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Elite League, Week 10

Benfica 2 - 1 Marseille

Elite League Match, Benfica vs. Marseille (Sun Dec 10)


                              Benfica  |  Marseille
                              4-5-1 E  |  4-4-2 C
                      Steven Theobald  |  Lee Shaw
                                       |
                          F_Foster GK  |  GK R_Higuita
                           T_Adams DF  |  DF L_Shawry
                       Yann_M_Vila DF  |  DF L_Koscielny
                         R_Tomassi DF  |  DF S_Byram
                         M_Zeffane DF  |  DF J_Pedro
                         Zheng_Zhi MF  |  MF Y_Sankhare
                         P_Do_Shaw MF  |  MF I_Perisic
                          J_Plasil MF  |  MF M_Dickinson
                            J_Bolm MF  |  MF N_Kante
                          E_Spence MF  |  FW Z_Zidane
                           Stefano FW  |  FW A_Di_Stefano
                                       |
                      Z_Alomerovic SUB |  SUB H_Lloris
                         C_Thomson SUB |  SUB D_Criscrito
                       S_Mannaerts SUB |  SUB A_Marcos
                        S_Nakamoto SUB |  SUB C_Ridout
                       Nathan_Dyer SUB |  SUB Z_Ibrahimovic

Referee: M_Stadio (Austria)


