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Division 1, Week 12

Arsenal 1 - 1 Benfica

Division One League Match, Arsenal vs. Benfica (Mon Jul 22)


                              Arsenal  |  Benfica
                              4-4-2 P  |  4-4-2 E
                       Adrian Dalmedo  |  Matias Finkelstein
                                       |
                           D_James GK  |  GK F_Foster
                           S_Ramos DF  |  DF R_Tomassi
                            P_Evra DF  |  DF J_Foyth
                         C_Blewitt DF  |  DF S_Mannaerts
                            D_Burn DF  |  DF E_May
                          T_Cruise MF  |  MF S_Nakamoto
                      P_Bouba_Diop MF  |  MF M_Verratti
                            B_Yaga MF  |  MF W_Dustice
                          E_Spence MF  |  MF E_Knave
                          P_Crouch FW  |  FW T_Erak
                          D_Murphy FW  |  FW B_Dugnutt
                                       |
                          D_de_Gea SUB |  SUB Z_Alomerovic
                         R_Holding SUB |  SUB Yann_M_Vila
                        D_Rocastle SUB |  SUB J_Wilshere
                        S_Matthews SUB |  SUB I_Marcone
                           Ricardo SUB |  SUB Nathan_Dyer

Referee: F_De_Bleeckere (Belgium)


