defeating the winner of last season. After defeats in the finals of the Challenge Cup, in 2010/11 and 2015/16, the eagles won the second most important competition in European handball.

Portugal now has four continental trophies, after three in the Challenge Cup, the third competition in the hierarchy of the European Handball Federation (EHF), won by Sporting, in 2009/10 and 2016/17, and ABC Braga, in 2015/ 16.

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