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Elite League Cup Match 1

Benfica 2 - 0 FC Porto

Elite League Cup Group Match, Benfica vs. FC Porto (Wed May 09)


                              Benfica  |  FC Porto
                              4-3-3 A  |  4-3-1-2 A
                   Matias Finkelstein  |  Roberto Ciccotelli
                                       |
                          F_Foster GK  |  GK D_Marshall
                           T_Adams DF  |  DF C_Obasi
                         C_Thomson DF  |  DF Maxi
                       Yann_M_Vila DF  |  DF S_Bradley
                         R_Tomassi DF  |  DF T_Haas
                          J_Plasil MF  |  MF D_Pereira
                         Zheng_Zhi MF  |  MF T_Finder
                        J_Wilshere MF  |  MF G_Fofana
                           Stefano FW  |  AM O_Ruggeri
                       Nathan_Dyer FW  |  FW E_Adebayor
                            T_Erak FW  |  FW G_Mixon
                                       |
                          S_Castro SUB |  SUB Helton
                         M_Zeffane SUB |  SUB C_Barr
                       S_Mannaerts SUB |  SUB A_Kerzhakov
                         P_Do_Shaw SUB |  SUB F_Alvares
                           E_Knave SUB |  SUB G_Agbonlahor

Referee: D_Skomina (Slovenia)


