Two goals from Pizzi and two goals from Sp. Braga marked the red-hot triumph at Pedreira, after what was their first defeat in Bruno Lage’s era against FC Porto.
The game started open and both teams looked into each other’s eyes. Braga wanted to have the ball, wanted to leave Benfica unable to create while maintaining possession, while trying to be vertical and create danger near the goal of Odysseas.
In fact, the teams were also expectant, so the pace of the match was low. Until the move that changed the first part. On 23 minutes, Hassan fouled Florentino’s penalty area and Nuno Almeida scored a penalty. Pizzi did not fail and advanced Benfica in the Quarry. From here, the game unlocked and added more throws of danger.
However, an uninspired Seferovic missed several good times and Bruno Lage’s team failed to increase their lead. One failed, two failed, three failed… The Swiss striker was struggling to hit the goal and the eagles could have suffered.
Braga have responded to the goal conceded through Ricardo Horta. Esgaio took the cross, Rúben Dias missed the cut and the arsenalists ’21’ dominated and fired off to hit the post.
The second half started and Benfica came in full force. Two goals almost blast for the red team, who got the game almost resolved in the 51st minute. But let’s talk first of the second goal. The duo André Almeida-Pizzi showed at 48 ‘that everything is still in tune. Crossing for Benfica midfielder, who is already the top scorer in the Liga with 5 goals.
Sp. Braga was a little stunned by this entry and so says Bruno Viana. Seferovic crossed into the area and the 51 ” central Braga cut the ball into his own goal. And as bad luck never came alone, Esgaio imitated his teammate after 73 minutes. This time it was Jota – who took the place of Raul de Tomas – to cross and the side of Sp. Braga to cut to the only place he did not want. New goal for Arsenalistas and 4-0 for Benfica.
Was there a better way to respond to the defeat in the Classic, the first of the championship? Benfica over third-place now have nine league points, the same as FC Porto and are one behind leaders Famalicão.