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Benfica 2 - 0 AC Milan

Elite FA Cup Group Stage Match, Benfica vs. AC Milan (Wed Jul 01)


                              Benfica  |  AC Milan
                              4-4-2 C  |  4-1-3-1-1 N
                   Matias Finkelstein  |  Darren Lear
                                       |
                         N_Winneke GK  |  GK D_Do
                       Yann_M_Vila DF  |  DF Y_Mina
                         M_Zeffane DF  |  DF Ni_Na_Lee
                         R_Tomassi DF  |  DF L_Digne
                             Nacho DF  |  DF P_Jones
                            J_Bolm MF  |  DM Kak
                         I_Marcone MF  |  MF Eduardo
                        S_Nakamoto MF  |  MF Almen_Abdi
                         W_Dustice MF  |  MF Jese
                            T_Erak FW  |  AM Alexis
                         B_Dugnutt FW  |  FW D_Mitsakos
                                       |
                         J_J_Jones SUB |  SUB M_Kingsley
                           J_Foyth SUB |  SUB L_Palmieri
                       S_Mannaerts SUB |  SUB P_Duffy
                         K_Commons SUB |  SUB Pezza
                       Nathan_Dyer SUB |  SUB E_Richardson

Referee: W_Collum (Scotland)


Min. 1  :(amn) AC Milan will now play E after the order comes from the dugout
Min. 1  :(amn) Jese turns past the defender
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run
          ...  He plays the ball through to Almen_Abdi
          ...  But M_Zeffane spotted the danger and cleans up the play
Min. 3  :(bfa) W_Dustice crosses into the box, finding T_Erak
          ...  Excellent sliding challenge from Y_Mina
          ...  He could have easily caught the defender is he hadn't been careful
Min. 4  :(amn) Jese sprints down the flank
          ...  He plays the ball across to Ni_Na_Lee
          ...  Ni_Na_Lee with a thundering drive!
          ...  N_Winneke tips it round the post
          ...  Well saved
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Eduardo hits it into the box!
          ...  Kak swings a leg at it!
          ...  N_Winneke manages to turn it behind
Min. 6  :(amn) Alexis moves out over to the edge of the pitch
          ...  He plays the ball through to Ni_Na_Lee
          ...  Ni_Na_Lee flings a shot at goal !
          ...  He has put it wide!
          ...  He looks horrified by that miss!
          ...  He puts his face in his hands!
Min. 10 :(bfa) Yann_M_Vila holds up the ball
          ...  He plays the ball to B_Dugnutt
          ...  An audacious effort from B_Dugnutt !
          ...  D_Do just watches it fly safely wide!
Min. 11 :(bfa) W_Dustice skips past a challenge and gets over a cross to S_Nakamoto
          ...  S_Nakamoto tries to catch the keeper out!
          ...  D_Do catches the ball
Min. 12 :(bfa) Yann_M_Vila gets to the by line and finds J_Bolm with a beautiful cross
          ...  J_Bolm tries one from the edge of the box !
          ...  D_Do with a superb tip around the post
          ...  When he's on his game he's one of the best in the league
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Yann_M_Vila chips the ball in towards the far post!
          ...  D_Do comes out and claims it!
Min. 13 :(amn) Almen_Abdi takes advantage of a mistake by Nacho
          ...  He runs towards goal
          ...  A wicked drive by Almen_Abdi !
          ...  N_Winneke saves, but he fumbles
          ...  But he gathers at the second attempt!
Min. 20 :(bfa) B_Dugnutt knocks the ball past Y_Mina
          ...  Y_Mina with a deliberate foul
          ...  W_Collum will want to speak to him
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  Just outside the box!
          ...  B_Dugnutt with the delicate chip over the wall
          ...  D_Do just watches it drift out of play!
Min. 26 :(bfa) R_Tomassi takes advantage of a mistake by L_Digne
          ...  He runs towards goal
          ...  Kak with a terrible tackle
          ...  W_Collum reaches to his pocket!
          ...  He jots down his name!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 31 :(amn) Eduardo pass splits open the defence and finds Almen_Abdi
          ...  W_Dustice with a deliberate foul
          ...  That was a deliberate act that deserves punishment
          ...  W_Collum calls him over
          ...  He's told to calm down
          ...  Matias Finkelstein looks relieved
          ...  FREE KICK
          ...  This is very far out
          ...  Almen_Abdi knocks it forward
          ...  Y_Mina gets on the end of it
          ...  Y_Mina drives it low !
          ...  But he miskicks and puts it well off target
          ...  The Benfica fans taunt him about that effort
Min. 31 :(amn) Alexis is through on goal
          ...  Yann_M_Vila plays it back
          ...  N_Winneke slips!!
          ...  It goes just wide
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Kak floats the ball in!
          ...  Yann_M_Vila gets up well
          ...  And he clears the danger
Min. 36 :(bfa) J_Bolm looks to play the ball out wide
          ...  He plays the ball across to T_Erak
          ...  Ni_Na_Lee with a bad challenge
Min. 39 :(amn) Almen_Abdi moves out over to the edge of the pitch
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He plays the ball through to D_Mitsakos
          ...  Yann_M_Vila makes the challenge and clears the ball
Min. 40 :(amn) Kak retreats under pressure
          ...  He hits the ball up field
          ...  D_Mitsakos latches onto the end of it
          ...  Yann_M_Vila forces him off the ball
          ...  But it rolls out of play
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Kak swings it in!
          ...  Eduardo gets to it!
          ...  But he miskicks and puts it well off target
          ...  The Benfica fans taunt him about that effort
Min. 43 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there is 1 minute of time to be added on

