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Elite League Cup Match 1

Arsenal 2 - 2 Benfica

Elite League Cup Groups Match 1, Arsenal vs. Benfica (Wed Nov 14)


                              Arsenal  |  Benfica
                              4-5-1 P  |  4-4-2 C
                       Adrian Dalmedo  |  Matias Finkelstein
                                       |
                           D_James GK  |  GK F_Foster
                         R_Holding DF  |  DF Yann_M_Vila
                           S_Ramos DF  |  DF R_Tomassi
                            P_Evra DF  |  DF J_Foyth
                            D_Burn DF  |  DF M_Zeffane
                     N_Ben_Khalifa MF  |  MF J_Bolm
                          T_Cruise MF  |  MF E_Spence
                        S_Matthews MF  |  MF E_Knave
                        D_Rocastle MF  |  MF W_Dustice
                            Bebeto MF  |  FW Nathan_Dyer
                          P_Crouch FW  |  FW B_Dugnutt
                                       |
                         V_Mannone SUB |  SUB P_Lenox
                         G_Collins SUB |  SUB S_Mannaerts
                          I_Falque SUB |  SUB J_Wilshere
                          R_Savage SUB |  SUB J_Plasil
                           Ricardo SUB |  SUB T_Erak

Referee: N_Rizzoli (Italy)


Min. 1  :(bfa) Benfica are switching their playing style to A
Min. 6  :(bfa) W_Dustice gets to the by-line
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He plays the ball through to B_Dugnutt
          ...  The ball hits P_Evra in the face!
          ...  And goes clear!
Min. 8  :(arn) D_Rocastle hoists the ball across to P_Evra
          ...  P_Evra with the side footed shot!
          ...  It fly's into Row Z!
Min. 9  :(arn) T_Cruise with the mazy dribble
          ...  He takes it past R_Tomassi
          ...  E_Spence with an ugly foul
          ...  N_Rizzoli warns him
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  It is in a good position!
          ...  P_Crouch hits it hard
          ...  F_Foster is beaten!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  Pick that one out!!
          ...  And Arsenal are leading in the game now
          ...  Arsenal 1-0 Benfica ...
Min. 12 :(arn) P_Crouch has time and space on the edge of the box
          ...  P_Crouch aims the cheeky shot at goal!
          ...  F_Foster parries it
          ...  It rolls out of play
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  S_Matthews plays it into the danger area!
          ...  F_Foster reads it well, and claims it!
Min. 13 :(arn) D_Burn controls it well
          ...  He nutmegs M_Zeffane
          ...  He puts in Bebeto!
          ...  Driven towards goal by Bebeto !
          ...  Terrific shot
          ...  It takes a bounce of the defender
          ...  The deflection takes it just wide
          ...  That's unlucky!
Min. 14 :(arn) R_Holding controls it well
          ...  He nutmegs M_Zeffane
          ...  He puts in D_Burn!
          ...  D_Burn gets up high for the header !
          ...  But F_Foster stops that one easily
Min. 14 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa takes possession
          ...  He runs towards goal
          ...  Nathan_Dyer goes in with high feet!!
          ...  That's a poor tackle!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He was lucky to escape with a caution!
Min. 17 :(arn) F_Foster miss-kicks!
          ...  P_Crouch is through!
          ...  A powerful shot by P_Crouch !
          ...  F_Foster won't get to that!
          ...  It clips the post!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  Excellent strike!!
          ...  Arsenal 2-0 Benfica ...
Min. 18 :(arn) Ricardo is being brought on
          ...  P_Crouch is leaving the pitch
          ...  He looks disappointed that he won't be continuing
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play FW
Min. 18 :(arn) Arsenal are switching their playing style to D
Min. 18 :(arn) The defender under hits the back pass!
          ...  D_Rocastle is through!
          ...  D_Rocastle leaps into the air to perform a scissors kick!!!
          ...  It fly's into Row Z!
Min. 19 :(bfa) E_Knave knocks it past P_Evra and runs onto it
          ...  He leaves the defender standing
          ...  D_James goes in studs first
          ...  N_Rizzoli will just give him a speaking to
          ...  PENALTY !! Looked like a dive to me
          ...  But N_Rizzoli has given it
          ...  B_Dugnutt will take it
          ...  GOAL!!
          ...  Arsenal 2-1 Benfica...
Min. 21 :(arn) D_Burn picks up the pass
          ...  D_Burn curls the ball in on goal !
          ...  F_Foster tips it round the post
          ...  Good save
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  D_Rocastle plays it into the danger area!
          ...  F_Foster jumps well to claim it!
Min. 23 :(bfa) E_Spence finds Nathan_Dyer in acres of space
          ...  Nathan_Dyer has slipped behind the defence!
          ...  He is one on one with D_James
          ...  He nutmegs D_James
          ...  D_James does well to save it !!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Swung in by E_Knave
          ...  Nathan_Dyer swings a leg at it!
          ...  D_James has it covered
          ...  It takes a bobble!
          ...  D_James is left flat-footed
          ...  It's gone wide !!
Min. 26 :(arn) S_Matthews sidesteps his marker
          ...  W_Dustice with a bad challenge
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He was unlucky to be booked for that
Min. 29 :(bfa) J_Bolm with a short pass to find E_Spence
          ...  S_Ramos with a deliberate foul
          ...  He should be jailed for that
Min. 30 :(arn) D_Rocastle wins possession
          ...  He plays the ball across to R_Holding
          ...  R_Holding controls the ball well!
          ...  He hits the shot towards goal!
          ...  What agility from F_Foster
Min. 31 :(bfa) J_Bolm with the heel pass to E_Knave
          ...  E_Knave sees D_James off his line !
          ...  It's beaten D_James
          ...  It goes wide !!
Min. 40 :(arn) D_Rocastle pass splits open the defence
          ...  What a ball!
          ...  Ricardo is clean through!
          ...  J_Foyth cleanly tackles him
          ...  He judged that well
Min. 42 :(bfa) E_Knave looks to play the ball out wide
          ...  He plays the ball across to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  D_Rocastle pulls on his opponent's shirt!!
          ...  N_Rizzoli has stopped play
          ...  Well spotted by N_Rizzoli!
Min. 43 :(REF) The 4th referee signals that there are 4 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 47 :(bfa) J_Bolm breaks clear of the defence!
          ...  He is clean through on D_James!
          ...  S_Ramos brings him down in the area!
          ...  He could be off here!
          ...  N_Rizzoli reaches to his pocket!
          ...  He jots down his name!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  I think he was lucky to escape with a caution!
          ...  N_Rizzoli gives a PENALTY !!
          ...  B_Dugnutt will take it
          ...  He sends D_James the wrong way
          ...  Clinical Penalty
          ...  GOAL!!
          ...  All square, that should make things interesting!
          ...  Arsenal 2-2 Benfica...

