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Elite League, Week 4

Celtic FC 1 - 0 Benfica

Elite League Match, Celtic FC vs. Benfica (Sun May 13)


                            Celtic FC  |  Benfica
                            4-4-1-1 A  |  4-3-3 A
                       Stuart Neilson  |  Matias Finkelstein
                                       |
                         T_Flowers GK  |  GK F_Foster
                         B_Howedes DF  |  DF T_Adams
                           K_Abrha DF  |  DF Yann_M_Vila
                        C_Kabasele DF  |  DF R_Tomassi
                            K_Ajer DF  |  DF M_Zeffane
                          K_Mizuno MF  |  MF J_Plasil
                      A_Ben_Hatira MF  |  MF Zheng_Zhi
                          L_Holtby MF  |  MF J_Wilshere
                         B_Murdoch MF  |  FW Stefano
                        R_V_Persie AM  |  FW Nathan_Dyer
                         P_McGowan FW  |  FW T_Erak
                                       |
                         S_Assenjo SUB |  SUB S_Castro
                            N_Wade SUB |  SUB S_Mannaerts
                          P_A_Cocu SUB |  SUB P_Do_Shaw
                       B_Bjorksson SUB |  SUB S_Nakamoto
                        S_Chalmers SUB |  SUB E_Knave

Referee: G_Poll (England)


