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Elite FA Cup, Group F Game 3

Benfica 0 - 0 Barcelona

Elite FA Cup Groups Match 3, Benfica vs. Barcelona (Thu Nov 30)


                              Benfica  |  Barcelona
                              5-4-1 C  |  5-3-2 A
                      Steven Theobald  |  Bryngar Myre
                                       |
                          F_Foster GK  |  GK Romero
                           T_Adams DF  |  DF B_Myre
                         C_Thomson DF  |  DF G_Bale
                       Yann_M_Vila DF  |  DF G_Wilkinson
                         R_Tomassi DF  |  DF J_Myre
                         M_Zeffane DF  |  DF Ciaran_Clark
                         Zheng_Zhi MF  |  MF B_Spencer
                         P_Do_Shaw MF  |  MF Xavi
                          J_Plasil MF  |  MF Adnan_Januzaj
                          E_Spence MF  |  FW M_Hunt
                           Stefano FW  |  FW Odegaard
                                       |
                      Z_Alomerovic SUB |  SUB Pepe_Reina
                       S_Mannaerts SUB |  SUB J_Miranda
                        S_Nakamoto SUB |  SUB L_Gasparotto
                       Nathan_Dyer SUB |  SUB R_Kopa
                           A_Bagsy SUB |  SUB Maradona

Referee: K_Clark (Scotland)


Min. 2  :(bfa) Stefano flicks it over the defender and runs onto it
          ...  He showed great skill and pace there
          ...  Stefano with the punt towards goal!
          ...  But Romero stops that one easily
Min. 3  :(bfa) J_Plasil with the first time pass to Yann_M_Vila
          ...  Yann_M_Vila tries to chip the ball over Romero!
          ...  It goes wide!
          ...  He has squandered a golden opportunity
Min. 6  :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi loses his marker
          ...  Zheng_Zhi hits it
          ...  This one could go anywhere !
          ...  Terrific shot
          ...  It takes a bounce of the defender
          ...  The deflection takes it just wide
          ...  That's unlucky!
Min. 8  :(bfa) J_Plasil runs at the defender
          ...  He gets past him!
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He passes it to T_Adams
          ...  B_Spencer pulls on his shirt
          ...  He wins the ball
          ...  The defender got away with the foul there!
Min. 8  :(brc) Adnan_Januzaj with an intelligent ball to M_Hunt
          ...  Yann_M_Vila wins the ball with a superb sliding challenge
Min. 11 :(brc) B_Spencer with a slide rule pass to M_Hunt
          ...  M_Hunt has a dig at goal!
          ...  He hits the post
          ...  He follows it up!
          ...  But puts it wide!
          ...  He'll be disappointed with that
Min. 12 :(bfa) E_Spence has found himself in space
          ...  He looks up for his team mates
          ...  He swings the ball in
          ...  Zheng_Zhi gets on the end of the pass
          ...  He is in space!
          ...  Zheng_Zhi controls the ball well!
          ...  He hits the shot towards goal!
          ...  But he's missed it!
          ...  He couldn't hit a cow's arse with a banjo
Min. 13 :(brc) Xavi hits in a shot!
          ...  It hits the defender
          ...  B_Spencer collects the loose ball!
          ...  M_Zeffane wins control of the ball with his hand!!
          ...  Play On!!
Min. 14 :(bfa) Stefano jumps over Ciaran_Clark's challenge
          ...  Stefano with a powerful downward header!
          ...  Its sails over!
          ...  He has squandered a golden opportunity
Min. 16 :(brc) Odegaard breaks clear of the defence!
          ...  He is clean through on F_Foster!
          ...  P_Do_Shaw brings him down!
          ...  He deserves punishment for that!
          ...  K_Clark calls him over
          ...  The ref is taking his time with him!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 18 :(bfa) P_Do_Shaw with an intelligent ball to E_Spence
          ...  A cheeky lob from E_Spence !
          ...  It goes wide!
          ...  He made that look harder than it was!!
Min. 20 :(brc) Barcelona switch to playing C
Min. 20 :(bfa) Stefano beats J_Myre
          ...  His quick feet took him past the defender
          ...  Ciaran_Clark with the tackle
          ...  He did well to stop that attack!
Min. 22 :(brc) Xavi puts in G_Bale
          ...  G_Bale with a stunning strike !
          ...  F_Foster falls over
          ...  But F_Foster is relieved to watch it go out of play!
Min. 26 :(brc) B_Myre rushes through the defence
          ...  B_Myre with the attempt at goal!
          ...  F_Foster makes a comfortable save
          ...  He wasn't troubled there
Min. 27 :(bfa) C_Thomson holds the ball up and waits for support
          ...  His team mate makes an overlapping run now!
          ...  He knocks a through ball to J_Plasil
          ...  J_Plasil hits the ball first time!
          ...  The fans get off there seats!
          ...  But it sails over !!
Min. 28 :(bfa) T_Adams with a burst of pace
          ...  T_Adams chases it through, he must score !
          ...  The fans get off there seats!
          ...  Romero plucks the ball out of the air
          ...  Good goalkeeping there!
Min. 28 :(brc) B_Myre beats the defender
          ...  M_Zeffane read the danger and stops the pass
Min. 29 :(bfa) P_Do_Shaw crosses in from the wing, he finds Yann_M_Vila in the box
          ...  Brilliantly taken away by G_Bale !!
          ...  Any youngsters out there should be taking notes
Min. 30 :(bfa) P_Do_Shaw has the ball
          ...  He knocks the ball past B_Myre
          ...  He puts in Stefano!
          ...  From long range Stefano bends the ball towards goal!
          ...  Romero with the save
          ...  He holds onto it as well!
Min. 38 :(bfa) R_Tomassi flicks it over J_Myre's head
          ...  He showed some great skill there!
          ...  Ciaran_Clark reads the game well and cuts out the pass!
Min. 39 :(bfa) E_Spence with a superb first touch
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run!
          ...  He plays the ball across to him!
          ...  Stefano gets on the end of the pass
          ...  A glorious effort by Stefano !
          ...  Romero makes the save
          ...  He hits the ball up field!
Min. 43 :(REF) The 4th referee signals that there are 2 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 43 :(bfa) E_Spence gets the ball on the wing
          ...  He slides the ball past G_Bale!
          ...  He has some space now!
          ...  E_Spence bears down on goal!
          ...  Romero was lucky there

