Wednesday November 24, 2010 Group Stage: Group B Finished Bloomfield

Hapoel Tel Aviv 3 - 0 Benfica

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    Time:90'
    • Hapoel Tel Aviv
    • Benfica
    • 90+3' All over. Amazing scenes in Tel Aviv, they have a famous 3-0 victory, and Benfica, who must have come here expecting to win, are out in embarrassing fashion.
    • 90+2' GOAL! Eran Zahavi smashes in his second goal in injury time. It is a 3-0 humiliation for Benfica, but a glory night for Hapoel Tel Aviv.
    • 89' This is a famous night for Hapoel, and one which they will feel justifies their presence in the competition. For Benfica, I imagine there is an unpleasant set of newspaper headlines awaiting them in Portugal tomorrow.
    • 87' Luisao lucky to escape a booking after a bad foul, and Vermouth cheekily tries his luck but shoots straight at Roberto.
    • 85' Benfica look a beaten team now, and the party is well under way in the stands.
    • 82' No change in Germany, meaning Benfica at the moment need two goals AND a big win over Schalke in the last game.
    • 66' Martins for Salvio for Benfica
    • 79' Great shot from sub Martins - and an equally fine save from Enyeama.
    • 74' GOAL for Hapoel! Amazing. From their first corner (Benfica have had 18) the ball breaks to Douglas Da Silva, who rams the ball home. 2-0, and Benfica are heading out.
    • 73' Hapoel finally have a corner - after 73 minutes!
    • 69' Benfica coach Jorge Jesus is looking a worried man on the touchline.
    • 66' Sub for Hapoel, Sahar comes on for Tamuz
    • 65' That was the chance! What a miss from Alan Kardec. Maxi Pereira did so well down the right, put over a perfect cross, and somehow Kardec headed it back across goal and wide. Incredible, and could be so costly.
    • 62' Some of the defending up to this point has been outstanding from the Israelis. They are up against world-class players, and have matched them. Still 27 minutes to go though, it is incessant pressure...
    • 60' Shot from Garcia, straight at Enyeama. The Nigerian goalkeeper must have impressed some people in this Champions League campaign.
    • 58' Sub for Hapoel, Shivhon coming on for Shechter, who has struggled to make any impact.
    • 57' This is the stuff of nightmares for Benfica. They are desperate for a goal.
    • 54' Maxi Pereira makes a surging run down the right and wins a corner. From the set-piece a huge scramble sees Abutbul the hero once again, clearing to concede a 14th corner, shortly followed by a 15th.
    • 52' Cardozo takes the free-kick - but it is deflected wide for a corner. From the corner, Luisao's header looks to be floating in but Abutbul makes a superb clearance.
    • 51' Cynical foul by Fransman on Cardozo just outside the area. It's a booking for the South African.
    • 47' Eduardo Salvio does well down the right for Benfica - but cannot pick anyone out with his cross.
    • 46' Sub for Benfica, Paraguayan striker Oscar Cardozo - out for eight games with injury - comes on for Saviola. They know what is at stake.
    • 46' Off we go again. Benfica face a huge 45 minutes. It now looks as if that offside 'goal' in the first half should have stood as well.
    • 45' While you certainly wouldn't say Hapoel are comfortable, they are defending very well. Half-time, and Benfica aren't happy, not least with that decision that saw Ben Dayan booked in the area but no penalty awarded.
    • 43' Benfica try something different and end up only with a corner, which is cleared. The belief is growing in the stadium that Hapoel could make a bit of history here.
    • 42' Yadin booked for another foul on Aimar. Good chance to do something with this free-kick.
    • 38' A strong challenge from Luisao draws roars from the home crowd, but there is no foul.
    • 37' Ben Dayan will miss Hapoel's last game in Lyon as a result of that booking. If things stay like this, they may need to win that to have a chance of a Europa League place.
    • 36' Free-kick in a good position for Benfica after Javi Garcia is fouled, but Aimar wastes it, failing to get the ball over the first defender.
    • 33' Controversy in Tel Aviv. Referee Hamer gets fed up of all the pushing in the Hapoel area, and books Ben Dayan for a blatant block on David Luiz waiting for a set-piece. He books Ben Dayan. Why is that not a penalty? He only gives another corner, but it was a foul in the area.
    • 30' Great move from Benfica, a fine run by Gaitan, but Kardec may have strayed offside before he crossed for Saviola to 'score' at the far post. No goal.
    • 28' The frustration starts to show, as Saviola picks up a booking for a hack at Yadin.
