Benfica’s women’s football team, twice champions of the league, won this Sunday in Funchal against Marítimo with a score of 4-1, in the match of the 12th round of the league.
A comfortable victory, but it was accomplished only in the second half, after the entry of the attacking trio – usually in the starting line-up, but this time, with the choice of the red coach, Philippa Patao, starting the match on the bench – composed by Canadian Chloe Lacase and Portuguese internationals Jessica Silva and Kika Nazareth.
The first half was balanced, with Maritimo giving an excellent response. In the first half, Benfica were only leading 1-0, with a goal from Nicole Risla, on 34 minutes.
At the start of the second half, Marítimo equalized (1-1), on a penalty kick converted by Telma Encarnação, in the 56th minute.
However, changes made by Filipa Patão allowed Benfica to quickly assert their supremacy. Chloe Lacasse put the Eagles back in front (2-1) in the 68th minute, and in the last stage came two more goals: the Canadian striker from Benfica scored twice in the 89th minute, making it 3-1 and Lara Martins rounded off the tally of more victories for the red team, already in time. In injury, with 4-1, on 90+6.
With this victory, Benfica remains at the top of the league standings, with 36 points. Marítimo, coached by Albano Oliveira, remains eleventh and penultimate, with only six points.
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