Min. 1  :(bfa) Stefano runs at the defence
          ...  He nutmegs L_Koscielny
          ...  He showed his class there
          ...  Stefano tries to curl it into the bottom corner !
          ...  R_Higuita goes down well to save
Min. 2  :(msl) L_Shawry with the dribble
          ...  He made that look easy
          ...  L_Shawry goes for goal !
          ...  Brilliant save from F_Foster
          ...  That must have impressed his national manager sitting in the stands
Min. 4  :(msl) I_Perisic beats R_Tomassi
          ...  I_Perisic has a go!
          ...  But F_Foster punches it away
          ...  He had to be brave to come for that one
Min. 7  :(bfa) J_Bolm with a neat pass into J_Plasil
          ...  J_Plasil with the cheeky shot!
          ...  R_Higuita fists it away
Min. 8  :(bfa) T_Adams plays a clever one-two with his team mate
          ...  He runs towards goal now
          ...  T_Adams has time and space on the edge of the box!
          ...  He shoots towards goal!
          ...  It's beaten R_Higuita
          ...  It goes wide !!
Min. 8  :(msl) I_Perisic runs at the defence
          ...  He nutmegs T_Adams
          ...  He showed his class there
          ...  Yann_M_Vila with the tackle
          ...  M_Stadio will want to speak to him
          ...  M_Stadio tells him to calm his game down a bit
Min. 8  :(msl) I_Perisic reads the run of A_Di_Stefano
          ...  A_Di_Stefano tries one from the edge of the box !
          ...  It goes wide for a goal kick
Min. 10 :(bfa) J_Bolm puts in Stefano
          ...  Stefano with the diving header !
          ...  He had to be brave there
          ...  But it goes just over
Min. 12 :(msl) A_Di_Stefano breaks clear of the defence!
          ...  He is clean through on F_Foster!
          ...  Stefano brings him down!
          ...  He's been sent off!!
          ...  RED CARD!!
Min. 12 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer replaces J_Bolm and will play FW
Min. 13 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi crosses in from the wing, he finds T_Adams in the box
          ...  T_Adams with a powerful header !
          ...  R_Higuita just watches it drift out of play!
Min. 14 :(msl) Y_Sankhare with a real burst of pace
          ...  He leaves R_Tomassi behind
          ...  Y_Sankhare with a thundering shot!
          ...  F_Foster gathers it comfortably
Min. 15 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer picks up the pass
          ...  S_Byram with a deliberate foul
          ...  There's no place in the game for that kind of challenge
          ...  M_Stadio tries to calm him down
Min. 16 :(bfa) J_Plasil lobs the ball over the defence
          ...  M_Zeffane latches on to it
          ...  A glorious effort by M_Zeffane !
          ...  But he puts it over
          ...  He can't be happy with that effort
Min. 22 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer takes possession
          ...  M_Dickinson takes the player down!!
          ...  That's a poor tackle!
          ...  He is ordered to cool off
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  It is in a good position!
          ...  Nathan_Dyer floats it forward
          ...  M_Zeffane latches onto the end of it
          ...  M_Zeffane with a low drive through the rain!
          ...  But R_Higuita punches it away
          ...  That's gone out for a goal kick
          ...  It was clear to everyone that R_Higuita got a touch
Min. 23 :(bfa) Yann_M_Vila beats his marker
          ...  He showed great skill there
          ...  L_Shawry takes the player out!!
          ...  The ref turns away!!
Min. 24 :(msl) Z_Zidane sidesteps T_Adams
          ...  That was too easy
          ...  Z_Zidane has time and space!
          ...  He tries the lob!
          ...  It takes a deflection!
          ...  But hits the side netting!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  N_Kante hits it towards the far post!
          ...  M_Dickinson with the shot!
          ...  But F_Foster punches it away
          ...  He commands his area so well
Min. 25 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer with the dribble
          ...  He skips through the tackle from L_Shawry
          ...  From long range Nathan_Dyer bends the ball towards goal!
          ...  But it's hit the defender and went out for a corner
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  E_Spence crosses it in!
          ...  R_Higuita makes the catch!
Min. 25 :(msl) I_Perisic brings it under control
          ...  He takes on Yann_M_Vila
          ...  He gets past him!
          ...  He puts in A_Di_Stefano!
          ...  A_Di_Stefano with the 40 yard drive !
          ...  But he miskicks and puts it well off target