*************  HALF TIME  ****************
Half Time Score: Benfica 0-0 AC Milan

Min. 48 :(amn) D_Mitsakos nutmegs Nacho
          ...  D_Mitsakos looks to see where N_Winneke is!
          ...  He shoots!
          ...  But N_Winneke punches it away
          ...  That's gone out for a goal kick
          ...  It was clear to everyone that N_Winneke got a touch
Min. 48 :(bfa) B_Dugnutt jumps over Kak's challenge
          ...  L_Digne fouls badly
          ...  The fans are chanting "OFF!!! OFF!!!
          ...  W_Collum refrained from booking him but had stern words
Min. 54 :(bfa) B_Dugnutt pushes it past Ni_Na_Lee
          ...  Ni_Na_Lee rushes in with a poor tackle!!
          ...  That's a foul!!
Min. 55 :(bfa) J_Foyth is being prepared to come on
          ...  M_Zeffane is leaving the pitch
          ...  He applauds the crowd
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play DF
Min. 57 :(amn) Alexis looks around for some movement
          ...  He knocks the ball across to Almen_Abdi
          ...  Almen_Abdi beats the offside trap!
          ...  He runs at N_Winneke
          ...  He tries to flick it past N_Winneke
          ...  He falls over
          ...  The ball trickles out for a goal kick!!
Min. 60 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer replaces an unhappy B_Dugnutt and will play as a FW
Min. 61 :(bfa) T_Erak finds his way through
          ...  The offside trap didn't work
          ...  T_Erak with the chance !
          ...  He hits the side netting
Min. 62 :(bfa) J_Bolm makes the tackle
          ...  He gets to his feet quickly
          ...  He's beat the defender to the ball
          ...  What a shot from J_Bolm !
          ...  It could go anywhere
          ...  The fans get off there seats!
          ...  But it sails over !!
Min. 64 :(amn) P_Jones with the first time flick to D_Mitsakos
          ...  Nacho gets to the ball first
Min. 65 :(amn) Kak looks around for support
          ...  His team mate makes an overlapping run now!
          ...  He knocks a through ball to D_Mitsakos
          ...  D_Mitsakos with the diving header !
          ...  He had to be brave there
          ...  N_Winneke watches it sail wide!
Min. 70 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts replaces an unhappy W_Dustice and will play as a MF
Min. 70 :(bfa) The manager shouting something towards his players
          ...  It looks like he's turning things round a bit
          ...  Benfica will now play A
Min. 75 :(amn) Alexis flicks it over the defender and runs onto it
          ...  He showed great skill and pace there
          ...  Alexis from 20 yards !
          ...  But N_Winneke tips it behind
          ...  W_Collum has given a goal kick
          ...  He's not having the best of days !
Min. 77 :(bfa) J_Bolm jumps over the defender's challenge
          ...  Kak with a nasty foul
          ...  That looked malicious
          ...  W_Collum tells him to calm his game down a bit
Min. 81 :(bfa) S_Nakamoto sprints past P_Jones
          ...  S_Nakamoto has time and space!
          ...  He tries the lob!
          ...  Wide of goal
Min. 81 :(amn) Eduardo knocks it forward
          ...  Yann_M_Vila slips
          ...  Jese gets to it!
          ...  Nathan_Dyer is called for the holding foul
          ...  He was a bit too close for comfort
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 82 :(amn) Almen_Abdi beats the defender
          ...  Almen_Abdi has his eyes on the goal!
          ...  He shoots!
          ...  But N_Winneke dives to his left
          ...  I think N_Winneke just got a hand on that one
          ...  W_Collum has given a goal kick
          ...  Unbelievable !
Min. 82 :(bfa) The defender under hits the back pass!
          ...  T_Erak is through!
          ...  Eduardo with a nasty foul
          ...  W_Collum calls him over
          ...  He's told to calm down
          ...  Darren Lear looks relieved
