Wednesday September 29, 2010 Group Stage: Group B Finished Veltins-Arena

Schalke 04 2 - 0 Benfica

  • Farfán 73’
  • Huntelaar 85’

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  1. Benfica fall to Schalke

    Benfica fall to Schalke

    Second half goals from Jefferson Farfan and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar fired Schalke to a 2-0 victory against Benfica in the Champions League. More

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    Time:90'
    • Schalke 04
    • Benfica
    • 90+4' Full-time - Schalke 2 Benfica 0. Farfan and Huntelaar on target for the Germans.
    • 90+2' Benfica are battling to the end, but this game is over and they know it.
    • 90' There will be four minutes of injury time.
    • 89' The crowd is rocking at the Veltins-Arena.
    • 85' GGGOOOAAALLLL!!!!! 2-0 to Schalke. Raul nicked the ball off David Luiz and then strode at the heart of the Benfica defence, before laying the ball to Jermaine Jones arriving from the left wing and the second half substitute had the simple task of rolling the ball to Huntelaar who slid the ball into the empty net.
    • 84' The Germans look comfortable at the moment.
    • 82' More than 50,000 packed into the Veltins-Arena tonight.
    • 79' Another dangerous ball flies across the Schalke box... All it needed was a touch.
    • 78' Jose Jurado off for Peer Kluge.
    • 78' Fábio Coentrão then does the same for Benfica as they try to hit the Germans on the counter attack.
    • 77' Jefferson Farfan fires the ball across the face of the goal, just ahead of his strikers.....
    • 73' GGGOOOAAALLLL!!!! Jefferson Farfan scores for Schalke. A cross from Lukas Schmitz was missed by Cesar Peixoto and found its way to the Peruvian, who struck the ball across Roberto Gago and into the left hand corner of the net.
    • 72' It's been disjointed and littered with niggly fouls, yellow cards and a string of substitutions.
    • 72' This has been a very disappointing second half.
    • 71' Kyriakos Papadopoulos' challenge has forced Óscar Cardozo off. On comes Alan Kardec.
    • 70' Another fine intervention from Schalke's Kyriakos Papadopoulos. He makes a saving tackle on Óscar Cardozo after a mistake from Christoph Metzelder.
    • 68' Jermaine Jones cuts in from the left wing and blazes over from the edge of the box.
    • 65' Schalke's Ivan Rakitic makes way for Jermaine Jones.
    • 63' Pablo Aimar replaces Javier Saviola for Benfica.
    • 62' Jefferson Farfan in the book for a foul on Carlos Martins.
    • 62' Benfica have edged the second half with 53 per cent of the possession.
    • 60' CHANCE!!! Jefferson Farfan cuts in from the right and hits a shot at goal. David Luiz does enough to deflect the ball over for a corner.
    • 59' Atsuto Uchida is now replaced by Hans Sarpei.
    • 57' Schalke's Atsuto Uchida is the next player to receive a caution for a foul on Javier Saviola.
    • 56' Javi Garcia shown the yellow card for hauling down Jefferson Farfan.
    • 55' This game is in desperate need of a goal. It's lacking a spark, a cutting edge.
    • 52' There's been a lot of rolling around on the floor from the Benfica players after the interval, but the referee is not rising to it.
    • 51' Schalke counter Benfica's bright start to the second half with some renewed vigour.
    • 49' Benfica's Eduardo Salvio only came on at half-time and he's already in the book....
    • 47' Benfica make a lively start to the second half.
    • 45' Substitution for Benfica - Eduardo Salvio replaces Nicolas Gaitán.
    • 45' Benfica start the second half.
    • 45+1' Yellow card for Benfica's Nicolas Gaitán for a late, sliding challenge.
    • 45' Lukas Schmitz takes a fast bowler run-up for a free kick... Which proves to be a waste of time as he hammers his shot high, wide and anything but handsome.
    • 41' CHANCE!!! How did that stay out? Jose Jurado slipped the ball through to Raul who looked to have scored with a low shot past Roberto Gago, but the ball crashed against the post, rebounding to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The Dutchman had the goal at his mercy, but his shot was beaten out by Gago, who scrambled back to claw his effort away.
    • 40' In the other Group B game Lyon are winning 2-0 away to Carlos Martins Hapoel Tel Aviv.
    • 39' This game is so evenly matched. There's very little to choose between the two teams.
    • 36' Great block tackle from Kyriakos Papadopoulos. The defender threw his body in the way of a volley from Fábio Coentrão, after he was played in brilliantly by Carlos Martins.
    • 34' Schalke are very much in control at the moment - they need it to pay dividends.
    • 31' CHANCE!! Jefferson Farfan does brilliantly down the right wing and feeds the ball into Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who lays the ball into the path of the arriving Jose Jurado, but he leans back and sends his shot high into the stands. Poor.
    • 29' Ivan Rakitic's deliveries have been very impressive, but credit to Benfica they have defended their territory with some excellent defensive headers.
    • 28' The Germans are now in the ascendency, without playing particularly well. Their passing has been poor.
    • 28' Klaas-Jan Huntelaar drags a shot wide from distance.
    • 25' Schalke applying some decent pressure.
    • 23' Some nice intricate passing from Benfica down the right wing ends with Óscar Cardozo sending a tame header wide of the goal.
    • 21' Another corner for Benfica - they're getting a lot of joy down the left wing.
    • 20' Schalke are just forfeiting possession cheaply with long balls aimed at Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
    • 17' Ivan Rakitic's set pieces are a potent weapon for Schalke. They have caused Benfica plenty of problems so far and need to be capitalised upon.
    • 14' CHANCE!!! Should have been 1-0 to Benfica. Poor miss! A long throw into the box was flicked on by Luisão to Javier Saviola, who had infiltrated the Schalke penalty box without detection, but the former Real Madrid striker could only flash his effort wide.