Min. 1  :(bfa) J_Wilshere puts in Stefano
          ...  K_Abrha seizes control of the ball
          ...  He hoists it forward
Min. 2  :(cfc) R_V_Persie looks around for support
          ...  He knocks the ball across to K_Abrha
          ...  K_Abrha rifles it at the goal !
          ...  But he puts it over
          ...  He can't be happy with that effort
Min. 3  :(cfc) L_Holtby beats R_Tomassi
          ...  His quick feet took him past the defender
          ...  L_Holtby shapes up for a shot!
          ...  It flies wide!
          ...  He should have hit the target at least!!
Min. 3  :(bfa) Stefano with the dribble
          ...  B_Howedes is easily beaten
          ...  Stefano with the chance !
          ...  T_Flowers heads it away
          ...  He was showing off there!
Min. 5  :(cfc) K_Mizuno has it now
          ...  He takes on Yann_M_Vila
          ...  He gets past him!
          ...  He puts in P_McGowan!
          ...  Zheng_Zhi wins the ball!
          ...  But he caught the player also!
          ...  The ref gives nothing!
Min. 6  :(cfc) R_V_Persie with a 50-yard pass to P_McGowan
          ...  P_McGowan runs forward
          ...  He hits the shot!
          ...  F_Foster falls over
          ...  But F_Foster is relieved to watch it go out of play!
Min. 6  :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi sprints down the wing
          ...  He knocks it past the defender into space!
          ...  He puts in a square ball!
          ...  Stefano runs onto it
          ...  He uses a clever change of direction to go past the defender
          ...  But K_Ajer slides in two footed.
          ...  G_Poll has a look but waves "Play On!"
Min. 8  :(cfc) R_V_Persie slides the ball across to B_Murdoch
          ...  B_Murdoch must beat F_Foster!
          ...  F_Foster gets his fingertips to it
Min. 8  :(bfa) Stefano pushes it past K_Ajer
          ...  Stefano with a low drive through the rain!
          ...  The fans get off there seats!
          ...  But it sails over !!
Min. 11 :(bfa) T_Erak plays a quick one-two with his team mate
          ...  He looks around for options
          ...  He moves forward with the ball
          ...  T_Erak chases it through, he must score !
          ...  Looks like it should be T_Flowers's
          ...  Oh he's let it go through his legs
          ...  But drifts inches wide !!
          ...  T_Flowers looks embarrassed!
          ...  He was relieved to see it go wide!
          ...  Goal kick given, amazing decision there!
Min. 12 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer picks out Stefano with the cross
          ...  Stefano sends it flying towards goal!
          ...  But T_Flowers palms it behind
          ...  G_Poll has given a goal kick
          ...  He's not having the best of days !
Min. 13 :(cfc) L_Holtby lays the ball back to P_McGowan
          ...  P_McGowan tries to curl it into the bottom corner !
          ...  F_Foster turns it behind for a corner
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  K_Ajer chips the ball in towards the back post!
          ...  It goes straight into the arms of F_Foster
Min. 14 :(cfc) R_V_Persie steps over the ball
          ...  He nutmegs M_Zeffane
          ...  That a lovely piece of trickery
          ...  R_V_Persie from 20 yards !
          ...  F_Foster gets his fingertips to it
          ...  He pushes it on to the post
          ...  The defender clears the loose ball
Min. 16 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi lays the ball back to Stefano
          ...  Stefano has time and space!
          ...  He tries the lob!
          ...  But T_Flowers punches it away
          ...  That's gone out for a throw in
Min. 17 :(cfc) L_Holtby runs at R_Tomassi
          ...  The defender slips and falls over
          ...  T_Adams read the danger and stops the pass
Min. 17 :(bfa) J_Wilshere bursts into the box and cuts the ball back to T_Erak
          ...  T_Erak with a little chip!
          ...  T_Flowers has it covered
          ...  It takes a bobble!
          ...  T_Flowers reacts well to save!!!
Min. 18 :(bfa) M_Zeffane beats his marker
          ...  It looked like he pushed his marker
          ...  "Play On!" Waves G_Poll
          ...  M_Zeffane with the goal bound shot!
          ...  T_Flowers makes a good save
Min. 19 :(bfa) Stefano kills the ball dead
          ...  He sees a team mate leave his marker!
          ...  He plays the ball across to him!
          ...  J_Wilshere gets on the end of the pass
          ...  J_Wilshere looks to see where T_Flowers is!
          ...  He rifles in the shot!
          ...  T_Flowers watches it sail wide!
Min. 21 :(cfc) P_McGowan gains possession
          ...  P_McGowan sidesteps his marker and tries the wicked snap bender !
          ...  F_Foster makes the save
          ...  He hits the ball up field!
Min. 23 :(cfc) P_McGowan loses R_Tomassi
          ...  A skilful effort from P_McGowan !
          ...  F_Foster catches the ball
Min. 23 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi looks around for support
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to T_Adams
          ...  T_Adams has time and space!
          ...  He tries the lob!
          ...  It goes wide!
          ...  He made that look harder than it was!!
Min. 24 :(bfa) T_Adams gets to the by line
          ...  He looks up and lobs in a cross
          ...  T_Erak is unmarked
          ...  T_Erak goes for goal !
          ...  But T_Flowers parries the shot
          ...  The defender manages to scramble the ball away
Min. 26 :(cfc) B_Murdoch jinks infield
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run
          ...  He plays the ball through to P_McGowan
          ...  P_McGowan with the header !
          ...  But he puts it wide
          ...  That was a terrible attempt!
Min. 26 :(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!
          ...  Nathan_Dyer receives the pass and heads towards the goal
          ...  Nathan_Dyer drives it low !
          ...  T_Flowers gets a hand to it!!
          ...  But he picks up the rebound
          ...  OHHHHHHHH !!
          ...  It's pushed behind !
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Zheng_Zhi curls it into the box!
          ...  J_Plasil loses his marker
          ...  He gets his head onto it!
          ...  But he got that all wrong
Min. 32 :(bfa) R_Tomassi slices it
          ...  F_Foster moves quickly!!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  He has put it into his own net!!
          ...  Celtic FC 1-0 Benfica ...
Min. 34 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer breaks clear of the defence!
          ...  He is clean through on T_Flowers!
          ...  K_Ajer brings him down!
          ...  He could be off!!
          ...  G_Poll calls him over
          ...  The ref is taking his time with him!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 38 :(cfc) L_Holtby finds P_McGowan in the box
          ...  P_McGowan attempts to drive it home!
          ...  OOOOHHHHH!!!!
          ...  Unbelievable!!!
          ...  It's gone wide
Min. 41 :(cfc) C_Kabasele is first to the loose ball
          ...  He plays the ball across to A_Ben_Hatira
          ...  A_Ben_Hatira curls the ball in on goal !
          ...  F_Foster can't get to it!
          ...  OH! It has gone just over the bar!
          ...  F_Foster makes a cocky smile
          ...  Did he know that was going over?
Min. 43 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there is 1 minute of time to be added on
Min. 43 :(cfc) P_McGowan gets the ball on the wing
          ...  He cuts inside T_Adams!
          ...  He has some space now!
          ...  P_McGowan with a terrific drive !
          ...  But he puts it wide
          ...  He found himself with no room to manoeuvre
Min. 44 :(cfc) B_Howedes squares it to P_McGowan
          ...  P_McGowan from 20 yards !
          ...  F_Foster parries it
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  A_Ben_Hatira crosses it in!
          ...  The ball comes to R_V_Persie
          ...  He gets the shot away
          ...  F_Foster gets his fingertips to it
Min. 44 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer runs at K_Abrha
          ...  The defender slips and falls over
          ...  K_Ajer clears with a diving header
Min. 45 :(bfa) T_Adams with the heel pass to Nathan_Dyer
          ...  K_Ajer cuts it out easily
          ...  He clears the ball up field
Min. 46 :(cfc) R_V_Persie beats his marker
          ...  His quick feet took him past the defender
          ...  The cross hits R_V_Persie on the butt and rebounds towards goal !
          ...  It grazes the bar
          ...  And goes over
          ...  Oh so close there!