Min. 1  :(bfa) Benfica are switching their playing style to P
Min. 1  :(arn) P_Evra with the flick on
          ...  He plays the ball across to D_Murphy
          ...  D_Murphy lobs F_Foster!
          ...  F_Foster goes down well to save
Min. 2  :(bfa) B_Dugnutt steps over the ball
          ...  He nutmegs T_Cruise
          ...  That a lovely piece of trickery
          ...  But B_Yaga wins the tackle
Min. 6  :(arn) P_Evra floats the ball in to find D_Murphy
          ...  D_Murphy tries to curl it into the bottom corner !
          ...  F_Foster blocks the shot with his legs
          ...  It goes clear!
Min. 7  :(bfa) B_Dugnutt turns past the defender
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He passes it to T_Erak
          ...  T_Erak aiming for the bottom corner !
          ...  But D_James tips it behind
          ...  F_De_Bleeckere has given a goal kick
          ...  He's not having the best of days !
Min. 11 :(arn) S_Ramos crosses into the box, finding D_Burn
          ...  D_Burn blasts it at the goal !
          ...  F_Foster makes a great save
          ...  But he can't hold onto it!
Min. 11 :(bfa) The ball rolls free!
          ...  S_Nakamoto takes control of it on the half way line
          ...  He sprints past the defenders!!
          ...  S_Nakamoto belts the ball towards goal!
          ...  It swerves a lot in the air
          ...  D_James just watches it drift out of play!
Min. 12 :(arn) The ball runs loose!
          ...  C_Blewitt seizes control of it and thinks about the shot
          ...  C_Blewitt hits the ball first time!
          ...  He could have let that bounce
          ...  F_Foster beats the ball away
Min. 13 :(arn) E_Spence runs with pace at the defence
          ...  E_Spence with a thundering volley!
          ...  F_Foster saves it
          ...  He got his body behind the ball there
Min. 18 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts takes possession of the ball
          ...  He plays the ball across to T_Erak
          ...  S_Ramos knobbles the attacking player.
          ...  F_De_Bleeckere blows up for a foul
          ...  F_De_Bleeckere warns him
Min. 21 :(arn) B_Yaga runs at goal
          ...  He spots the run of D_Murphy
          ...  He's played him in
          ...  J_Foyth brings him down from behind!
          ...  But the ref gives nothing!
Min. 22 :(arn) P_Crouch runs at the defence
          ...  He nutmegs S_Mannaerts
          ...  He showed his class there
          ...  P_Crouch tries to beat F_Foster!
          ...  It hammers off the bar onto the line
          ...  The referee talks to his assistant
          ...  He waves play on
          ...  Goal not given there!
          ...  That looked like the wrong decision
Min. 23 :(arn) D_Murphy barges J_Foyth off the ball
          ...  D_Murphy hits the ball first time!
          ...  He could have let that bounce
          ...  It hammers off the bar onto the line
          ...  F_De_Bleeckere talks to his assistant
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  That's put Arsenal ahead!
          ...  Arsenal 1-0 Benfica ...
Min. 23 :(arn) T_Cruise hits in a shot!
          ...  It hits the defender
          ...  P_Evra collects the loose ball!
          ...  M_Verratti with the tackle
          ...  F_De_Bleeckere will want to speak to him
          ...  He received a good talking to from F_De_Bleeckere
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  F_De_Bleeckere signals that it is indirect
          ...  B_Yaga swings it in
          ...  D_Murphy gets on the end of it
          ...  A thundering drive by D_Murphy !
          ...  It hits the sponsor hoarding
Min. 24 :(arn) E_Spence is closed down
          ...  He plays a quick pass under pressure
          ...  D_Murphy latches onto the ball
          ...  D_Murphy with the shot !
          ...  But it goes just over
Min. 25 :(arn) P_Crouch flicks it over J_Foyth and runs onto it
          ...  He showed great skill and pace there
          ...  P_Crouch with the diving header !
          ...  He had to be brave there
          ...  Its sails over!
          ...  He has squandered a golden opportunity
Min. 26 :(bfa) T_Erak gains possession
          ...  D_Murphy with a bad challenge
          ...  F_De_Bleeckere will want to speak to him
          ...  F_De_Bleeckere calls him over
          ...  F_De_Bleeckere is taking his time with him!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 28 :(arn) T_Cruise looks up for support for support
          ...  He spots his team mate making a run now
          ...  He plays it across to his team mate and runs forward now!
          ...  D_Murphy receives the pass and heads towards the goal
          ...  T_Erak wins the ball with ease
          ...  F_De_Bleeckere saw something no-one else did
          ...  He is warned by F_De_Bleeckere
          ...  It's just a warning
Min. 31 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts kills the ball dead
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run!
          ...  He swings the ball in
          ...  T_Erak gets on the end of the pass
          ...  He is in space!
          ...  A powerful header from T_Erak !
          ...  It looks good
          ...  D_James is just going to watch it go over!
          ...  It dips dramatically!!
          ...  But goes just over !!
          ...  D_James looks very relieved!
Min. 33 :(bfa) E_Knave curls the ball out wide to B_Dugnutt
          ...  B_Dugnutt with only one thing on his mind!
          ...  He hits the ball towards goal!
          ...  D_James gets up well to catch that one
Min. 34 :(arn) D_Murphy takes possession on the halfway line
          ...  He runs forward with the ball
          ...  He skips past the challenges
          ...  But he loses control of it
          ...  E_May takes possession
Min. 35 :(bfa) The assistant manager is out on the touchline shouting orders
          ...  It seems Benfica will now be playing E
Min. 35 :(arn) B_Yaga kills the ball dead
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run!
          ...  He swings the ball in
          ...  P_Crouch gets on the end of the pass
          ...  He is in space!
          ...  P_Crouch hits it
          ...  This one could go anywhere !
          ...  But F_Foster punches it away
          ...  That's gone out for a goal kick
          ...  It was clear to everyone that F_Foster got a touch
Min. 35 :(bfa) E_Knave gets the ball on the wing
          ...  He cuts inside S_Ramos!
          ...  He has some space now!
          ...  P_Evra forces him off the ball
          ...  But it rolls out of play
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  S_Mannaerts hits it into the box!
          ...  D_James easily catches it!
Min. 42 :(bfa) E_Knave with a neat pass into B_Dugnutt
          ...  P_Evra with a perfectly timed tackle
Min. 43 :(REF) The 4th referee signals that there are 4 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 43 :(arn) D_Murphy finds his way through
          ...  He sets up the shot
          ...  A wicked drive by D_Murphy !
          ...  F_Foster with a fantastic save
          ...  His captain pats him on the back for that one
Min. 46 :(arn) P_Crouch looks around for some movement
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to D_Murphy
          ...  But he loses control of it
          ...  M_Verratti belts it clear
Min. 47 :(arn) The ball goes loose!
          ...  D_Murphy seizes control of it and thinks about the shot
          ...  D_Murphy rifles it at the goal !
          ...  But F_Foster hits it away
          ...  He could have held onto that!

