Tuesday December 7, 2010 Group Stage: Group B Finished Estádio da Luz

Benfica 1 - 2 Schalke 04

  • Luisão 87’
  • Jurado 19’
  • Höwedes 81’

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    Time:90'
    • Benfica
    • Schalke 04
    • 93' Full time. Schalke win Group B and Benfica seem to have qualified for the Europa League.
    • 91' David Luiz hits the post with a free kick from 20 yards out.
    • 90' Three minutes added on.
    • 87' Jenrisek comes on for Jurado.
    • 86' Luisao heads past Neuer after getting in between Metzelder and Howedes.
    • 86' Benfica pull one back. 2-1.
    • 84' Edu comes on for Hunterlaar for Schalke.
    • 82' Matip comes on for Kluge.
    • 81' The corner is cleared and Kluge heads it back in. Howedes is unmarked as the Benfica defence push out of the area and finishes calmly past Roberto.
    • 81' Benedikt Howedes puts Schalke 2-0 up.
    • 80' Corner to Schalke as David Luiz tackles Raul.
    • 79' Carlos Martins comes off for Eduardo Salvio.
    • 77' Racitic booked for a foul on Aimar.
    • 76' Pablo Aimar gets booked for a late tackle on Papadoloulos.
    • 75' Brilliant play from Benfica, as Martins lays the ball off to Aimar who shoots just, and I mean just wide.
    • 75' Hapeol lead in France now and will qualify for the Europa League. Wonder if anyone is going to tell them.
    • 74' Cardozo looks well and truly fed up.
    • 73' Cardozo wins a corner off Metzelder, but the linesman gives a goal kick.
    • 72' Benfica have completed 100 more passes than Schalke.
    • 70' Saviola takes the ball on, knocks it out of play and falls over Neuer in the process. Webb rightly gives the little Argentine a yellow card.
    • 69' Coentrao puts in a cracking cross and Cardozo tries a ridiculous over-head kick, which he misses. The balls runs out to Amorim who launches a shot into row z.
    • 69' Schalke have dropped deep again, inviting pressure from Benfica.
    • 67' Schalke clear the ball and break with Jurado. David Luiz catches up with him and brings the Spaniard down.
    • 66' Patient build up from Benfica as Aimar splits the Schalke defence and puts Cardozo through on goal, but the striker hits it too early and Neuer saves easily and puts it out for a corner.
    • 65' Great tackle by David Luiz as he hits the ball off Huntelaar to win his team a goal kick.
    • 64' Carlos Martin's with a corner, it's beeter this time as Luisao heads down to Javi Garcia who shoots inches wide.
    • 63' Huntelaar is booked for kicking the bakll away after the linesman flagged him incorrectly for an offside.
    • 61' It's still 0-0 between Lyon and Tel Aviv, meaning Benfica will still qualify for the Europa League, but one goal for the Israeli side will mean they'll sneak it.
    • 60' An hour gone, and with nine shots, Benfica still haven't hit the target.
    • 59' This is 30 yards out and Martins is going to hit it. It goes under the wall but is cleared by the first defender in the area.
    • 57' Aimar is fouled by Howedes.
    • 56' That's terrible as Martins hits a volley 35 yards out. Awful decision making yet again.
    • 55' Coentrao wins a corner from Uchida.
    • 54' Great play by Kluge as he lifts to ball over Coentrao in the penalty area before firing inches wide. He should have hit the target, but great effort never the less.
    • 51' Luisao fouls Hunterlaar.
    • 49' Benfica can't get the ball clear as Schalke keep the pressure on.
    • 48' Huntelaar does well to break the offside trap, cuts inside Luisao but Racitic takes the ball of his feet and is promptly tackled.
    • 47' Racitic sees a tame effort saved by Roberto.
    • 45' The second half kicks off with Benfica making those two changes.
    • 45' Maxi Pereira and Cesar Peixoto come off for Nicolas Gaitan and Pablo Aimar.
    • 45' Half time. Schalke lead despite having fewer chances and less possession. Expect Jorge Jesus to make some changes at half time.
    • 45' One minute of injury time added on.
    • 44' Martins' set piece delivery has been awful tonight.
    • 43' The ball is hit deep and Juardo puts the ball out for a corner, which is subsequently wasted.
    • 42' Raul fouls David Luiz deep in his own half, Carlos Martins steps up to take the set piece.
    • 41' Martins tries a shot from distance - about 35/40 yards - the ball hits Metzelder and falls to Saviola who slots the ball past Neuer but the linesman falgs for offside.
    • 40' Nice series of passes from the home side, they looked threatening, but the final ball escaped them.
    • 39' Coentrao & Saviola link up nicely before the Argentine sprays the ball out to Amorim who puts in a terrible cross. Disappointing.
    • 38' Benfica have had 61% of the possession yet still have failed to really test Manuel Neuer.
    • 37' Huntelaar is the only Schalke player not in his own half. Defensive.
    • 36' Martins takes the free kick and it's headed out for a corner before he hits the resulting corner straight into Neuer's hands.
    • 35' Raul fouls Peixoto in his own half. Typical forward's tackle. Nice to see him getting back and chipping in though.
    • 34' Schalke gone deep again - sitting and waiting to see what Benfica come up with.
    • 32' Martins with a rubbish pass into yards of space and nowhere near anyone on the pitch, never mind a Benfica player.
    • 31' Luisao fouls Hunterlaar on the halfway line.
    • 30' Schalke have had one shot on target so far, and are 1-0 up. Benfica can only claim five shots off target. Inaccurate.
    • 29' Benfica now dropping deep, Schalke sense another goal as they press forward; taking their time before trying the final ball.
