Braga falls to Benfica in cup final

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Jermaine Seoposenwe will have to wait a little bit longer to win her first silverware in Portugal.

This is after SC Braga was defeated by rivals SL Benfica in the League Cup on Wednesday night. 

The Cup final between the two sides was one of the most highly anticipated games at the beginning of 2021 and it did not disappoint as three goals were scored at the Aveiro Municipal Stadium.

The 3-0 win was Benfica’s fourth in a row over their opponents after defeating them in their three previous meetings in all competitions.

  

Braga controlled the majority of the possession and created more chances at the start of the encounter, but it was Benfica that opened the scoring with a poacher’s finish from Cloe Zoe Eyja Lacasse after 44 minutes.

It was the hosts that went into the break with smiles on their faces although they spent most of the half defending and absorbing pressure from the visitors. 

After the break, Benfica turned the tables and started on the offensive. Ana Vitoria Araujo made the advantage count with a neat finish to make it 2-0 to the Lisbon-based side who were now in firm control of the game. With 16 minutes left on the clock, Nycole Silva Sobrihno put the game to bed with a third goal as Benfica added yet another trophy to their glittering cabinet.

 

Seoposenwe started and played 84 minutes for Braga, but could not help the team avoid the heart-breaking defeat. 

On the 13th of January Braga will have an opportunity to get their revenge when the two sides meet again – this time in the final of the Portuguese Cup.  

For now they will shift focus to the league where they currently sit second on the log standings behind Famalicao. Braga has 24 points from their first nine games while Leandra Smeda’s Famalicao have 27 points from the same number of games.

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