Reaction without prize in Lisbon

Almería fell 2-1 to Benfica who went ahead with a controversial penalty at the quarter of an hour. Good final half hour away with a goal from Juan Villar.


Almería 21-22 faced its first 'gig' and the sensations were not bad considering that it just started rolling a week ago, the potential of the rival and that there are still about twenty entries and exits before the expiration of the transfer window. Benfica imposed their quality, although Rubi's team generated a lot of danger in the last half hour of play, looking for the back to Lisbon's rear, with Lazo and Juan Villar as the most outstanding pieces. The one from Cortegana found a prize in the middle of the second act in a counter led by the man from Cádiz, who filtered the subsequent pass to Villar, crossing his shot to Helton's left post. Three minutes before Villar himself saw how Antonio Nobre annulled a goal for a millimeter offside by Robles (the VAR entered) after a great assist from Curro Sánchez.

With the second kit of last season, Rubi's men appeared in the Benfica sports city, forming Fernando, Nieto, Chumi, Ibiza, Centelles, Samu, Ramazani, Puigmal, Robertone, Albiar and Sadiq the first Indálica line-up. For his part, Jorge Jesus could not count on Darwin Núñez, injured. Shortly before the quarter of an hour, Nieto was inexplicably complicated, driving the ball to the area and giving the ball to the heart of it, Juan Ibiza snatching it from Gonçalo Ramos in a clean way and signaling the Portuguese referee a penalty. Pizzi did not forgive, throwing at Fernando's right post. The Murcian goalkeeper saved Pinho 2-0 after half an hour, with Almería approaching timidly to the Odysseas area.

The Almeria team improved their face in the second half, with a different eleven: Rosic (entered in the 31 '), Buñuel, Chumi, Martos, Akieme, Robertone, Curro Sánchez, Aketxe, Lazo, Robles and Villar. Curro Sánchez warned in 51 ', but it was Waldschmidt, in 55', who scored after a great move by Vinicius, who left at Chumi speed to assist the German striker, who, with his left foot, crossed it to Rosic. Almería grew after Juan Villar's goal was annulled, the former Osasuna himself closing the gap.

With Makaridze, Puñal and Caballero in the field, the Almeria had the tie with nine minutes to go on a pass from Akieme's death that bounced off the Lisbon defense and reached Villar, who did not connect well and sent it to the clouds . Benfica, more shot after starting their preseason on June 25, also had theirs down the stretch in a pass from Joao Mário that hit Martos on the arm inside the area. Almeria's defeat leaves positive notes, such as the performances of Lazo or Juan Villar, but also too many owe in a defense in which two centrals such as eating remain. The next friendly match for Almería will be next Sunday (7:00 p.m.) in Águilas before starting on the 29th the concentration in the Malaga town of Benahavís.

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