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Benfica 0 - 1 Manchester City

Elite FA Cup Groups Match 5, Benfica vs. Manchester City (Wed Jan 30)


                              Benfica  |  Manchester City
                              4-4-2 C  |  5-4-1 C
                   Matias Finkelstein  |  Tony McCleary
                                       |
                          F_Foster GK  |  GK N_Winneke
                       Yann_M_Vila DF  |  DF C_Fuchs
                         R_Tomassi DF  |  DF M_A_Nastasic
                           J_Foyth DF  |  DF W_Reid
                         M_Zeffane DF  |  DF M_Rojo
                          J_Plasil MF  |  DF La_Huntellio
                        J_Wilshere MF  |  MF L_Diame
                            J_Bolm MF  |  MF Eduardo
                           E_Knave MF  |  MF Caoimhin_Og
                            T_Erak FW  |  MF S_Nakamoto
                         B_Dugnutt FW  |  FW G_Botti
                                       |
                      Z_Alomerovic SUB |  SUB J_A_Hart
                       S_Mannaerts SUB |  SUB D_Boyata
                          De_Volte SUB |  SUB J_Cooper
                          E_Spence SUB |  SUB Quintero
                           Stefano SUB |  SUB JobLot

Referee: K_Ippi (Finland)


Min. 4  :(bfa) T_Erak beats his marker
          ...  It looked like he pushed his marker
          ...  "Play On!" Waves K_Ippi
          ...  C_Fuchs is late with that one
          ...  I think he was just trying to get to the ball
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 9  :(bfa) E_Knave drives it across the face of the goal B_Dugnutt
          ...  B_Dugnutt with only one thing on his mind!
          ...  He hits the ball towards goal!
          ...  Terrific shot
          ...  It takes a bounce of the defender
          ...  The deflection takes it just wide
          ...  That's unlucky!
Min. 10 :(bfa) J_Wilshere with an excellent first touch
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run!
          ...  He swings the ball in
          ...  B_Dugnutt gets on the end of the pass
          ...  He is in space!
          ...  Eduardo anticipates the pass and cuts it out
Min. 12 :(bfa) E_Knave looks to play the ball out wide
          ...  He plays the ball across to B_Dugnutt
          ...  B_Dugnutt with a powerful header !
          ...  The net bulges!
          ...  OH!! He has hit the side netting
          ...  Goal kick given
Min. 13 :(bfa) The ball goes loose!
          ...  T_Erak gains possesion and thinks about the shot
          ...  M_A_Nastasic stands firm and knocks the player to the ground!!
          ...  That's a rash challenge!!
          ...  FREE KICK
          ...  Just past the halfway line
          ...  J_Wilshere passes to B_Dugnutt
          ...  M_A_Nastasic takes the player down!!
          ...  PENALTY!!
          ...  No! The ref has given the free kick the other way!
          ...  Unbelievable!
Min. 14 :(mnc) Eduardo lays the ball back to C_Fuchs
          ...  But T_Erak with the fine tackle
Min. 16 :(bfa) J_Wilshere beats La_Huntellio
          ...  He showed great skill there
          ...  M_A_Nastasic brings him down in the area
          ...  There can only be one outcome surely!
          ...  But K_Ippi waves play on!!!
Min. 18 :(bfa) J_Bolm crosses to J_Foyth
          ...  J_Foyth fires the shot in!
          ...  N_Winneke is beaten!
          ...  It hits the bar!!
          ...  And goes clear
Min. 19 :(mnc) La_Huntellio takes advantage of a bad back pass from J_Wilshere
          ...  J_Bolm with an awful challenge
          ...  I don't think he meant anything other than trying to get the ball
          ...  The ref shows him a YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He'll need to be careful from now on!
Min. 21 :(mnc) Eduardo runs at the defender
          ...  He gets past him!
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He passes it to G_Botti
          ...  J_Plasil with an ugly foul
          ...  I don't think he meant anything other than trying to get the ball
          ...  RED CARD!! that'll be the end of the game for him
Min. 23 :(mnc) La_Huntellio runs at M_Zeffane
          ...  The defender slips and falls over
          ...  La_Huntellio fires off a left-footed shot !
          ...  The fans behind the goal jump up!
          ...  F_Foster acrobatically tips it over !!
          ...  Great keeping!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  L_Diame swings it in!
          ...  The ball comes to M_Rojo
          ...  He knocks it goalward
          ...  But he got that all wrong
Min. 23 :(bfa) J_Wilshere leaps into the air
          ...  He wins the header
          ...  He heads it across to B_Dugnutt
          ...  W_Reid with an ugly foul
          ...  I don't think he meant anything other than trying to get the ball
          ...  He's in trouble!!
          ...  He could be sent off for that!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!
          ...  He was lucky to get away with that!
Min. 24 :(bfa) T_Erak nutmegs the defender
          ...  A scorcher of a shot from T_Erak !
          ...  But it goes wide of the post
Min. 24 :(mnc) La_Huntellio barges the defender off the ball
          ...  J_Foyth reads the situation well and wins the ball
          ...  But it goes out
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Eduardo hits it into the box!
          ...  F_Foster comes out and claims it!
Min. 25 :(bfa) T_Erak with electric pace
          ...  He eases past the defender
          ...  T_Erak uses the inside of his foot to curl a shot!
          ...  But N_Winneke tips it behind
          ...  K_Ippi has given a goal kick
          ...  Unbelievable !
Min. 29 :(mnc) W_Reid cuts through the defence
          ...  W_Reid has his eyes on the goal!
          ...  He fires the ball goal ward!
          ...  F_Foster parries it
          ...  The defender clears it
Min. 31 :(bfa) T_Erak flicks it over the defender and runs onto it
          ...  He showed great skill and pace there
          ...  But he steps on the ball and falls over!
          ...  M_A_Nastasic looks embarrassed to take the ball off him!
Min. 34 :(bfa) J_Bolm hits the ball through the heart of the defence
          ...  B_Dugnutt latches onto it!
          ...  C_Fuchs with a pull on the shirt
          ...  K_Ippi tells him to calm his game down a bit
Min. 35 :(mnc) Eduardo retreats under pressure
          ...  He hits the ball up field
          ...  G_Botti latches onto the end of it
          ...  E_Knave with a late tackle
          ...  Well to be fair he was looking for the foul
          ...  K_Ippi calls him over
          ...  K_Ippi is taking his time with him!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  K_Ippi speaks with his assistant!
          ...  PENALTY !!
          ...  G_Botti places the ball on the spot!
          ...  F_Foster dives
          ...  GOAL!!
          ...  The keeper had no chance there!
          ...  That's put Manchester City ahead!
          ...  Benfica 0-1 Manchester City...
Min. 36 :(mnc) It seems Manchester City are making a tactical change to D
Min. 38 :(bfa) E_Knave pass splits open the defence
          ...  What a ball!
          ...  B_Dugnutt is clean through!
          ...  B_Dugnutt tries to chip the ball over the keeper !
          ...  But N_Winneke dives to his left
          ...  I think N_Winneke just got a hand on that one
          ...  K_Ippi has given a goal kick
          ...  Unbelievable !
Min. 42 :(mnc) Eduardo beats one
          ...  Knocks it past a second
          ...  And finds G_Botti
          ...  But Yann_M_Vila wins the ball from behind
          ...  The crowd appeal but K_Ippi has none of it.
Min. 43 :(REF) The 4th official signals that there are 2 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 43 :(mnc) Eduardo with a glorious long pass to G_Botti
          ...  But Yann_M_Vila comes away with the ball
          ...  Excellent defending there!
Min. 46 :(mnc) Eduardo sidesteps Yann_M_Vila
          ...  That was too easy
          ...  R_Tomassi fouls badly

