Planet Benfica has teamed up with OZ.com to bring you live coverage of the Taça de Portugal semi-finals. Read on to find out more!
Benfica host Estoril in the second leg of their Portuguese cup semi-final on Wednesday 5th April. The Eagles will be aiming to defend their 2-1 first leg lead, in order to progress to the final at the Estadio do Jamor on Sunday 28th May. If successful, Benfica will face either GD Chaves or Vitória de Guimarães, who contest their own semi-final second leg on Tuesday 4th April. Both semi-finals kick off at 20:15 local time.
OZ.com has secured the rights to stream all three remaining matches in the UK, Spain, Asia, Scandinavia, Italy and various other markets throughout the world. You can view the games on your computer, mobile phone or tablet by following this link.
Each game will be screened live in HD. For an even slicker viewing experience, fans can download the 'OZ Live' app from the App Store or Google Play store. Users can create their own clips of the games’ major incidents from the live broadcast, which can be shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Gudjon Gudjonsson, CEO of OZ Sports and Entertainment, was delighted to add the Taça de Portugal to OZ.com’s sporting portfolio:
“It’s all about servicing the fans of the Portuguese football. The Portuguese people love sports and there is a strong interest to connect with the home team. With the OZ service, this is now a reality for the large Portuguese community living outside of Portugal and other fans of International football.”
To find out if OZ.com's Taça de Portugal service is available in your country, click here. Sign-up is free, with events priced on an individual basis. Benfica’s semi-final is priced at €4.99, and Chaves’ game at €3.99.
Besides the Portuguese cup, OZ.com is home to live coverage of many other sporting events, from football to taekwondo, skiing to handball. The Coppa Italia semi-finals will also be streamed on OZ.com.
BENFICA v ESTORIL PREVIEW (by @dpritchett_SLB)
Benfica produced a disjointed performance during the first leg in Estoril, but emerged with a scarcely deserved 2-1 victory. Kostas Mitroglou opened the scoring in the 36th minute when he pounced on Andrija Živković’s inviting cross. The home side took just five minutes to hit back, with ex-Porto striker Kléber converting his penalty after Eliseu had handled in the box. Mitroglou continued his incredible goalscoring form to net the winner in the 90th minute, although he looked to be offside from Franco Cervi’s cross.
With the second leg at the Estádio da Luz, the Eagles are now strong favourites to progress to the final in May, when they will be looking to lift the trophy that they last won in 2014. Benfica have a tricky away trip to Moreirense on Sunday, so head coach Rui Vitória is likely to shuffle his pack in midweek against Estoril.
The Canarinhos main goal-threat will be posed by the twice-capped Brazilian striker Kléber, who has netted six times in 24 appearances this season. The 26–year old should be full of confidence after bagging a brace against Tondela at the weekend. At the other end of the pitch, Benfica will need to be at their best to find a way past their former goalkeeper Moreira, who has impressed since joining Estoril from Olhanense.
CHAVES v GUIMARÃES PREVIEW (by @GDChavesWorld)
There is absolutely no way to beat about the bush, Grupo Desportivo de Chaves are in a hole right now. After losing 2-0 in the first leg of the Taça de Portugal semi-final against Vitória Guimarães at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Chaves find themselves needing to score many goals to turn this tie around.
The newly-promoted side have been something of a Cinderella story this season, exceeding expectations and competing for a European spot in the league. They have also made their way to the cup semi-finals by beating two Portuguese giants in the shape of FC Porto and Sporting. The team is filled with passion, motivation and grit, which is what makes this second leg so interesting.
This game has excitement written all over it. Everyone in Chaves believes that this tie can be turned around and the club could be heading to the final. Head coach Ricardo Soares has already declared: "We have the capacity to turn the tie around in Chaves".