THE BALL – Benfica beats SC Braga and takes the lead (Women’s Football)

In the encounter that ended the seventh round of the Women’s League, Benfica and SC Braga faced each other for the isolated leadership and the victory smiled on the eagles, who clearly imposed themselves and beat the Minho team, by 3-0.

The leadership was being discussed between two teams that had added victories in the previous six rounds and, facing a direct rival in the fight for the national title, the reds entered in an authoritarian way.

Benfica were already winning after the first five minutes: in the fourth minute, a communication error between the goalkeeper from Braga, Patrícia Morais, and fellow defender Leah Lewis – the Portuguese kicked the ball against the American – sent the ball to near the goal, where Nycole Raysla easily confirmed the 1-0.

The eagles took control… and they didn’t relinquish it. In that sense, the Benfica team scored again in the 20th minute, with a first-time shot by Ana Vitória, which precisely matched a cross by Valéria Cantuário.

From then until the break, the eagles had several opportunities to score, but without the necessary effectiveness, and the result was maintained until the beginning of the second half, which featured a sketch of reaction from SC Braga.

Even so, Benfica was almost always in control of the operations and, in the 71st minute, they scored the third goal, which dispelled any doubts about the winner of the match, in a recovery by Lúcia Alves.

Immediately, the wing executed a deep pass to which Cloé Lacasse responded, who isolated himself in front of Patrícia Morais and did not hesitate in the face of the possibility of materializing the 3-0 and stamping an undeniable triumph.

With the triumph achieved, Benfica isolated itself at the top of the standings, with 21 points in seven rounds, the full, therefore, with a five-point lead over SC Braga, second-placed, with 18.