After having wasted a 23:19 lead and 6 match points in the 4th set, SL Benfica still won the Super Cup by beating Sporting CP at tie-break.
With a 3-2 (23:25, 25:21, 25:23, 30:32, 15:12) win, Sporting CP in Santo Tirso in the first game of the season in Portuguese men’s volleyball, SL Benfica lift Supertaça Masculina.
It was quite an intense encounter, which lasted for two hours and 39 minutes and in which Sporting did their best to stay alive for as long as possible.
The team from country’s capital was on verge of losing the match in four sets as it came back from 19:23 to earn the tie-break.
However, the team captained by the 39-year-old Hugo Gaspar was a shade less nervous in the decisive fifth set to win the Super Cup for the 10th time in club’s history.
Benfica: Tiago Violas, Raphael Thiago De Oliveira, Wohlfahrtstatter, Hugo Gaspar, André Aleixo, Marc Honoré, Ivo Casas (L); Pablo Ventura Machado, Aaro Nikula, André Lopes, Bernardo Westermann, Lucas Santos. Not entered: Bernardo Silva (L), Flavio Soares. Coach: Marcel Matz.
Sporting: Thiago Gelinski, Tiago Pereira, Victor Hugo Pereira, Paulo Victor Costa Da Silva, Robinson Dvoranen, Tiago Barth, Joao Fidalgo (L); Gil Pereira (L), Kelton Tavares, Joaquin Gallego, Frederico S. Santos, Thomas Douglas Powell. Not entered: Hugo Vinha, Rafael Cavalcanti. Coach: Gerson Amorim.
I’m searching for the score! 😅