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Elite League, Week 12

Benfica 1 - 0 Valencia

Elite Football League Match, Benfica vs. Valencia (Thu Dec 29)


                              Benfica  |  Valencia
                              3-4-3 E  |  5-4-1 C
                      Steven Theobald  |  Andie Glen
                                       |
                      E_Thorstvedt GK  |  GK K_Jensen
                        J_Martinez DF  |  DF S_Logan
                         C_Thomson DF  |  DF D_Criscrito
                       Yann_M_Vila DF  |  DF C_Smalling
                       H_Kiessling MF  |  DF W_Van_Boer
                         Zheng_Zhi MF  |  DF L_Inagzij
                          J_Plasil MF  |  MF M_Valbuena
                        R_VD_Vaart MF  |  MF Saruman
                        K_McInally FW  |  MF J_R_Riquelme
                       Nathan_Dyer FW  |  MF Park
                        E_Stranger FW  |  FW Sansao
                                       |
                        Tiribocchi SUB |  SUB J_Hart
                           T_Adams SUB |  SUB K_Ramsteijn
                         R_Tomassi SUB |  SUB E_Johnson
                            J_Bolm SUB |  SUB N_Ben_Khalifa
                        S_Perrotta SUB |  SUB J_Digweed

Referee: K_Ippi (Finland)


Min. 8  :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi holds the ball up and waits for support
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to R_VD_Vaart
          ...  R_VD_Vaart with the deft touch!
          ...  He hits the ball towards goal!
          ...  But K_Jensen makes a comfortable save
          ...  He gave the striker no chance
Min. 10 :(bfa) R_VD_Vaart retreats under pressure
          ...  He hoofs the ball up field
          ...  J_Plasil gets on the end of it
          ...  A skilful effort from J_Plasil !
          ...  The shot slips through K_Jensen's hands
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  What a terrible mistake
          ...  Andie Glen looks gutted
          ...  But it's been disallowed.
          ...  He was offside by 2-3 yards
Min. 10 :(vla) Saruman with the diagonal pass J_R_Riquelme
          ...  K_McInally body checks his opponent!!
          ...  That's a careless challenge!!
          ...  K_Ippi lectures him
Min. 10 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer flicks it over S_Logan's head
          ...  He showed some great skill there!
          ...  W_Van_Boer with a terrible tackle
          ...  K_Ippi calls him for a talk
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  Right on the edge of the box!
          ...  Zheng_Zhi floats it forward
          ...  K_McInally latches onto the end of it
          ...  W_Van_Boer cuts it out easily
          ...  He clears the ball up field
Min. 15 :(bfa) Yann_M_Vila with a first time pass
          ...  E_Stranger runs onto it!
          ...  E_Stranger hits the shot!
          ...  It swerves a lot!
          ...  Looks like it should be K_Jensen's
          ...  Oh he's let it go through his legs
          ...  But drifts inches wide !!
          ...  K_Jensen looks embarrassed!
          ...  He was relieved to see it go wide!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  J_Plasil hits it into the box!
          ...  Nathan_Dyer makes a firm connection with his head
          ...  K_Jensen just watches float over the bar!
Min. 15 :(vla) Sansao knocks it past Zheng_Zhi and runs onto it
          ...  He leaves the defender standing
          ...  A powerful shot by Sansao !
          ...  The fans get off there seats!
          ...  But it sails over !!
Min. 15 :(bfa) J_Plasil takes control of the loose ball
          ...  He plays the ball across to Yann_M_Vila
          ...  M_Valbuena with a bad challenge
          ...  K_Ippi ignores the protests for a card
          ...  Andie Glen looks relieved
