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Benfica 1 - 0 Inter Milan

Elite FA Cup Groups Round 5, Benfica vs. Inter Milan (Wed Dec 13)


                              Benfica  |  Inter Milan
                              4-5-1 E  |  5-2-1-2 E
                      Steven Theobald  |  Dragan Lobozinski
                                       |
                          F_Foster GK  |  GK A_Julian
                           T_Adams DF  |  DF A_Ranocchia
                       Yann_M_Vila DF  |  DF G_Angella
                         R_Tomassi DF  |  DF J_Tavernier
                         C_Thomson DF  |  DF J_Ekstrand
                         Zheng_Zhi MF  |  DF M_Cassetti
                         P_Do_Shaw MF  |  MF D_Damjanovic
                          J_Plasil MF  |  MF G_Sigurdsson
                            J_Bolm MF  |  AM B_Matuidi
                          E_Spence MF  |  FW Diaviera
                       Nathan_Dyer FW  |  FW Juanfran
                                       |
                      Z_Alomerovic SUB |  SUB J_Reina
                       S_Mannaerts SUB |  SUB V_Mosthovoy
                        S_Nakamoto SUB |  SUB L_Clark
                           E_Knave SUB |  SUB D_DeRossi
                           A_Bagsy SUB |  SUB I_Gabilondo

Referee: M_Clattenurg (England)


Min. 2  :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer with a Cruyff turn
          ...  A_Ranocchia gets in the way of the ball and clears!
Min. 2  :(irm) D_Damjanovic with a glorious 60-yard pass to Juanfran
          ...  Zheng_Zhi is called for the holding foul
          ...  He was pushing down on his man
          ...  M_Clattenurg reaches to his pocket!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 2  :(irm) B_Matuidi 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!
          ...  G_Angella receives the pass and heads towards the goal
          ...  R_Tomassi slices it
          ...  F_Foster moves quickly!!
          ...  He can't get there!
          ...  It inches just wide!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Diaviera floats the ball in!
          ...  F_Foster comes out and claims it!
Min. 4  :(bfa) P_Do_Shaw with a neat pass into Nathan_Dyer
          ...  Nathan_Dyer hits it
          ...  This one could go anywhere !
          ...  But A_Julian punches it away
          ...  He could have caught that!
Min. 4  :(irm) G_Sigurdsson drops his shoulder and takes it past the defender
          ...  He gets past him!
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run
          ...  He plays the ball through to Juanfran
          ...  T_Adams anticipates the pass and cuts it out
Min. 5  :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer turns past J_Ekstrand
          ...  He has created space for himself now
          ...  Nathan_Dyer sees A_Julian off his line !
          ...  But A_Julian makes a fine save
Min. 6  :(irm) B_Matuidi with the mazy dribble
          ...  He takes it past Yann_M_Vila
          ...  Nathan_Dyer fouls badly
          ...  FREE KICK
          ...  It is deep inside there own half
          ...  G_Sigurdsson knocks it forward
          ...  B_Matuidi gets on the end of it
          ...  B_Matuidi hits a crisp volley!
          ...  F_Foster parries it, he follows it up
          ...  He fires it over!!
Min. 6  :(irm) G_Sigurdsson controls the ball with a deft piece of skill
          ...  He plays the ball out to the left!
          ...  Juanfran gets onto the end of the pass!
          ...  Juanfran pounds a rocket on goal !
          ...  Terrific shot
          ...  It takes a bounce of the defender
          ...  The deflection takes it just wide
          ...  That's unlucky!
Min. 13 :(bfa) J_Bolm with a measured pass to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  Nathan_Dyer bears down on goal!
          ...  A_Julian has it covered
          ...  It takes a bobble!
          ...  A_Julian is left flat-footed
          ...  It's gone wide !!
Min. 14 :(bfa) E_Spence pushes it past A_Ranocchia
          ...  M_Cassetti plays it back
          ...  A_Julian slips!!
          ...  It goes just wide
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Zheng_Zhi curls it into the box!
          ...  A_Ranocchia wins the ball
          ...  And he heads it away
Min. 15 :(irm) G_Angella is out on the right
          ...  He moves the ball left to G_Sigurdsson
          ...  R_Tomassi read the danger and stops the pass
Min. 23 :(irm) J_Ekstrand with a pinpoint pass to Diaviera
          ...  J_Bolm gathers up the loose ball
Min. 28 :(bfa) J_Plasil looks to play the ball out wide
          ...  He plays the ball across to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  J_Ekstrand brings him down in the area
          ...  There can only be one outcome surely!
          ...  But M_Clattenurg waves play on!!!
Min. 30 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer flicks it over A_Ranocchia and runs onto it
          ...  He showed great skill and pace there
          ...  A cracking drive from Nathan_Dyer !
          ...  The fans get off there seats!
          ...  But it sails over !!
Min. 30 :(irm) D_Damjanovic hits a hard pass to Juanfran
          ...  Juanfran with a low drive through the rain!
          ...  It takes a deflection!
          ...  But hits the side netting!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  G_Sigurdsson drives it into the box!
          ...  It comes to Juanfran
          ...  He gets the shot away
          ...  F_Foster gathers it comfortably
Min. 33 :(irm) B_Matuidi holds the ball up and waits for support
          ...  His team mate makes an overlapping run now!
          ...  He knocks a through ball to Juanfran
          ...  Juanfran attempts a chip!
          ...  It's going over!
          ...  It dips dramatically!!
          ...  And F_Foster reacts well to tip it over
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  D_Damjanovic chips the ball into the area!
          ...  F_Foster jumps well to claim it!
Min. 39 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi flicks it over M_Cassetti and runs onto it
          ...  He showed great skill and pace there
          ...  Zheng_Zhi pounds a rocket on goal !
          ...  A_Julian has it covered
          ...  It takes a bobble!
          ...  A_Julian reacts well to tip it wide!!!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  J_Plasil hits it towards the far post!
          ...  J_Bolm gets his head on it
          ...  Terrific shot
          ...  It takes a bounce of the defender
          ...  The deflection takes it just wide
          ...  That's unlucky!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  The corner is swung in by P_Do_Shaw!
          ...  Nathan_Dyer gets something on it!
          ...  But he somehow misses
          ...  The Inter Milan fans laugh at him
Min. 40 :(bfa) J_Bolm with the through ball to R_Tomassi
          ...  D_Damjanovic with a superb challenge
          ...  M_Clattenurg has given the free kick the other way!
          ...  M_Clattenurg just wants to lecture him
Min. 43 :(REF) The 4th referee signals that there is 1 minute of time to be added on
Min. 45 :(bfa) J_Bolm controls it well
          ...  He nutmegs A_Ranocchia
          ...  He puts in Nathan_Dyer!
          ...  The cross hits Nathan_Dyer on the butt and rebounds towards goal !
          ...  It's way wide
          ...  The Inter Milan fans behind the goal spread their arms out

