The dream of the Marítimo has remained alive. Very much alive. The second-tier side proved the reasons to reach the Portuguese Cup semi-finals after leaving teams like Futsal Azeméis or Elétrico along the way. A very daring team, even courageous, closing all paths to the goal and forcing a Benfica to serve… to the fullest.
The first part was balanced. With dangerous shots from both sides, Benfica only managed to reach the goal from a set piece. An unmarked Rômulo and Tayebi corner beat Moreira. The Navy reacted. He grew, never shrunk, and created multiple chances to reach the draw. Which he achieved, towards the end of the first half, in a move in which Arthur looked bad in the photo and Claudinho, with a left-footed bomb, beat André Sousa.
In the last stage, nothing has changed. Marítimo, always with its high lines, showed ambition. And Benfica had to pull gallons with a few individuals to stand out, notably Robinho who built the offer for the second red goal, confirmed by Jacaré. A goal well felt by the islanders who only lost a few sparks after half an hour of play.
And the tranquility of the eagles was only achieved when the story of the game began. Thanks to a corner kick from Nilson, he put it in Robinho with the latter shooting first, the ball passing between Moreira’s legs. One of the moments of the night. Marítimo, for the inevitable Claudinho, still reduced and kept the dream of a draw… 15 seconds from the end. Destiny was already fixed but the dream, that one, was still alive. And Benfica was forced to sweat. And the pain…
Here are the main incidents of the game:
End of game.
39′ Marítimo scores, 3-2, by Claudinho. A bomb from the Brazilian to freeze the red supporters.
Technical break requested by the Maritime.
34′ Goal by Benfica, 3-1, from Robinho. Huge goal from the experienced player who reappears following a corner, assisted by Nilton, with Robinho, first, who puts down and the ball passes between the legs of Moreira.
32′ Moreira avoids Arthur’s goal again in a great sequence.
The game enters into a lukewarm melody a few minutes from the end. Moreira, the islanders’ guardian, continues to try to catch Marítimo’s dream and continues to keep the bond alive.
27′ Jacaré has a cross and Moreira can only catch the second. Benfica picks up the pace.
26′ Goal by Benfica, 2-1, by Jacaré. Robinho unbalanced and gave it to the Brazilian who only had to push on the goal line after a false start from Moreira. The Incarnates pass in front.
24′ Tayebi wins the duel with Lucas Amparo, but Moreira, with a quick exit, avoids the worst.
Maritime continues to surprise. Playing with their high lines, squeezing and shortening spaces at Benfica, who are having some difficulty getting ahead.
21′ Yellow card for Josué (Marítimo).
The second part is already being played in Sines.
19′ Afonso Jesus almost scores!
Technical break for Benfica’s seconds at the end of the first half.
19′ This time it’s André Sousa, the eagles keeper, who goes up and tries to shoot. Moreira took the lead and defended.
17′ Another attempt by Josué, with space, to risk the shot for the tight defense of André Sousa.
Technical break for the Maritime.
15′ Marítimo scores, 1-1, by Claudinho. The Brazilian pushes Arthur aside, turns towards André Sousa’s goal and shoots hard with his left foot. The ball goes low and André Sousa is surprised!
15′ With Moreira out of position, Bruno Cintra risks the shot from long range but misses. Benfica wakes up again.
14′ What a Claudinho bomb! Nicolas corners and he, at first, shoots hard, in a nice technical gesture. André Sousa looks beaten, but the ball went too close to the post.
12′ Free of Nicolas, in the frontal area, with André Sousa deviating. Maritimo continues well in the game and reacted well to Tayebi’s goal.
11′ Yellow card for Silvestre Ferreira (Benfica).
After ten minutes of play, Benfica had some difficulty entering the most defensive sector of the Madeirans. The goal, which came after a dead ball, reflected the struggles of Marítimo’s strong start.
8′ Benfica goal, 1-0, from Tayebi. Rômulo took the corner and the Iranian, in the heart of the area, deflected it for the first goal of the match.
6′ Robinho accelerates, gains space and shoots hard but the ball misses. Play with good intensity from side to side.
5′ Alesandro Almeida hits a cross and André Sousa holds on.
4′ A fine job from Jacaré, who received it at the entrance to the area and with a back heel he almost betrayed goalkeeper Moreira.
3′ Tight stop by André Sousa on the strike of Josué. Ambitious entry of the islanders.
1′ Benfica’s first threat with Arthur risking the shot too high.
Started the game at Sines
referees: Miguel Castilho and Wilson Soares
3rd referee:Joao Sinval
Timekeeper: Gustavo Pereira
Maritime (top five): Moreira (GR), Nicolas, Babau, Joshua and Kayque
alternates: Rodrigo Moura, Henrique, Pincha (Cap.), Lucas, Marco Gomes, Cláudio, Fredy and Alesandro
Coach: Bruno Salgado
Benfica (starting five): André Sousa (GR), Nilson, Arthur, Bruno Cintra and Jacaré
alternates: Diego Roncaglio, Martim Figueira, Silvestre, Afonso, Rafael Henmi, Robinho (Cap.), Chishkala, Rocha, Rômulo, Tayebi and Carlos Monteiro