Thursday April 25, 2013 Semifinal Finished Sükrü Saraçoglu

Fenerbahçe 1 - 0 Benfica

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  1. Europa League - Korkmaz header seals Fenerbahce win over Benfica

    Europa League - Korkmaz header seals Fenerbahce win over Benfica

    Egemen Korkmaz's header gave Fenerbahce a 1-0 lead in their Europa League semi-final first-leg clash with Benfica. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fenerbahçe
    • Benfica
    • 90'+4 Salvio shoots but it's blocked by a number of bodies. That's it though! Its' all over! Full-time. Fener triumph 1-0. All eyes turn to next Thursday for the second leg. It's finely poised.
    • 90'+3 Fener seem happy to hold what they have rather than look for a second.
    • 90'+2 Chelsea have restored their lead in Basel. It's 2-1 to the Blues in Switzerland.
    • 90'+1 Three minutes to be added.
    • 90' Webo kicks the ball away after being caught offside and is booked. He will now miss the second leg. Major blow for home team.
    • 89' Fenerbahce edging closer to a big, big win.
    • 88' Benfica pouring forward now but not looking like creating anything of note. Volkan Demirel has had very little to do tonight.
    • 87' Double FENERBAHCE sub: Selcuk on for Cristian and Krasic on for Sow.
    • 85' Whistles from the home crowd as Benfica surge forward through Guitan - it's a little early for that! Five minutes still go of normal time.
    • 85' Latest in the other semi: Basel 1-1 Chelsea.
    • 84' Cristian fizzes it in and Benfica break. Cardozo races forward but his can't quite control on the run and Yobo is back to hack to safety.
    • 83' Good hold up play by Webo who wins a corner for the hosts.
    • 82' Ucan powers to the left-hand byline and dinks in a ball towards Sow - but great defending averts the danger.
    • 81' BENFICA sub: Carlos Martins on for Gomes.
    • 79' Benfica pressing but Fenerbahce are defending well. Can they muster one last push to get a second though? It'll be a very different Benfica at the Estadio da Luz.
    • 77' Gaitan clips it to the far post but it's easy for the keeper.
    • 77' Free-kick to Benfica on the far right. Chance to hang one up for Cardozo et al.
    • 76' Less than 15 minutes to play. Can Benfica can an all-important away goal or can Fener double their lead? Stay right here for the significant moments.
    • 75' Gomes breaks into the area on the left... great recovery challenge by Yobo. Superb defending by the ex-Everton man to deny a goalscoring opportunity.
    • 74' All of a sudden it's Benfica on the front foot. Fener have dropped very deep here.
    • 73' The header back across goal for Korkmaz was off a Benfica head. Only Melgarejo will know what he was trying to do. It was some assist.
    • 72' GOAL! 1-0 to Fenerbahce! Korkmaz heads home from a controversial corner after it was headed back across goal. The stadium erupts!
    • 71' Fener resort to hurling a long throw into the area but Webo's flick-on rolls out for a goal kick... No, it's corner. That looked like a goal kick all day long.
    • 70' The Europa semi finals proving to be much tighter than the Champions League's first legs.
    • 69' Chelsea still 1-0 ahead in Basel.
    • 68' Cristian motors down the right but can't quite get a cross in. He's done well in the second half. Fener still probing but time starting to tick down.
    • 67' Cristian whips it into the area but Webo can't get on the end a flick-on. Artur claims with ease.
    • 66' Free-kick to Fener 50 yards from goal. Chance to load one into the area.
    • 65' BENFICA sub: John replaced by Rodrigo.
    • 64' FENERBAHCE sub: Salih Ucan replaces Meireles.
    • 63' Incessant whistles from the home crowd as Benfica enjoy a spell of possession.
    • 62' The game restarts after it was stopped for Meireles to receive treatment.
    • 61' Meireles down injured. Looks like he hurt himself as he lined up that volley.
    • 60' A succession of corners for Fener ends with Meireles attempting a blockbusting volley from 30 yards that crashes into a defender on the edge of the area and goes nowhere.
    • 59' Tweet us your thoughts and we'll publish the best ones. Paul Hassall (Paul_Hassall) on Twitter
    • 58' Almost an hour gone. Thoughts so far? What did you make of Cristian's tears? Is it Benfica's night after Fener have hit the woodwork THREE times?
    • 57' Cardozo looks to wrestle his way through on goal and is about to pull the trigger until Korkmaz recovers from a slip to get across and make a great last-ditch tackle.
    • 56' Fener keeping some possession at the back after what has been a bit of a barnstorming start to this half. Still no goals though!
    • 55' STAT ALERT: Benfica have been at their most dangerous after the break in this competition; eight of their 11 goals have come after the interval, including two in added time.
    • 54' BENFICA HIT THE POST! Gaitan turns on the edge of the area and curls in a shot that clips the far post with Volkan Demirel rooted to the spot. But Fener still lead 3-1 in terms of shots off the woodwork!
    • 53' Benfica gain some possession and some respite. Cardozo picks up the ball 35 yards from goal and fires in a low shot that is easily gathered by the keeper.
    • 52' OFF THE POST! Fener hit the woodwork for the third time tonight. On this occasion it's Kuyt who turns brilliantly in the area and hits a right-foot shot that beats the keeper but cannons back off the post.
    • 51' The home team playing with a higher tempo in this second period and really pushing.
    • 50' Topal booked for a late tackle on John. He will now miss the second leg.
