Setúbal Hold On To Defeat Benfica As Águias Spurn Chance To Extend Lead Over Porto

Liga NOS

January 30th

Estádio do Bonfim, Setúbal, Portugal

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20′ Zé Manuel


Benfica spurned the chance to extend their lead at the top of Liga NOS after the Águias were narrowly defeated by Vitória Setúbal at the Estádio do Bonfim in Setúbal.

Zé Manuel’s powerful header inflicted a second consecutive defeat for Benfica, who were denied a late penalty, following the loss to eventual winners Moreirense in the Semi-finals of the Taça Da Liga on Thursday.

The Águias, who were without Manager Rui Vitória on the sidelines due to a suspension, started well as expected and went close to finding the net within the first minute when Kostas Mitroglou surged forward before curling an effort just wide of the post. Three minutes later they went close again when a Nélson Semedo cross was pulled back to Franco Cervi, who fired an effort inches wide of the far-post.

Ten minutes later the hosts went close to taking the lead when an Arnold Issoko cross was met with an acrobatic volley by Edinho, whose effort flew inches over the crossbar with Ederson beaten.

In the 20th minute the hosts took the lead when a fine cross from Issoko was headed home by Zé Manuel with a powerful header.

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Zé Manuel celebrates with teammates after putting Setúbal ahead. Image from: Getty

Benfica responded well and went close to a leveller. After an André Almeida cross was cleared, the loose ball fell to Pizzi, who volleyed just over the bar via a deflection. From the resulting-corner, the visitors very nearly equalised when Luisão met an Andrija Živković cross with a looping header but Setúbal skipper Federico Venâncio cleared the ball off the line underneath his own bar.

In the 35th minute the visitors had a great chance when a fortunate ricochet off a Setúbal player, allowed Jonas through on-goal but his effort was tame and former Benfica academy keeper Bruno Varela made an easy save.

In the 62nd minute the visitors had a great chance to level the scores when a Živković cross was nodded down into the path of Mitroglou by Jonas but the Greek forward could only fire over the bar from close-range under-pressure from Varela.

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Kostas Mitroglou spurns a great chance, volleying over the bar. Image from: Getty

In the 79th minute the Águias had another great chance when a Benfica corner was met by Luisão, but his header was tame and Varela made a comfortable save although the centre-back had to score.

In the 94th minute Benfica went close to a late equaliser when Ljubomir Fejsa’s header was volleyed at goal by Mitroglou but Varela made a comfortable save.

A minute later Benfica thought they should have had a penalty when substitute André Carrillo was scythed down by Nuno Pinto but the referee somehow waved play on.

The result meant that Setúbal moved up to sixth on 28 points whilst Benfica spurned the chance to extend their lead and remained a point ahead of Porto. The victory was Setúbal’s first over Benfica since Halloween 2007.

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