          ...  The Benfica fans taunt him about that effort
Min. 26 :(msl) A_Di_Stefano feeds the ball through the middle
          ...  Z_Zidane runs onto it
          ...  He uses a clever change of direction to go past the defender
          ...  R_Tomassi is called for the holding foul
          ...  Looked like a fair jump
          ...  The referee got it wrong
          ...  M_Stadio refrained from booking him but had words
          ...  FREE KICK
          ...  Y_Sankhare swings it in
          ...  I_Perisic gets on the end of it
          ...  An audacious effort from I_Perisic !
          ...  F_Foster beats the ball away
Min. 27 :(msl) Z_Zidane runs forward
          ...  He nicks it past the slide tackle skilfully
          ...  He only has going for the goal in mind!
          ...  Z_Zidane tries to lob the keeper !
          ...  But he puts it well wide
          ...  The Benfica fans taunt him!
Min. 28 :(bfa) E_Spence finds Nathan_Dyer with a perfectly weighted pass
          ...  Nathan_Dyer gets his head to the ball !
          ...  R_Higuita fists it away
Min. 29 :(bfa) P_Do_Shaw off the woodwork.
          ...  Nathan_Dyer picks up the deflection
          ...  A scorcher of a shot from Nathan_Dyer !
          ...  But he puts it well wide
          ...  That was a mishit effort!
Min. 31 :(msl) S_Byram with a glorious 60-yard pass to J_Pedro
          ...  M_Zeffane wins the ball
Min. 32 :(msl) J_Pedro takes possession
          ...  Knocks it past R_Tomassi
          ...  He's through on goal
          ...  J_Pedro fires a shot at goal !
          ...  He has put it over the bar!
          ...  He looks stunned by that miss!
          ...  He puts his face in his hands!
Min. 37 :(msl) J_Pedro is closed down
          ...  He plays a quick pass
          ...  Z_Zidane latches onto the ball
          ...  Z_Zidane with the chance !
          ...  It hits the side netting!
          ...  He has squandered a golden opportunity
Min. 38 :(bfa) E_Spence has the ball on the wing
          ...  He knocks the ball past J_Pedro
          ...  He puts in Nathan_Dyer!
          ...  Nathan_Dyer has a go!
          ...  Wide of goal
Min. 41 :(bfa) T_Adams kills the ball dead
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run!
          ...  He plays the ball across to him!
          ...  P_Do_Shaw gets on the end of the pass
          ...  Z_Zidane anticipates the pass and cuts it out
Min. 42 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi with the diagonal pass P_Do_Shaw
          ...  P_Do_Shaw with the goal bound shot!
          ...  The fans get off there seats!
          ...  But it sails over !!
Min. 43 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there are 4 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 43 :(bfa) E_Spence gets the ball on the wing
          ...  He cuts inside the defender!
          ...  He has some space now!
          ...  E_Spence with the side footed shot!
          ...  Terrific shot
          ...  It takes a bounce of the defender
          ...  The deflection takes it just wide
          ...  That's unlucky!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  J_Plasil chips the ball in towards the back post!
          ...  L_Shawry clears the corner
Min. 45 :(msl) Y_Sankhare with the mazy dribble
          ...  He takes it past T_Adams
          ...  Y_Sankhare with an overhead kick !
          ...  He gets a connection
          ...  F_Foster won't get to that!
          ...  It clips the post!
          ...  And goes wide!
Min. 46 :(msl) F_Foster miskicks!
          ...  A_Di_Stefano is takes control of the ball!
          ...  A_Di_Stefano with a bomb of a shot !
          ...  But F_Foster punches it away
          ...  He could have caught that!
Min. 47 :(bfa) P_Do_Shaw moves out wide
          ...  He plays the ball through to Zheng_Zhi
          ...  Zheng_Zhi with the deft touch!
          ...  He hits the ball towards goal!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  It looks like he enjoyed that one!!
          ...  He is dancing round the corner flag!
          ...  That's put Benfica in front!
          ...  Benfica 1-0 Marseille ...
Min. 48 :(msl) The assistant manager is out on the touchline shouting orders
          ...  It seems Marseille will now be playing A
Min. 48 :(bfa) J_Plasil skips past a challenge and gets over a cross to E_Spence
          ...  E_Spence drives it low !
          ...  But it whistles just past the post
Min. 49 :(msl) Z_Zidane breaks clear of the defence!
          ...  He is clean through on F_Foster!
          ...  M_Zeffane brings him down!
          ...  RED CARD!!
          ...  M_Stadio sends him off the pitch !!
          ...  He deserved to walk for that!!

