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SC Espinho win 12th Portuguese Cup

 
SC Espinho celebrate winning the Portuguese Cup
Gondomar, Portugal, March 13, 2017 - SC Espinho conquered their 12th Portuguese Cup on Sunday by defeating SL Benfica 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-22) in Gondomar.

National team opposite Marco Ferreira was the best scorer of the match with 17 points, while Hugo Gaspar, with 11, was the top scorer for SL Benfica.

Semifinals:
SC Espinho v AJ Fonte do Bastardo (reigning champions): 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-20)
SL Benfica v Castelo da Maia GC: 3-2 (29-27, 25-21, 21-25, 21-25, 15-9)

In the final match, the teams' line-ups were as follows:

SL Benfica: Mart Verkhoven, Tiago Violas, Raphael Oliveira, Flávio Soares, Joan Diaz and Hugo Gaspar (captain) - Ivo Casas; Raphael Margarido, André Lopes and Roberto Reis.

SC Espinho: José Rojas, Hélio Sanches, Marco Ferreira, João Simões, Fabrício Silva and Miguel Maia (captain) - Hugo Ribeiro; Frederico Santos and Valdir Reis.

At the age of 45, Miguel Maia has again lifted the Portuguese Cup. Maia has had a remarkable career, both in indoor and beach volleyball, where he partnered with Joao Brenha. His first senior national championship title dates back to 1989/90, when he claimed honours at the age of 17 playing for Academica de Espinho. He also won the Top Teams Cup in 2000/1 with SC Espinho.

SL Benfica are the team with the most titles won in this event
(16). The first title came in 1965/1966 and the most recent in 2015/2016.

SC Espinho follow in second place with 12 Portuguese Cup victories. The club was the first winner of the competition in 1964/1965 and holds the record of the highest number of consecutive titles won (6) between 1995/1996 and 2000/2001.

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