    • 14' Benfica are dominating possession - switching play from left to right.
    • 12' It's been quite a physical affair so far with both teams looking to seize the initiative.
    • 8' GOAL!!! No offside!!! A corner from Ivan Rakitic reaches Klaas-Jan Huntelaar at the back post. His volley propels off the surface and on to the head of Atsuto Uchida, who diverts the ball into the back of the net, but it is rightly ruled out for offside.
    • 7' CHANCE! Carlos Martins whips in a corner to the near post which is turned goalwards by Luisão. The improvised volley hits Manuel Neuer and goes out for another corner.
    • 5' Benfica on top in these opening exchanges.
    • 2' Benfica's Óscar Cardozo was almost in on goal. An awkward bouncing ball evaded the Schalke defence and ran through to the Paraguayan striker, but the home side's defence managed to man barricades before he could pull the trigger.
    • 1' Lukas Schmitz hits a Benfica player with a 'Welcome to Germany' tackle....
    • 1' Schalke get the game underway....
    • 20:44 The teams are out and ready to do battle in the Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen....
    • 20:39 When they were last in the UEFA Champions League, Schalke's 3-1 home win against Rosenborg BK on Matchday 6 took them into the knockout rounds for the first time. They began that 2007/08 campaign with a 1-0 home defeat by Valencia CF and later drew 0-0 with Chelsea FC in Gelsenkirchen. After overcoming Porto, they then lost 1-0 home and away to FC Barcelona.
    • 20:38 Benfica, whose rich continental pedigree includes triumphs in the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1961 and 1962, are back in the UEFA Champions League after a two-year absence and have five previous participations in the competition. In last season's UEFA Europa League they reached the quarter-finals, playing a total of seven away games, including the play-off round, and won three with three defeats.
    • 20:34 Benfica lost the talents of Angel di María (£21.5 million to Real Madrid) and Ramires (£17 million to Chelsea) in the summer.
    • 20:27 On Saturday Benfica won away to Marítimo thanks to a second half goal from Fabio Coentrao.
    • 20:26 Alan Kardec and Roderick have not played this term after picking up hamstring injuries in pre-season training, though the former was an unused substitute at Marítimo.
    • 20:25 Eduardo Salvio made his first appearance since 28 August against Marítimo after recovering from muscle pains.
    • 20:25 Injury news for Benfica.... Aimar missed the Marítimo game after twisting his right knee against Sporting; Ruben Amorim also sat out the trip to Madeira after complaining of pain in both knees following training on 24 September.
    • 20:21 When they were last in the UEFA Champions League group stage, FC Schalke 04 failed to score in their first two home games. They will be hoping for a better outcome against SL Benfica, who have not won in Germany in 17 competitive attempts.
    • 20:18 Now for Benfica.... Jorge Jesus' side began the season with a 2-0 Super Cup defeat by FC Porto before three Liga losses in four games – their worst ever start to a top-flight campaign. Benfica suffered just two defeats in 30 matches last term.
    • 20:17 Schalke injury news... Tim Hoogland, Mario Gavranović (both knee) and Levan Kenia (ankle) are all unavailable.
    • 20:16 The last time Schalke started with back-to-back league losses, in 1987/88, they were relegated.
    • 20:16 Schalke lost their opening four league games, their worst ever start to a top-flight campaign. They finally got off the mark with a 2-1 win at SC Freiburg on 22 September, Huntelaar scoring the decisive goal three minutes from time.
    • 20:16 Raul's strike partner, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, was also on the scoresheet - it was his third strike in as many games.
    • 20:15 Schalke fans will be hoping Raul's first goal for the club is the first of many. The Real Madrid legend opened his account during Saturday's 2-2 draw with VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach.
    • 20:12 The referee for tonight's game is Italian Gianluca Rocchi.
    • 20:11 And now for Benfica: Roberto, Maxi Pereira, Luisao, David Luiz, Cesar Peixoto, Gaitan, Javi Garcia, Fabio Coentrao, Carlos Martins, Saviola, Cardozo. Subs: Moreira, Airton, Salvio, Aimar, Felipe Menezes, Sidnei, Alan Kardec.
    • 20:11 Starting with the home side: Schalke 04: Neuer, Uchida, Papadopoulos, Metzelder, Schmitz, Farfan, Matip, Rakitic, Huntelaar, Jurado, Raul. Subs: Schober, Sarpei, Plestan, Edu, Kluge, Jones, Jendrisek.
    • 20:10 Ok time to take a break from the pre-match stat attack.... the starting line-ups are in....
    • 20:09 In Benfica's last UEFA Champions League campaign in 2007/08, in which they finished third in the group, the Portuguese champions began with a 2-1 defeat at AC Milan and then lost 1-0 away to Celtic FC. On Matchday 6 they won 2-1 at FC Shakhtar Donetsk.
    • 20:08 Benfica have played 32 games against Bundesliga opposition (W8 D12 L12) but have never won in Germany in 17 attempts, their record showing six draws and 11 defeats. They drew 1-1 at Hertha BSC Berlin in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 32, following up with a 4-0 home win thanks to two goals from Óscar Cardozo and one each from Pablo Aimar and Javi García.
    • 20:07 The German side will be looking to get off the mark having lost 1-0 at Olympique Lyonnais on Matchday 1, while Benfica began by beating Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC in Lisbon.
    • 20:07 Schalke, making their fourth appearance in the group stage, have met Portuguese opponents in the UEFA competition on three occasions, all knockout ties, and emerged triumphant each time. The last encounter was in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League last 16 against FC Porto, when both legs ended 1-0 in favour of the home side. Schalke went through 4-1 on penalties at the end of the second leg in Portugal.
    • 19:58 Evening and welcome to our coverage of Schalke v Benfica in Group B of the UEFA Champions League.
  • Summary