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  Right on the edge of the box!
          ...  I_Marcone swings it in
          ...  T_Erak takes control of it!
          ...  T_Erak fires off a right-footed shot !
          ...  Terrific shot
          ...  It takes a bounce of the defender
          ...  The deflection takes it just wide
          ...  That's unlucky!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  S_Nakamoto hits it towards the far post!
          ...  The ball comes to T_Erak
          ...  He knocks it goalward
          ...  D_Do manages to turn it behind
Min. 85 :(bfa) J_Bolm sprints down the flank
          ...  He plays the ball across to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  Nathan_Dyer tries to beat D_Do!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  He jumps into the Benfica crowd to celebrate!!
          ...  Both he and the fans are delighted!!
          ...  What a time to score!!
          ...  That must be the winner
          ...  Benfica 1-0 AC Milan ...
Min. 85 :(amn) E_Richardson is being prepared to come on
          ...  P_Jones is leaving the pitch
          ...  He looks disappointed that he won't be continuing
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play FW
Min. 85 :(amn) Almen_Abdi runs with the ball to the corner flag
          ...  He plays the ball across to Y_Mina
          ...  Yann_M_Vila cuts out the pass
          ...  That was close!
Min. 86 :(amn) Alexis is taking a throw in
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He throws it to Kak
          ...  Wonderful sliding challenge by Yann_M_Vila
Min. 87 :(amn) Almen_Abdi looks for options
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to D_Mitsakos
          ...  Wonderful sliding challenge by R_Tomassi
Min. 88 :(REF) The 4th referee signals that there are 3 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 89 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer looks for options
          ...  He decides to go it alone
          ...  Nathan_Dyer with the strike !
          ...  But D_Do makes a superb stop down low.
Min. 90 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer beats Ni_Na_Lee
          ...  It looked like he pushed his marker
          ...  "Play On!" Waves W_Collum
          ...  Nathan_Dyer with the shot !
          ...  It fly's into Row Z!
Min. 90 :(amn) Jese is taking a throw in
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run
          ...  He throws it to D_Mitsakos
          ...  D_Mitsakos with the overhead !
          ...  But N_Winneke punches it away
          ...  He commands his area so well
Min. 92 :(bfa) J_Bolm with a slide rule pass to T_Erak
          ...  T_Erak with a stunning strike !
          ...  It hits the bar!!
          ...  But he picks up the rebound
          ...  OHHHHHHHH !!
          ...  He's put it wide
Min. 92 :(amn) Ni_Na_Lee runs towards the goal
          ...  R_Tomassi with a late tackle
          ...  He certainly didn't mean it
          ...  W_Collum ignores the protests for a card
          ...  Matias Finkelstein looks relieved
Min. 92 :(amn) Ni_Na_Lee skips past a challenge and gets over a cross to E_Richardson
          ...  E_Richardson with a graceful, looping effort !
          ...  He hits the side netting
          ...  There was some parts of the ground that thought that went in!
Min. 93 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts curls the ball out wide to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  The cross hits Nathan_Dyer on the butt and rebounds towards goal !
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  He jumps up and punches the air
          ...  Benfica 2-0 AC Milan ...
Min. 93 :(amn) It seems AC Milan are making a tactical change to A
Min. 93 :(amn) Jese with a slide rule pass to D_Mitsakos
          ...  D_Mitsakos with the shot on net !
          ...  N_Winneke guesses right