    • 27' Rakitic is everywhere today - supporting Raul and Hunterlaar in attack, and getting back to help Schmitz cope with Maxi Pereira.
    • 26' Schalke taking the game to the Portugese now, waiting to see what they've got in response. Not much by the looks of things.
    • 25' Huntelaar breaks free, but his lack of pace mean Luisao and David luiz hold him off. Ratikic supports him and his cross finds Raul at the back post, but the Spaniard's cut back is cleared.
    • 24' Carlos Martins smacks a shot in from 35 yards but it curls wide. It had Neuer worried though. Nice to see Benfica taking a chance from distance.
    • 23' Huntelaar is flagged offside after a great ball from Schmitz.
    • 22' Neuer gets to touch the ball for once, though it's to collect a misplaced through-ball.
    • 21' Very much against the run of play, but it was a great team goal from Schalke.
    • 20' Let's see how Benfica respond to going 1-0 down. Jesus will be hoping Saviola and Cardozo regain some composure in front of goal.
    • 19' Typical. Schalke go 1-0 up. Raul chests down Rakitic's cross brilliantly to Juardo who scores with a neat little finish.
    • 18' Quite surprised by Schalke's slow start, they need to win this to secure top spot and they've been very slow out of the traps.
    • 17' Rakitic crosses for Huntelaar, but it sails over the Dutchman's head and out for a goal kick.
    • 16' Schalke seeing a bit more of the ball now, some neat passing to go with it.
    • 15' Nice through ball from Rakitic to Hunterlaar, but Roberto clears the ball.
    • 14' Benfica very patient in possession, nice build up before Saviola gets in front of Metzelder but his shot is off target.
    • 13' Cardozo wastes another chance as he chips a shot harmlessly wide.
    • 12' Coentrao does well on the left, nice one-two before crossing for Cardozo who can only fire way over the bar from the edge of the area. He should have done better, had plenty of time to take a touch before a shot.
    • 11' Great exchange of passes sees Luisao break into the area, but he's easily dispossessed.
    • 10' Ten minutes gone and Benfica have had 73% of the possession thus far.
    • 8' Timid start from both sides here, Schalke playing very narrow stuff. Coentrao seeing a lot of the ball though, Jurado and Uchida could be very busy.
    • 5' Both teams defending high up the pitch, makes for a crowded midfield.
    • 4' Carlos Martins gets the ball 20 yards out and shoots wide. He should be hitting the target from there.
    • 3' Corner to Benfica as Pereira hits the ball off Papadopoulos, it's wasted though and cleared at the near post.
    • 2' A lot of high balls being exchanged thus far, all a tad untidy.
    • 1' Papadopoulos blasts way over from 30 yards out. First 'effort' on goal.
    • 1' We're underway in Portugal, and I'm really looking forward to this...
    • 19:44 Good grief, the Estadio da Luz is nigh on empty tonight.
    • 19:40 Raul, Hunterlaar, Cardozo and Saviola. You'd expect goals tonight with that firepower, let's wait and see...
    • 19:37 Javier Saviola. The king of Championship Manger 2000/01.
    • 19:28 Benfica, on the other hand, beat Olhanense 2-0 in their last league game while their previous match in Group B was a heavy 3-0 defeat in Tel Aviv.
    • 19:27 Schalke come in to this game on the back of a huge 2-0 win over Bayern Munich at the weekend, and having put three past Lyon in their last Champions League outing.
    • 19:26 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has three goals in the Champions League this year, Schalke's top scorer, while Coentrão has scored two for Benfica.
    • 19:21 The starting line-ups from Jorge Jesus and Fleix Magath show both sides are set out to win tonight as Benfica need a win to secure a Europa League place, while Schalke need to equal or better Lyon's result against Tel Aviv to win the group.
    • 19:15 Here's an 'interesting' stat for you all; Benfica have won 51 corners; more than any other side. Fact. As Rafael Benitez would say.
    • 19:13 With Schalke having patchy away form and stuggling to score ouitside Germany, the fact that Benfica have only lost one of their last seven Champions League home games won't be of any comfort to Felix Magath.
    • 19:12 Carlos Martins has five assists in this season’s Champions League, more than any other player. Watch out Schalke.
    • 19:10 Despite their position in Group B, Schalke have failed to score in their last six Champions League away games.
    • 19:00 And Schalke line up like this: Neuer; Uchida, Höwedes, Metzelder, Schmitz; Kluge, Rakitic, Jurado, Papadopoulos; Huntelaar, Raúl SUBS Scober, Plestan, Edu, Gavranovic, Jendrisek, Deac, Matip
    • 18:58 So, a spot of team news for you. Benfica: Roberto; Pereira, Luisão, David Luiz, Coentrão; Javi Garcia, Martins, Ruben Amorim, Piexoto; Saviola, Cardozo. SUBS Cesar, Salvio, Aimar, Jara, Gaitan, Nuno Gomes, Sidnei
    • 18:55 Benfica have faired better in their domestic league, lying in second place behind FC Porto.
    • 18:53 Surprisingly, Schalke have had a terrible start to the Bundesliga season this year, currently languishing way down in 15th, winning only four games.
    • 18:49 Meanwhile, Schalke are looking to secure top spot in ahead of Lyon, who take on Hapoel Tel Aviv tonight.
    • 18:48 Benfica's hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stages for the first time since 2005/06 were
    • 18:45 Hello, and welcome to this evening's live coverage of the Group B Champions League clash between Benfica and Schalke.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Benfica v Schalke - kick-off is at 7.45pm UK time, we'll have all the build-up and latest team news from 6.45pm onwards.
  • Summary