    • 27' Great chance for Benfica to equalise, and it is wasted by Kardec, who steers the ball wide when one-on-one with Enyeama.
    • 24' GOAL for Hapoel! It just got very interesting in this group. A free-kick from Shay Abutbul sees top scorer Eran Zahavi rise above David Luiz and power a header past Roberto into the corner. There may have been a deflection off the defender, but Hapoel won't care. The ground is rocking.
    • 23' Interesting news from Germany, with Schalke leading 2-0 against Lyon. If that stays the same, a win is even more vital for Benfica, unless they want to have to beat the Germans 3-0 in the decider.
    • 22' Hapoel's best effort of the match so far. Captain Gil Vermouth tries his luck from 25 metres, but his skids just wide of Roberto's right-hand post.
    • 19' Bad foul by Hapoel's Avihay Yadin on the influential Aimar, but no yellow card. The playmaker can probably expect a few more of those tonight.
    • 17' Coentrao tries the overhead after surging into the Hapoel penalty area, but his shot is deflected wide and the corner is cleared.
    • 16' Zahavi's free-kick eludes everyone in virtually Hapoel's first promising position, and goes through to goalkeeper Roberto.
    • 14' More pressure from Benfica, they know exactly how vital a victory would be tonight. Gaitan's cross causes panic, but Hapoel clear their lines.
    • 13' Aimar has a free-kick in a dangerous position - but Benfica waste the chance by pushing in the area, spotted by referee Alain Hamer.
    • 12' Good play from Shechter, who had five Benfica players around him and still got away a pass but colleagues had strayed off-side.
    • 10' Nicolas Gaitan fires in a shot from distance, around 30 metres, which doesn't trouble Enyeama. Hapoel have hardly had the ball in this opening 10 minutes.
    • 7' Fabio Coentrao does well raiding down the left for the visitors, and Javier Saviola gets away a shot which Vincent Enyeama gathers comfortably.
    • 5' A corner for Benfica, from which Aimar again eventually finds Luisao but to no good effect.
    • 3' Early chance for Benfica, who look in the mood for this. Aimar's free-kick finds Luisao in the area, but no one can get on the end of his towering header.
    • 19.45 And they are under way in Tel Aviv, as Benfica kick off
    • 19.40 Carlos Martins can consider himself a bit unlucky not to start for Benfica after a fine display in the 4-3 win over Lyon. And Shechter caused problems for Luisao and company in the first game. Luisao did score in a 2-0 win in Portugal, along with Oscar Cardozo who has been recovering from injury and is on the bench tonight.
    • 19.35 It is a dry and clear night at the Bloomfield Stadium, and pretty warm by Champions League standards at this time of year at 20 degrees. I don't think that will trouble the Portuguese.
    • 19.30 Hapoel boast an unusually high number of 'home' players in their starting line-up for a Champions League match these days; eight Israelis, supplemented by Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, Brazilian defender Douglas Da Silva and South African Bevan Fransman.
    • 19.25 Benfica coach Jesus claims he has no interest in the Schalke-Lyon tie this evening. I wonder if he might just be getting updates on the bench...
    • 19.20 If you like a bit of maths to keep your brain working, then Benfica's chances of making the last 16 should keep you busy. All sorts of scenarios remain open, and plenty of eyes and ears will be on Schalke's match against Lyon tonight. Benfica's best chance looks to be for them to win tonight, and for Lyon to beat Schalke, leaving them only needing a draw against the Germans on Matchday 6. But it's never that simple, is it...
    • 19.15 Both teams won domestically at the weekend, and both sit second in their respective leagues. Manager Eli Gutman's Hapoel side are just a point off top spot, while Jorge Jesus's men are 10 points off Porto's pace in Portugal.
    • 19.10 Hapoel already have no chance of prolonging their interest in the Champions League beyond the last game against Lyon, but they picked up a first point at home Schalke. They go looking for their first win with Etey Shechter and Toto Tamuz up front.
    • 19.05 Obvious threats for Benfica from their all-South American front three of Brazilian Alan Kardec, and Argentines Saviola and Pablo Aimar.
    • 18.59 The referee for tonight's game is Alain Hamer, a banker from Luxembourg. So he should be on the money.
    • 18.57 Benfica: Roberto, Luisao, Maxi Pereira, Fabio Coentrao, David Luiz, Gaitan, Javi Garcia, Aimar, Salvio, Saviola, Alan Kardec. Subs: Julio Cesar, Ruben Amorim, Cardozo, Jara, Carlos Martins, Cesar Peixoto, Sidnei.