*************  HALF TIME  ****************
Half Time Score: Benfica 0-0 Barcelona

Min. 50 :(brc) Barcelona changed their strategy to play P
Min. 51 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi beats his marker
          ...  That was a quick burst of pace to set him free
          ...  Xavi with a nasty foul
          ...  That looked malicious
          ...  K_Clark tells him to calm his game down a bit
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  Right on the edge of the box!
          ...  J_Plasil swings it in
          ...  M_Zeffane gets on the end of it
          ...  M_Zeffane tries to catch the keeper out!
          ...  The fans get off there seats!
          ...  Romero plucks the ball out of the air
          ...  Good goalkeeping there!
Min. 58 :(brc) M_Hunt slides the ball across to Odegaard
          ...  C_Thomson forces him off the ball
Min. 61 :(bfa) Stefano looks for options
          ...  He decides to go it alone
          ...  G_Wilkinson gets in the way and wins the ball
Min. 61 :(brc) M_Hunt with a real burst of pace
          ...  He shows J_Plasil a clean set of heals
          ...  M_Zeffane with a well timed tackle
          ...  K_Clark didn't like it though
          ...  K_Clark calls him over
          ...  K_Clark is taking his time with him!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 63 :(brc) Adnan_Januzaj drives it forward to G_Bale
          ...  C_Thomson with a bad challenge
          ...  There's no place in the game for that kind of challenge
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He'll have to watch himself now
Min. 65 :(brc) Barcelona changed their strategy to play A
Min. 66 :(bfa) T_Adams is taking a throw in
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He throws it to Zheng_Zhi
          ...  G_Bale is called for the holding foul
          ...  He was a bit too close for comfort
Min. 69 :(bfa) R_Tomassi gets to the by-line
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He plays the ball through to Stefano
          ...  B_Myre takes the player down!!
          ...  That's a poor tackle!
Min. 70 :(brc) Maradona replaces an unhappy Xavi and will play as a AM
Min. 70 :(brc) J_Miranda is coming on for B_Myre and playing DF
Min. 70 :(brc) L_Gasparotto is going to be brought on
          ...  G_Wilkinson is leaving the pitch
          ...  He applauds the crowd
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play DF
Min. 76 :(bfa) S_Nakamoto will replace the useless P_Do_Shaw and will play MF
Min. 77 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts is coming on and R_Tomassi is being brought off
          ...  Looks likely he will go and play DF
Min. 80 :(bfa) A_Bagsy is being prepared to come on
          ...  Stefano is leaving the pitch
          ...  He looks disappointed that he won't be continuing
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play FW
Min. 80 :(bfa) E_Spence takes possession
          ...  He runs towards goal
          ...  G_Bale tackles cleanly
Min. 84 :(bfa) E_Spence finds his way through
          ...  His quick turn fooled G_Bale
          ...  Ciaran_Clark with the tackle
          ...  He came to the rescue there!
Min. 84 :(brc) Odegaard is down clutching his leg
          ...  He is ok to carry on though
Min. 85 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts plays a quick one-two with his team mate
          ...  He heads towards the goal
          ...  He slides it past the defender!
          ...  S_Mannaerts carves a shot towards goal !
          ...  It's beaten Romero
          ...  It goes wide !!
Min. 86 :(bfa) T_Adams looks around for some movement
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to Yann_M_Vila
          ...  Yann_M_Vila with a bicycle kick !
          ...  Romero with the acrobatic save
          ...  Well saved
Min. 87 :(brc) M_Hunt takes on 3 men
          ...  E_Spence is called for the holding foul
          ...  He was a bit too close for comfort
          ...  K_Clark calls him over!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!
Min. 88 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there are 4 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 89 :(bfa) J_Plasil could get a shot on goal here
          ...  Odegaard with a pull on the shirt
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!, he is in the book for that one
Min. 92 :(brc) Maradona runs at goal
          ...  He spots the run of Odegaard
          ...  He's played him in
          ...  Odegaard attempts to drive it home!
          ...  But F_Foster with the difficult save
Min. 93 :(bfa) M_Zeffane retreats under pressure
          ...  He hits the ball up field
          ...  J_Plasil latches onto the end of it
          ...  M_Hunt takes the players legs from beneath him!!
          ...  That's a poor tackle!
Min. 94 :(brc) Adnan_Januzaj with a first time pass
          ...  M_Hunt runs onto it!
          ...  S_Nakamoto forces him off the ball

