Benfica AD Valongo Match 1 Quarter Play-Off


National Championship
make play-offs (jogo1)
Final result
Benfica 5
Valongo 4
Lucas Ordonez (1′ )
Paul Alvarez (18′)
Diogo Raphael (27′)
Carlos Nicholas (57′)
Carlos Nicholas (58′)
Facundo Navarro (7′)
Diogo Abreu (40′)
Diogo Abreu (42′)
Facundo Navarro (53′)

In a twist not for the faint of heart, the Benfica defeated Valongo, at the Pavilhão Fidelidade, 5-4, after extra time, in game 1 of the quarter-finals of the National Roller Hockey Championship play-offs.

On the track, whistle and… goal for Benfica! What an entry from Nuno Resende, with a goal painted in Argentinian tones. Carlos Nicolía watched and Lucas Ordoñez to open the scoring. 1-0, 1′ away. Valongo responded well to the conceded goal, lying on the ice, trying to equalize. The eagles, in turn, had more ball possession and they were adding opportunities.


The tie came 7′. The northerners attack, the ball reaches Facundo Navarro, who invented an individual movement and beat Pedro Henriques at 1-1. The melody remained balanced, the playing was lively and with little downtime. At 11′Pablo Álvarez was caught in the box and the referee team signaled penalty missed by Carlos Nicolía.

Benfica continued to push to break the tie and the accurate shot came at 18 ‘. Pol Manrubia, behind the goal, discovered Paul Alvarezapproved the spherical and the Argentinian, first, to do the 2-1. In the next minute, 19′blue card for Pablo Álvarez and direct free kick in Valongo that Facundo Navarro did not convert. At intervalBenfica in front, for 2-1.


Just like the beginning of the game, on the restart there was… Benfica’s goaland what a goal! Diogo Raphael worked with a direct marker and fired a bomb for the 3-1, at 27′. The minutes that followed showed that both teams felt differently about the goal. Benfica increased the pace of play and had several chances; Valongo was somewhat stunned, making mistakes in defense and attack.

At 40′, the emblem of the north returned to the game. Triangulation in Valongo’s attack, the ball reaches Diogo Abreu, who first shot for the 3-2. This goal had the tonic to motivate Valongo, who reached the 3-3 for the same Diogo Abreuto 42′, after a good collective game, after a direct free kick from Facundo Navarro was saved by Pedro Henriques a few seconds before. In response to 43′, direct free kick for the eagles not directed by Lucas Ordoñez.


With the result tied, the the game has become a bit more openBenfica pressing in the final minutes to avoid extra time, but the 3-3 stayed until the end of 50 minutes.

Nope extensionValongo managed to take the lead for the first time in the match thanks to shot by Facundo Navarro from the middle of the street, 53′for 3-4. In the second part of extra time, only Benfica… and Carlos Nicolía. At 57′Pablo Álvarez was pushed into the penalty area, Carlos Nicholas did not convert the maximum sentence, but at insistence, he shot at 4-4. In a game not for the faint-hearted, the comeback was consummated within the next minute, at 58′number direct free kick converted by the same Carlos Nicholasfixing the final score at 5-4.

Benfica are ahead of the quarter-finals and ensure the semi-finals if you pass Valongo at the Municipal Pavilion of Valongo, Saturday May 21 at 5:30 p.m..



Nuno Resende (Benfica coach): “Valongo had nothing to lose and performed very well here, with pace, he was like him, but so were we, and with quality. These are play-offs, Valongo is having a great season and we have achieved what was most important today [quarta-feira], who was to win. There were positives and negatives. The lack of Gonçalo Pinto was filled by other solutions. What we want is to recover quickly, because we know that on Saturday we will have a difficult game and above all we want to win at Valongo.”

5-4 (ap)
Loyalty Pavilion
Benfica’s starting lineup
Pedro Henriques, Diogo Rafael, Carlos Nicolía, Edu Lamas and Lucas Ordoñez
Rodrigo Vieira, Pablo Alvarez, Jose Miranda, Paul Manrubia and Poka
Valongo’s starting five
Bernardo Mendes, Rafael Moreira, Nuno Santos, Facundo Navarro and Facundo Bridge
Gonçalo Bento, Ruben Pereira, Miguel Vieira, Diogo Abreu and Diogo Barata
on break 2-1
Benfica: Lucas Ordoñez (1′), Pablo Álvarez (18′), Diogo Rafael (27′) and Carlos Nicolía (57′ and 58′); Valongo: Facundo Navarro (7′ and 53′) and Diogo Abreu (40′ and 42′)
marker walk
1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 4-4 and 5-4

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