    • 85' GGGOOOAAALLLL!!!!! 2-0 to Schalke. Raul nicked the ball off David Luiz and then strode at the heart of the Benfica defence, before laying the ball to Jermaine Jones arriving from the left wing and the second half substitute had the simple task of rolling the ball to Huntelaar who slid the ball into the empty net.
    • 79' Another dangerous ball flies across the Schalke box... All it needed was a touch.
    • 78' Fábio Coentrão then does the same for Benfica as they try to hit the Germans on the counter attack.
    • 77' Jefferson Farfan fires the ball across the face of the goal, just ahead of his strikers.....
    • 73' GGGOOOAAALLLL!!!! Jefferson Farfan scores for Schalke. A cross from Lukas Schmitz was missed by Cesar Peixoto and found its way to the Peruvian, who struck the ball across Roberto Gago and into the left hand corner of the net.
    • 70' Another fine intervention from Schalke's Kyriakos Papadopoulos. He makes a saving tackle on Óscar Cardozo after a mistake from Christoph Metzelder.
    • 68' Jermaine Jones cuts in from the left wing and blazes over from the edge of the box.
    • 60' CHANCE!!! Jefferson Farfan cuts in from the right and hits a shot at goal. David Luiz does enough to deflect the ball over for a corner.
    • 41' CHANCE!!! How did that stay out? Jose Jurado slipped the ball through to Raul who looked to have scored with a low shot past Roberto Gago, but the ball crashed against the post, rebounding to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The Dutchman had the goal at his mercy, but his shot was beaten out by Gago, who scrambled back to claw his effort away.
    • 36' Great block tackle from Kyriakos Papadopoulos. The defender threw his body in the way of a volley from Fábio Coentrão, after he was played in brilliantly by Carlos Martins.
    • 31' CHANCE!! Jefferson Farfan does brilliantly down the right wing and feeds the ball into Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who lays the ball into the path of the arriving Jose Jurado, but he leans back and sends his shot high into the stands. Poor.
    • 28' Klaas-Jan Huntelaar drags a shot wide from distance.
    • 23' Some nice intricate passing from Benfica down the right wing ends with Óscar Cardozo sending a tame header wide of the goal.
    • 14' CHANCE!!! Should have been 1-0 to Benfica. Poor miss! A long throw into the box was flicked on by Luisão to Javier Saviola, who had infiltrated the Schalke penalty box without detection, but the former Real Madrid striker could only flash his effort wide.
    • 8' GOAL!!! No offside!!! A corner from Ivan Rakitic reaches Klaas-Jan Huntelaar at the back post. His volley propels off the surface and on to the head of Atsuto Uchida, who diverts the ball into the back of the net, but it is rightly ruled out for offside.
    • 7' CHANCE! Carlos Martins whips in a corner to the near post which is turned goalwards by Luisão. The improvised volley hits Manuel Neuer and goes out for another corner.

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