*************  HALF TIME  ****************
Half Time Score: Celtic FC 1-0 Benfica

Min. 46 :(cfc) B_Murdoch sprints past R_Tomassi
          ...  R_Tomassi goes in hard to win the ball back
Min. 52 :(cfc) R_V_Persie has the ball
          ...  He knocks the ball past R_Tomassi
          ...  He puts in P_McGowan!
          ...  M_Zeffane slides in to knock the ball out for a corner
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  R_V_Persie plays it towards the near post!
          ...  R_Tomassi reads it well
          ...  And he knocks it away
Min. 60 :(cfc) Up goes the substitution board - B_Bjorksson on for L_Holtby as a MF
Min. 60 :(bfa) E_Knave is ready to come on to replace J_Plasil
          ...  Looks like he will play as a AM
Min. 61 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi hits in a wicked shot!
          ...  It hits the defender
          ...  Stefano latches onto it!
          ...  Stefano cracks a laser towards goal !
          ...  But T_Flowers punches it away
Min. 62 :(bfa) M_Zeffane sidesteps his marker
          ...  He's been running his marker ragged all game
          ...  But B_Howedes will cut out the threat
Min. 64 :(cfc) K_Mizuno pass splits open the defence and finds B_Howedes
          ...  B_Howedes carves a shot towards goal !
          ...  But the ball goes harmlessly wide
Min. 70 :(cfc) N_Wade is going to be brought on
          ...  B_Howedes is leaving the pitch
          ...  He applauds the crowd
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play DF
Min. 70 :(cfc) S_Chalmers will replace P_McGowan and play FW
Min. 75 :(bfa) S_Nakamoto will replace J_Wilshere and play MF
Min. 76 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts takes off his tracksuit, he'll replace Yann_M_Vila
          ...  He'll play as a DF
          ...  The manager will be hoping the substitution pays off
Min. 76 :(cfc) S_Chalmers hoists the ball across to A_Ben_Hatira
          ...  A_Ben_Hatira blasts it at the goal !
          ...  It goes wide!
          ...  He should have hit the target at least!!
Min. 76 :(bfa) S_Nakamoto finds the run of Stefano
          ...  Stefano tries the shot !
          ...  T_Flowers takes the ball off him
          ...  He was showing off there!
Min. 77 :(bfa) T_Erak knocks it past C_Kabasele and runs onto it
          ...  He leaves the defender standing
          ...  T_Erak has time and space!
          ...  He shoots towards goal!
          ...  T_Flowers gets up well to catch that one
Min. 80 :(cfc) The assistant manager is out on the touchline shouting orders
          ...  It seems Celtic FC will now be playing D
Min. 83 :(cfc) S_Chalmers beats S_Mannaerts
          ...  That was a quick burst of pace to set him free
          ...  T_Adams with a superb tackle!
          ...  He easily dispossessed him.
Min. 88 :(REF) The 4th official signals that there are 3 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 90 :(cfc) R_V_Persie runs at the defence
          ...  He nutmegs R_Tomassi
          ...  He showed his class there
          ...  Zheng_Zhi tackles cleanly
          ...  The linesman flags for the foul though! Unbelievable! It looked clean to me
          ...  He's lucky to be let off for that one
          ...  Matias Finkelstein looks relieved
          ...  Stuart Neilson is far from happy with that decision

