January 17, 2022

Benfica sport deserted at 7-Zero as Covid-hit opponents diminished to 6 males

Benfica’s conflict with Belenenses was deserted amid extraordinary scenes after the Covid-hit Primeira Liga strugglers had been compelled to call a group of simply 9 gamers – together with two goalkeepers.

The guests cashed in to rack up seven objectives by half-time, earlier than Belenenses returned with simply seven gamers.

The match was then referred to as off a minute into the second half as goalkeeper Joao Monteiro dropped to the ground, forcing the referee to desert the sport because of the minimal variety of gamers not being on the sector.

Following a optimistic take a look at within the squad earlier within the week, a complete of 17 instances had been reported to have been recorded amongst gamers and employees.

Belenenses started with just nine plyaers against Benfica (Getty)

Belenenses began with simply 9 gamers towards Benfica

Regardless of the squad being decimated, the match went forward with simply 9 gamers chosen and goalkeeper Monteiro taking part in in midfield.

The Belenenses gamers launched a joint assertion forward of the match, which learn: “Soccer solely has coronary heart whether it is aggressive. Soccer solely has coronary heart whether it is actually sporting.

“Soccer solely has coronary heart when it’s an instance of public well being. As we speak, soccer misplaced its coronary heart.”

Manchester Metropolis and Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva watched on and tweeted in disbelief: “What is that this? Am I the one one who would not perceive why the sport hasn’t been postponed?”

Darwin Nunez hit a hat-trick as Benfica put their depleted hosts to the sword, however the headlines had been made by Belenenses, who finally managed to power the spectacle to be deserted.