Min. 18 :(bfa) H_Kiessling with a pinpoint pass to E_Stranger
          ...  E_Stranger with the 40 yard drive !
          ...  K_Jensen gets his fingertips to it
          ...  He pushes it on to the post
          ...  The defender clears the loose ball
Min. 22 :(bfa) J_Plasil has it now
          ...  He takes on W_Van_Boer
          ...  He gets past him!
          ...  He puts in K_McInally!
          ...  A delicate header from K_McInally !
          ...  K_Jensen heads it away
          ...  He was showing off there!
Min. 24 :(bfa) C_Thomson with a precise ball to K_McInally
          ...  But W_Van_Boer wins the ball from behind
          ...  The crowd appeal but K_Ippi has none of it.
Min. 24 :(vla) The ball is passed in from J_R_Riquelme, he finds Park
          ...  Park gets his head to the ball !
          ...  He hits the sponsor hoarding with that effort
Min. 26 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer feeds the ball through the middle
          ...  E_Stranger runs onto it
          ...  He uses a clever change of direction to go past the defender
          ...  E_Stranger sends it flying towards goal!
          ...  K_Jensen with the diving save
          ...  He must have spotted the TV cameras!
Min. 28 :(vla) E_Thorstvedt miss-kicks!
          ...  Sansao is through!
          ...  Sansao shoots towards goal !
          ...  But E_Thorstvedt tips it behind
          ...  K_Ippi has given a goal kick
          ...  Unbelievable !
Min. 32 :(vla) S_Logan hoofs it up field to find M_Valbuena
          ...  K_McInally dives in two footed!!
          ...  Play On!!
Min. 36 :(bfa) J_Plasil cuts inside the defender
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He passes it to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  S_Logan with the tackle
          ...  He came to the rescue there!
Min. 38 :(bfa) The defender under hits the back pass!
          ...  K_McInally is through!
          ...  K_McInally with the crafty shot!
          ...  Saved by K_Jensen
Min. 39 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer with a real burst of pace
          ...  He leaves S_Logan behind
          ...  Nathan_Dyer tries the shot !
          ...  K_Jensen is beaten!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  Superb finish!!
          ...  Benfica go in front now with that goal!
          ...  Benfica 1-0 Valencia ...
Min. 40 :(vla) The Valencia manager told his side to change to a A strategy
Min. 41 :(bfa) R_VD_Vaart hoofs it up field to find C_Thomson
          ...  J_R_Riquelme is called for the holding foul
          ...  He won that header unfairly
          ...  K_Ippi lectures him
Min. 43 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there are 4 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 43 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi runs with the ball to the corner flag
          ...  He plays the ball across to J_Martinez
          ...  W_Van_Boer brings him down from behind!
          ...  But the ref gives nothing!
Min. 44 :(vla) M_Valbuena with an excellent first touch
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run!
          ...  He swings the ball in
          ...  Sansao gets on the end of the pass
          ...  He is in space!
          ...  Yann_M_Vila knocks him to the floor
          ...  The fans are calling for a penalty!
          ...  But K_Ippi just turns away!
Min. 45 :(vla) L_Inagzij reads the run of C_Smalling
          ...  C_Smalling is clean through, he is one on one with E_Thorstvedt
          ...  He tries to slide it past E_Thorstvedt
          ...  E_Thorstvedt smothers the ball !!
Min. 47 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi hits a hard pass to E_Stranger
          ...  E_Stranger gets his head to the ball !
          ...  K_Jensen with a fantastic save
          ...  His captain pats him on the back for that one