*************  HALF TIME  ****************
Half Time Score: Benfica 1-0 Marseille

Min. 46 :(bfa) J_Plasil has it now
          ...  He takes on L_Shawry
          ...  He gets past him!
          ...  He puts in Nathan_Dyer!
          ...  S_Byram takes out the attacker
          ...  He looked to have fouled him there
Min. 48 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer moves forward
          ...  S_Byram anticipates the pass and cuts it out
Min. 49 :(msl) Y_Sankhare jinks infield
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run
          ...  He plays the ball through to A_Di_Stefano
          ...  Yann_M_Vila makes the challenge and clears the ball
Min. 52 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi 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!
          ...  J_Plasil receives the pass and heads towards the goal
          ...  J_Plasil tries to lob the keeper !
          ...  The shot slips through R_Higuita's hands
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  What a terrible mistake
          ...  Benfica 2-0 Marseille ...
Min. 52 :(msl) Z_Zidane takes possession
          ...  Knocks it past Yann_M_Vila
          ...  He's through on goal
          ...  Z_Zidane goes for the top corner !
          ...  It hits the outside of the post
          ...  And spins wide
Min. 56 :(msl) Y_Sankhare sidesteps T_Adams
          ...  That was too easy
          ...  Y_Sankhare aiming for the bottom corner !
          ...  He couldn't have struck it more sweetly!!
          ...  But it sails past the post !!
          ...  F_Foster never had a chance!
Min. 58 :(msl) Z_Zidane knocks it past R_Tomassi and runs onto it
          ...  He leaves the defender standing
          ...  Z_Zidane fires the shot in!
          ...  F_Foster catches the ball
Min. 58 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi leaves J_Pedro standing
          ...  A_Di_Stefano with a deliberate foul
          ...  There's no place in the game for that kind of challenge
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He was lucky to escape with a caution!
Min. 59 :(msl) L_Shawry cuts inside the defender
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He passes it to A_Di_Stefano
          ...  A_Di_Stefano attempts a chip!
          ...  The shot deflects wide into the crowd!!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Y_Sankhare chips the ball in towards the back post!
          ...  I_Perisic loses his marker
          ...  He gets his head onto it!
          ...  The shot deflects wide into the crowd!!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  M_Dickinson lofts the ball in!
          ...  Z_Zidane makes a firm connection with his head
          ...  F_Foster turns it behind for a corner
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  M_Dickinson floats the ball in!
          ...  It comes to N_Kante
          ...  He fires it towards to goal
          ...  F_Foster tips it over his bar
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  M_Dickinson curls it into the box!
          ...  It comes to A_Di_Stefano
          ...  He gets the shot away
          ...  F_Foster with a fantastic point blank save
          ...  When he's on his game he's one of the best in the league
Min. 60 :(msl) L_Shawry curls the ball out wide to A_Di_Stefano
          ...  A_Di_Stefano has his eyes on the goal!
          ...  He shoots!
          ...  Terrific shot
          ...  It takes a bounce of the defender
          ...  The deflection takes it just wide
          ...  That's unlucky!
Min. 61 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi takes possession on the halfway line
          ...  He runs forward with the ball
          ...  He skips past the challenges
          ...  Zheng_Zhi with the shot on net !
          ...  The shot takes a wicked deflection
          ...  R_Higuita dives desperately to try and save it!!
          ...  He can't get to it!
          ...  But it creeps just wide!!
          ...  The deflection had R_Higuita beaten!
Min. 62 :(msl) Y_Sankhare with a neat pass into Z_Zidane
          ...  Z_Zidane with the overhead !
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  His players jump on top of him
          ...  Benfica 2-1 Marseille ...
Min. 63 :(bfa) The Benfica manager told his side to change to a D strategy
Min. 63 :(msl) L_Koscielny beats R_Tomassi
          ...  It looked like he pushed his marker
          ...  "Play On!" Waves M_Stadio
          ...  L_Koscielny lobs F_Foster!
          ...  But F_Foster makes an easy save
Min. 65 :(bfa) J_Plasil sprints down the flank
          ...  He plays the ball in to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  Nathan_Dyer hits a crisp volley!
          ...  It hits the inside of the post
          ...  It falls right into R_Higuita's arms
          ...  Unlucky
Min. 72 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer knocks the ball past the defender
          ...  Nathan_Dyer hits the shot with the inside of the right foot!
          ...  But it puts it well wide
Min. 75 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts takes off his tracksuit, he'll replace E_Spence
          ...  He'll play as a DF
          ...  The manager will be hoping the substitution pays off
Min. 75 :(bfa) P_Do_Shaw looks around for some movement
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  Nathan_Dyer gets his head to the ball !
          ...  It fly's into Row Z!
Min. 75 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer flicks it over J_Pedro and runs onto it
          ...  He showed great skill and pace there
          ...  L_Koscielny with a bad challenge
          ...  Shown a YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He'll need to be careful from now on
Min. 76 :(bfa) S_Nakamoto is ready to come on to replace P_Do_Shaw
          ...  Looks like he will play as a MF
Min. 77 :(msl) Y_Sankhare looks around for some movement
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to L_Koscielny
          ...  R_Tomassi pulls on his shirt
          ...  He wins the ball
          ...  The defender got away with the foul there!
Min. 78 :(msl) L_Shawry nicks it past the slide tackle skilfully
          ...  He only has going for the goal in mind!
          ...  L_Shawry with a terrific drive !
          ...  F_Foster gets his fingertips to it
Min. 80 :(msl) D_Criscrito replaces S_Byram and will play DF
Min. 81 :(msl) Y_Sankhare threads the through ball to A_Di_Stefano
          ...  A_Di_Stefano with a thundering volley!
          ...  But F_Foster palms it behind
          ...  M_Stadio has given a goal kick
          ...  Unbelievable !
Min. 82 :(msl) A_Marcos takes off his tracksuit
          ...  he'll replace N_Kante as MF
Min. 83 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi finds Nathan_Dyer in the box
          ...  Brilliantly taken away by L_Shawry !!
          ...  Any youngsters out there should be taking notes
Min. 84 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi finds Nathan_Dyer on the edge of the box
          ...  L_Koscielny wins control of the ball with his hand!!
          ...  Play On!!
Min. 85 :(msl) It looks like the manager is going to make a few changes to his side.
          ...  Z_Ibrahimovic will come on for A_Di_Stefano and play FW
Min. 88 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there is 1 minute of time to be added on
Min. 90 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi hits a hard pass to Yann_M_Vila
          ...  Fine tackle by J_Pedro
          ...  He prevents the corner as well

