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Benfica

  • Saviola 14’, 83’
  • Cardozo 47’, 48’
  • Luisão 52’

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  1. Saviola's Benfica crush Everton

    Saviola's Benfica crush Everton

    Everton were torn apart by Benfica's South American contingent in a 5-0 Europa League thrashing in Lisbon. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Benfica
    • Everton
    • 90+4 Final whistle, a humiliation for poor Everton, who are still second after AEK lost to BATE.
    • 90+3 It threatens to kick off between Fellaini and Luisao but the ref tells them to give over.
    • 90+1 Di Maria, who is on the right now so he can pick on Coleman, does one of those reverse flick things where he clips his left outside his right ankle to ping a cross in. Make it stop.
    • 90' Three minutes added time being played.
    • 88' Coentrao slips in and out of poor Gosling but the youngster gets back to put it out for a corner.
    • 86' Now Di Maria lofts a wicked chip over Howard but it goes over.
    • 85' More fun from Benfica on the right, Di Maria to Cardozo with the backheel and Ramires swings it in but just over!
    • 84' BENFICA SUBS: Jorge Jesus plays the Rafa Benitez game of subbing players when they're on hat-tricks by hauling off Saviola.
    • 83' Oh dear Everton are all over the place on the flanks again, Gosling horrendously out of position as Di Maria races on to a long ball, Hibbert just gives up as Di Maria slides it across goal for Saviola to get his second. 5-0.
    • 80' Benfica react to that chance by taking the Mickey Quinn out of Everton with some lovely one-touch passing and a couple of backheels. A bit cheeky really, as if they face a full-strength Everton later in this campaign they could be in for a fright.
    • 78' Jo on the left, he's in the box and clips it in for Saha who spins his marker and fires in a half-volley that beats the keeper and comes off the post!
    • 77' BENFICA SUB: Cardozo's super piece of skill is his last action of this match, he misses out on his hat-trick as he comes off for Coentrao.
    • 76' Long ball sends Cardozo clear, brilliant touch to kill it with his left foot, Bergkamp-esque but the flag is up for offside!
    • 75' Saha booked for a foul on Ramires.
    • 74' Cardozo tries from some way out but Fellaini blocks. Still with Benfica though...
    • 71' EVERTON SUB: Jose Baxter, on bail after drugs and fake cash were found in a car he was travelling in, comes on for the tiring Yakubu.
    • 70' Awesome play by Benfica who are ripping Everton to shreds wide but Di Maria's cross from the left is easy for Howard.
    • 69' BENFICA SUB: Martins, who has scored in each of his three games, is on for Pablo Aimar, who gets a standing ovation.
    • 68' Corner to Benfica on the right now. They'll make a change first though.
    • 66' Everton are in danger of suffering some form of record defeat as Benfica swarm forward again.
    • 65' Everton get the ball past half-way but the attack is short-lived as the ball trickles back to Julio Cesar.
    • 64' Lovely play by Aimar and Saviola and Cardozo is totally unmarked with Coleman almost giving up at left back, he must make it a hat-trick but his touch evades him and he has to cut inside, he can still finish but Howard blocks the low drive!
    • 63' Aimar lets the ball run before sliding it wide to Cardozo, but his shot is all wrong and into Howard's chest.
    • 60' EVERTON SUB: Bilyaletdinov off, Saha on.
    • 58' Bilyaletdinov seems to be struggling...
    • 57' Di Maria smashes a shot from range at Howard, which he holds on to. He could have done nothing really about those goals.