    • 49' The corner is half-cleared to Meireles who crashes in a shot that Artur pushes away. Bright start from the Turkish team.
    • 48' Kuyt wins the ball back for Fener deep in Benfica territory. Cristian picks up the baton and thumps in a low piledriver that Artur is forced to tip past the post.
    • 47' Cristian is back out on the turf for Fener and looks focused again after the despair of missing that first-half penalty.
    • 46' BENFICA SUB: Gaitan on for Aimar.
    • 46' KICK OFF! Fenerbahce restart the match.
    • 45+1' HALF-TIME: Fener 0-0 Benfica. A Tight half exploded into life in the dying moments. Cristian's missed spot-kick the main talking point at the break.
    • 45'+1 MISSED! Cristian steps up but smashes his low penalty against the left-hand post. The Brazilian is in tears as the half-time whistle blows.
    • 45' John booked and misses the second leg for bringing down Gökhan Gönül.
    • 45' PENALTY to Fenerbahce!
    • 44' Sow clips a ball in towards Webo. The Cameroon star can't quite reach it with his leap but almost gets a chance when it rebounds off a defender. Unfortunately he loses his footing at the vital moment. Chance gone.
    • 43' Benfica enjoying a good spell here. Cardozo seizes possession in the area but drops the shouklder once too often and Yobo is able to thump the ball to safety.
    • 42' A flurry of bookings in a game that has had very little in terms of niggly fouls.
    • 41' Maxi Pereira booked.
    • 39' Cristian booked.
    • 39' Salvio races clear in the right hand channel but the ball gets stuck under his feet and his attempt at goal almost turns into a cross it is that far away from the target.
    • 38' Kuyt looking to manufacture something in the Benfica area but sees the ball trickle out for a goal kick. The Dutchman claims a corner but the ref says no. Looked like a corner to me.
    • 37' Aimar booked for a foul on Meireles, following on from a yellow for Andre Gomes too.
    • 35' Webo nods down for Kuyt 30 yards from goal but the Dutch man arrows his shot well wide of target.
    • 34' Great chance for Aimar.... SAVED! But he's offside anyway. Good stop by Volkan who wasn't to know when the diminutive attacker got free inside the area.
    • 33' Volkan Demirel punches clear and the Turkish side manage to clear. Benfica having some joy when they send high balls into the box.
    • 32' Aimar lifts it towards the near post but Garay can't quite get there. Another corner to the away team.
    • 31' Ola John spins in behind the Fener defence and tricks his way to the byline to earn a corner.
    • 30' Kuyt at the heart of Fener's best moves so far with some decent crosses. Of course, he's no stranger to Benfica. He took on Jorge Jesus' side with Liverpool in 2009-10, scoring the first goal in the second leg as the Reds recovered from a 2-1 defeat to win 4-1 at Anfield. Benfica's Óscar Cardozo scored all three of the Eagles' goals in that tie.
    • 29' Cristian's delivery is cleared but the ball is worked out to Kuyt who lofts in another centre for Sow and Webo but the latter heads over under pressure.
    • 28' Topal shoots from 40 yards.... corner ball via a deflection.
    • 27' The Yellow Canaries are having some real joy down the right-hand side.
    • 26' Kuyt delivers another testing ball into the area and Sow causes all sorts of problems but he can't quite get it under control and the visitors hack it to safety.
    • 25' Still 1-0 to Chelsea in Basel.
    • 24' Midway through the half? Thoughts so far? Paul Hassall (Paul_Hassall) on Twitter
    • 23' STAT ALERT: None of the four remaining teams have previously won either the UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League, and FC Basel and Fenerbahce are both in European semi-finals for the first time.
    • 22' A sustained period of pressure from the visitors ends with some fine defending by Topal to avert the danger.
    • 21' It was a quiet start from Fener but they've really rattled Benfica in the last few moments. A goal in the next few minutes would really light the touch paper for this tie - but which way will it go?
    • 20' And yet another chance for the hosts. Cristian whips in a devilish centre for Egemen Korkmaz who heads straight at the keeper. Fener pushing hard now.
    • 18' OFF THE BAR! Dirk Kuyt surges down the right and sends over a superb cross for Sow who thumps a majestic header against the bar. Unlucky.
    • 17' CHANCE! Webo breaks down the right and drills a low ball to the near post for Sow, who stabs wide of the upright. Good play from the home team.
    • 16' Webo receiving treatment after an aerial clash just inside the Benfica half.
    • 15' Both sides still feeling their way into this. The hosts look a little nervous while the visitors are trying to come to terms with a vibrant home support.
    • 14' And Benfica's record in seven games against Turkish clubs? W3 D2 L2.
    • 13' STAT ALERT: Fenerbahce's record in six games against Portuguese sides is: W3 D0 L3.
    • 12' A long throw causes trouble in the Fenerbahce defence and Aimar crashes a shot over from 18 yards. Decent chance.
    • 11' Victor Moses on target for Chelsea.
    • 10' There's been an early goal in Switzerland - and it's gone to Chelsea. Find out more here. FC Basel v Chelsea: LIVE
    • 9' A misplaced back pass by Mehmet Topal sends Cardozo marauding through the middle but his run is abruptly halted by Yobo. No free-kick according to the ref. A lucky break for the hosts.
    • 8' The corner is sent deep to the far post but Benfica clear their lines and surge forward.
    • 7' But here come Fener and Raul Meireles' searching cross towards Webo is headed behind for a corner.