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


Match Details
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Venue                : Celtic Park
Attendance           : 120,000
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Celtic FC Match Info
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Best player          : T_Flowers (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : R_Tomassi (32 og)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : K_Ajer (34)
Injured              : N/A
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Benfica Match Info
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Best player          : Stefano
Scorers              : N/A
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : N/A
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                             Celtic FC    |     Benfica
Attempts on Goal     :          17        |       15
Off target           :           9        |       5
On target            :           8        |       10
Possession           :          55        |       45
Corners              :           3        |       1
Red Cards            :           0        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           1        |       0
Subs Used            :           3        |       3
Fouls                :           9        |       5
Key Tackles          :           5        |       5
Key Passes           :          12        |       12
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Final Score          : Celtic FC 1 - 0 Benfica
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Player Statistics - Celtic FC
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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T_Flowers      GK  39   2   2   1  27 |  94  10   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  90   0   0   0
B_Howedes      DF   2  32  11   8  23 |  71   0   1   1   0   1   0   0   0   0  20  10   1
K_Abrha        DF   1  29   9   6  33 |  94   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  40  20  21
C_Kabasele     DF   3  28   8   6  30 |  94   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  40  10   0
K_Ajer         DF   1  25  10   7  21 |  94   0   3   0   0   0   0   1   0   0  58  -2  -2
K_Mizuno       MF   1   8  32  10  28 |  94   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
A_Ben_Hatira   MF   2   6  30   8  40 |  94   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   2
L_Holtby       MF   2   8  28   8  21 |  61   0   0   2   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  20   1
B_Murdoch      MF   2   7  25  16  11 |  94   0   0   1   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  10  10
R_V_Persie     AM   2   9  28  13  31 |  94   0   0   4   0   3   0   0   0   0   0  40  21
P_McGowan      FW   2   9   8  33  16 |  71   0   0   0   0   8   0   0   0   0  20  20  73
S_Assenjo      GK  28   3   3   4  34 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
N_Wade         DF   2  31   9   6  25 |  23   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
P_A_Cocu       DF   2  29   7  11  30 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
B_Bjorksson    MF   2  11  29   7  31 |  33   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Chalmers     FW   1   8   8  25  32 |  23   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0

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 |  94   9   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  35   0   0   0
T_Adams        DF   2  32   8   7  22 |  94   0   2   2   0   1   0   0   0   0  40  20   1
Yann_M_Vila    DF   2  30  14   8  22 |  77   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0 -20 -20 -20
R_Tomassi      DF   1  29   8   7  37 |  94   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20 -20   0
M_Zeffane      DF   1  28   9   7  31 |  94   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  20   0  10
J_Plasil       MF   1   7  30  10  19 |  61   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
Zheng_Zhi      MF   1   9  30   8  42 |  94   0   1   5   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  50   0
J_Wilshere     MF   2  19  29  12  19 |  76   0   0   2   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  20   1
Stefano        FW   2   9   8  29  39 |  94   0   0   1   0   6   0   0   0   0   0  10  51
Nathan_Dyer    FW   2   7  11  28  31 |  94   0   0   1   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  10  10
T_Erak         FW   2   6   6  26  21 |  94   0   0   0   0   4   0   0   0   0   0   0  31
S_Castro       GK  15   3   4   4  12 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Mannaerts    DF   2  27   9   5  12 |  17   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
S_Nakamoto     MF   3   4  26  16  32 |  18   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0 -20 -10 -20
E_Knave        AM   3   7  23  10  21 |  33   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
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