The derby match between Benfica and Sporting ended with a controversy (3-3), as the 24th round of the Women’s National Futsal Championship was awarded.
With the champions guaranteed in the playoffs, the Eagles and Lions entered the field with the clear goal of winning another three points, and it was the home team that took first in the mark, through Ines Fernandez (3′). Sporting’s reaction was almost immediate, as it responded in the same minute with a 1-1 draw, through Deborah Queiroz, after a corner kick.
Benfica advanced again in the 13th minute with a goal from Maria Pereira, confirming the superiority of the Eagles in the match. The second equalizer in the match came by Ana Alves, a minute and a half from the end of the first half.
But the great feelings of the derby will save in the second half. The Eagles came back better and advanced again, as Leninha scored Benfica’s third goal at the Pavelhao Vedelidad stadium, in the 33rd minute. With 23 seconds left, Lima equalized in the derby and forced Benfica to change its strategy in the last minutes.
The Eagles advanced to 5-4, and with just three seconds left, Angelica put herself in front of the lionesses’ goalkeeper, who shot at her opponent and saw the ball go into her goal. Among the celebrations of the Reds and the Benfica fans present in the pavilion, the refereeing team canceled the goal due to the absence of a Benfica player, in the face of many protests.
With this result, Benfica remains at the top of the table of the first stage of the women’s national futsal championship, with 66 points now, two points behind Nonfaris, who beat FC Fermoem 4-1 on Saturday. On the other hand, Sporting remained in third place with 59 points.
It is reported that the top four seeded ones, who will compete for the national title, have already been decided, with places given, for the time being, to Benfica (first), Nonelvares (second), Sporting (third) and Novacemente (fourth).
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