*************  HALF TIME  ****************
Half Time Score: Benfica 0-1 Manchester City

Min. 50 :(bfa) R_Tomassi works the ball inside
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run
          ...  He plays the ball through to T_Erak
          ...  C_Fuchs slides in hard!
          ...  And knocks the ball out for a throw!
Min. 51 :(mnc) L_Diame brings the ball under control
          ...  He sees a team mate leave his marker!
          ...  He plays the ball across to him!
          ...  La_Huntellio gets on the end of the pass
          ...  A glorious effort by La_Huntellio !
          ...  But it whistles just past the post
Min. 52 :(bfa) J_Bolm with the first time pass to T_Erak
          ...  M_A_Nastasic reads the game well and cuts out the pass!
Min. 60 :(bfa) Stefano is being brought on
          ...  E_Knave is leaving the pitch
          ...  Looks like the substitute will play AM
Min. 60 :(bfa) The Benfica manager told his side to change to a A strategy
Min. 62 :(mnc) Eduardo controls the ball with a deft piece of skill
          ...  He plays the ball into the middle!
          ...  S_Nakamoto gets onto the end of the pass!
          ...  But R_Tomassi spotted the danger and cleans up the play
Min. 66 :(mnc) Caoimhin_Og back heels to find S_Nakamoto in space
          ...  J_Bolm had better start being careful if he continues to tackle like that
          ...  He gets away with that one
          ...  It's just a warning
Min. 70 :(mnc) D_Boyata comes on for W_Reid and takes up a DF role
Min. 70 :(mnc) Quintero is being prepared to come on
          ...  S_Nakamoto is leaving the pitch
          ...  He looks disappointed that he won't be continuing
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play MF
Min. 70 :(mnc) JobLot is ready to come on to replace G_Botti
          ...  Looks like he will play as a FW
Min. 71 :(mnc) JobLot gets the ball on the wing
          ...  He cuts inside the defender!
          ...  He has some space now!
          ...  Excellent sliding challenge from M_Zeffane
          ...  He could have easily caught the defender is he hadn't been careful
Min. 75 :(bfa) E_Spence is going to be brought on
          ...  J_Bolm is leaving the pitch
          ...  He applauds the crowd
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play MF
Min. 75 :(bfa) T_Erak kicks Eduardo off the ball
          ...  RED CARD!!
          ...  K_Ippi sends him off the pitch !!
          ...  He deserved to walk for that!!
Min. 76 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts is coming on and Yann_M_Vila is being brought off
          ...  Looks likely he will go and play DF
Min. 79 :(mnc) JobLot takes advantage of a defensive mistake
          ...  He runs towards goal
          ...  A great volley from JobLot !
          ...  F_Foster falls over
          ...  But the ball sails wide anyway!
Min. 84 :(bfa) B_Dugnutt finds his way through
          ...  His quick turn fooled C_Fuchs
          ...  B_Dugnutt sidesteps his marker and tries the wicked snap bender !
          ...  The shot takes a wicked deflection
          ...  N_Winneke dives desperately to try and save it!!
          ...  He can't get to it!
          ...  But it creeps just wide!!
          ...  The deflection had N_Winneke beaten!
Min. 88 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there is 1 minute of time to be added on
Min. 89 :(bfa) M_Zeffane finds his way through
          ...  He bears down on goal
          ...  L_Diame with an ugly foul
          ...  The fans are chanting "OFF!!! OFF!!!
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  It's in a very dangerous position!
          ...  E_Spence bends it round the wall
          ...  N_Winneke parries it
Min. 91 :(mnc) JobLot beats his marker
          ...  That was a quick burst of pace to set him free
          ...  Well executed sliding challenge from M_Zeffane

