Thursday April 7, 2011 Quarter-final Finished Estádio da Luz

Benfica 4 - 1 PSV

  • Aimar 37’
  • Salvio 45’, 52’
  • Saviola 90’
  • Labyad 80’

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  1. Salvio puts Benfica in control

    Salvio puts Benfica in control

    Eduardo Salvio scored twice as Benfica put one foot in the Europa League last four with a 4-1 quarter-final first leg victory over PSV. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Benfica
    • PSV
    • FT And that's the last action of the night! Benfica, having produced a vintage performance, travel to the Netherlands with a 4-1 advantage.
    • 90+4' GOAL! 4-1! Pereira latches onto a perfectly weighted through ball on the right before finding Saviola in the box - and the Argentine produces a superb turn before smashing the ball into the roof of the net.
    • 90+3' Dzsudzsak strays offside and the linesman's flag is straight up.
    • 90+2' Coentrao thinks he's been fouled but the referee disagrees. PSV throw.
    • 90+1' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 90' BENFICA SUB: Cardozo makes way for Menezes.
    • 88' The standout score tonight, so far, is Villarreal 5-0 FC Twente. Follow all four quarter-finals here.
    • 87' The ball is allowed to bounce dangerously in the PSV box but the visitors eventually clear.
    • 86' Another PSV goal would REALLY change the make-up of this tie.
    • 85' Benfica's Garcia is shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Bakkal.
    • 83' Garcia shoots from distance and Isaksson looks to have it covered but fumbles and has to turn the ball round the post. Corner.
    • 82' Wuytens is flagged for offside.
    • 81' How big will that goal prove in the context of this tie? Benfica will have desperately wanted to keep a clean sheet and PSV have the wind in their sails now.
    • 80' GOAL! Labyad scores with his first touch! Benfica keeper Roberto fails to cut out a low cross and the superb sub turns the ball into an empty net!
    • 79' PSV SUB: Labyad replaces Berg.
    • 79' BENFICA DOUBLE SUB: Jara comes on for Gaitain and Peixoto replaces Aimar.
    • 78' PSV SUB: Wuytens replaces Pieters.
    • 77' Berg has beaten the offside trap in the left channel but the ball takes an age to come down and Benfica get back in numbers to crowd out the Swede.
    • 75' The hosts, while still breaking with their trademark pace, look more happy to try and keep possession. This leg's won, they just don't want to concede an away goal.
    • 73' After brief respite, Benfica are back on the attack through Pereira.
    • 72' It's almost impossible to pick out a man of the match - Benfica have been superb throughout. But Salvio, Cardozo and Coentrao have all really stood out.
    • 71' Isaksson briefly receives treatment but we're soon back underway.
    • 70' Cardozo whips in an undefendable shot-cum-cross from the free-kick which evades everyone and goes wide of the far post. Any touch and that would have been in the back of the net!
    • 69' Pieters is booked for that challenge on Saviola.
    • 68' Pieters brings down Saviola on the right edge of the box to hand Benfica a free-kick in a dangerous position.
    • 67' Cardozo rolls his man and lets fly with a thundering shot which is inches wide!
    • 65' Pieters crosses from the left and, after a header back across goal, Lens' bicycle kick is just wide! That was a great opportunity for PSV to get back in the tie.
    • 64' Cardozo sprints down the right wing and cross to the far post where Salvio, in acres of space, sees his downward header desperately cleared!
    • 63' Benfica are well and truly dominating, with PSV unable to string more than three passes together.
    • 62' Coentrao tries to clip the corner in to the near post but it's cleared at the first attempt.
    • 61' Benfica earn their fifth corner of the evening.
    • 60' Marcelo slides in to put the ball out for a Benfica throw.
    • 59' The hosts then break with speed and Saviola tees up a shot with his left foot which is high and wide.
    • 58' PSV make a rare foray foreward but are eventually pushed back and dispossessed through some excellent Benfica defending in numbers.
    • 55' Benfica corner... but it's too deep and goes out for PSV throw.
    • 54' PSV had six players just a booking away from suspension going into this game.
    • 53' PSV are starting to lose their head, with Engelaar booked for kicking the ball away in frustration. He'll miss the second leg. That's the last thing the Dutch side need.
    • 51' GOAL! 3-0! Salvio receives the ball on the edge of the box and tricks his way past two defenders before launching a low shot into the far corner!
    • 50' PSV only half-clear and the ball falls to Saviola on the edge of the box, but his volley is well over.
    • 48' Coentrao looks to pick up where we left off, darting down the left, but the ball skips off the surface and out for a goal-kick.
    • 47' There were no changes at half-time so its as you were.
    • 46' PSV get the second half underway. What will we see from them in the second half?
    • HT And that brings the half to a close... Benfica 2-0 PSV. What will we see from Dutch side PSV in the second half? Will they continue to sit back and try and keep the score down to two, or try and grab a crucial away goal?
    • 45' GOAL! Benfica double their lead! Coentrao beats his man on the left side of the box and squares to find Salvio, who flicks the ball over the keeper with a backheel. What a superb finish!
    • 44' Cardoza bursts forward and drives in from the byline but he can't find a team-mate with his pass!
    • 43' Berg is flagged for offside.
    • 41' Benfica beat PSG 3-2 on aggregate in the last 16 to reach the quarter-finals.
    • 40' These two sides met in the 1987/88 European Cup final, with PSV winning 6-5 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
    • 39' Benfica look to add a second, with Pereira bursting forward, but the ball skips through to Isaksson.
    • 38' You can't say that hasn't been coming. Benfica are well worth their one goal lead.
    • 37' GOAL! Benfica lead! Gaitan and Coentrao exchange passes superbly before Gaitan crosses and Aimar pounces on the loose ball to fire home.
    • 35' Benfica continue to dominate, with most of their play moving through Salvio on the right.
    • 34' The stats thus far show Benfica as having had six attempts, while PSV have had two.
    • 33' Elsewhere it's Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Braga, Porto 0-0 Spartak Moscow and Villarreal 1-0 FC Twente. Keep up with the action here.
    • 32' Cardoza darts in at the back post to prod home but the linesman's flag is straight up for offside!
    • 31' Benfica continue to dominate, with PSV's backs truly against the wall.
    • 30' Saviola goes for goal but his effort is wide of the target.
    • 29' Cardoza unleashes a superb shot from 25 yards which flies just wide!
    • 28' Salvio tricks his way down the right and nearly wins a corner but Pieters does well to knock it out for a throw.
