Tuesday October 18, 2011 Group Stage: Group C Finished Sankt Jakob-Park

FC Basel 0 - 2 Benfica

  • César 20’
  • Cardozo 75’

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  1. Slick Benfica beat Basel

    Slick Benfica beat Basel

    Goals from Bruno Cesar and Oscar Cardozo earned Benfica a convincing 2-0 Champions League Group C win at Basel. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Basel
    • Benfica
    • 90+5' There goes the full-time whistle. It's a resounding win for Benfica. The two sides meet again in Lisbon in two weeks.
    • 90+3' Frei is booked for diving in the box.
    • 90+2' Jorge Jesus has been sent from the dugout for losing his cool at the challenge.
    • 90+1' Shaqiri is booked for a challenge on Cesar. Benfica are furious.
    • 90' Yellow card shown to Artur for wasting time.
    • 88' Artur requires treatment after being caught by Chipperfield. The home fans aren't happy with Artur.
    • 86' Emerson is off! He had already been booked and after catching Shaqiri off the ball, the referee had no choice.
    • 85' Chipperfield is on for Huggel.
    • 79 Cabral is on for Xhaka.
    • 77' Pereira is replaced by Vitor.
    • 75' Cardoza drills a free-kick under the wall and it gives Sommer no chance at the near post.
    • 75' GOAL! Brilliant strike by Cardozo!
    • 74' Yellow card for Huggel for catching Cardoza with an arm.
    • 71' Cardoza is on for Rodrigo.
    • 69' Great save by Artur to deny Streller. The goalkeeper raced off his line to deny the Basel captain.
    • 68' Elsewhere in Group C, Manchester United lead 1-0 at Otelul Galati thanks to a Wayne Rooney penalty.
    • 67' Aimar had been playing well but he's only just come back from injury which may have been the thinking behind the change.
    • 66' Aimar is replaced by Nolito.
    • 66' Zoua comes on to replace Fabian Frei.
    • 64' Easy take by Artur from Fabian Frei's effort.
    • 62' Lovely lofted ball by Luisao is met by the unmarked Aimar in the box but his side-footed volley is tame and straight at Sommer.
    • 60' Basel are going to have to think about making some changes soon.
    • 54' Good save by Sommer from Emerson after a poor challenge by Steinhofer saw the Brazilian go clean through.
    • 53' Benfica looking pretty comfortable here.
    • 50' Now Streller's run is stopped by an assistant referee's flag.
    • 49' Frei is caught just offside.
    • 48' Great run from Shaqiri from deep but he choose the wrong pass and the move breaks down.
    • 46' No changes by either team at the break. Off we go for the second half.
    • 45+1' There goes the half-time whistle.
    • 45' One minute of stoppage time will be played.
    • 44' Good opportunity for Benfica but Gaitain slices wide from just inside the box.
    • 41' Emerson is booked after catching Shaqiri, who didn't need much of an invitation to go down.
    • 40' Frei is offside.
    • 39' Long-range effort by Shaqiri is palmed away by Artur. It bounced just in front of him so the goalkeeper did well there.
    • 38' Good save by Artur from Streller. First real opening for Basel after good work on the right by Shaqiri sees him cut inside and free Streller.
    • 34' Poor challenge by Streller on Emerson and he goes into the book.
    • 32' Once more, it comes to nothing.
    • 32' It's another corner to Benfica, won by Maxi. Bruno Cesar will take it...
    • 30' Again, Aimar's corner is poor and Basel clear the danger.
    • 30' A Basel move breaks down and Benfica quickly break, with Rodrigo doing well to win a corner.
    • 28' A Dragovic pass flies out of play.
    • 26' How will the hosts respond? They look a bit shell-shocked right now.
    • 21' It was Gaitan's cross which Rodrigo dummied and Bruno Cesar sidefooted home at the far post.
    • 20' Bruno Cesar gets the goal after a lovely dummy by Rodrigo put him in the clear. And what a calm composed finish.
    • 20' Benfica are in front!
    • 18' Good run by Streller down the left but his cross is deflected into the arms of Artur.
    • 17' Benfica try to create an opening on the edge of the Basel box with some lovely one-touch passing but the move eventually breaks down.
    • 13' And now the first save of the game for Sommer. Aimar slipped in Rodrigo but his angled drive is held by Sommer.
    • 12' First save of note by Artur as he comfortably collects Frei's ambitious half-volley from 20 yards.
    • 10' Interesting little stat - there isn't a single Portuguese player in Benfica's starting XI.
    • 10' Lovely feet by Shaqiri but his run is ended by Javi Garcia and a free-kick is awarded.
    • 9' Rodrigo is caught offside.
    • 7' The corner is cleared as far as Frei but his shot is blocked and the danger is cleared.
    • 7' It's a corner to Basel. It should have been a goal-kick though as it came off Huggel.
    • 5' Ooooh, that was close. Shaqiri takes the free-kick but his left-footed effort flies just wide of the goal.
    • 5' Foul by Aimar on Huggel. Free-kick about 30 yards out to Basel.
    • 4' The hosts are knocking it around quite nicely.
    • 2' Aimar takes it but it fails to beat the man at the near post.
    • 2' Corner to Benfica.
    • 1' The first half gets under way!
    • 19:42 These teams both like to get the ball down and play football so lets hope we're in for a cracker.
    • 19:41 Out come the two teams. Kick-off is just a few moments away.
    • 19:39 The home fans are in good voice.
    • 19:38 Just waiting for the two teams to leave the dressing rooms.
    • 19:14 Tonight's referee is Viktor Kassai from Hungary.
    • 19:13 Benfica: Artur Moraes, Emerson, Luisao, Garay, Maxi Pereira, Gaitan, Javi Garcia, Bruno Cesar, Witsel, Machado, Aimar. Subs: Eduardo, Cardozo, Nolito, Matic, Miguel Vitor, Saviola, Luis Martins.
    • 19:12 Basle: Sommer, Steinhofer, Abraham, Dragovic, Park, Shaqiri, Huggel, Granit Xhaka, Fabian Frei, Streller, Alexander Frei. Subs: Colomba, Chipperfield, Taulant Xhaka, Kusunga, Cabral, Kovac, Zoua.
    • 19:12 The teams are in...
    • 19:09 Basel are currently fifth in the Swiss Super League, with five wins in the 11 games they have played so far. Star playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri returns to the side after serving a two match European ban, as does central midfielder Benjamin Huggel.
    • 19:09 Benfica are currently undefeated in the Portuguese First Division, and top the table alongside Porto with 17 points after seven games.
    • 19:08 Basel earned a 5-1 cup victory over FC Schotz on Saturday, while Benfica were resounding 4-1 winners against Pacos de Ferreira in the Portuguese league.
    • 19:08 Basel head their Champions League group after two rounds of games - on goals scored from Benfica, and by two points from United.
    • 19:08 The Swiss had almost claimed the scalp of Manchester United in their last Champions League outing, coming back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 before Ashley Young’s late effort salvaged a point for the Red Devils.
    • 19:08 Vogel makes his Champions League bow as a manager when Basel take on Benfica in Group C.
    • 19:08 He was replaced on a caretaker basis at Basel by Heiko Vogel, who had followed Fink from FC Ingolstadt two-and-a-half years ago as his assistant.
    • 19:07 Basel were left reeling last week when head coach Thorsten Fink quit to join Hamburg.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of this Champions League clash between Basel and Benfica. Kick-off is at 7.45pm UK time, we'll have all the team news and build-up from an hour before then.
  • Summary