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


Match Details
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Venue                : Estadio da Luz
Attendance           : 131,000
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Benfica Match Info
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Best player          : M_Zeffane
Scorers              : N/A
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : P_Do_Shaw (16), M_Zeffane (61), C_Thomson (63), E_Spence (87)
Injured              : N/A
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Barcelona Match Info
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Best player          : Ciaran_Clark (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : N/A
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : Odegaard (89)
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                              Benfica     |    Barcelona
Attempts on Goal     :          14        |       4
Off target           :           7        |       1
On target            :           7        |       3
Possession           :          63        |       37
Corners              :           0        |       0
Red Cards            :           0        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           4        |       1
Subs Used            :           3        |       3
Fouls                :          10        |       12
Key Tackles          :           5        |       7
Key Passes           :           9        |       8
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Final Score          : Benfica 0 - 0 Barcelona
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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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F_Foster       GK  39   2   4   4  16 |  96   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  55   0   0   0
T_Adams        DF   2  32   8   7  22 |  96   0   0   1   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  10   5
C_Thomson      DF   2  31  12   6  25 |  96   0   1   1   0   0   0   1   0   0  18   8  -2
Yann_M_Vila    DF   2  29  14   8  22 |  96   0   1   0   0   2   0   0   0   0  20   0   6
R_Tomassi      DF   1  28   8   7  37 |  79   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
M_Zeffane      DF   1  27   9   7  31 |  96   0   2   0   0   1   0   1   0   0  38  -2   3
Zheng_Zhi      MF   1   9  30   8  42 |  96   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   2
P_Do_Shaw      MF   2   9  29   8  25 |  78   0   0   3   0   0   0   1   0   0  -2  28  -2
J_Plasil       MF   1   7  29   9  19 |  96   0   0   2   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  20   1
E_Spence       MF   2   9  27   9  40 |  96   0   0   2   0   2   0   1   0   0  -2  18   4
Stefano        FW   2   9   8  29  39 |  82   0   0   0   0   4   0   0   0   0   0   0  16
Z_Alomerovic   GK  28   1   1   1  14 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Mannaerts    DF   2  27   9   5  12 |  17   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  40   0   1
S_Nakamoto     MF   3   4  25  16  32 |  18   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0
Nathan_Dyer    FW   2   7  11  28  31 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
A_Bagsy        FW   1   8   5  27  15 |  14   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0

Player Statistics - Barcelona
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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Romero         GK  39   2   5   1  22 |  96   7   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  75   0   0   0
B_Myre         DF   1  33  14   6  30 |  72   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   5
G_Bale         DF   2  31  11   7  42 |  96   0   2   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  40   0   5
G_Wilkinson    DF   1  30  10   7  31 |  72   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0
J_Myre         DF   2  29   9   7  39 |  96   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0   0
Ciaran_Clark   DF   2  29   8   8  24 |  96   0   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  60   0   0
B_Spencer      MF   1  12  29  12  31 |  96   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  10   0
Xavi           MF   1   5  29   9  31 |  72   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
Adnan_Januzaj  MF   3  11  27  10  23 |  96   0   0   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  30   0
M_Hunt         FW   2   9   8  35  33 |  96   0   0   1   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  10   1
Odegaard       FW   2   4   5  27  31 |  96   0   0   0   0   1   0   1   0   0  -2  -2   3
Pepe_Reina     GK  27   2   1   1  32 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
J_Miranda      DF   2  27  11   7  21 |  24   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
L_Gasparotto   DF   3  24   8   7  23 |  24   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
R_Kopa         MF   2  14  31   8  23 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Maradona       AM   1  11  26  16  18 |  24   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0
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