    • 27' Jardel's ball nearly catches out the PSV defence but Isaksson is quick off his line and hoofs clear.
    • 26' Dzsudzsak whips in a fierca cross from the left but it just evades Berg.
    • 25' Benfica pump a long ball forward from the back but Saviola is flagged offside.
    • 24' Saviola goes down after turning on the halfway line but the referee's having none of it and waves play on.
    • 23' It's played short and eventually crossed in but Isaksson rises to catch.
    • 21' Salvio tries to work a yard of space to cross but has to settle for a corner.
    • 20' Should Berg have scored there? He done well to get in front of his man but anything on target would surely have been a goal.
    • 19' Manolev switches to Dzsudzsak on the left, who chips in a superb cross which Berg send just wide of the post with a thundering header.
    • 18' Jardel is on hand to sweep up and guide the loose ball back to Roberto in the Benfica goal.
    • 17' Luisao dives in on Hutchinson near the halfway line to hand Benfica a free-kick.
    • 16' PSV have earned some time on the ball, allowing their players to get settled and forcing Benfica to do the chasing.
    • 15' It's a warm night in Benfica, with temperatures hovering around 26 degrees.
    • 14' Benfica have registered three attempts thus far, to PSV's none.
    • 13' Pereira receives the ball wide right and cuts back to Saviola, but the striker miscues his shot, which balloons over.
    • 12' PSV's Berg is flagged for offside.
    • 11' Benfica are undoubtedly enjoying the better of these opening exchanges, with PSV unable to string more than a few passes together.
    • 10' Argentine Saviola joined Benfica from Real Madrid in July 2009.
    • 9' Saviola again! The forward sprints down the left edge of the box then chips a cross-cum-shot which floats over the keeper's head and just wide!
    • 8' Ohh, so close! Saviola receives the ball 12 yards out with his back to goal, then takes a superb touch and spins his man but sees his snap-shot come back off the post!
    • 7' PSV are unbeaten in their last five European away games.
    • 6' Benfica were knocked out at this stage of the competition by Liverpool last season.
    • 5' Coentrao is looking dangerous already on Benfica's left wing, bursting forward but eventually dispossessed just inside the PSV box.
    • 4' Both these clubs have won the European Cup in their time. Benfica twice, in 60/61 and 61/62, while PSV earned top honours in 87/88.
    • 3' Salvio pushes forward and is brought down by Marcelo, giving Benfica a free-kick midway inside the opposition half.
    • 2' PSV, in all black, earn an early corner but it's easiler cleared.
    • 1' Right then, we're off. Benfica get the game underway.
    • 20:00 Meanwhile, PSV finished top of Europa League Group I.
    • 19:55 Benfica found themselves in the Europa League after finishing third in Champions League Group B.
    • 19:50 But Benfica coach Jorge Jesus hit back: "If we concede again and win I don't care because that's the most important thing."
    • 19:45 PSV coach Fred Rutten has identified Benfica's defence as a "weakness to exploit". "Benfica are the strongest team we have faced until now," said Rutten. "At home they attack a lot and sometimes they forget the defence, which is why they concede so many."
    • 19:40 Here's how they'll line-up:
    • - Benfica: Roberto, Maxi Pereira, Luisao, Jardel, Fabio Coentrao, Salvio, Javi Garcia, Gaitan, Aimar, Saviola, Cardozo
    • - Subs: Julio Cesar, Jara, Felipe Menezes, Luis Filipe, Cesar Peixoto, Sidnei, Alan Kardec
    • - PSV: Isaksson, Manolev, Marcelo, Bouma, Pieters, Hutchinson, Bakkal, Engelaar, Lens, Berg, Dzsudzsak
    • - Subs: Cassio, Rodriguez, Vukovic, Wuytens, Nijland, Labyad, Zeefuik
    • - Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)
    • 19:35 Tonight's other three ties see Dynamo Kiev face Braga, Porto host Spartak Moscow and Villareal play FC Twente. Follow all the action here.
    • 19:30 PSV coach Fred Rutten is without the injured Ola Toivonen. Toivonen, along with fellow Sweden striker Marcus Berg, is one half of a strike partnership described by Benfica boss Jorge Jesus as one of PSV's "strong points". Stanislav Manolev, though, is likely to be available.
    • 19:25 Benfica's veteran forward, Nuno Gomes, is expected to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery. The 34-year-old damaged the meniscus in his left knee and his recovery time is an estimated six weeks. But Brazilian central defender Sidnei is fit for action after passing a fitness test.
    • 19:20 Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the Europa League quarter-final clash between Benfica and PSV.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' GOAL! 4-1! Pereira latches onto a perfectly weighted through ball on the right before finding Saviola in the box - and the Argentine produces a superb turn before smashing the ball into the roof of the net.
    • 80' GOAL! Labyad scores with his first touch! Benfica keeper Roberto fails to cut out a low cross and the superb sub turns the ball into an empty net!
    • 77' Berg has beaten the offside trap in the left channel but the ball takes an age to come down and Benfica get back in numbers to crowd out the Swede.
    • 70' Cardozo whips in an undefendable shot-cum-cross from the free-kick which evades everyone and goes wide of the far post. Any touch and that would have been in the back of the net!
    • 67' Cardozo rolls his man and lets fly with a thundering shot which is inches wide!
    • 65' Pieters crosses from the left and, after a header back across goal, Lens' bicycle kick is just wide! That was a great opportunity for PSV to get back in the tie.
    • 64' Cardozo sprints down the right wing and cross to the far post where Salvio, in acres of space, sees his downward header desperately cleared!
    • 51' GOAL! 3-0! Salvio receives the ball on the edge of the box and tricks his way past two defenders before launching a low shot into the far corner!
    • 45' GOAL! Benfica double their lead! Coentrao beats his man on the left side of the box and squares to find Salvio, who flicks the ball over the keeper with a backheel. What a superb finish!
    • 37' GOAL! Benfica lead! Gaitan and Coentrao exchange passes superbly before Gaitan crosses and Aimar pounces on the loose ball to fire home.
    • 32' Cardoza darts in at the back post to prod home but the linesman's flag is straight up for offside!
    • 29' Cardoza unleashes a superb shot from 25 yards which flies just wide!
    • 19' Manolev switches to Dzsudzsak on the left, who chips in a superb cross which Berg send just wide of the post with a thundering header.
    • 9' Saviola again! The forward sprints down the left edge of the box then chips a cross-cum-shot which floats over the keeper's head and just wide!
    • 8' Ohh, so close! Saviola receives the ball 12 yards out with his back to goal, then takes a superb touch and spins his man but sees his snap-shot come back off the post!