Min. 1  :(bfa) J_Plasil plays it to his team mate for a one-two
          ...  Stefano decides to keep possession instead!
          ...  He runs towards the goal now!
          ...  Stefano with a low drive through the rain!
          ...  The ball moves through the air!
          ...  D_Marshall moves quickly!
          ...  Can he get to this?
          ...  It's beaten him!
          ...  But it thumps the post!!
          ...  And into the net!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  That puts Benfica ahead!
          ...  Now can they hang onto it!
          ...  Benfica 1-0 FC Porto ...
Min. 1  :(fcp) E_Adebayor with the dribble
          ...  He skips through the tackle from C_Thomson
          ...  Fine tackle by Yann_M_Vila
          ...  He prevents the corner as well
Min. 2  :(bfa) J_Plasil controls it well
          ...  He nutmegs Maxi
          ...  He puts in C_Thomson!
          ...  C_Thomson flings a shot at goal !
          ...  But D_Marshall parries the shot
          ...  The defender manages to scramble the ball away
Min. 3  :(bfa) J_Wilshere threads the through ball to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  O_Ruggeri with an ugly foul
Min. 4  :(bfa) Stefano lobs it over the defender
          ...  T_Haas takes the player down!!
          ...  PENALTY!!
          ...  No! The ref has given the free kick the other way!
          ...  Unbelievable!
Min. 5  :(fcp) T_Finder runs down the flank
          ...  He plays the ball in to G_Mixon
          ...  G_Mixon with the crafty shot!
          ...  He couldn't have struck it more sweetly!!
          ...  But it sails past the post !!
          ...  F_Foster never had a chance!
Min. 7  :(bfa) T_Erak knocks it past T_Haas and runs onto it
          ...  He showed great skill and pace there
          ...  But S_Bradley will cut out the threat
Min. 8  :(fcp) T_Haas with a probing through ball E_Adebayor
          ...  J_Wilshere with the lunge!!
          ...  And the whistle goes, that's a foul
          ...  D_Skomina ignores the protests for a card
          ...  Matias Finkelstein looks relieved
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  It is within shooting distance!
          ...  T_Finder passes to E_Adebayor
          ...  E_Adebayor keeps his head down as he hits the shot!
          ...  F_Foster has it covered
          ...  It takes a bobble!
          ...  F_Foster is left flat-footed
          ...  It's gone wide !!
Min. 8  :(fcp) D_Pereira with the first time flick to G_Fofana
          ...  G_Fofana unleashes a pile driver !
          ...  F_Foster with a fantastic save
          ...  His captain pats him on the back for that one
Min. 9  :(fcp) T_Finder controls the ball with a deft piece of skill
          ...  He plays the ball out to the right!
          ...  G_Mixon gets onto the end of the pass!
          ...  C_Thomson fouls badly
          ...  I don't think he meant anything other than trying to get the ball
          ...  D_Skomina shows him a YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He'll need to be careful from now on!
Min. 13 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer takes advantage of a defensive mistake
          ...  Can he make them pay?
          ...  D_Marshall goes in studs first
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!, he is in the book for that one
          ...  D_Skomina gives a PENALTY !!
          ...  Perhaps if had seen the replay he would change his mind!
          ...  Stefano takes it
          ...  GOAL!!
          ...  Benfica 2-0 FC Porto...
Min. 19 :(bfa) Stefano holds the ball up and waits for support
          ...  His team mate makes an overlapping run now!
          ...  He knocks a through ball to C_Thomson
          ...  But C_Obasi wins the ball
Min. 22 :(bfa) J_Wilshere has the ball
          ...  He knocks the ball past C_Obasi
          ...  He puts in Stefano!
          ...  Stefano keeps his head down as he hits the shot!
          ...  D_Marshall makes himself big
          ...  Superb Stop !
          ...  Well that one would have delighted him
Min. 26 :(bfa) The defender under hits the back pass!
          ...  Stefano is through!
          ...  Stefano tries the shot !
          ...  D_Marshall with a great save
          ...  He shows why he is the number 1
Min. 26 :(fcp) T_Finder kills the ball dead
          ...  He sees a team mate leave his marker!
          ...  He plays the ball across to him!
          ...  D_Pereira gets on the end of the pass
          ...  Yann_M_Vila reads him well and hoofs it clear
Min. 27 :(bfa) J_Wilshere skips the challenge from C_Obasi
          ...  J_Wilshere launches himself head first to connect with the low cross!
          ...  But the ball goes harmlessly wide
Min. 29 :(fcp) G_Mixon takes advantage of a mistake by R_Tomassi
          ...  That mistake could prove costly
          ...  R_Tomassi with the high feet
          ...  He gets a YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 29 :(fcp) T_Finder crosses in from the wing, he finds O_Ruggeri in the box
          ...  R_Tomassi stands his ground and wins the tackle
Min. 31 :(fcp) O_Ruggeri plays in E_Adebayor with a beautiful ball
          ...  A cheeky lob from E_Adebayor !
          ...  F_Foster saves it
          ...  He got his body behind the ball there
Min. 35 :(fcp) O_Ruggeri plays a quick one-two with his team mate
          ...  He runs towards goal now
          ...  T_Adams makes the challenge and clears the ball
Min. 36 :(bfa) Stefano knocks the ball past the lunge of C_Obasi
          ...  Stefano goes for the top corner !
          ...  D_Marshall makes a great save
          ...  And he manages to hold onto it as well!
Min. 39 :(bfa) T_Erak beats T_Haas
          ...  He showed great skill there
          ...  T_Erak must beat D_Marshall!
          ...  D_Marshall gets his fingertips to it
          ...  He pushes it on to the post
          ...  The defender clears the loose ball
Min. 39 :(fcp) D_Pereira with an inch perfect pass to O_Ruggeri
          ...  O_Ruggeri fires a shot at goal !
          ...  F_Foster heads it away
          ...  He was showing off there!
Min. 41 :(fcp) D_Pereira with a neat pass into E_Adebayor
          ...  But R_Tomassi will cut out the threat
Min. 42 :(bfa) J_Plasil has the ball on the wing
          ...  He knocks the ball past the defender!
          ...  He has some space now!
          ...  T_Finder with a clumsy challenge
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He was lucky to escape with a caution!
Min. 43 :(REF) The 4th referee signals that there is 1 minute of time to be added on
Min. 44 :(bfa) T_Erak plays a great one-two
          ...  He continues to run forward now
          ...  S_Bradley reads the play well
Min. 44 :(fcp) G_Fofana gets the ball on the wing
          ...  He cuts inside R_Tomassi!
          ...  He has some space now!
          ...  G_Fofana with the punt towards goal!
          ...  F_Foster tips it round the post
          ...  Good save
          ...  Corner not given!!
Min. 45 :(fcp) T_Finder spots Maxi who is in acres of space
          ...  What a shot from Maxi !
          ...  It could go anywhere
          ...  F_Foster has it covered
          ...  It takes a bobble!
          ...  F_Foster reacts well to save!!!