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


Match Details
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Venue                : Estadio da Luz
Attendance           : 116,428
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Benfica Match Info
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Best player          : Yann_M_Vila (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : Nathan_Dyer (85,93)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : Nathan_Dyer (81)
Injured              : N/A
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AC Milan Match Info
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Best player          : Almen_Abdi
Scorers              : N/A
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : Kak (26)
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                             Benfica      |    AC Milan
Attempts on Goal     :          14        |       14
Off target           :           8        |       6
On target            :           6        |       8
Possession           :          54        |       46
Corners              :           2        |       3
Red Cards            :           0        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           1        |       1
Subs Used            :           3        |       1
Fouls                :           4        |       12
Key Tackles          :           8        |       1
Key Passes           :           7        |       16
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Final Score          : Benfica 2 - 0 AC Milan
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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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N_Winneke      GK  34   2   2   3  20 |  94   8   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  80   0   0   0
Yann_M_Vila    DF   2  35  15   8  22 |  94   0   6   2   0   0   0   0   0   0 140  40  20
M_Zeffane      DF   1  32  10   7  31 |  56   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0
R_Tomassi      DF   1  32   9   7  37 |  94   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  60   0   0
Nacho          DF   3  32   7   4  32 |  94   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0
J_Bolm         MF   2  12  31  13  32 |  94   0   0   2   1   2   0   0   0   0   0  40  10
I_Marcone      MF   3   6  30   6  32 |  94   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Nakamoto     MF   3   5  27  16  32 |  94   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  10
W_Dustice      MF   1  12  26   6  42 |  71   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
T_Erak         FW   2   6   7  28  21 |  94   0   0   0   0   4   0   0   0   0   0   0  10
B_Dugnutt      FW   1   5   7  28  20 |  61   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0  20  20  20
J_J_Jones      GK  29   1   5   3  20 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
J_Foyth        DF   1  31  13   7  42 |  38   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Mannaerts    MF   2  29   9   5  12 |  23   0   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  30   0
K_Commons      MF   1   8  28  10  32 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Nathan_Dyer    FW   2   7  11  31  31 |  33   0   0   0   0   4   2   1   0   0  -2  -2  78

Player Statistics - AC Milan
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_Do           GK  35   1   3   7  31 |  94   5   0   0   0   0   0   0   0 -15   0   0   0
Y_Mina         DF   3  31   8  10  31 |  94   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0 -20 -20
Ni_Na_Lee      DF   3  30   9   7  41 |  94   0   0   1   0   2   0   0   0   0   0  10  10
L_Digne        DF   2  30   7   8  29 |  94   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
P_Jones        DF   2  29  13   7  28 |  86   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0
Kak            DM   2  16  28  10  41 |  94   0   0   2   0   1   0   1   0   0  -2  18   8
Eduardo        MF   2   8  31   9  21 |  94   0   0   2   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
Almen_Abdi     MF   1  11  30  12  30 |  94   0   0   3   0   3   0   0   0   0   0  30  20
Jese           MF   2   5  29   7  41 |  94   0   0   4   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0
Alexis         AM   3  10  26  13  12 |  94   0   0   3   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  30  10
D_Mitsakos     FW   1   7   4  25  32 |  94   0   0   0   0   4   0   0   0   0   0   0  30
M_Kingsley     GK  25   2   1   3  30 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
L_Palmieri     DF   1  26   8  10  42 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
P_Duffy        MF   2  15  25   4  21 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Pezza          FW   1   8  12  27  32 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
E_Richardson   FW   2   5  11  26  21 |   8   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
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