*************  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          : Zheng_Zhi (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : Zheng_Zhi (47), J_Plasil (52)
Sent Off             : Stefano (12), M_Zeffane (49)
Booked               : N/A
Injured              : N/A
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Marseille Match Info
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Best player          : Z_Zidane
Scorers              : Z_Zidane (62)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : A_Di_Stefano (58), L_Koscielny (75)
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                              Benfica     |    Marseille
Attempts on Goal     :          20        |       26
Off target           :          14        |       12
On target            :           6        |       14
Possession           :          40        |       60
Corners              :           2        |       5
Red Cards            :           2        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           0        |       2
Subs Used            :           3        |       3
Fouls                :           5        |       10
Key Tackles          :           3        |       7
Key Passes           :          18        |       11
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Final Score          : Benfica 2 - 1 Marseille
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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 |  95  13   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  55   0   0   0
T_Adams        DF   2  32   8   7  22 |  95   0   0   1   0   2   0   0   0   0   0  10   2
Yann_M_Vila    DF   2  30  14   8  22 |  95   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0
R_Tomassi      DF   1  28   8   7  37 |  95   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0
M_Zeffane      DF   1  27   9   7  31 |  49   0   1   0   0   2   0   0   1   0  10 -10  -4
Zheng_Zhi      MF   1   9  30   8  42 |  95   0   0   6   1   2   1   0   0   0   0  75  31
P_Do_Shaw      MF   2   9  29   8  25 |  80   0   0   3   1   1   0   0   0   0   0  45   1
J_Plasil       MF   1   7  29   9  19 |  95   0   0   4   0   2   1   0   0   0  20  60  55
J_Bolm         MF   2  11  28  13  32 |  12   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
E_Spence       MF   2   9  27   9  40 |  79   0   0   2   0   2   0   0   0   0   0  20   2
Stefano        FW   2   9   8  29  39 |  12   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   1   0 -10 -10  -4
Z_Alomerovic   GK  28   1   1   1  14 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
C_Thomson      DF   2  31  12   6  25 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Mannaerts    DF   2  27   9   5  12 |  16   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Nakamoto     MF   3   4  25  16  32 |  15   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  20  20
Nathan_Dyer    FW   2   7  11  28  31 |  83   0   0   0   0   7   0   0   0   0   0   0  11

Player Statistics - Marseille
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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R_Higuita      GK  39   2   2   2  34 |  95   5   0   0   0   0   0   0   0 -15   0   0   0
L_Shawry       DF   2  32   8   8  15 |  95   0   3   2   0   2   0   0   0   0  60  20  10
L_Koscielny    DF   2  30  11   7  36 |  95   0   1   0   0   1   0   1   0   0  18  -2   3
S_Byram        DF   3  30   8   6  32 |  84   0   2   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  40  10   0
J_Pedro        DF   2  29   7   8  33 |  95   0   1   1   0   1   0   0   0   0  20  10   1
Y_Sankhare     MF   3   8  31  12  36 |  95   0   0   4   1   3   0   0   0   0   0  55   7
I_Perisic      MF   1   9  30   6  11 |  95   0   0   2   0   3   0   0   0   0   0  20  11
M_Dickinson    MF   2  15  29   7  28 |  95   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   5
N_Kante        MF   3   7  29   7  13 |  86   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   5
Z_Zidane       FW   2   8   8  30  34 |  95   0   1   0   0   7   1   0   0   0   0 -20  24
A_Di_Stefano   FW   2   9  11  29  31 |  89   0   0   1   0   7   0   1   0   0  -2   8  17
H_Lloris       GK  26   2   3   1  27 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
D_Criscrito    DF   2  30  11   7  27 |  11   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
A_Marcos       MF   2   7  29  16  32 |   9   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
C_Ridout       MF   3   8  28   4  32 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Z_Ibrahimovic  FW   1   4   4  26  35 |   6   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
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