The world champion defender Nicolás Otamendi scored a goal for the away win of Benfica in view of Star 4-1, for the 19th round of the Portuguese league, which also marked the midfielder’s debut Benjamin Rollheiser (ex Students of La Plata and River). Otamendi, captain and starter, converted Benfica’s 3-1 (ST 7m) that also had world champion midfielder Ángel Di María in the initial formation, who assisted the Brazilian Arthur Cabral (PT 44m) for the 1-1.
The former Vélez scored his fifth goal in Benfica and number 32 in his journey through European football: Porto (10), Valencia (6) and Manchester City (11).
The Brazilian Leo Jaba (PT 28m) opened the scoring for Estrela, which ended with ten players due to the expulsion of the Malian Regis Ndo (ST 26m), and the rest of Benfica’s goals were scored by the Portuguese Rafa Silva (PT 45+ 1m) and the Brazilian Marcos Leonardor (ST 45+3m).
Rollheiser made his official presentation in Benfica when he replaced Di María with two minutes remaining in the match. The former River and Estudiantes La Plata was a substitute in the 2-1 defeat against Estoril for the Portuguese League Cup and today he added his first minutes.
With this result, Benfica reached 48 points and temporarily leads the Portuguese league, awaiting the result of Sporting Lisbon (46) who later faces Casa Pia, at home.
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