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

Min. 46 :(vla) M_Valbuena jinks infield
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run
          ...  He plays the ball through to W_Van_Boer
          ...  W_Van_Boer from 20 yards !
          ...  But E_Thorstvedt dives to his left
          ...  I think E_Thorstvedt just got a hand on that one
          ...  K_Ippi has given a goal kick
          ...  Unbelievable !
Min. 46 :(bfa) R_VD_Vaart breaks clear of the defence!
          ...  He is clean through on K_Jensen!
          ...  C_Smalling brings him down!
          ...  He deserves punishment for that!
          ...  K_Ippi calls him over
          ...  The ref is taking his time with him!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  They are lining up to take this one!
          ...  Zheng_Zhi plays it short to E_Stranger
          ...  E_Stranger gets up high for the header !
          ...  But he miskicks and puts it well off target
          ...  The Valencia fans taunt him about that effort
Min. 49 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer plays it forward to K_McInally
          ...  K_McInally goes for the top corner !
          ...  K_Jensen fists it away
          ...  That was a good save!
Min. 50 :(vla) J_R_Riquelme with a neat pass into Saruman
          ...  Nathan_Dyer fouls badly
          ...  K_Ippi shows him a YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He'll need to be careful from now on!
Min. 51 :(bfa) H_Kiessling hoists the ball across to K_McInally
          ...  K_McInally fires the shot in!
          ...  He couldn't have struck it more sweetly!!
          ...  But it sails past the post !!
          ...  K_Jensen never had a chance!
Min. 51 :(vla) J_R_Riquelme has the ball
          ...  He knocks the ball past C_Thomson
          ...  He puts in M_Valbuena!
          ...  J_Martinez slices it
          ...  E_Thorstvedt moves quickly!!
          ...  He can't get there!
          ...  It inches just wide!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Sansao hits it into the box!
          ...  E_Thorstvedt easily catches it!
Min. 52 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer is forced back with the ball
          ...  He belts the ball up field
          ...  K_McInally latches onto the end of it
          ...  K_McInally with only one thing on his mind!
          ...  He hits the ball towards goal!
          ...  But it's hit the defender and went out for a corner
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Swung in by K_McInally
          ...  K_Jensen jumps well to claim it!
Min. 54 :(bfa) E_Stranger runs at the defender
          ...  The ball rebounds off C_Smalling back to him!
          ...  That was fortunate, but he continues to go forward!
          ...  A cracking drive from E_Stranger !
          ...  It's well wide!
          ...  9 times out of ten he would have scored that!
Min. 54 :(vla) Saruman knocks it past J_Martinez and runs onto it
          ...  He showed great skill and pace there
          ...  Saruman drives the ball low !
          ...  E_Thorstvedt with a great save
          ...  And he holds onto it as well!
Min. 55 :(vla) K_Ramsteijn comes on for S_Logan and takes up a DF role
Min. 55 :(vla) There's going to be a change
          ...  E_Johnson will come on for D_Criscrito and play DF
Min. 55 :(vla) a big roar from the crowd as J_Digweed comes on for Sansao to play FW
Min. 55 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi plays it to his team mate for a one-two
          ...  K_McInally decides to go for goal instead!
          ...  K_McInally rises above the defence to head the ball !
          ...  It hits the inside of the post
          ...  It falls right into K_Jensen's arms
          ...  Unlucky
Min. 58 :(bfa) K_McInally jumps over C_Smalling's challenge
          ...  Oh, beautiful nutmeg
          ...  He's clean through
          ...  C_Smalling reacts to stop the move going any further
Min. 60 :(bfa) T_Adams is being brought on
          ...  Nathan_Dyer is leaving the pitch
          ...  He looks disappointed that he won't be continuing
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play DF
Min. 60 :(bfa) Benfica restructured their strategy to C
Min. 60 :(bfa) C_Thomson spits at M_Valbuena
          ...  K_Ippi wants a word
          ...  It's just a warning
Min. 61 :(bfa) E_Stranger has the ball on the wing
          ...  He knocks the ball past E_Johnson!
          ...  He has some space now!
          ...  E_Stranger with the header !
          ...  It takes a deflection!
          ...  But hits the side netting!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Zheng_Zhi crosses it in!
          ...  The ball comes to H_Kiessling
          ...  He gets the shot away
          ...  It takes a deflection!
          ...  But hits the side netting!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Zheng_Zhi drives it into the box!
          ...  E_Stranger gets his head on it
          ...  K_Jensen is just going to watch it go over!
          ...  It dips dramatically!!
          ...  And K_Jensen reacts well to palm it behind!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Swung in by J_Plasil
          ...  It goes straight into the arms of K_Jensen
Min. 62 :(bfa) H_Kiessling with a real burst of pace
          ...  He leaves E_Johnson behind
          ...  H_Kiessling attempts the shot!
          ...  But K_Jensen just gets his fingers to that one
          ...  K_Ippi has given a goal kick
          ...  He's not having the best of days !
Min. 62 :(bfa) R_VD_Vaart is closed down
          ...  He plays a quick pass
          ...  K_McInally latches onto the ball
          ...  E_Johnson fouls
          ...  That was disgusting
Min. 67 :(bfa) R_VD_Vaart slides it through the middle to Yann_M_Vila
          ...  Launched towards the top corner by Yann_M_Vila !
          ...  K_Jensen narrows the angle and turns the ball away to safety
Min. 69 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi runs at goal
          ...  He spots the run of K_McInally
          ...  He's played him in
          ...  K_McInally attempts to nutmeg K_Jensen!
          ...  It goes wide for a goal kick
Min. 70 :(bfa) R_Tomassi comes on for E_Stranger and will play DF to the delight of the fans
Min. 70 :(bfa) Benfica altered their play to a D strategy
Min. 72 :(vla) W_Van_Boer nutmegs C_Thomson
          ...  R_VD_Vaart plays the back pass
          ...  E_Thorstvedt can't get to it!!
          ...  It goes just wide!!
          ...  Look at the relief on his face!!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Park chips the ball in towards the back post!
          ...  E_Thorstvedt fists it away!
Min. 78 :(bfa) There's going to be a change
          ...  J_Bolm will come on for R_VD_Vaart and play MF
Min. 80 :(vla) Saruman with the flick on
          ...  He plays the ball across to J_Digweed
          ...  J_Digweed hits the shot with the inside of the right foot!
          ...  It sails over!
          ...  He should have hit the target at least!!
Min. 83 :(vla) Park hits in a shot!
          ...  It hits the defender
          ...  E_Johnson collects the loose ball!
          ...  J_Bolm clatters him to the floor and puts the ball out of play
          ...  The linesman is flagging
          ...  Throw in
Min. 88 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there are 3 minutes of time to be added on

