Benfica vs Real Sociedad

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Marvel at the enthralling clash between Benfica and Real Sociedad with a complete showdown review and captivating highlights. Brace yourself for an adrenaline-pumping kick-off at 19:00 (GMT) on the glorious 24th of October 2023, as the battle unfolds at the esteemed Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Leading the proceedings is the esteemed referee, C. Turpin. Prepare to immerse yourself in this exhilarating encounter, a remarkable fixture in the esteemed Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group D for the riveting 2023/2024 season.

Benfica vs Real Sociedad Full Match Reports

In the maiden encounter between Benfica and Real Sociedad, the Spanish contingent departed from Estádio da Luz with a hard-earned 1-0 victory, propelling them to the summit of Group D in the UEFA Champions League (UCL).

Benfica, who triumphed in their UCL group last season, commenced this year’s campaign on a somber note, suffering two consecutive defeats that brought them perilously close to early elimination. To halt their downward spiral, only a win against Sociedad would suffice. The Portuguese side launched the proceedings with fervor and seemed to break the deadlock in the 12th minute when Rafa Silva found Petar Musa at the back post, who neatly slotted the ball into the net. However, VAR dashed their hopes by revealing Silva to be marginally offside in the build-up.

The visitors took note of this warning and began to assert themselves. They too had a goal disallowed in the 30th minute when Mikel Merino delivered a ball into the box, where Brais Méndez displayed exceptional composure to head it towards the far corner. Unfortunately for the Spanish midfielder, he was deemed offside, eliminating the need for a VAR review. Both teams struggled to create significant opportunities in an otherwise scrappy first half.

Both managers demanded more from their squads, and they delivered precisely that in a breathtaking back-and-forth affair. However, wayward finishing prevented them from breaking the deadlock. Sociedad appeared more menacing, with Martín Zubimendi’s shot saved at the near post, and Takefusa Kubo’s fierce effort from inside the box narrowly missed the target.

Benfica seemingly disregarded the warning signs, allowing the visitors to take the lead just past the hour mark. A well-executed team play culminated with Ander Barrenetxea delivering a precise pass to Méndez, who tapped the ball into an empty net. La Real continued to dominate after seizing the lead and came close to scoring a second, but Kubo’s shot struck the woodwork, unleashed from the edge of the box.

Ultimately, Benfica struggled to muster any semblance of an equalizer as Sociedad held firm to secure victory, propelling them to the top of the group. The defeat left the Portuguese outfit languishing at the bottom of the group, with zero points at the midpoint.

Man of the Match: Brais Méndez (Real Sociedad).