    • 54' Di Maria pops up on the right now and he fires a beautiful dipping shot that curls on to the bar and bounces clear!!
    • 53' Gosling puts behind for a corner after finally beating Di Maria to something. You can't slate the players for this - having a teenage midfielder playing full back when you have Argentina's first-choice winger in front of him is not ideal.
    • 52' Aimar to take from the right then, good ball to the edge of the six-yard box and Luisao somehow loses Distin and Fellaini to head it into the ground and it bounces over Gosling at the far post and in! Ouch. 4-0.
    • 51' Di Maria on the left, he's hemmed in by Gosling but he lets him put the cross in that almost swings under the Everton crossbar but Howard backpedals and tips it over!!
    • 50' Ramires is down in a heap after a nothing collision with Bilyaletdinov.
    • 49' Paraguay hit-man Cardozo is going to the World Cup after they qualified automatically and, with 12 club goals in 11 games this season, he is in the form of his life.
    • 48' Saviola chases down the left after a through-ball from Aimar, he shrugs off Gosling and clips a super ball to the far post that takes out Hibbert and Distin and leaves Cardozo unmarked to head under Howard for a second in a minute!! 3-0! Everton are a mess and Benfica are tearing them apart.
    • 47' Aimar on the edge of the box, clever play to release Saviola on the left and he drills a low cross in that Cardozo knocks into the empty net for 2-0!!
    • 46' Second half underway!
    • - No changes for Everton at the break - the newly-fit Saha is the only senior outfield player on the bench anyway.
    • 45+1 Half-time and Benfica lead 1-0 through that Saviola goal.
    • 45' Great ball across the face of goal by Cardozo but this time Coleman does well to get a toe on it to clear.
    • 44' Di Maria gets ahead of Gosling again but Distin does very well to intercept the cross. Everton can break, Jo wide to Rodwell who gets around David Luiz but his cross is straight down Julio Cesar's throat.
    • 43' Bilyaletdinov takes the corner short, gets it back, beats two men and tries an outrageous curler for the top left but well wide of the far post.
    • 42' Long one into the Benfica box, Fellaini flicks it on and Jo is in on the right but Peixoto does well to block the cross-shot with three blue shirts waiting in the box.
    • 41' Yakubu flicks the ball on and it smacks Luisao in the face, who is a little dazed after that.
    • 40' David Luiz finds Di Maria on the left but a poor ball inside to Aimar.
    • 39' Saviola gets in on the right and he skins Coleman before hanging it into the area but just behind Cardozo! Still with Benfica on the right and Ramires but Everton manage to clear.
    • 38' Ramires has a lot of space on the right and tries a shot from range but it dips well wide.
    • 36' Rodwell takes a free-kick quickly, Bilyaletdinov gets it on the edge of the box but he shifts it on to his right and duly fires well over.
    • 35' Throw to Everton hurled into the box and it drops to Cahill with Luisao all over the place but Cahill can't control it and Benfica survive! The whistle goes, somewhat bizarrely, whe Bilyaletdinov is played in on the left, a foul in the box by Rodwell it seems but I can't see anything wrong with that.
    • 34' Yakubu on the right clips a hanging cross over AND BILYALETDINOV WITH A SUPER VOLLEY BUT JUST OVER! What an effort! Unlucky the Russian.
    • 33' Gosling gets the first booking of the match for that very late tackle that could easily have broken Peixoto's ankle.