*************  HALF TIME  ****************
Half Time Score: Benfica 2-0 FC Porto

Min. 48 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi with a measured pass to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  G_Mixon with a bad challenge
          ...  D_Skomina shows him a YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He'll need to be careful from now on!
Min. 49 :(fcp) G_Fofana controls it well
          ...  He nutmegs T_Adams
          ...  He puts in T_Finder!
          ...  Zheng_Zhi tackles cleanly
          ...  The linesman flags for the foul though! Unbelievable! It looked clean to me
          ...  He gets away with that one
          ...  It's just a warning
Min. 50 :(fcp) C_Obasi kills the ball dead
          ...  He sees a team mate in space!
          ...  He plays the ball in to him!
          ...  G_Mixon gets on the end of the pass
          ...  G_Mixon with the deft touch!
          ...  He hits the ball towards goal!
          ...  But F_Foster makes a fine save
Min. 52 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer runs forward
          ...  He only has going for the goal in mind!
          ...  O_Ruggeri with a superb challenge
          ...  The referee has given the free kick the other way!
          ...  He's lucky to be let off for that one
          ...  Roberto Ciccotelli looks relieved
          ...  Matias Finkelstein is far from happy with that decision
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  Just outside the box!
          ...  J_Wilshere drives it in
          ...  He couldn't have hit that shot much better!!
          ...  D_Marshall tips it over !!
          ...  Great goalkeeping there!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  J_Plasil chips the ball into the area!
          ...  D_Marshall easily claims the ball!
Min. 53 :(bfa) J_Plasil pushes it past the defender
          ...  J_Plasil strikes a wicked curler !
          ...  D_Marshall gets his fingertips to it
          ...  He pushes it on to the post
          ...  The defender clears the loose ball
Min. 54 :(fcp) O_Ruggeri barges Yann_M_Vila off the ball
          ...  C_Thomson slices it
          ...  F_Foster moves quickly!!
          ...  He can't get there!
          ...  It inches just wide!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  T_Haas curls it into the box!
          ...  F_Foster catches it!
Min. 57 :(fcp) T_Finder cuts the ball back to G_Mixon
          ...  The ball hits R_Tomassi in the face!
          ...  And goes clear!
Min. 58 :(bfa) J_Wilshere takes advantage of a mistake by S_Bradley
          ...  A skilful effort from J_Wilshere !
          ...  D_Marshall gets his body behind the ball and saves
          ...  Text book goalkeeping!
Min. 59 :(fcp) D_Pereira is taking a throw in
          ...  He sees a team mate loosing his marker
          ...  He throws it to E_Adebayor
          ...  A thundering drive by E_Adebayor !
          ...  It's way wide
          ...  The Benfica fans behind the goal spread their arms out
Min. 61 :(bfa) J_Plasil with a pinpoint pass to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  But T_Finder clears the ball to safety
Min. 64 :(bfa) J_Plasil is closed down
          ...  He plays a quick pass
          ...  Nathan_Dyer latches onto the ball
          ...  But T_Haas slides in
Min. 64 :(fcp) G_Fofana looks around for some movement
          ...  His team mate makes an overlapping run now!
          ...  He hits the ball to G_Mixon
          ...  G_Mixon with the goal bound shot!
          ...  But F_Foster is equal to it
Min. 65 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi chips the ball over the defence and finds Nathan_Dyer
          ...  Nathan_Dyer sends it flying towards goal!
          ...  D_Marshall just watches float over the bar!
Min. 67 :(fcp) G_Mixon holds the ball up and waits for support
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to O_Ruggeri
          ...  O_Ruggeri with the overhead !
          ...  But he somehow misses
          ...  He can't be happy with that effort
Min. 68 :(fcp) T_Finder looks around for support
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to E_Adebayor