    • 91' David Luiz hits the post with a free kick from 20 yards out.
    • 86' Benfica pull one back. 2-1.
    • 81' Benedikt Howedes puts Schalke 2-0 up.
    • 75' Brilliant play from Benfica, as Martins lays the ball off to Aimar who shoots just, and I mean just wide.
    • 66' Patient build up from Benfica as Aimar splits the Schalke defence and puts Cardozo through on goal, but the striker hits it too early and Neuer saves easily and puts it out for a corner.
    • 54' Great play by Kluge as he lifts to ball over Coentrao in the penalty area before firing inches wide. He should have hit the target, but great effort never the less.
    • 41' Martins tries a shot from distance - about 35/40 yards - the ball hits Metzelder and falls to Saviola who slots the ball past Neuer but the linesman falgs for offside.
    • 19' Typical. Schalke go 1-0 up. Raul chests down Rakitic's cross brilliantly to Juardo who scores with a neat little finish.
    • 19:00 And Schalke line up like this: Neuer; Uchida, Höwedes, Metzelder, Schmitz; Kluge, Rakitic, Jurado, Papadopoulos; Huntelaar, Raúl SUBS Scober, Plestan, Edu, Gavranovic, Jendrisek, Deac, Matip
    • 18:58 So, a spot of team news for you. Benfica: Roberto; Pereira, Luisão, David Luiz, Coentrão; Javi Garcia, Martins, Ruben Amorim, Piexoto; Saviola, Cardozo. SUBS Cesar, Salvio, Aimar, Jara, Gaitan, Nuno Gomes, Sidnei

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