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C.P.K. just three points away from first ever championship

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In a time when Macau football gets unwanted international attention, the Macau Elite League reaches its final three rounds. C.P.K. can confirm their first ever title this week if they beat Ka I.

Leaving the World Cup withdrawal saga aside for a moment, the domestic league is going to end soon despite all that. Round 15 was played after the international break and the most significant match was between Benfica Macau and second placed Cheng Fung. Given C.P.K.’s parallel win over Macau U23, which allowed the leaders to put one band on the trophy.

Benfica Macau are definitely not having a season to remember. Ahead of the game against Cheng Fung the odds were all against the former Macau champions, but on the pitch the story was different. All the pressure rested on Cheng Fung who could not afford to lose any points if they wanted to maintain any hope in winning the title. Maybe it was that extra pressure that causes the defeat. The first half of the match was even, without any goals scored after 45 minutes. During the second half Cheng Fung tried to explore counter attacks, but Benfica gained some momentum and scored what proved to be the winner by Denilson in the 72nd minute.

C.P.K. took advantage of Cheng Fung dropping points and they beat the already relegated Macau U23 team by four goals without response. C.P.K. are now seven points clear on top of the table, with only nine points left to be played for, meaning that a victory this week against Ka I would be enough for the club to lift their first ever Macau Elite League title.

At the other matches of the round, Monte Carlo beat Ka I 2-0, keeping the pressure on Cheng Fung in the battle for vice champions. The two teams are now separated by one point, with Cheng Fung still in second. Sporting Macau almost confirmed the relegation of Policia to the second division with a 7-1 thrashing, as Tim Iec’s 5-2 win against Hang Sai leaves Policia a total of five points away from the safety zone.

In Macau’s 2nd Division, Casa Portugal and Lun Lok already confirmed their promotion to next season’s Macau Elite League, with both clubs  dominating the second tier. If Casa Portugal and Lun Lok manage to keep their key players, they would be interesting teams to follow next season.

Before Round 15 of the Macau Elite League, two Macau FA Cup matches were played as well, with one of them offering a surprising 21-18 result in Ka I’s unusual win over Hang Sai. Both teams protested against the decision of the Macau FA to withdraw from the 2022 Wolrd Cup. Macau FA opened an investigation into the incident and postponed the Ka I vs C.P.K. game of the coming FA Cup round. In the other match, Monte Carlo beat Policia 2-0.

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