    • 6' Benfica enjoying a bright start. The Eagles are keeping possession well despite the jeers and cat whistles of the home support.
    • 5' Fenerbahce are on a run of six European outings unbeaten in 2013 (W3 and D3) but have averaged just a goal a game in that run.
    • 4' Early chance as Eduardo Salvio gets in behind the Fener defence but sees his low shot well blocked by the advancing Volkan Demirel in the home team's goal.
    • 3' Pierre Webo leading the line for Fener supported by ex-Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt on the right and Moussa Sow on the left in a 4-5-1 formation. Benfica are deploying a 4-3-3 with Oscar Cardozo taking centre stage through the middle. One surprise in the Eagles line-up is Pablo Aimar, who replaces Nicolas Gaitan.
    • 2' Six of Fener's starting XI are on yellow cards tonight. Volkan, Egemen, Mehmet Topal, Meireles, Ziegler, and Webo are all at risk of suspension for the second leg.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Benfica get this semi-final underway.
    • 20.00 On Twitter European football writer Andy Brazzell is opting for Fener v Benfica over FC Basel v Chelsea. He says: "Should be two very good @EuropaLeague semis. Watching Fenerbahçe v Benfica live & Basel v Chelsea after. Enjoy!"
    • 19.55 Kick off edging ever closer. It's sure to be an electric atmosphere inside the Sükrü Saraçoglu stadium. Can Fener take a giant step towards their first European final? Or will Benfica's experience pay dividends? We are about to find out. If this is anything like this week's Champions League matches we are in for a treat!
    • 19.50 Of the last four, both Benfica and Chelsea are aiming to emulate Atletico Madrid, who won the 2009-10 Europa League after dropping out of the Champions League group stage.
    • 19.45 STAT ALERT: Benfica are the only side left in the competition not to have lost a UEFA Europa League game this season.
    • 19.40 Chelsea's Fernando Torres, Basel's Marco Streller and Benfica's Cardozo are the highest-scoring players left in this season's Europa League - see where they lie in the overall standings. Europa League top scorers 2012-2013
    • 19.35 Elsewhere tonight, Chelsea travel to FC Basel in the other EL semi-final. Catch up on all the pre-match team news right here on Eurosport. FC Basel v Chelsea: LIVE
    • 19.32 Meanwhile, Benfica boss Jorge Jesus reckons it is a tough tie to call, but expects his side to get on the scoresheet in Istanbul. He told his pre-match press conference: "Most problems will probably come from their agile front players. We know that this match will not decide anything but it can help us. Usually Benfica score away and, despite the atmosphere tomorrow, I believe that we will score again. There are no favourites - both teams have their strengths. It will be an even tie."
    • 19.28 Fenerbahce coach Aykut Kocaman told reporters of his hopes for the first leg on the eve of the tie: "This game will be a new chapter in our history," he said. "After beating Plzen to reach the quarter-finals I said there was little to choose between the last eight - it is the same now. It will come down to the teams that force the issue, force differences between them and their opponents. Benfica are one step ahead of us when you look at their experience and recent success. We mustn't concede."
    • 19.25 Want the lowdown on the four semi-finalists? Look no further than Arsenal manager and Eurosport expert, Arsene Wenger, who shares his thoughts on the Europa League in his latest column. Arsene Wenger's Europa lowdown
    • 19.22 Want to know more about that tie in 1975? Check out UEFA.com's feature. Benfica v Fenerbahce 1975: 'The rout'
    • 19.20 On Twitter former Celtic and Holland striker, @pierrevh17 (Pierre van Hooijdonk) has had this to say about tonight's match: "Proud to have played for #Benfica, but 2 years at #Fener made an even bigger impact on me. That's why I'm a bit more yellow/blue than red tonight."
    • 19.18 DID YOU KNOW? These two sides have only met twice before in a European Cup first round tie back in 1975. The good news for Fenerbahce fans is that they won the home leg 1-0. The bad news? They went down to a 7-0 drubbing in the first leg in Portugal - a defeat that remains their heaviest in Europe.
    • 19.15 Want to air your views on this Europa League tie? Tweet us your thoughts and we'll include the best in this live text commentary. Can Fenerbahce continue their Euro adventure or will Benfica bring them crashing back down to earth with a bang? Tweet YOUR view on Fener v Benfica
    • 19.10 CONFIRMED TEAMS: FENERBAHCE: Volkan Demirel, Korkmaz, Yobo, Ziegler, Gokhan Gonul, Topal, Meireles, Cristian, Sow, Kuyt, Webo... Subs: Gunok, Irtegun, Sahin, Krasic, Topuz, Ucan, Senturk. /// BENFICA: Artur, Pereira, Garay, Jardel, Aimar, Matic, Gomes, Cardozo, John, Salvio, Melgarejo... Subs: Lopes, Roderick, Martins, Gaitan, Urreta, Lima, Rodrigo.
    • 19.07 In contrast, Benfica warmed up for their trip to Turkey with a 2-0 home win over rivals Sporting to maintain their four-point lead at the top of the Liga table. Portuguese standings
    • 19.05 Fenerbahce come into the clash in buoyant mood after the last eight win over much-fancied Lazio put them in the semi-finals of a European competition for the first time in their history. However, their preparations did suffer a blow at the weekend when they lost 2-0 at Genclerbirligi. The result means they have it all to do if they are to beat Galatasaray to the title. Turkish League standings
    • 19.00 Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of the Europa League semi-final first-leg between Fenerbahce and Benfica at Sükrü Saraçoglu in Istanbul.
  • Summary

