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Ball – The game of the “great” has strengthened Vitoria (La Liga 3)

Ball – The game of the “great” has strengthened Vitoria (La Liga 3)

Five years after the two last faced off in Bonfim, at the time still at the highest levels of Portuguese football, Vitória de Setubal and Belenenses met once again at home to put on an impressive seven-goal display.

Faced with such a historic meeting, Vitória presented the first half at the level of the old days, unexpectedly reaching a score of 4-0 that helped seal the victory.

After excellent tackles from both goalkeepers, the home team took the lead through a well thought out pass by Andre Santos to Gabriel Lima’s shot into the first corner.

Less than a quarter of an hour later, at 29 minutes, the same pair were out of sight again: André Santos was once again a luxury assistant and released Gabriel Lima, starting right next to the Belenense backline to finish with perfection.

Not long after the game was 3-0 and again in a great moment of football: David Santos fired from wide, after trying to cut into the visitors’ area on 33 minutes.

Bonfim was celebrating and even more than that, three minutes later, Vitória reached the fourth goal through a precise cross from Diogo Sequeira to Zekinha’s header, stronger and more mobile than the opponent’s defense.

Belenenses still reacted – and curtailed – before the break by Cle, who shot low into the Victorian area to try to cut, in desperation, Lourenco Henriques, but already behind the line. The goal stimulated the Blues, who scored again, almost in the middle of the second half, with another beautiful goal, by Maidana Sambo, in a rotating shot after a directed reception.

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The game seemed to restart, but Vitória dispelled doubt two minutes later with Diogo Sequeira’s second pass, allowing Pedro Pinto – now on the edge of offside – to score in the final 5-2.

The victory provided a significant jump in the league table in favor of Vitoria, who now occupies seventh place in the standings, while the defeat did not have serious consequences for Belenenses. The Blues from Restelo entered the field already qualified for the promotion stage, taking advantage of the defeats of Caldas and Sporting B, direct opponents in the race for a place in the promotion stage.