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The ball - Caldas-Benfica in extra time: Go straight (Portugal Cup)

The ball – Caldas-Benfica in extra time: Go straight (Portugal Cup)

Benfica start their journey in the Portuguese Cup, this Saturday, against Caldas, in Campo da Mata – with new grass, set against the clock, so that they can welcome the league leader and avoid having to play on loan at home – match of the third round (32 finals). ), with kick-off at 20.45.

Head to head they will be two teams that, despite the obvious differences in size, have something curious about uniting them this season, the fact that they haven’t lost yet.

Benfica, in 17 official matches – nine in the league, four in Champions League qualifiers and another four in the group stage – won 14 and drew three times (two against PSG, both 1-1, and another, for the league, in Vitoria’s visit). de Guimarães, without goals), featuring a dread, apprehension Savings of 41 goals scored against 10 nets.

Caldas, who compete at two levels below, in Liga 3, in six matches (five in the Championship and one in the Queen’s Competition, dispatch Covilhã, of Liga 2, 3-0), that is, practically, only a third of the disputed by the Reds, they won three, tied the remaining half and scored nine goals against three conceded.

In memory of a large part of the team, the remarkable trajectory remains in the 2017/18 edition of the Portuguese Cup, when the Caldens team fell only in the semi-finals, against Efes (then of the first division), who were then, in the final, beating on Sporting 2-1, with the Lions continuing to recover from the painful attack launched by about 40 fans at the Al-Kushite Academy.

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It should be noted that at Benfica, German coach Roger Schmidt, in addition to not being able to count on three players – injured Morato and David Neres as well as Alexander Bah, due to illness – should do his best, anticipating his nature. Rest in several units with more minutes in the legs and do some rotations in the set as you command.

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