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Benfica

    Manager: Jorge Jesus

  • PSV

    Manager: Fred Rutten

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • Roberto
      • M. Pereira
      • Luisão
      • Jardel
      • F. Coentrão
      • Javi Garcia Yellow Card
      • E. Salvio Goals×2
      • N. Gaitán Substitution Out (78′)
      • P. Aimar Goal Substitution Out (78′)
      • J. Saviola Goal
      • O. Cardozo Substitution Out (90′)

      Subs

      • C. Peixoto Substitution In78′
      • Júlio César
      • F. Jara Substitution In78′
      • Felipe Menezes Substitution In90′
      • Alan Kardec
      • Luís Filipe
      • Sidnei
    • Starting line-up

      • A. Isaksson
      • S. Manolev
      • Marcelo
      • W. Bouma
      • E. Pieters Yellow Card Substitution Out (72′)
      • A. Hutchinson
      • O. Engelaar Yellow Card
      • O. Bakkal
      • J. Lens
      • B. Dzsudzsák
      • M. Berg Substitution Out (79′)

      Subs

      • G. Zeefuik
      • S. Nijland
      • J. Vukovic
      • F. Rodríguez
      • Cássio
      • S. Wuytens Substitution In72′
      • Z. Labyad Substitution In79′ Goal
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