Belenenses faced Benfica with only seven players and two goalkeepers (the majority from the subsidiary) due to a covid outbreak
The local team, who lost 0-7 at halftime, returned to the field with only 7 men and wielded the injury of another to suspend the clash
The meeting between Belenenses and Benfica of the 12th day of the Portuguese league will go down in history for having played, since the locals suffered the 13 players drop due to covid, they went out to the field with nine personnel (almost all from the subsidiary and two of them goalkeepers) and after the break it had to be suspended since they only had six footballers.
In the first 45 minutes, where Belenenses held out on the pitch with 9 outfield players, Benfica scored 7 goals, three from Uruguayan Darwin Núñez, two from Seferovic, one from German Weigl and another on Eduardo Kau’s own door. While the match was being played, numerous soccer personalities, teams and managers showed their disappointment at having played the match. After the break, only 7 Belenenses players resumed the match and in the first minutes they were left with six since one was injured, so the referee whistled the end of the contest.
What is this? Am I the only one who doesn’t understand why the game hasn’t been postponed? 🤦🏻♂️
— Bernardo Silva (@BernardoCSilva) November 27, 2021
The Portuguese of Manchester City Bernardo silva he was clamoring on Twitter for what he was seeing. “But what is this? I am the only one who does not understand why this game has not been postponed,” he wondered. Alfonso Sousa, one of the Belenenses players absent due to covid, regretted that the match had been played: “Football only has color if there is competition. Football only has color if it has sports truth. Football only has color when it is an example of public health. Today, soccer has lost its color “.
Football only has color if it has competition.
Football only has color if it has sporting truth.
Football only has color when it is an example of public health.
Today, football has lost its color. pic.twitter.com/ujjv5H5Ffp
— Afonso Sousa (@afonso_sousa10) November 27, 2021
A South African infected
In the last 48 hours, the Belenenses reported that 17 staff members, including 13 players and the coach, could not play because they had tested positive for covid. Nevertheless, those responsible for the competition and the Portuguese health authorities did not suspend the meeting. Football player South African Cafu Phete, who returned to Portugal last Sunday after playing two games with his country’s national team, is one of the 17 infected with covid.
At halftime, the president of Belenenses, Rui Pedro Soares, starred in one of the images of the day, appearing crying on the pitch. With this result, Benfica is the leader of the Portuguese League with two more points (31) than Porto and Sporting, who will play their respective games this Sunday.