    • 32' Gosling clatters into Peixoto but play on as Di Maria swings in a super cross for Ramires arriving at the far post but he heads wide of the right-hand post!
    • 31' Good delivery from the right and Cahill arrives far post but off the top of his head and over! Amazing that the 5 foot 10 Cahill gets above all those big Benfica defenders to win headers.
    • 30' Peixoto mis-directs a defensive header and it is out for an Everton corner.
    • 29' Benfica have a man down, not sure who it is, maybe Di Maria. Aimar has it but goes down under Fellaini's challenge, not free-kick though and as he complains David Luiz goes straight into the back of Yakubu to give Everton a free-kick.
    • 28' The flame-haired Luiz puts it into row Z, annoyed that the ref didn't blow for an offside and bizarrely played an advantage. Matters little in the end, a foul from Cahill.
    • 27' Cahill does well on the right but Gosling's cross is predictable and easily cleared.
    • 26' Aimar puts in the corner, high to the edge of the box where Luisao is unmarked, he takes a touch, the shot is blocked but Luiz can finish, blocked by two or three blue shirts and Everton clear!
    • 25' Great skill by Di Maria on the left to skin Gosling, he puts in a super low cross for CARDOZO BUT DISTIN SLIPPING HACKS IT OVER HIS OWN BAR! That could have gone anywhere, but he had to make the interception.
    • 24' It's on the right-centre of the box, 25 yards out maybe, Bilyaletdinov to take with his left, inswinger it will be... David Luiz heads clear, it was a bit flat that delivery. Offside from the second ball.
    • 23' Long for Cardozo but easy for Howard to come out and claim. Jo gets forward and is somewhat fortunate to win a free-kick off David Luiz after he over-ran the ball.
    • 22' The possession sees Jo, on the left and much deeper than usual, swings a crossfield pass that goes over even Fellaini's lanky frame, Gosling picks it up on the right but is tackled by Amorim.
    • 21' Ramires is struggling, after a tackle a few minutes ago from Distin. Everton with some decent possession now as they try to work back into this game.
    • 20' Jo to Yakubu who quickly spreads it wide right for Cahill to race on to but he can't get there and it's out for a throw.
    • 19' Aimar puts the corner in but headed clear. Di Maria on the left has space and sends over a super cross to Luisao at the far post but he gets it all wrong and puts it wide! Another great chance for Benfica!
    • 18' Corner to Benfica on the right, they look a cut above the visiting Toffees at the moment...
    • 17' Benfica break after that, Di Maria on the left, he gets behind Gosling and zips over a cross but straight at Howard.
    • 16' High ball into the Benfica box and Fellaini challenges the keeper, who manages to punch into touch.
    • 14' Di Maria with a dangerous low ball into the box that Cardozo could get but cleared. Di Maria on the left again with a hanging cross to the far post and Coleman is caught out as SAVIOLA SMASHES THE VOLLEY INTO THE GROUND AND IT BOUNCES ACROSS HOWARD INTO THE LEFT-HAND CORNER! 1-0 to Benfica and it is Javier Saviola with the goal.
    • 14' Everton come forward and Jo has it on the left but his crossfield pass flies out with no-one actually on the right.
    • 13' Another problematic cross into the Benfica box which Julio Cesar has to punch clear from the edge of the box but they manage to clear.
    • 12' David Luiz attempts to clear a fairly straightforward one into the box but he makes a pig's ear of it, looping it high in the air, Julio Cesar has to fly out and punch it out for a throw.
    • 11' Fellaini swings the cross in for Yakubu but the flag is up.