*************  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          : E_Knave
Scorers              : N/A
Sent Off             : J_Plasil (21), T_Erak (75)
Booked               : J_Bolm (19), E_Knave (35)
Injured              : N/A
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Manchester City Match Info
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Best player          : Eduardo (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : G_Botti (35 pen)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : C_Fuchs (4), W_Reid (23)
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                              Benfica     | Manchester City
Attempts on Goal     :           8        |       6
Off target           :           5        |       3
On target            :           3        |       3
Possession           :          47        |       53
Corners              :           0        |       2
Red Cards            :           2        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           2        |       2
Subs Used            :           3        |       3
Fouls                :          10        |       11
Key Tackles          :           7        |       6
Key Passes           :           9        |       9
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Final Score          : Benfica 0 - 1 Manchester City
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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 |  93   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0 -15   0   0   0
Yann_M_Vila    DF   2  32  14   8  22 |  78   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0   0
R_Tomassi      DF   1  30   8   7  37 |  93   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  10   0
J_Foyth        DF   1  29  12   6  42 |  93   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  20   0   1
M_Zeffane      DF   1  29  10   7  31 |  93   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20 -20 -20
J_Plasil       MF   1   7  31  10  19 |  21   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0 -10 -10 -10
J_Wilshere     MF   2  20  30  12  19 |  93   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
J_Bolm         MF   2  11  29  13  32 |  77   0   0   3   0   0   0   1   0   0  -2  28  -2
E_Knave        MF   3   7  24  10  21 |  62   0   0   3   0   0   0   1   0   0  -2  28  -2
T_Erak         FW   2   6   6  27  21 |  77   0   1   0   0   2   0   0   1   0  10 -10   1
B_Dugnutt      FW   1   5   6  24  20 |  93   0   0   0   0   4   0   0   0   0   0   0  13
Z_Alomerovic   GK  29   1   1   1  14 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Mannaerts    DF   2  28   9   5  12 |  15   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
De_Volte       DF   2  18   9   8  36 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
E_Spence       MF   2   9  28   9  40 |  16   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  10
Stefano        AM   2   9   8  30  39 |  31   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0

Player Statistics - Manchester City
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  32   2   2   3  20 |  93   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  55   0   0   0
C_Fuchs        DF   2  28   8   9  32 |  93   0   1   0   0   0   0   1   0   0  18  -2  -2
M_A_Nastasic   DF   1  28   2   2  45 |  93   0   4   0   0   0   0   0   0   0 100  20  20
W_Reid         DF   2  27   7   9  41 |  72   0   0   0   0   1   0   1   0   0  18  18  28
M_Rojo         DF   1  27   6   8  20 |  93   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  40   0   1
La_Huntellio   DF   2  26   7   9  20 |  93   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  11
L_Diame        MF   1  10  31   5  32 |  93   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0
Eduardo        MF   2   7  29   8  21 |  93   0   1   7   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  70   0
Caoimhin_Og    MF   2   8  29   8  32 |  93   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0
S_Nakamoto     MF   3   4  26  16  32 |  72   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
G_Botti        FW   1   8   9  29  32 |  72   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  35
J_A_Hart       GK  21   3   3   3  20 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
D_Boyata       DF   2  24   6  11  22 |  21   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
J_Cooper       MF   3  10  24   9  22 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Quintero       MF   2   9  21  16  41 |  21   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
JobLot         FW   3   5  11  26  30 |  21   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
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