Thursday, February 7, 2019, 15h19

The time has come for Ferro

Football

The 21-year-old centre-back is another young player from the Academy to reach Benfica's first team.

He was launched by Bruno Lage in the 38th minute of the 1st leg of the Portuguese Cup semi-finals to replaced the injured Jardel. At Estádio da Luz, in front of more than 55 thousand supporters, the centre-back Ferro made, at the age of 21, his debut for Benfica's first squad.

In derby from the 1st leg of the Portuguese Cup semi-finals Ferro came off the bench in the first half. “I lost a substitution, but I felt that during the match we had won a player and that is important too”, highlighted the coach, Bruno Lage, in the analysis to the encounter against Sporting.

Ferro

“I am pleased with all the player and even more so with Ferro's display. He is another addition to our squad. One has to believe in the work, believe in the value of these players so that they can be launched at the right time. I had already told they the new additions were in the Club. He gave a very positive response. May God allow us to have here another centre-back for the future and may he make a beautiful career”, wished Bruno Lage.

Among the several interventions in the match, the young centre-back made two interceptions and four tackles, he only committed two fouls and completed 17 passes in 18 attempted, according to the statistical data of the platform Wyscout.

Ferro

“Very happy for my debut and for helping the team”, wrote the young player in the social networks, after the first 52 minutes played for Benfica's first team.

Ferro is now part of the list of defenders from the "red factory" launched in the first squad, along with recent names such as Nélson Semedo, Victor Lindelöf, Rúben Dias or Yuri Ribeiro.

Text: Filipa Fernandes Garcia

Pics: Isabel Cutileiro and João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica

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