Belenenses forced to face Benfica with just 9 players after COVID-19 outbreak

Belenenses had just nine players available for Friday’s meeting with Benfica after a COVID-19 outbreak ravaged their squad and backroom staff.

Positive test after positive test in the Belenenses camp had many expecting the match to be postponed, but league rules state that teams must play if they have at least seven players available, one of which has to be a goalkeeper.

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Not only did Belensenses have one goalkeeper available in their nine-man squad, but they actually had two.

With backup stopper Joao Monteiro lining up as a defender, Belenenses had the unenviable task of taking on one of the best sides in Portugal with just nine players, and it went exactly how you’d expect.

After just 30 seconds, reserve defender Eduardo Kau put the ball into his own net, but impressively, they managed to survive for another 13 minutes before Benfica made it two through Haris Seferovic.

Despite five of their outfield eight operating as out-and-out defenders, Benfica still picked through them with predictable ease and Seferovic thundered home to double his side’s lead and almost certainly end any hope of perhaps the biggest shock in modern history.

It was 3-0 after 26 minutes thanks to a scorcher from Julian Weigl, before Darwin Nunez made it four just after the half-hour mark.

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Author: XenBet