The recently-formed Benfica Women team has been ripping it up in the club’s debut season, and last weekend notched its biggest win so far against bottom side CP Pego.
Brazilian Darlene bagged 10 of the goals, while fellow forward Evy Pereira scored seven in what was a record winning margin in Portuguese senior football.
It was the fifth time the team had scored more than 20 in a game in the second division of the country’s women’s league.
Formed in December 2017, Benfica Women has won all 14 of its league games this season, scored 257 goals — an average of 18 a game — and conceded none. Even Sporting CP, Benfica’s closest rival in the league, was dispatched 10-0.
The team, based in Lisbon, was formed as an offshoot of the decorated men’s team and immediately attracted the services of a number of international players.
Attention now turns to Wednesday’s cup tie against top tier side Maritimo.
“Our focus is now the game with Maritimo, a game that is going to be very difficult and we want to win to go on to the next round.
“Few teams have managed to win away at Marítimo this year, but we are prepared … We want to win the Portuguese cup and the league.”