    • 18.56 Hapoel Tel-Aviv: Enyeama, Douglas, Bondarv, Fransman, Ben Dayan, Abutbul, Vermouth, Tamuz, Zahavi, Shechter, Yadin. Subs: Ben Shaanan, Shivhon, Badir, Sahar, Merey, Kende, Shish.
    • 18.55 Ok, the teams are in for this Champions League Group B clash, coming right up...
    • 18.50 It's Hapoel Tel Aviv against Benfica for you tonight, from the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv. Hapoel are playing for a bit more than just pride with a Europa League spot still a possibility, while Benfica have their eyes on the knockout stages for which they realistically need a win.
    • 18.45 Welcome to our LIVE text commentary - the match starts at 19:45 UK time. We'll have all the latest news and build-up from an hour before kick-off.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' GOAL! Eran Zahavi smashes in his second goal in injury time. It is a 3-0 humiliation for Benfica, but a glory night for Hapoel Tel Aviv.
    • 79' Great shot from sub Martins - and an equally fine save from Enyeama.
    • 74' GOAL for Hapoel! Amazing. From their first corner (Benfica have had 18) the ball breaks to Douglas Da Silva, who rams the ball home. 2-0, and Benfica are heading out.
    • 65' That was the chance! What a miss from Alan Kardec. Maxi Pereira did so well down the right, put over a perfect cross, and somehow Kardec headed it back across goal and wide. Incredible, and could be so costly.
    • 60' Shot from Garcia, straight at Enyeama. The Nigerian goalkeeper must have impressed some people in this Champions League campaign.
    • 54' Maxi Pereira makes a surging run down the right and wins a corner. From the set-piece a huge scramble sees Abutbul the hero once again, clearing to concede a 14th corner, shortly followed by a 15th.
    • 52' Cardozo takes the free-kick - but it is deflected wide for a corner. From the corner, Luisao's header looks to be floating in but Abutbul makes a superb clearance.
    • 47' Eduardo Salvio does well down the right for Benfica - but cannot pick anyone out with his cross.
    • 38' A strong challenge from Luisao draws roars from the home crowd, but there is no foul.
    • 27' Great chance for Benfica to equalise, and it is wasted by Kardec, who steers the ball wide when one-on-one with Enyeama.
    • 24' GOAL for Hapoel! It just got very interesting in this group. A free-kick from Shay Abutbul sees top scorer Eran Zahavi rise above David Luiz and power a header past Roberto into the corner. There may have been a deflection off the defender, but Hapoel won't care. The ground is rocking.
    • 22' Hapoel's best effort of the match so far. Captain Gil Vermouth tries his luck from 25 metres, but his skids just wide of Roberto's right-hand post.
    • 19' Bad foul by Hapoel's Avihay Yadin on the influential Aimar, but no yellow card. The playmaker can probably expect a few more of those tonight.
    • 17' Coentrao tries the overhead after surging into the Hapoel penalty area, but his shot is deflected wide and the corner is cleared.
    • 16' Zahavi's free-kick eludes everyone in virtually Hapoel's first promising position, and goes through to goalkeeper Roberto.
    • 14' More pressure from Benfica, they know exactly how vital a victory would be tonight. Gaitan's cross causes panic, but Hapoel clear their lines.
    • 10' Nicolas Gaitan fires in a shot from distance, around 30 metres, which doesn't trouble Enyeama. Hapoel have hardly had the ball in this opening 10 minutes.
    • 7' Fabio Coentrao does well raiding down the left for the visitors, and Javier Saviola gets away a shot which Vincent Enyeama gathers comfortably.
    • 5' A corner for Benfica, from which Aimar again eventually finds Luisao but to no good effect.
    • 3' Early chance for Benfica, who look in the mood for this. Aimar's free-kick finds Luisao in the area, but no one can get on the end of his towering header.
    • 18.59 The referee for tonight's game is Alain Hamer, a banker from Luxembourg. So he should be on the money.
    • 18.57 Benfica: Roberto, Luisao, Maxi Pereira, Fabio Coentrao, David Luiz, Gaitan, Javi Garcia, Aimar, Salvio, Saviola, Alan Kardec. Subs: Julio Cesar, Ruben Amorim, Cardozo, Jara, Carlos Martins, Cesar Peixoto, Sidnei.
    • 18.56 Hapoel Tel-Aviv: Enyeama, Douglas, Bondarv, Fransman, Ben Dayan, Abutbul, Vermouth, Tamuz, Zahavi, Shechter, Yadin. Subs: Ben Shaanan, Shivhon, Badir, Sahar, Merey, Kende, Shish.
    • 18.55 Ok, the teams are in for this Champions League Group B clash, coming right up...

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  • Hapoel Tel Aviv

    Manager: Eli Gutman

  • Benfica

    Manager: Jorge Jesus

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