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Covid-affected Belenenses embarrassed by Benfica after being forced to play with NINE players

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The Covid-affected Belenenses are embarrassed by Benfica after being forced to play with NINE men (including a goalkeeper at right-back) …

  • Belenenses had nine players available for their Primeira Liga clash with Benfica
  • There has been an outbreak of positive Covid cases at the club, excluding players
  • They were reluctant to cancel the match in case they received a penalty
  • They named two goalies in their starting XI and went without a replacement











Belenenses only had nine players available for their Primeira Liga clash with Benfica on Saturday night due to a Covid outbreak at the club.

The Portuguese side – who were reluctant to call off the game in case they received a league penalty – named two goalkeepers in their starting XI and made no substitutions.

However, the game was abandoned after the half-time break as Belenenses returned to the pitch with just seven players left.

Belenenses only had nine players available (above) for their Primeira Liga clash with Benfica on Saturday night due to a Covid outbreak at the club

Luck was not on Belenenses' side as they lost 1-0 after just one minute following a home goal from Eduardo Kau

Luck was not on Belenenses’ side as they lost 1-0 after just one minute following a home goal from Eduardo Kau

According to reports, 17 players and staff tested positive for Covid at the Portuguese club ahead of the game.

As a result, both goalkeepers Joao Monteiro and Alvaro Ramalho have been named in Belenenses’ starting XI. However, it was only Ramalho who stood between the sticks.

Monteiro was forced to adopt the role of right-back for the Primeira Liga clash at Estadio do Restelo.

Benfica entered the table in third position and had hoped to close the gap between them league leaders Porto.

Things got even worse for Belenenses - who finished the first half 7-0 against the visitors

Things got even worse for Belenenses – who finished the first half 7-0 against the visitors

Man City's Bernardo Silva took to Twitter to ask why the game was not postponed

Man City’s Bernardo Silva took to Twitter to ask why the game was not postponed

However, luck was not on their side as they lost 1-0 after just one minute following a home goal from Eduardo Kau.

Things then turned from bad to worse for Belenenses – who finished the first half of the game 7-0 against the visitors.

Belenenses returned to the pitch after the half-time break with just seven players left.

As a result of the prank scenes, the game was discontinued and Benfica received a victory without surprise.

Fans and fellow footballers have taken to social media to question the logic behind the upcoming game.

Bernardo Silva took to Twitter to say: “What is it? Am I the only one who does not understand why the game was not postponed? ‘.

Ruben Neves responded to Silva by saying: “Exactly friend. It is not really understandable, or so we do not think well”.

However, speaking ahead of the game, Belenenses president Rui Pedro Soares said his side had not requested a suspension and were able to play.

He said: “We have 38 registered players and we all trust them. So the decision is up to the health authorities.

“We will wait and we will respect their decision.”