    • 72' GOAL! 1-0 to Fenerbahce! Korkmaz heads home from a controversial corner after it was headed back across goal. The stadium erupts!
    • 54' BENFICA HIT THE POST! Gaitan turns on the edge of the area and curls in a shot that clips the far post with Volkan Demirel rooted to the spot. But Fener still lead 3-1 in terms of shots off the woodwork!
    • 52' OFF THE POST! Fener hit the woodwork for the third time tonight. On this occasion it's Kuyt who turns brilliantly in the area and hits a right-foot shot that beats the keeper but cannons back off the post.
    • 48' Kuyt wins the ball back for Fener deep in Benfica territory. Cristian picks up the baton and thumps in a low piledriver that Artur is forced to tip past the post.
    • 45'+1 MISSED! Cristian steps up but smashes his low penalty against the left-hand post. The Brazilian is in tears as the half-time whistle blows.
    • 45' PENALTY to Fenerbahce!
    • 18' OFF THE BAR! Dirk Kuyt surges down the right and sends over a superb cross for Sow who thumps a majestic header against the bar. Unlucky.
    • 17' CHANCE! Webo breaks down the right and drills a low ball to the near post for Sow, who stabs wide of the upright. Good play from the home team.
    • 19.10 CONFIRMED TEAMS: FENERBAHCE: Volkan Demirel, Korkmaz, Yobo, Ziegler, Gokhan Gonul, Topal, Meireles, Cristian, Sow, Kuyt, Webo... Subs: Gunok, Irtegun, Sahin, Krasic, Topuz, Ucan, Senturk. /// BENFICA: Artur, Pereira, Garay, Jardel, Aimar, Matic, Gomes, Cardozo, John, Salvio, Melgarejo... Subs: Lopes, Roderick, Martins, Gaitan, Urreta, Lima, Rodrigo.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Fenerbahçe

    Manager: Aykut Kocaman

  • Benfica

    Manager: Jorge Jesus

  • Line-up

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  1. Yes Fenerbahçe

    From The Football Guru, on Thu 25 Apr 21:49
  2. Lol missed penalty.

    From The Football Guru, on Thu 25 Apr 21:12
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    Come on Fenerbahçe

    From The Football Guru, on Thu 25 Apr 17:08
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    Benfica till i die!!!!!!!!! Benfica: THE­ PORTUGAL's SOUL!!!!!!!!!!!! Benfica4ever.™ ­ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From Benfica Eagle Power, on Thu 25 Apr 7:03
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