Super Falcons midfielder Christy Ucheibe was a standout performer for Benfica Women as they defeated Sporting Braga Women on penalties in the semifinal of the 2023 Portuguese Women’s Super Cup, Soccernet.ng reports.
In a gripping showdown at the Caixa Futebol Campus in Seixal, Benfica Women and Sporting Braga Women fought to a 3-3 draw in regulation time, ultimately leading to a thrilling penalty shootout.
Ucheibe sealed their victory for her side with the decisive penalty, propelling them into the final of the Super Cup. Nigerian star Peace Efih featured for Braga in the encounter.
Despite both teams’ commendable efforts, reigning Campeonato Nacional Feminino champions Benfica maintained a slight edge throughout the match, asserting dominance in both possession and shots statistics.
Nevertheless, their defensive line struggled to contain sporadic offensive thrusts from their opponents, resulting in an equitable stalemate after regulation time.
With the scoreline remaining level, the game proceeded directly to a penalty shootout. Benfica held their nerve, securing a 4-2 victory in the shootout.
The spotlight shone brightly on Ucheibe as she coolly netted the final and ultimately winning penalty for her team, cementing their place in the Super Cup final.
In the championship clash, Benfica will lock horns with the victor of the second semifinal contest between Famalicão and Sporting CP.
Ucheibe, instrumental in Benfica’s journey to the final, will undoubtedly relish the opportunity to vie for the coveted trophy, potentially assuaging the disappointment of her World Cup campaign with the Nigerian national team.
During the recent World Cup, Ucheibe played an integral role for the Super Falcons, contributing significantly to their advancement to the knockout rounds.
Her impressive performances earned her recognition as one of Nigeria’s finest players in the tournament.
Unfortunately, the former African champions were eliminated on penalties by England, despite Ucheibe’s remarkable efforts.
Ucheibe distinguished herself as Africa’s leading tackler at the World Cup and ranked among the top seven overall. Since joining Benfica in 2020, the 22-year-old has secured seven titles.