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SL Benfica wins 2013 Super Cup

Both teams showed their strengths during the match, raising the expectation for the National Championship.

Lisbon, Portugal, September 30, 2013 - Sport Lisboa e Benfica won their third Portuguese Supercup beating rivals Associação de Jovens Fonte do Bastardo 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 13-25, 15-12) at a match held at the City Sports Hall of Vila do Conde.

The match was balanced right from the start with several ties, but Benfica managed to win the first set after taking advantage of their rival’s defensive errors, recording three consecutive points, which broke the tie at 18.

The “reds” put some pressure on their opponent right from the start of the second set (5-2) but the Azoreans changed their strategy, recovering from their early disadvantage, taking the second set to tie the score.

The third set saw SL Benfica start strongly, going up 7-1, 16-8 and then 19-8. However, Fonte Bastardo managed to recover some terrain, 23-15, only to show that they were not defeated yet, as the third set went to the books at 25-16.

The fourth set showed a more consistent Azorean side that, after playing point for point until the first technical timeout, managed to widen the gap to 16-9 and 20-10, before Gilson França ended the set at 25-13 for Bastardo.

In the tie break the score remained tight (12-12), but Kibinho and Hugo Gaspar sealed the fate of the 15th edition of the Super Cup.

José Jardim, coach of SL Benfica said, “We can’t say we played well. We had very good moments and some bad ones, but I believe that both teams put on a great display, well supported by the fans. Benfica showed a higher level in the decisive moments. Despite all, I think we’ve served well in the tie break although we had failed on attack for some times that could have given us an early edge.”

Hugo Gaspar of SL Benfica said, “This victory tastes very good. We’ve worked hard for this and we’ve shown our union and team spirit, as we knew that this was the only way to take the cup home. We were very good in the final set and I wish to thank all Benfica fans that were here supporting our team.”

“It was a good match between two of the top three national teams,” said Alexandre Afonso coach of AJ Fonte Bastardo. “I’m pleased with my players who only started training three and a half weeks ago, with some new players arriving this year. Both teams will improve and I hope mine manages to improve better than Benfica and put on great displays throughout the season.”

Starting lineups:

SL Benfica – Roberto Reis, Fabrício Silva, Hugo Gaspar (cap.), Flávio Cruz, Flávio Soares e Ricardo Perini; João Coelho (libero); Miguel Rodrigues, João Magalhães, Joan Diaz (Ché), João Oliveira.

AJF Bastardo
 – Bruno Gonçalves, Lucas Gregoret, Peter Lundgren, João José, Caíque Silva e Gilson França; João Fidalgo (libero); Nuno Pereira.


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