He had probably dreamed it, but the reality exceeded all expectations for both Christian Benavente and Lima Alliance, who on Sunday began their romance in League 1 with a 3-1 comeback against Manucci, in which the former Real Madrid subsidiary player made his debut with a great goal from a free kick. His debut has not gone unnoticed by the Spanish press, which echoed the first minutes of “Chaval” in Peruvian football.
“Former Madrid player Cristian Benavente already dazzles with Alianza Lima”, headlined the newspaper of the Spanish capital ‘Marca’ about the debut of Zinedine Zidane’s former manager at Madrid Castilla and highlights that his goal helped Bustos’ team to victory.
“The player, born in Spain, was happy to have helped the team to take home the first win so far in the tournament”, explains the aforementioned media about the former Madrid player, who in 2012 with Mourinho and in 2015 with Ancelotti, trained with the ‘whites’ first team, alongside figures such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas or Sergio Ramos.
Benavente he scored from a free kick in the 92nd minute, after being fouled by John Narváez, and just 13 minutes after coming on to replace Aldair Fuentes.
Earlier, Argentine Hernán Barcos and Uruguayan Pablo Míguez scored for the Alliance team also in the second half, while José Rivera scored Manucci’s goal at the start of the game.
Happy with his debut with a goal
Benavente He expressed his joy as soon as the match ended at the Alejandro Villanueva Stadium and, hours later, he celebrated what was done on the field, with a post on Instagram. “Great victory and comeback for the team! We continue”he wrote in a post, which he accompanied with a postcard of his from the celebration.
“I am very happy with what the team has shown. Winning with one less player isn’t easy.” declared Benavente for GOLPERU at the end of the match. On the other hand, the attacker also referred to the support of the fans. “It is a unique feeling because, I had been told that the stadium cheers all the time; and today, after losing, they have helped us and, thanks to them, we have also been able to come back”, said.
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