The match between Santa Clara and Porto, referring to the quarter-finals of the Portuguese Cup, was stopped in the 28th minute due to the lack of conditions necessary to continue the match, and was even stopped after the stadium conditions were re-evaluated, according to what the British newspaper “Mirror” reported. Systems.
If the clubs do not reach an agreement on a new date, the regulations specify that it will be on Thursday, at the same time.
Previously, the heavy and incessant rain that fell over the past few hours in Ponta Delgada had worsened the conditions on the pitch, which became unplayable after nearly half an hour of meaningless football, with the ball becoming permanently stuck in puddles of water. Compromising the physical safety of football players.
While Azzurri club employees were trying to dry out a waterlogged stadium, team officials and the Portuguese Football Federation were analyzing the scenario to understand whether it was possible to resume the match or set a new date instead. For the sake of the game.
After the end of the 30 minutes stipulated in the regulations for the first assessment, and after referee Gustavo Correa returned to the field to check the conditions, the match was postponed. Meanwhile, club delegates were looking for an understanding to reschedule the challenge.
A few minutes later, Gustavo Correa returned to the locker room to inform the two teams of the decision, while the Santa Clara players returned to the field to thank the fans, confirming that the match had been stopped.
Within nearly half an hour of play, Santa Clara's goal was disallowed for offside, after a move fueled by the state of the pitch. FC Porto had several occasions, also 'sponsored' by rebounds, with Evanilson failing to score.
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