    • 10' This is a decent spell for Everton as Gosling is put in down the right but David Luiz puts his low cross out for a throw.
    • 9' Coleman tries to get forward but is brought down by Ramires. Now the flag goes up when it is played long for Saviola but he looked level to me!
    • 8' Cahill chases it down the right but Peixoto chases it down and Cahill gives away a needless foul.
    • 7' A spell of pressure for Everton now who have kept the ball in the Benfica half for the last minute or so.
    • 6' Aimar to take and he swings it close to the edge of the six-yard box AND LUISAO FLIES IN WITH THE HEADER but it bounces wide! The Brazilian stopper lost his marker Yakubu and should have scored!
    • 5' Corner to Benfica on the left, given away by Gosling.
    • 4' Aimar swings the cross from right to left and Di Maria is unmarked but his header loops high in the air and into Howard's arms.
    • 3' Jo comes forward, going down under a challenge from Luisao, but play-on says the Russian ref.
    • 2' Aimar drills it in low and Luisao is unmarked but his attempted drive is blocked.
    • 1' Benfica win a free-kick on the right, pretty soft with Bilyaletdinov deemed to have fouled his man. Aimar to take.
    • 1' Match underway!!
    • - I have to say this is one of the best Benfica sides I have seen in a long time. A solid, muscular backline supports a midfield with two very promising youngsters in Garcia and Di Maria, with a frankly frightening front three of Aimar, Cardozo and Saviola. They are unbeaten in Portugal this season. CLICK HERE FOR BWIN LIGA STANDINGS!
    • - David Moyes is not the kind of person you want to disrespect, and he feels just that after the Football League made them play Spurs in the Carling Cup two days after this match. HEAR HIM ROAR HERE!
    • - Leighton Baines reckons Everton can still get something from this game, despite the absences. Click here for more!
    • - Everton, meanwhile, are somewhat under strength. With Mikel Arteta, Phil Neville, Phil Jagielka and Victor Anichebe all long-term knee crocks, and Joseph Yobo and Stephen Pienaar not fit to start tonight, Tony Hibbert is called on to play centre half with youngsters Seamus Coleman (making his debut), Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell all starting. At least Louis Saha is fit though, he's on the bench while Yakubu, who has returned from his own injury hell, partners Jo up front.
    • - This is a very strong Benfica team, with Argentina internationals Pablo Aimar, Angel di Maria and Javier Saviola - plus Brazilians Luisao, Ramires, David Luiz and Julio Cesar - all in the starting line-up. Maxi Pereira, who played for Uruguay in the 1-0 defeat to Argentina, is on the bench, while Spain U21 star and former Real Madrid midfielder Javi Garcia plays.
    • - EVERTON TEAM: Howard, Gosling, Coleman, Hibbert, Distin, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Rodwell, Jo, Yakubu; Subs: Nash, Saha, Duffy, Agard, Baxter, Wallace, Akpan
    • - BENFICA TEAM: Julio Cesar, Ruben Amorim, Cesar Peixoto, Luisao, David Luiz, Ramires, Di Maria, Javi Garcia, Aimar, Oscar Cardozo, Saviola; Subs: Quim, Maxi Pereira, Carlos Martins, Fabio Coentrao, Weldon, Nuno Gomes, Sidnei
    • - Benfica are third, behind AEK on the head-to-head rule although they are yet to play the Greeks in Portugal.
    • - Everton are top of Group I with two wins in two matches and another victory tonight would put them in prime position to qualify for the last 32.
    • - Hello and welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s LIVE coverage of Everton's tricky Europa League trip to Benfica in a 6pm kick-off.
  • Summary

