The usual four-team April finals were postponed to become a ten-team August tournament and this was Madrid’s fourth game at the Colovray Stadium.
Real Madrid were two goals to the good at the interval through Pablo Delgado and an own goal from Henrique Jocu.
Benfica’s prolific young marksman Gonçalo Ramos made it 2-1 early in the second-half but Miguel Gutierrez scored a minute later to restore Real’s two-goal advantage. Benfica came back strongly and Gonçalo Ramos bagged a second goal seven minutes later to give the Eagles hope. When Henrique Araújo was taken down inside the area, English referee Chris Kavanagh had no doubts pointing to the penalty spot. Tiago Dantas stepped up to the mark but Real Madrid keeper Luis López was up to the task and made a fine save. Real weathered the storm and held on for a 3-2 victory.
It was Benfica’s third attempt at winning the trophy but a club that consistently develops young talent will surely be back to contest finals in future years.