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At Arouca. Missing four regulars today, including the three first choice forwards. Rafa straight into the lineup.

Júlio César; Nélson Semedo, Lisandro, Jardel, Grimaldo; Fejsa, André Horta, Salvio, Pizzi, Rafa and Gonçalo Guedes
 

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Today we face Arouca, the game is underway, started at 20.30h GMT and...it wont be as we say....favas contadas ( counted fava beans:D)

Arouca is a very tough team, with a good coach in Lito Vidigal, and our recent experiences with them havent been the best, so i'm pretty sure they will put up a fight and require our A game tonight


It's obviously a must win match, as we can´t afford to lose more pts this early in the season ( has happened many times in the past, but would like to avoid it...)


4 of our forwards are injured ( :facepalm:) that's right, jonas, jimenez, mitroglou and even jovic cant play, so rui vitória had to call rafa and from the B team the 17 year old josé gomes ( surname of great forwards....:D)


starting line up for Benfica:



Júlio César;
Nélson Semedo, Lisandro, Jardel , Grimaldo;
Fejsa, André Horta, Sálvio , Pizzi;
Rafa , Gonçalo Guedes

subs:
Ederson, Luisão, Samaris, Carrillo, Cervi, André Almeida , Zé Gomes.



i like it, its a good team and i'm expecting a good display and a win from them

the coach is giving jardel a chance ( deserved after the amazing season he had last year ) and lindelof is not in the bench...hard to choose between him and lisandro really, but i really dont like to see a player of his quality not even sitting there...


Arouca's starting line up:

Bracali;
Jubal, Nuno Coelho, Anderson Luís , Hugo Basto;
André Santos, Artur, Crivellaro, Zéquinha , Mateus;
Marlon

subs:
Rui Sacramento, Sema, Adilson, N. Valente, Gégé, Kuca , Walter.

the stadium is full (6.000 seats) and i'm reading there are spies from several clubs at the game... Inter, Marseille, Nantes, Manchester United, Montepellier, Arsenal, Maiorca, Besiktas, Rio Ave, Sp.Braga, Real Sociedad, Udinese, Capri, Atalanta, Recreativo de Libolo and Chaves


FORÇA BENFICA!!!! :wee: :wee: :wee:
 

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good game, very fast, entertaining, and we should have won for way more than 2-1....several missed opportunities, and whne we were 2-0 ( 2nd goal scored by lisandro, a header from a corner), rafa was fouled in the box, frontal.....the ref didnt call it, nor red carded the arouca player...rafa got injured, had to leave the game a few mins later, and arouca scored in a counter attack, on their very 1st chance in the game ( great gola nevertheless, stunning cross from the right and a very effetive header)


thne until the end of the game....we shaked for about 5-10 mins, during which arouca had 2 chances ( one was a blunder from julio cesar who decided to punch a ball that should have been held between his hands...i could do it myself....the other was after a free kick, great cross and we were lucky not to suffer there)

thne again....we regained control of the game and could have scored from several opportunities


individually...grimaldo is on fire, i love whatching our LB, ,salvio is back, lisandro had a great game ( jardel not really) , fejsa was an emperor in the midfield, horta and guedes play with passion, pizzi has his ups and downs but overall consistent, semedo had a decent game and did score the 1st goal, carrillo finally had a good game and i think more will come, rafa was as expected a bomb what a joy lol too bad all the missed opportunities and i hope this is not a serious injury, but the man is a blast:D samaris came in well, and josé gomes, entered the pitch already in xt and almost scored a goal, what a debut would have been:D


we suffered during half of the game after being 2 up but only becoz of our missed chances, because this team played a consistent, fast, entertaining football agaisnt a very solid team , and we showed that we can play with the players we have at hand....4 forwards missing? fine, our defenders can score too;) :D


FORÇA BENFICA! :proud:
 
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