*************  HALF TIME  ****************
Half Time Score: Arsenal 1-0 Benfica

Min. 46 :(arn) P_Bouba_Diop with the nutmeg
          ...  He takes the ball forward
          ...  A vicious shot by P_Bouba_Diop !
          ...  F_Foster can't get to it!
          ...  OH! It has gone just over the bar!
          ...  F_Foster makes a cocky smile
          ...  Did he know that was going over?
Min. 46 :(bfa) M_Verratti is clutching his leg!
          ...  He gets to his feet
          ...  It looks like he will try to run it off
Min. 49 :(arn) The defender slips and falls over!
          ...  D_Burn is through!
          ...  D_Burn tries the shot !
          ...  F_Foster can't get to it!
          ...  OH! It drifts wide!
          ...  F_Foster has a smile on his face
          ...  Did he know that was going wide?
Min. 50 :(bfa) Yann_M_Vila is coming on for E_May and will play DF
Min. 50 :(arn) E_Spence with a short pass to find S_Ramos
          ...  S_Ramos flings a shot at goal !
          ...  F_Foster with an easy save
          ...  He just oozes confidence
Min. 54 :(arn) E_Spence curls the ball out wide to T_Cruise
          ...  T_Cruise from 20 yards !
          ...  But F_Foster makes a fine save
Min. 55 :(bfa) J_Wilshere comes on for E_Knave and takes up a MF role
Min. 58 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer is going to be brought on
          ...  B_Dugnutt is leaving the pitch
          ...  He applauds the crowd
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play FW
Min. 58 :(bfa) W_Dustice with a penetrating pass to T_Erak
          ...  But S_Ramos slides in
Min. 62 :(bfa) M_Verratti with the header on
          ...  He finds J_Foyth in space
          ...  S_Ramos makes the challenge and clears the ball
Min. 65 :(arn) The Arsenal manager shouts at them from the touchline to play D
Min. 65 :(bfa) The Benfica manager told his side to change to a C strategy
Min. 70 :(arn) R_Holding will replace D_Murphy and play DF
Min. 71 :(arn) P_Crouch knocks it past R_Tomassi and runs onto it
          ...  He leaves the defender standing
          ...  P_Crouch hits a great drive!
          ...  It takes a deflection!
          ...  But flies wide of the post!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  B_Yaga crosses it in!
          ...  F_Foster catches it!
Min. 72 :(arn) P_Crouch steps over the ball
          ...  He nutmegs the defender
          ...  That a lovely piece of trickery
          ...  P_Crouch with the punt towards goal!
          ...  But F_Foster tips it behind
          ...  F_De_Bleeckere has given a goal kick
          ...  He's not having the best of days !
Min. 72 :(bfa) J_Foyth gets to the by line and finds T_Erak with a beautiful cross
          ...  But he loses control of it
          ...  P_Bouba_Diop belts it clear
Min. 74 :(arn) B_Yaga pass splits open the defence
          ...  What a ball!
          ...  P_Crouch is clean through!
          ...  Superbly timed tackle by J_Foyth
          ...  He made it look easy
Min. 75 :(arn) B_Yaga crosses into the box, finding T_Cruise
          ...  T_Cruise with a little chip!
          ...  It hits the bar!!
          ...  But he beats the defender to the rebound
          ...  OHHHHHHHH !!
          ...  He's put it wide
Min. 76 :(bfa) J_Wilshere bursts into the box and cuts the ball back to T_Erak
          ...  B_Yaga with an ugly foul
Min. 77 :(bfa) W_Dustice with a glorious 60-yard pass to J_Wilshere
          ...  J_Wilshere attempts to drive it home!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  Superb strike!
          ...  His team mates join him in a celebration
          ...  They dance around his shirt in delight!!
          ...  And Benfica have squared it up late on!!
          ...  Arsenal 1-1 Benfica ...
Min. 78 :(arn) It seems Arsenal are making a tactical change to A
Min. 78 :(bfa) T_Erak beats D_Burn
          ...  He muscled him off the ball
          ...  Well executed sliding challenge from R_Holding
Min. 80 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer takes on the defender
          ...  He runs past the defender
          ...  D_Burn with an ugly foul
          ...  That looked malicious
Min. 88 :(REF) The 4th official signals that there are 4 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 91 :(arn) C_Blewitt runs at S_Mannaerts
          ...  He takes it past him
          ...  J_Foyth slides in hard!
          ...  And knocks the ball out for a throw!
Min. 93 :(arn) T_Cruise picks out P_Crouch with the cross
          ...  Good sliding challenge from J_Wilshere
          ...  It goes out of play
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  E_Spence chips the ball in towards the back post!
          ...  F_Foster easily catches it!

