Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 21h49

Victory puts Benfica in the lead in the Challenge Cup


The first leg of the European competition was played, this Wednesday, at Pavilion 2. The eagles beat the Greeks of Iraklis, by 3-0.

The Benfica's volleyball team are in the lead in the Challenge Cup Last 32, after a 3-0 home victory over Iraklis (first leg).

Benfica, that arrived at this round after beating the Cypriots of Pafiakos Pafos, in the 2nd round, winning both matches with a 3-0 result, saw the 1st set start in a balanced manner, with several ties until reaching the 9-9 result. From then on, the power of the benfiquista service and the efficiency of the block surpassed the Greek Curtain and the reds ended up by winning the set, by 25-15.

Just like in the previous set, the balance in the first points was the keynote. Benfica extended the result to a 15-11, due to an effective service and a poor reception from the other side of the net. Nevertheless, Iraklis reacted and tied the match (16-16). Until the end of the 2nd set, the result was always leveled, but the eagles managed to close it: 25-23.

At the beginning of the 3rd set, Iraklis started better. Almost always in the lead, the Greeks even reached a 5-point advantage. But Benfica did not give up, tied up the match (16-16) and took the lead: 19-18. The men coached by Marcel Matz closed the match after winning the 3rd set, by 25-23.

Benfica's Lineup: Rapha, André Lopes, Théo, Peter, Marc Honoré, Tiago Violas and Ivo Casas.

The second leg, this turn in Greece, will be played on December 6th.


Text: Marco Rebelo

Pics: João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica

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