Benfica's young star didn't hold back the tears after the Europa League match. And here's why

Football news 23 feb 2024, 02:39
Benfica's young star didn't hold back the tears after the Europa League match. And here's why Benfica's young star didn't hold back the tears after the Europa League match. And here's why

The recent match in the UEFA Europa League's Round of 16 against Toulouse (0:0) proved to be incredibly challenging for the young central midfielder of Benfica, João Neves. After the final whistle, he struggled to hold back tears, with his teammates immediately offering their support.

The reason behind 19-year-old Neves' emotional state is the recent passing of his mother this week. Despite this heartbreaking loss, Neves courageously took the field in the starting lineup and played a strong game throughout.

In the current season, this prodigious talent has earned a spot in Benfica's starting lineup, participating in 38 matches, scoring 2 goals, and providing 2 assists. He has also made his debut for the Portuguese national team, featuring in 3 games.

Previously reported interest from Manchester City, PSG, and Manchester United indicates the high regard in which Neves is held in European football.

In the aggregate of the two matches, Benfica defeated Toulouse 2:1, securing a place in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16. Today, the "Eagles" will discover their next opponent.

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