*************  HALF TIME  ****************
Half Time Score: Arsenal 2-2 Benfica

Min. 47 :(arn) S_Matthews looks for options
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to Ricardo
          ...  Ricardo with a bomb of a shot !
          ...  It takes a deflection!
          ...  But sails wide!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  The corner is swung in by D_Rocastle!
          ...  R_Tomassi gets up well
          ...  And he heads it clear
Min. 50 :(bfa) J_Bolm with a one-touch layoff to B_Dugnutt
          ...  R_Holding brings him down in the area
          ...  There can only be one outcome surely!
          ...  But N_Rizzoli waves play on!!!
Min. 53 :(arn) S_Matthews skips past a challenge and gets over a cross to Ricardo
          ...  M_Zeffane cuts it out easily
          ...  He clears the ball up field
Min. 54 :(arn) P_Evra boots it towards R_Holding
          ...  R_Holding drifts clear!
          ...  He is clean through!
          ...  He is one on one with F_Foster
          ...  He tries to slide it past F_Foster
          ...  F_Foster dives bravely at his feet !!
Min. 54 :(bfa) E_Spence knocks it past the defender and runs onto it
          ...  He leaves the defender standing
          ...  R_Holding fouls badly
          ...  That was a deliberate act that deserves punishment
          ...  He is ordered to cool off
Min. 57 :(bfa) B_Dugnutt takes possession
          ...  He's got no outlet
          ...  He decides to go alone
          ...  N_Ben_Khalifa reads it well
          ...  This boy is a quality defender
          ...  The crowd sing his praises
Min. 61 :(arn) Ricardo runs forward
          ...  But M_Zeffane wins the tackle
Min. 65 :(arn) D_Rocastle finds Ricardo with a perfectly weighted pass
          ...  W_Dustice with a bad challenge
          ...  The fans are chanting "OFF!!! OFF!!!
          ...  He got away with just a warning
Min. 66 :(bfa) The ball is passed in from J_Bolm, he finds Nathan_Dyer
          ...  S_Matthews with the high feet
          ...  He's lucky to be let off for that one
          ...  Adrian Dalmedo looks relieved
          ...  Matias Finkelstein is far from happy with that decision
Min. 76 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts will replace the useless Yann_M_Vila and will play DF
Min. 77 :(bfa) Up goes the substitution board - J_Wilshere on for E_Knave as a MF
Min. 78 :(bfa) There's going to be a change
          ...  T_Erak will come on for B_Dugnutt and play FW
Min. 78 :(arn) Ricardo with the dribble
          ...  He uses his pace to get free
          ...  Ricardo could have let it bounce!
          ...  But F_Foster punches it away
          ...  He could have caught that!
Min. 79 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts plays it to his team mate for a one-two
          ...  R_Tomassi decides to keep possession instead!
          ...  He runs towards the goal now!
          ...  P_Evra slides in hard!
          ...  And knocks the ball out for a throw!
Min. 80 :(bfa) J_Bolm finds himself in acres of space
          ...  Superbly timed tackle by R_Holding
          ...  He made it look easy
          ...  But he can't keep it in
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  J_Wilshere chips the ball in towards the far post!
          ...  T_Erak with the header
          ...  D_James goes down well to save
Min. 85 :(arn) P_Evra steps over the ball
          ...  He nutmegs J_Foyth
          ...  That a lovely piece of trickery
          ...  But R_Tomassi puts it in row Z!
Min. 87 :(arn) D_Burn with the first time pass to N_Ben_Khalifa
          ...  N_Ben_Khalifa swings in the shot!
          ...  It takes a deflection!
          ...  But sails wide!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  T_Cruise chips the ball in towards the far post!
          ...  F_Foster fists it away!
Min. 88 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there is 1 minute of time to be added on
Min. 91 :(arn) P_Evra takes possession
          ...  What can he do here?
          ...  P_Evra with only one thing on his mind!
          ...  He hits the ball towards goal!
          ...  F_Foster gathers it easily

