In Barcelos, the game was complicated. Faced with a well-organized, well-oiled rival, aware of the spaces that Benfica was going to attack, the reds needed Taarabt’s creativity to unlock. But if the cross was accurate, Vinícius gave him the best answer, with an indefensible header that ended up giving three points and being worth the reconquest of the leadership.
On a personal level, the irreproachable technical gesture earned the top scorer of the championship a very round number of Eagles on his chest. Still in February, and in the first season, Vinícius reached 20 goals with the Benfica shirt.
Despite starting the season in the shadow of De Tomás and Seferovic, Vinícius showed from an early age that he was in Luz to leave a strong mark. The bad moments of the competition gave it status and, at this moment, it is one of the undisputed ones of Lage, one of those that the coach only waives for some very strong reason.
And the goalkeeper’s response is worth an important place in Benfica’s recent history. Because scoring 20 goals in a season has only been within reach in recent years by names like João Félix, Lima, Cardozo, Jonas, Simão, among other stars.
They scored 20 + goals in a season for Benfica (21st century):
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