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

Min. 46 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer comes to collect the ball
          ...  Great turn!!!
          ...  Superb play
          ...  A well-placed shot from Nathan_Dyer !
          ...  Over the bar
Min. 46 :(irm) A_Ranocchia with the diagonal pass G_Sigurdsson
          ...  G_Sigurdsson fires a shot at goal !
          ...  It goes wide!
          ...  He made that look harder than it was!!
Min. 47 :(irm) D_Damjanovic looks for options
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to Diaviera
          ...  Diaviera with the side footed shot!
          ...  But F_Foster smothers the ball.
Min. 48 :(irm) Juanfran is all alone
          ...  the linesman keeps his flag down
          ...  T_Adams with the tackle
          ...  He did well to stop that attack!
Min. 49 :(irm) B_Matuidi looks for options
          ...  He knocks the ball across to Juanfran
          ...  P_Do_Shaw with an ugly foul
          ...  That looked malicious
Min. 52 :(bfa) Yann_M_Vila kills the ball dead
          ...  He sees a team mate leave his marker!
          ...  He plays the ball across to him!
          ...  T_Adams gets on the end of the pass
          ...  G_Angella gets the foot in to win the ball
          ...  It rolls out of play
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Zheng_Zhi chips the ball in towards the far post!
          ...  The ball finds its way to Yann_M_Vila
          ...  He gets the shot away
          ...  But A_Julian just gets his fingers to that one
Min. 52 :(irm) G_Angella with an intelligent ball to B_Matuidi
          ...  J_Bolm makes the challenge and clears the ball
          ...  But it drifts out of play
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  G_Angella chips the ball in towards the back post!
          ...  F_Foster comes out and claims it!
Min. 53 :(bfa) Yann_M_Vila with a slide rule pass to J_Plasil
          ...  J_Tavernier brings him down in the area
          ...  There can only be one outcome surely!
          ...  But M_Clattenurg waves play on!!!
Min. 53 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer is hurt
          ...  He's receiving some treatment now
          ...  He looks like he will continue
Min. 54 :(bfa) J_Bolm drives it across the face of the goal R_Tomassi
          ...  R_Tomassi with a powerful header !
          ...  The shot slips through A_Julian's hands
          ...  But goes wide!
          ...  He got away with that!
Min. 55 :(bfa) Yann_M_Vila runs at D_Damjanovic
          ...  He takes it past him
          ...  G_Angella intercepts the pass
Min. 56 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi plays it to his team mate for a one-two
          ...  Nathan_Dyer decides to go for goal instead!
          ...  Nathan_Dyer with only one thing on his mind!
          ...  He hits the ball towards goal!
          ...  But A_Julian tips it behind
          ...  M_Clattenurg has given a goal kick
          ...  Unbelievable !
Min. 57 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer takes possession
          ...  Knocks it past the defender
          ...  He's through on goal
          ...  A_Ranocchia slices it
          ...  A_Julian moves quickly!!
          ...  He can't get there!
          ...  It inches just wide!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  P_Do_Shaw chips the ball in towards the far post!
          ...  M_Cassetti reads it well and clears the danger
Min. 58 :(irm) G_Sigurdsson looks up
          ...  He swings the ball right towards J_Ekstrand
          ...  J_Ekstrand tries to chip the ball over F_Foster!
          ...  But he somehow misses
          ...  He can't be happy with that effort
Min. 62 :(bfa) C_Thomson has the ball on the wing
          ...  He knocks the ball past M_Cassetti
          ...  He puts in Nathan_Dyer!
          ...  Good sliding challenge from J_Ekstrand and it had to be
Min. 63 :(irm) Diaviera leaves his marker standing