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


Match Details
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Venue                : Estadio da Luz
Attendance           : 124,000
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Benfica Match Info
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Best player          : Nathan_Dyer (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : Nathan_Dyer (39)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : Nathan_Dyer (50)
Injured              : N/A
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Valencia Match Info
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Best player          : K_Jensen
Scorers              : N/A
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : C_Smalling (46)
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                              Benfica     |    Valencia
Attempts on Goal     :          22        |       7
Off target           :          10        |       3
On target            :          12        |       4
Possession           :          57        |       43
Corners              :           5        |       2
Red Cards            :           0        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           1        |       1
Subs Used            :           3        |       3
Fouls                :           9        |       8
Key Tackles          :           5        |       5
Key Passes           :          18        |       10
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Final Score          : Benfica 1 - 0 Valencia
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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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E_Thorstvedt   GK  39   2   6   4  13 |  97   6   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  70   0   0   0
J_Martinez     DF   1  34   3   4  23 |  97   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  60   0   0
C_Thomson      DF   2  30  12   6  25 |  97   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0
Yann_M_Vila    DF   2  28  13   8  22 |  97   0   1   1   0   1   0   0   0   0  20  10   5
H_Kiessling    MF   4  12  31  10  31 |  97   0   0   2   0   2   0   0   0   0   0  20   6
Zheng_Zhi      MF   1   9  29   8  42 |  97   0   0   5   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  50   0
J_Plasil       MF   1   7  28   9  19 |  97   0   0   3   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  30   5
R_VD_Vaart     MF   2  10  27   8  24 |  82   0   1   3   0   1   0   0   0   0  20  30   5
K_McInally     FW   2   6   5  31  27 |  97   0   1   0   0   7   0   0   0   0  20   0  19
Nathan_Dyer    FW   2   6  11  28  31 |  64   0   0   3   0   2   1   1   0   0  -2  28  19
E_Stranger     FW   2   9   7  26  20 |  74   0   0   0   0   8   0   0   0   0   0   0  24
Tiribocchi     GK  27   3   3   4  19 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
T_Adams        DF   2  30   7   6  22 |  33   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  20  20
R_Tomassi      DF   1  27   8   7  37 |  23   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
J_Bolm         MF   2  11  27  13  32 |  15   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40  20  20
S_Perrotta     AM   2   9  24  18  27 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0

Player Statistics - Valencia
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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K_Jensen       GK  39   4   5   3  18 |  97  12   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  50   0   0   0
S_Logan        DF   3  29  10   8  36 |  59   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  10   0
D_Criscrito    DF   2  28  11   7  27 |  59   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
C_Smalling     DF   1  28   8   5  29 |  97   0   1   0   0   1   0   1   0   0  18  -2   3
W_Van_Boer     DF   1  27   5   6  32 |  97   0   3   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  40 -20 -15
L_Inagzij      DF   1  24  10   6  11 |  97   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0
M_Valbuena     MF   2  12  28  10  45 |  97   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
Saruman        MF   2   7  26  23  30 |  97   0   0   2   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  20   5
J_R_Riquelme   MF   3   6  26  21  34 |  97   0   0   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  30   0
Park           MF   1   6  26   9  23 |  97   0   0   1   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  10   1
Sansao         FW   1   8   8  26  23 |  59   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   6
J_Hart         GK  28   2   2   7  14 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
K_Ramsteijn    DF   1  28  11  10  42 |  38   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
E_Johnson      DF   1  28   8   5  31 |  38   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0 -20 -20 -20
N_Ben_Khalifa  MF   1  11  27  11  25 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
J_Digweed      FW   1   8   9  29  19 |  38   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
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