Joel Rocha: "Let nothing or nobody be conditioned by whatever it is"

Joel Rocha: "Let nothing or nobody be conditioned by whatever it is"


Sporting beat Benfica 5-3 after extra time and drew the national team's 2-2 finals play-off final, forcing the fifth and decisive game.

Benfica were about a minute away from celebrating the national title when they won 3-2, but a Rocha goal at the last minute drew level and forced the extra time during which the lions scored two goals, by Rocha and Pany Varela, in the same minute 42.

Léo, in the six minutes, and Merlim, at 14, gave twice to Sporting advantage, Benfica answering for André Coelho (10), penultimate, and Chaguinha (24), with Fabio Cecílio, one minute and a half end of the game, to give the only advantage to the 'eagles' in the meeting and the possibility of the 'incarnates' regaining a title that runs from 2014/15.

The fifth and decisive game is disputed next Sunday, at 2:20 pm, in the Pavilion of Light.

At the end of the game, Benfica futsal coach Joel Rocha did not hide his dissatisfaction with the refereeing team of the four game of the futsal final.

"For futsal in Portugal it is very good to have a fifth game, but for futsal it is still much better that those who make decisions do not let themselves be conditioned by what is hotly said after the games. once, you can get dividends, "began Joel Rocha.

"Today we were very limited in the defensive organization, we were more time to defend than with the ball." In addition to the difficulties created by Sporting, we were pushed close to our goal, which made it difficult, but never defeated us. to write what they have seen. "Portuguese futsal deserves more and better, that nothing or nobody is conditioned by whatever it is," added the coach of Benfica.

"In terms of the game, we started to lose, we started to be pushed back.At the interval, we had the emotional balance in the right place to go in search of the result and win.In the second part, we made a good game from the point of view of "We were in the middle of the game," said Joel Rocha, "and we are in the third and final stages of the game.

"Benfica are going to compete against a great opponent, very well worked. We respect the opponent immensely, I do not know if that's the way it is, neither Benfica nor Sporting will be able to be on top 40 minutes, it's the reality. two great teams that have their moments, "said Joel Rocha about the quality of Benfica's opponent.

"We started the extra time with five fouls and this conditions our game, because our players feel that at any touch … One thing is to defend with five fouls, another is to defend with four. Benfica will fight for this reconquest at the last second, true to their identity. It will end as we want, to win. conviction, I'm not sure, but I have this faith, "said the coach of Benfica.

The fifth and decisive game is disputed next Sunday, at 2:20 pm, in the Pavilion of Light.



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