    • 86' Emerson is off! He had already been booked and after catching Shaqiri off the ball, the referee had no choice.
    • 75' GOAL! Brilliant strike by Cardozo!
    • 69' Great save by Artur to deny Streller. The goalkeeper raced off his line to deny the Basel captain.
    • 54' Good save by Sommer from Emerson after a poor challenge by Steinhofer saw the Brazilian go clean through.
    • 38' Good save by Artur from Streller. First real opening for Basel after good work on the right by Shaqiri sees him cut inside and free Streller.
    • 20' Bruno Cesar gets the goal after a lovely dummy by Rodrigo put him in the clear. And what a calm composed finish.
    • 20' Benfica are in front!
    • 19:13 Benfica: Artur Moraes, Emerson, Luisao, Garay, Maxi Pereira, Gaitan, Javi Garcia, Bruno Cesar, Witsel, Machado, Aimar. Subs: Eduardo, Cardozo, Nolito, Matic, Miguel Vitor, Saviola, Luis Martins.
    • 19:12 Basle: Sommer, Steinhofer, Abraham, Dragovic, Park, Shaqiri, Huggel, Granit Xhaka, Fabian Frei, Streller, Alexander Frei. Subs: Colomba, Chipperfield, Taulant Xhaka, Kusunga, Cabral, Kovac, Zoua.

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  • FC Basel

    Manager: Heiko Vogel

  • Benfica

    Manager: Jorge Jesus

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