O Benfica won the International Champions Cup today, the premier pre-season soccer tournament, six days after completing the race with the full of victories, in games three games held in the United States.
The team led by Bruno Lage, who beat Chivas Guadalajara (3-0) Mexicans and Fiorentina (2-1) and AC Milan (1-0), was the only one to score nine points, against today's draw (2-2) between Manchester United and the Milanese.
To 'divert' the trophy to England, the 'red devils', who added two triumphs, needed to win by three or more goals difference. – winning by three got the advantage of having achieved a better stage result to a common opponent – which did not happen.
In Cardiff, Wales, Marcus Rashford, 14 minutes, and Jesse Lingaard, 72, scored the English goals, while Spaniard Suso, 26, and Swedish and former Benfiquista Victor Lindelof, 60, own goal, invoiced for the Milanese.
The holder of the Portuguese title is the first team out of the five 'big' in Europe (England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France) to take the race, which, in the 2019 edition, had 11 teams from Europe and Chivas.
The Luz club joined the list of winners Real Madrid, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Inter Milan, FC Barcelona and Tottenham, who held the scepter, winning in 2018, then in an edition with 18 formations.
Although they did not face any 'shark', the 'reds' outperformed them all, in specific terms, namely Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, Juventus and Real Madrid.
The winner has already been found, but the International Champions Cup is not over yet, with Tottenham facing Inter Milan on Sunday and João Félix's Atletico Madrid measuring with Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus at the closing of the competition on August 10th.
Of the four sets, 'colchonero' is the best placed, having beaten the Mexicans on penalties (5-4, after 0-0 in 90 minutes) and beat Real Madrid by an unbeatable 7-3, with a 'poker' of Diego Costa and a goal and two assists from Portuguese João Félix.