          ...  T_Adams wins the ball with a clear tackle
Min. 70 :(fcp) A_Kerzhakov comes on for S_Bradley and takes up a DF role
Min. 70 :(bfa) T_Adams turns past the defender
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run
          ...  He plays the ball through to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  Maxi bundles the player over!!
          ...  That's a foul!!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  It is in a good position!
          ...  J_Wilshere floats it forward
          ...  Zheng_Zhi latches onto the end of it
          ...  Excellent sliding challenge by Maxi
          ...  He timed it well
Min. 71 :(fcp) T_Finder looks for options
          ...  His team mate makes an overlapping run now!
          ...  He knocks a through ball to E_Adebayor
          ...  E_Adebayor with a powerful downward header!
          ...  F_Foster gets his fingertips to it
          ...  It's pushed around the post to safety
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  T_Finder hits it towards the far post!
          ...  F_Foster easily catches it!
Min. 74 :(bfa) The ball goes loose!
          ...  Zheng_Zhi seizes control of it and thinks about the shot
          ...  Zheng_Zhi aiming for the bottom corner !
          ...  D_Marshall makes the save
          ...  He hits the ball up field!
Min. 74 :(fcp) C_Obasi floats the ball in to find E_Adebayor
          ...  E_Adebayor with the deft touch!
          ...  He hits the ball towards goal!
          ...  OOOOHHHHH!!!!
          ...  It's wide!
          ...  That was a dismal effort!
          ...  He should have buried that!
Min. 75 :(bfa) Yann_M_Vila with a neat pass into T_Erak
          ...  T_Erak with the chance !
          ...  D_Marshall watches it sail wide!
Min. 75 :(fcp) G_Mixon breaks clear of the defence!
          ...  He is clean through on F_Foster!
          ...  C_Thomson brings him down!
          ...  That's a terrible challenge
          ...  The referee comes over
          ...  He's already on a yellow
          ...  Straight RED CARD!
Min. 75 :(bfa) There's going to be a change
          ...  M_Zeffane will come on for T_Erak and play DF
Min. 77 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts will replace the useless Zheng_Zhi and will play MF
Min. 77 :(bfa) J_Wilshere pulls it back to Stefano
          ...  Excellent sliding challenge from T_Haas
          ...  He could have easily caught the defender is he hadn't been careful
Min. 78 :(bfa) E_Knave is being brought on
          ...  Stefano is leaving the pitch
          ...  Looks like the substitute will play MF
Min. 80 :(bfa) J_Plasil holds the ball up and waits for support
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to Yann_M_Vila
          ...  A thundering drive by Yann_M_Vila !
          ...  D_Marshall with the acrobatic save
          ...  He must have spotted the TV cameras!
Min. 81 :(fcp) T_Finder is first to the ball
          ...  T_Finder rifles it at the goal !
          ...  But he somehow misses
          ...  He can't be happy with that effort
Min. 83 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts beats T_Haas
          ...  That was a quick burst of pace to set him free
          ...  T_Haas does well to get the tackle in
Min. 87 :(fcp) D_Pereira with the diagonal pass T_Haas
          ...  J_Plasil body checks his opponent!!
          ...  That's a careless challenge!!
          ...  He's in trouble!!
          ...  He could be sent off for that!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!
          ...  He was lucky to get away with that!
Min. 88 :(REF) The 4th official signals that there is 1 minute of time to be added on
Min. 89 :(bfa) J_Wilshere plays the early ball across the box to find Nathan_Dyer in space
          ...  D_Pereira with an awful challenge
          ...  I don't think he meant anything other than trying to get the ball
          ...  D_Skomina calls him over!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!
Min. 91 :(fcp) G_Mixon with a real burst of pace
          ...  He shows J_Plasil a clean set of heals
          ...  Yann_M_Vila knobbles the attacking player.
          ...  D_Skomina blows up for a foul

