28 July 2018, 21h58
The Eagles were in the lead, with Grimaldo, beating Perin after a perfect free kick. Benfica got in front at the 65th minute, however, Clemenza, close to the final whistle (84’), scored the equalizer. Next came the penalties, with Juventus being more effective (2-4).
At the end of the match, the scorer of the opening goal of the match analyzed the highlights of the encounter. So far, the balance is positive, both individually and collectively.
“I think that the team is very well. We entered all matches on the front foot, we did not lose any match, against great teams, and we are preparing ourselves well for the important match we will have in a few days [Fenerbahçe]. The team is ready. Today was a good test”, he started by saying.
At the individual level, Grimaldo confessed that he is felling very well and the goal is to improve more and more.
“I am very well, preparing myself to play every day and working to be in good shape because that is very important”, he revealed.
Is this Benfica stronger than last year?
“Yes, I think so, every year we improve, we know each other and that shows. I think we will be better and Benfica will be stronger. We are united!”, he concluded.
Text: Sónia Antunes
Pics: João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica
The origin of the bow
At Sport Lisboa e Benfica, the fans’ bow is a tradition which has its roots in the Summer of 1970, and it persists. In a journey to Far East, the reds beat Japan by 4-1, and, after the final whistle, the Princes of Japan broke the protocol and entered the pitch to salute the players. Back to Portugal, and with the ban of Estádio da Luz, it was at Jamor, against CUF, that Benfica players thanked the fans with a bow for the first time.
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Happy birthday, Cathedral!
Inaugurated on October 25, 2003, the Estádio da Luz celebrates another anniversary this Monday. It's been 18 years of existence, of much emotion, histories and stories, victories, conquests, joys and sometimes even tears... it is really like that when it is from the soul, with heart, commitment and passion, because only we feel that way! The home of all Benfiquistas, a temple, a magical place, our Cathedral is to be congratulated. Many more to come!