*************  FULL TIME  ****************


Match Details
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Venue                : Emirates Stadium
Attendance           : 125,000
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Arsenal Match Info
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Best player          : D_Murphy (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : D_Murphy (23)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : D_Murphy (26)
Injured              : N/A
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Benfica Match Info
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Best player          : J_Wilshere
Scorers              : J_Wilshere (77)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : N/A
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                             Arsenal      |    Benfica
Attempts on Goal     :          20        |       5
Off target           :           8        |       2
On target            :          12        |       3
Possession           :          61        |       39
Corners              :           2        |       1
Red Cards            :           0        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           1        |       0
Subs Used            :           1        |       3
Fouls                :           9        |       9
Key Tackles          :           7        |       6
Key Passes           :          14        |       9
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Final Score          : Arsenal 1 - 1 Benfica
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Player Statistics - Arsenal
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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D_James        GK  36   2   2   3  26 |  98   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   5   0   0   0
S_Ramos        DF   2  29   7   7  40 |  98   0   2   1   0   1   0   0   0   0  40  10   5
P_Evra         DF   3  28  12  10  21 |  98   0   2   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  40  20   0
C_Blewitt      DF   3  28   7   6  22 |  98   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   5
D_Burn         DF   2  27   9  11  21 |  98   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   6
T_Cruise       MF   2  10  29   9  39 |  98   0   0   3   0   2   0   0   0   0   0  30   6
P_Bouba_Diop   MF   2   7  28  10  12 |  98   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  20   0   1
B_Yaga         MF   2   9  28   8  35 |  98   0   1   4   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  40   0
E_Spence       MF   2   9  28   9  40 |  98   0   0   3   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  30   5
P_Crouch       FW   1   6  12  28  21 |  98   0   0   1   0   5   0   0   0   0   0  10  13
D_Murphy       FW   2  11   8  28  37 |  74   0   0   0   0   7   1   1   0   0  -2  -2  50
D_de_Gea       GK  29   2   3   3  38 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
R_Holding      DF   1  30   8   6  22 |  24   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0
D_Rocastle     MF   2   7  28  10  21 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Matthews     MF   3   8  28   7  32 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Ricardo        FW   1   7   9  25  21 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0

Player Statistics - Benfica
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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F_Foster       GK  39   2   4   4  16 |  98  13   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  55   0   0   0
R_Tomassi      DF   1  31   8   7  37 |  98   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
J_Foyth        DF   1  30  13   6  42 |  98   0   3   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  60  10   0
S_Mannaerts    DF   2  28   9   5  12 |  98   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
E_May          DF   2  18   2  10  29 |  54   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0
S_Nakamoto     MF   3   4  26  16  32 |  98   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
M_Verratti     MF   2   2  26   2  26 |  98   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  10   0
W_Dustice      MF   1  12  24   6  42 |  98   0   0   2   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  35   0
E_Knave        MF   3   8  24  10  21 |  59   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
T_Erak         FW   2   6   6  27  21 |  98   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   6
B_Dugnutt      FW   1   5   6  25  20 |  62   0   0   1   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  10   5
Z_Alomerovic   GK  29   1   1   1  14 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Yann_M_Vila    DF   2  33  14   8  22 |  44   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
J_Wilshere     MF   2  20  31  12  19 |  39   0   1   0   0   1   1   0   0   0  20   0  30
I_Marcone      MF   3   6  29   6  32 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Nathan_Dyer    FW   2   7  11  29  31 |  36   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
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