          ...  R_Tomassi with the block
Min. 69 :(bfa) C_Thomson kicks D_Damjanovic off the ball
          ...  He's Butted him !
          ...  M_Clattenurg has stopped play
          ...  RED CARD!!
          ...  He's off!!
Min. 69 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts will come on for J_Bolm and play DF
Min. 71 :(irm) Juanfran sidesteps his marker
          ...  He showed great skill there
          ...  Zheng_Zhi with a bad challenge
          ...  I don't think he meant anything other than trying to get the ball
Min. 74 :(irm) J_Tavernier flicks it over S_Mannaerts's head
          ...  He showed some great skill there!
          ...  Nathan_Dyer with a late tackle
          ...  It looked worse than what it was
          ...  He is surrounded by the Inter Milan players
          ...  M_Clattenurg calls him over!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!
Min. 75 :(bfa) R_Tomassi runs forward
          ...  J_Tavernier with a two footed challenge!!
          ...  M_Clattenurg stops play
          ...  The referee reaches to his pocket!
          ...  He jots down his name!
          ...  RED CARD!!
          ...  I think he deserved that!
Min. 76 :(bfa) a big roar from the crowd as S_Nakamoto comes on for P_Do_Shaw to play MF
Min. 77 :(irm) B_Matuidi threads the through ball to Juanfran
          ...  R_Tomassi brings him down from behind!
          ...  But the ref gives nothing!
Min. 78 :(bfa) J_Plasil volleys it forward. He finds S_Nakamoto
          ...  S_Nakamoto launches himself head first to connect with the low cross!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  His manager looks unmoved
          ...  That surely hands Benfica victory!!
          ...  Benfica 1-0 Inter Milan ...
Min. 79 :(bfa) Benfica's manager orders his side to play D
Min. 80 :(bfa) Up goes the substitution board - A_Bagsy on for Nathan_Dyer as a FW
Min. 80 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts floats the ball in to find A_Bagsy
          ...  A_Bagsy throws himself at the ball !
          ...  He manages to reach the ball
          ...  But it goes wide
Min. 83 :(irm) L_Clark is being prepared to come on
          ...  Diaviera is leaving the pitch
          ...  Looks like the substitute will play MF
Min. 84 :(irm) V_Mosthovoy will replace the useless G_Angella and will play DF
Min. 84 :(bfa) A_Bagsy 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!
          ...  His team mate plays the through ball for him!
          ...  J_Ekstrand scythes the player down.
          ...  Psycho!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He'll have to watch himself now
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  It is within shooting distance!
          ...  S_Nakamoto bends it round the wall
          ...  Saved by A_Julian
Min. 85 :(irm) D_DeRossi comes on for D_Damjanovic and will play MF to the delight of the fans
Min. 85 :(irm) Juanfran beats his marker
          ...  That was a quick burst of pace to set him free
          ...  Juanfran aims the cheeky shot at goal!
          ...  He couldn't have struck it more sweetly!!
          ...  But it sails past the post !!
          ...  F_Foster never had a chance!
Min. 86 :(bfa) S_Nakamoto unselfishly lays the ball back to A_Bagsy
          ...  L_Clark wins the ball!
          ...  But he caught the player also!
          ...  The ref gives nothing!
Min. 88 :(REF) The 4th official signals that there is 1 minute of time to be added on
Min. 88 :(irm) A_Ranocchia jumps over R_Tomassi's challenge
          ...  Oh, beautiful nutmeg
          ...  He's clean through
          ...  Yann_M_Vila seizes control of the ball
          ...  He hoists it forward
Min. 89 :(irm) J_Ekstrand hits a hard pass to B_Matuidi
          ...  But S_Mannaerts with the fine tackle
Min. 90 :(irm) G_Sigurdsson lobs the ball over the defence
          ...  Juanfran latches on to it
          ...  Excellent sliding challenge from Yann_M_Vila
          ...  He could have easily caught the defender is he hadn't been careful