*************  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          : Stefano (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : Stefano (1,13 pen)
Sent Off             : C_Thomson (75)
Booked               : R_Tomassi (29), J_Plasil (87)
Injured              : N/A
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FC Porto Match Info
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Best player          : T_Finder
Scorers              : N/A
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : D_Marshall (13), T_Finder (42), G_Mixon (48), Maxi (70), D_Pereira (89)
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                              Benfica     |    FC Porto
Attempts on Goal     :          15        |       14
Off target           :           3        |       6
On target            :          12        |       8
Possession           :          48        |       52
Corners              :           1        |       2
Red Cards            :           1        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           2        |       5
Subs Used            :           3        |       1
Fouls                :           9        |       8
Key Tackles          :           8        |       9
Key Passes           :          13        |       20
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Final Score          : Benfica 2 - 0 FC Porto
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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 |  92  10   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  90   0   0   0
T_Adams        DF   2  32   8   7  22 |  92   0   2   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  40  10   0
C_Thomson      DF   2  31  12   7  25 |  76   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   1   0  70  10  20
Yann_M_Vila    DF   2  30  14   8  22 |  92   0   2   1   0   1   0   0   0   0  60  30  30
R_Tomassi      DF   1  29   8   7  37 |  92   0   3   0   0   0   0   1   0   0  58  -2  -2
J_Plasil       MF   1   7  30  10  19 |  92   0   0   5   1   1   0   1   0   0  -2  68   8
Zheng_Zhi      MF   1   9  30   8  42 |  78   0   0   2   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  20  10
J_Wilshere     MF   2  19  29  12  19 |  92   0   0   3   0   3   0   0   0   0   0  30  21
Stefano        FW   2   9   8  29  39 |  79   0   0   1   0   4   2   0   0   0   0  10 100
Nathan_Dyer    FW   2   7  11  28  31 |  92   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
T_Erak         FW   2   6   6  26  21 |  76   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  11
S_Castro       GK  15   3   4   4  12 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
M_Zeffane      DF   1  28   9   7  31 |  16   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Mannaerts    MF   2  27   9   5  12 |  14   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
P_Do_Shaw      MF   2   9  30   9  25 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
E_Knave        MF   3   7  23  10  21 |  13   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0

Player Statistics - FC Porto
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_Marshall     GK  39   7   5   7  14 |  92  11   0   0   0   0   0   1   0  33   0   0   0
C_Obasi        DF   2  28  11   8  39 |  92   0   1   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  20   0
Maxi           DF   1  28   8   8  22 |  92   0   1   0   0   1   0   1   0   0  18  -2   8
S_Bradley      DF   2  26  12   7  21 |  71   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0   0
T_Haas         DF   2  24  12   7  11 |  92   0   4   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  80  10   0
D_Pereira      MF   3  11  28   7  32 |  92   0   0   5   0   0   0   1   0   0  -2  48  -2
T_Finder       MF   3   7  28   8  23 |  92   0   1   8   0   1   0   1   0   0  18  78  -1
G_Fofana       MF   1  17  27   7  21 |  92   0   0   2   0   2   0   0   0   0   0  20  20
O_Ruggeri      AM   1   9  26  22  19 |  92   0   0   1   0   2   0   0   0   0 -20 -10  -9
E_Adebayor     FW   2   8   7  29  35 |  92   0   0   0   0   5   0   0   0   0   0   0  23
G_Mixon        FW   1   6  11  27  42 |  92   0   0   1   0   3   0   1   0   0 -22 -12  -1
Helton         GK  29   1   1   2  11 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
C_Barr         DF   2  31  13  10  27 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
A_Kerzhakov    DF   1  26  11   7  42 |  21   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
F_Alvares      MF   1   9  27   8  22 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
G_Agbonlahor   FW   1  11   8  26  32 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
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