Decimated by the Covid-19, Belenenses plays 9 against Benfica

Deprived of seventeen covid-19 positive players, Belenenses could only field nine players including two goalkeepers on the scoresheet to face Benfica. At halftime, they lose 7-0.

Unimaginable situation in Portugal. As Belenenses host Benfica for Matchday 12 of Liga NOS, the locals are playing nine. The red lantern of the Portuguese championship is totally decimated by the Covid-19, with 17 positive players. Their coach Nuno Oliveira is also affected by the virus as is his assistant. Belenenses had to call on young people from the training center to play the game but found himself at nine with two goalkeepers. But why was this match played? According to the Portuguese sports daily Record, Belenenses had requested the postponement of the match, without obtaining success.

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