The elixir of youth is bad for Pacenses and Benfica bids farewell to victory

THE Benfica said goodbye this Friday to the 2021/22 season with a 2-0 win over Paços de Ferreira in the 34th and final round of I League.

In a match full of youth on the red side, to serve new coach Roger Schmidt, Henrique Araújo was tasked with making two red wins at Mata Real.

Game movie:

With no goals being achieved this season, and as he had promised in the preview of this match, Nélson Veríssimo launched a starting nine at Mata Real, consisting mostly of players trained in Seixal. Henrique Araújo, Tiago Gouveia, Tomás Araújo, Sandro Cruz, Paulo Bernardo and Morato started the match.

And even through two Red Academy players, the first goal of the match came in as little as four minutes. Tiago Gouveia took possession of the ball after a miscued clearance by the defense and capitalized fully on the mistake to make it Henrique Araújo. The attacker only had to shoot at the back of the opponent’s nets.

Despite having a free kick in a decent position 11 minutes in, Bençca tried a variation that brought the ball through to the other end of the penalty area.

The brave, and so on, 22 minutes into the game, was awarded a penalty by Benfica Nico Gaitán. Crossing pass from the right flank by Juan Delgado and Gilberto places it beautifully past the keeper, Gélánia Leite. Earlier, the Canary had already canceled a dangerous shot by the Argentine national team.

Paços de Ferreira was at the forefront of the game at this time and Hélder Ferreira again tested the attention of Hélton Leite. After easily passing Sandro Cruz, Pacensen’s striker threw a cross for the Brazilian’s good defense. The game was trying to give up the game for FC after 44 minutes. Gaitán isolated Hélder Ferreira, but Hélton denied the goal with his face.

However, at the end of the break, Benfica broke the lead for Henrique Araújon, who scored twice. Madeira’s boy made good use of Gil Dias’s center and shot his third goal in the first team’s shirt.

The second half started with a move that could have given a hat trick to young Henrique Araújo. 54 minutes had elapsed when a great chance for Gil Dias to take the lead after a good cross from the right found Henrique Araújo alone with the keeper, but he chipped it to the wrong side of the post.

The Pacenses showed a lot of courage, as in the first half, and could have diminished Mata Real’s advantage. However, an error in the finish meant that the beavers of César Peixoto were unable to score against Hélton Leite. Denilson Júnior continued to shoot in the middle, which the Canarian defended with his face. Lucas Silva was brought down inside the area, an easy decision for the referee there.

With the match more than settled, Nélson Veríssimo decided to promote the debut of young Martim Neto and Diego Moreira, who recently became UEFA Youth League champions. The Eagles mastered the game well until the end and ended the season with a win.

Overall, Benfica finishes third in the season with 74 points. Paços de Ferreira is tenth with 38 points and may end the championship lower depending on the performance of Boavista and Famalicão.

Playing time: Good offensive move from Benfica in the design of the first goal. Tiago Araújo progressed well from the side down and served Henrique Araújo, who threw a cross from the second goal of the season in the I-League.

Starting teams:

Ferreira Palace: André Ferreira; Fernando Fonseca, Marco Baixinho, Pedro Ganchas, Delgado; Luiz Carlos, Rui Pires; Helder Ferreira, Gaitan, Lucas Silva; Butzke.

Substitutes for Paços de Ferreira: Jeimes, Nuno Lima, Bastos, Ibrahim, Matchoi Djaló, Deni Jr., Pio, Maga, Edmilson Mendes.

Benfica: Helton Leite; Gilberto, Morato, Tomás Araújo, Sandro Cruz; Meïte, Paulo Bernardo, João Mário, Tiago Gouveia; Gil Dias and Henrique Araújo

Benfica substitutes: Svilar, Kokubo, André Almeida, Vertonghen, Taarabt, Martim Neto, Diogo Gonçalves, Diego Moreira and Yaremchuk.


The duel between Paços de Ferreira and Benfica marks the start of the final round of the I League this Friday in a game that almost fills the calendar for both teams, but which could help inaugurate Darwin Núñez as the best scorer in the championship.

With the third place already certain, and after the second season without titles, the eagles are currently facing the rise or fall of the tenth place in Paços de Ferreira, who may still have a small change in the table because there is a small difference between the seventh and 12th place. .

With several starters absent due to a ban, injury or a purely technical option, Nélson Veríssimo invited young Martim Neton and Diego Moreira, among others, who recently became UEFA Youth League champions and can make their debut on the home team.

Uruguayan Darwin Nuñez is one of those who will not play in Mata Real, but he should be crowned the top scorer in the I League, having 26 goals, six more than Iranian Medhi Taremi.

The match between Paços de Ferreira and Benfica starts at 20.15 and you can follow the events of the match live. Sports in a minute.

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