*************  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          : P_Crouch (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : P_Crouch (9,17)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : S_Ramos (47)
Injured              : N/A
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Benfica Match Info
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Best player          : B_Dugnutt
Scorers              : B_Dugnutt (19 pen,47 pen)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : Nathan_Dyer (14), W_Dustice (26)
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                              Arsenal     |    Benfica
Attempts on Goal     :          14        |       6
Off target           :           5        |       2
On target            :           9        |       4
Possession           :          63        |       37
Corners              :           4        |       2
Red Cards            :           0        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           1        |       2
Subs Used            :           1        |       3
Fouls                :          12        |       9
Key Tackles          :           5        |       4
Key Passes           :          10        |       6
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Final Score          : Arsenal 2 - 2 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  33   2   2   3  26 |  95   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0 -10   0   0   0
R_Holding      DF   1  28   8   6  22 |  95   0   2   1   0   2   0   0   0   0  40  10  20
S_Ramos        DF   2  28   7   7  40 |  95   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0  -2  -2  -2
P_Evra         DF   3  27  11  10  21 |  95   0   2   1   0   2   0   0   0   0  40  10  11
D_Burn         DF   2  25   9  11  21 |  95   0   0   2   0   2   0   0   0   0   0  20  20
N_Ben_Khalifa  MF   1  12  28  12  25 |  95   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  20   0   1
T_Cruise       MF   2  10  28   9  39 |  95   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Matthews     MF   3   8  28   7  32 |  95   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
D_Rocastle     MF   2   7  27  10  21 |  95   0   0   4   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  40   1
Bebeto         MF   1   9  27   7  30 |  95   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
P_Crouch       FW   1   6  12  27  21 |  18   0   0   0   0   3   2   0   0   0   0   0  80
V_Mannone      GK  27   5   3   1  30 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
G_Collins      DF   2  29   9   7  19 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
I_Falque       MF   3  15  28  10  19 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
R_Savage       MF   2   7  27   6  15 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Ricardo        FW   1   7   9  25  21 |  77   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  11

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 |  95  10   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  30   0   0   0
Yann_M_Vila    DF   2  31  14   8  22 |  80   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
R_Tomassi      DF   1  29   8   7  37 |  95   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0   0
J_Foyth        DF   1  28  12   6  42 |  95   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0
M_Zeffane      DF   1  28  10   7  31 |  95   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0   0
J_Bolm         MF   2  11  28  13  32 |  95   0   0   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  30   0
E_Spence       MF   2   9  28   9  40 |  95   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0
E_Knave        MF   3   7  24  10  21 |  81   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
W_Dustice      MF   1  12  23   6  42 |  95   0   0   1   0   0   0   1   0   0  -2   8  -2
Nathan_Dyer    FW   2   7  11  29  31 |  95   0   0   0   0   2   0   1   0   0  -2  -2   9
B_Dugnutt      FW   1   5   6  24  20 |  82   0   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0  70
P_Lenox        GK  22   1   2   3  12 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Mannaerts    DF   2  27   9   5  12 |  15   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0
J_Wilshere     MF   2  19  30  12  19 |  14   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
J_Plasil       MF   1   7  30  10  19 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
T_Erak         FW   2   6   6  27  21 |  13   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  10
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