    • 90+1 Di Maria, who is on the right now so he can pick on Coleman, does one of those reverse flick things where he clips his left outside his right ankle to ping a cross in. Make it stop.
    • 86' Now Di Maria lofts a wicked chip over Howard but it goes over.
    • 85' More fun from Benfica on the right, Di Maria to Cardozo with the backheel and Ramires swings it in but just over!
    • 83' Oh dear Everton are all over the place on the flanks again, Gosling horrendously out of position as Di Maria races on to a long ball, Hibbert just gives up as Di Maria slides it across goal for Saviola to get his second. 5-0.
    • 78' Jo on the left, he's in the box and clips it in for Saha who spins his marker and fires in a half-volley that beats the keeper and comes off the post!
    • 64' Lovely play by Aimar and Saviola and Cardozo is totally unmarked with Coleman almost giving up at left back, he must make it a hat-trick but his touch evades him and he has to cut inside, he can still finish but Howard blocks the low drive!
    • 54' Di Maria pops up on the right now and he fires a beautiful dipping shot that curls on to the bar and bounces clear!!
    • 52' Aimar to take from the right then, good ball to the edge of the six-yard box and Luisao somehow loses Distin and Fellaini to head it into the ground and it bounces over Gosling at the far post and in! Ouch. 4-0.
    • 51' Di Maria on the left, he's hemmed in by Gosling but he lets him put the cross in that almost swings under the Everton crossbar but Howard backpedals and tips it over!!
    • 48' Saviola chases down the left after a through-ball from Aimar, he shrugs off Gosling and clips a super ball to the far post that takes out Hibbert and Distin and leaves Cardozo unmarked to head under Howard for a second in a minute!! 3-0! Everton are a mess and Benfica are tearing them apart.
    • 47' Aimar on the edge of the box, clever play to release Saviola on the left and he drills a low cross in that Cardozo knocks into the empty net for 2-0!!
    • 34' Yakubu on the right clips a hanging cross over AND BILYALETDINOV WITH A SUPER VOLLEY BUT JUST OVER! What an effort! Unlucky the Russian.
    • 32' Gosling clatters into Peixoto but play on as Di Maria swings in a super cross for Ramires arriving at the far post but he heads wide of the right-hand post!
    • 26' Aimar puts in the corner, high to the edge of the box where Luisao is unmarked, he takes a touch, the shot is blocked but Luiz can finish, blocked by two or three blue shirts and Everton clear!
    • 25' Great skill by Di Maria on the left to skin Gosling, he puts in a super low cross for CARDOZO BUT DISTIN SLIPPING HACKS IT OVER HIS OWN BAR! That could have gone anywhere, but he had to make the interception.
    • 19' Aimar puts the corner in but headed clear. Di Maria on the left has space and sends over a super cross to Luisao at the far post but he gets it all wrong and puts it wide! Another great chance for Benfica!
    • 14' Di Maria with a dangerous low ball into the box that Cardozo could get but cleared. Di Maria on the left again with a hanging cross to the far post and Coleman is caught out as SAVIOLA SMASHES THE VOLLEY INTO THE GROUND AND IT BOUNCES ACROSS HOWARD INTO THE LEFT-HAND CORNER! 1-0 to Benfica and it is Javier Saviola with the goal.
    • 6' Aimar to take and he swings it close to the edge of the six-yard box AND LUISAO FLIES IN WITH THE HEADER but it bounces wide! The Brazilian stopper lost his marker Yakubu and should have scored!
    • - EVERTON TEAM: Howard, Gosling, Coleman, Hibbert, Distin, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Rodwell, Jo, Yakubu; Subs: Nash, Saha, Duffy, Agard, Baxter, Wallace, Akpan
    • - BENFICA TEAM: Julio Cesar, Ruben Amorim, Cesar Peixoto, Luisao, David Luiz, Ramires, Di Maria, Javi Garcia, Aimar, Oscar Cardozo, Saviola; Subs: Quim, Maxi Pereira, Carlos Martins, Fabio Coentrao, Weldon, Nuno Gomes, Sidnei
    • - Hello and welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s LIVE coverage of Everton's tricky Europa League trip to Benfica in a 6pm kick-off.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Benfica

    Manager: Jorge Jesus

    Captain: Luisão

  • Everton

    Manager: David Moyes

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • Júlio César
      • M. Amorim
      • Luisão Goal
      • David Luiz
      • C. Peixoto
      • Javi Garcia
      • Ramires
      • &. Di María
      • P. Aimar Substitution Out (69′)
      • J. Saviola Goals×2 Substitution Out (84′)
      • O. Cardozo Goals×2 Substitution Out (77′)

      Subs

      • N. Gomes
      • C. Martins Substitution In69′
      • M. Pereira
      • F. Coentrão Substitution In77′
      • Weldon Substitution In84′
      • Quim
      • Sidnei
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Howard
      • D. Gosling Yellow Card
      • T. Hibbert
      • S. Distin
      • S. Coleman
      • T. Cahill
      • J. Rodwell
      • M. Fellaini
      • D. Bilyaletdinov Substitution Out (60′)
      • Y. Aiyegbeni Substitution Out (71′)

      Subs

      • L. Saha Substitution In60′ Yellow Card
      • C. Nash
      • J. Baxter Substitution In71′
      • J. Wallace
      • S. Duffy
      • K. Agard
      • H. Akpan
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