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


Match Details
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Venue                : Estadio da Luz
Attendance           : 127,480
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Benfica Match Info
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Best player          : Yann_M_Vila (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : S_Nakamoto (78)
Sent Off             : C_Thomson (69)
Booked               : Zheng_Zhi (2), Nathan_Dyer (74)
Injured              : N/A
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Inter Milan Match Info
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Best player          : G_Sigurdsson
Scorers              : N/A
Sent Off             : J_Tavernier (75)
Booked               : J_Ekstrand (84)
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                              Benfica     |  Inter Milan
Attempts on Goal     :          15        |       9
Off target           :           8        |       6
On target            :           7        |       3
Possession           :          56        |       44
Corners              :           5        |       4
Red Cards            :           1        |       1
Yellow Cards         :           2        |       1
Subs Used            :           3        |       3
Fouls                :          14        |       7
Key Tackles          :          11        |       9
Key Passes           :          13        |       16
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Final Score          : Benfica 1 - 0 Inter 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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F_Foster       GK  39   2   4   4  16 |  92   6   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  70   0   0   0
T_Adams        DF   2  32   8   7  22 |  92   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0   0
Yann_M_Vila    DF   2  30  14   8  22 |  92   0   2   2   0   1   0   0   0   0  60  40  25
R_Tomassi      DF   1  28   8   7  37 |  92   0   4   0   0   1   0   0   0   0 120   0   1
C_Thomson      DF   2  31  12   6  25 |  70   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   1   0 -10   0 -10
Zheng_Zhi      MF   1   9  30   8  42 |  92   0   0   1   0   1   0   1   0   0  -2   8   3
P_Do_Shaw      MF   2   9  29   8  25 |  77   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0
J_Plasil       MF   1   7  29  10  19 |  92   0   0   2   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  35   0
J_Bolm         MF   2  11  28  13  32 |  70   0   2   4   0   1   0   0   0   0  40  40   1
E_Spence       MF   2   9  27   9  40 |  92   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Nathan_Dyer    FW   2   7  11  28  31 |  81   0   0   0   0   8   0   1   0   0  18  18  38
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 |  22   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  10   0
S_Nakamoto     MF   3   4  25  16  32 |  15   0   0   1   0   2   1   0   0   0   0  10  35
E_Knave        MF   3   7  23  10  21 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
A_Bagsy        FW   1   8   5  27  15 |  11   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1

Player Statistics - Inter 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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A_Julian       GK  35   5   6   2  10 |  92   6   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0   0
A_Ranocchia    DF   3  27  10   9  30 |  92   0   3   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  60  10   0
G_Angella      DF   1  26  12  10  21 |  85   0   2   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  40  20   0
J_Tavernier    DF   3  26  11   7  33 |  76   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   1   0 -10 -30 -30
J_Ekstrand     DF   1  26  11   7  22 |  92   0   2   2   0   1   0   1   0   0  38  18  -1
M_Cassetti     DF   3  25   8   6  30 |  92   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0   0
D_Damjanovic   MF   2   9  31   8  47 |  86   0   0   4   0   0   0   0   0   0 -20  20 -20
G_Sigurdsson   MF   2   7  27  14  30 |  92   0   0   4   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  40   1
B_Matuidi      AM   1   6  24  16  21 |  92   0   0   3   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  30   1
Diaviera       FW   1   8  11  29  21 |  84   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   5
Juanfran       FW   3   6   7  26  31 |  92   0   0   0   0   5   0   0   0   0   0   0  13
J_Reina        GK  33   2   3   1  18 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
V_Mosthovoy    DF   1  30  11   7  18 |   7   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
L_Clark        MF   2   7  27  16  37 |   8   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0
D_DeRossi      MF   3  10  26   4  21 |   6   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
I_Gabilondo    FW   2   7   8  27  29 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
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