I mean, it had to happen eventually, right?
Benevento – the club currently sat bottom of their very first Serie A campaign – have finally won a match in the top-flight.
On their 18th attempt this season, the Campania-based club secured a brilliant 1-0 win over Chievo to send their modest fanbase into raptures, with Massimo Coda the club’s hero of the hour thanks to his goal on the 64th minute.
The little-known club now have four points this season, with a record that looks like this: LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLDLLLW.
That ‘W’ was well worth the wait.
Benevento have made headlines all over Europe this season, having lost their opening 14 games of the campaign – before winning their first point of the season against AC Milan, of all people, thanks to a 95th minute equaliser struck by their goalkeeper.
That was pretty insane.
Last month, the club’s president Oreste Vigorito blamed supernatural, malignant influences for their unfortunate campaign – with the city apparently known in Italy as ‘The City of Witches’, due to the legend that witchcraft was often practised there in ancient times.
Either way, Benevento are flying now – with only 11 points separating them from safety.
Still, the lowly side will look at fellow Serie A strugglers Crotone for survival inspiration – after their heroics last season.
You may remember they were a massive eight points adrift of safety at the start of April last season, before somehow managing to claw their way out of the relegation zone with a win over Lazio on the final day of the season.
In fact, they spent the entire campaign – except the end of the final day – in the drop zone, after taking just 14 points from their first 29 games.
They turned things around by winning six, drawing two and losing just one of their final nine matches to stay afloat.
Over to you, Benevento.
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