05 November 2019, 18h51
Benfica hit the ground running against the Montenegrin champion. With concentration and confidence, the team coached by Marcel Matz managed to get a big lead and won the 1st set by 25-15.
OK Budva clinched an early lead in the 2nd set (0-2), but Benfica recovered, got in front, extended the lead and sealed the 2-0. (25-17 in the 2nd set).
In the last set that started much more balanced than the previous ones, the quality of the National Champions’ serve was determinant, conditioning the work of the opponent 25-18 in the 3rd and last set (3-0).
|Venue||Pavilion no. 2|
|Benfica's starting lineup||Raphael Oliveira, Peter Wohfahrtstätter, Hugo Gaspar, Marc Honoré, Tiago Violas, Japa and Ivo Casas (libero)|
|Substitutes||André Lopes, Afonso Guerreiro, Theo Lopes, Miguel Sinfrónio, Zelão, Nuno Pinheiro and João Simões|
Marcel Matz (head coach of Benfica): “If we evaluate the numbers, it was an almost perfect display. We gave the team from Montenegro little chance. Of course, they'll try to reverse the situation at home, but we'll come in very strong.”
Raphael Oliveira (Opposite hitter): “I think it was a game where we were able to set the pace, we put pressure on our opponents throughout the whole game. Our team is working hard for this and we're going to keep working to keep the result at their home.”
Text: Filipa Fernandes Garcia
Pics: João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica
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