Sunday August 3, 2014 August Finished

Benfica 1 - 3 Valencia CF

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  1. Friendly match - Resurgent Valencia embarrass hapless Benfica to win Emirates Cup

    Friendly match - Resurgent Valencia embarrass hapless Benfica to win Emirates Cup

    Valencia came from behind against Benfica to claim a win and the Emirates Cup. More

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    Time:90'
    • Benfica
    • Valencia CF
    • 90'+3 Full time, and an extra six points for Valencia, who will be moderately pleased with their weekend. Benfica, meanwhile, will be extremely distressed with their displays and their results. Now we turn to the final match of the weekend at the Emirates - Arsenal v Monaco.
    • 90'+2 If there were more Valencia fans here, they'd be cheering every pass at the moment.
    • 90'+3 Into additional time, now, and Benfica will be desperate to hear that final whistle.
    • 89' Oh, Valencia! Three players alone in the box queuing up to convert Rodrigo's pass after he's got past the goalkeeper, and not a one of them can make contact.
    • 86' To be fair, Valencia aren't defending that well at the moment - Jaume fumbles but he's fortunate enough that there's nobody following up.
    • 85' Another wasted free kick from distance for Benfica. They all look despondent.
    • 84' Benfica are at least still pressing as they go forward.
    • 82' Benfica have some serious questions to answer before their league season starts. Their defence looked solid enough in the first half but they've absolutely dissolved after Valencia's first goal.
    • 81' Another goalkeeping change - Jaume for Yoel. Ramirez also replaces Alcacer.
    • 75' Valencia haven't given up on adding to their lead, though; remember there's points for goals as well.
    • 72' A final throw of the dice for Benfica, as Felipe and Bebe both go off, replaced by Silva and John.
    • 72' Artur takes off his gloves on the bench and looks thoroughly upset with the world.
    • 71' Terrible second half for Artur Moraes, who's being replaced by Lopes.
    • 70' Changes all over the place at the moment - and it looks like Artur is the next man to be heading off.
    • 69' Guardado is the next man off, replaced by Rober.
    • 68' Artur looks absolutely destroyed - hangdog expression and sighing repeatedly.
    • 66' And a change for Valencia - Rodrigo de Paul replacing Piatti, who's been very good.
    • 63' Time for some more Benfica changes. Cesar, Talisca and Salvio replace Lindelof, Jara and Candeias.
    • 61' Well, what a terrible weekend at the office for Benfica's defence.
    • 60' GOAL! Oh, no, Artur. No, no, no. Guardado hits it right-footed from the middle after a a surging run - the goalkeeper gets his hands to it and palms it over his head into the net.
    • 58' Corner to Benfica, cleared confidently by Yoel.
    • 57' Valencia are looking calm now after taking the lead they've deserved since the off.
    • 54' GOAL! And Valencia take the lead, with Piatti fairly blasting the roof out of the net after Artur saves Alcacar's initial shot.
    • 52' Valencia are pushing and pushing now, and Benfica will be relieved to see the offside flag giving them a chance to reclaim some ground.
    • 51' Valencia surging forward some more now, Bannagan seeking to release Rodrigo but the pass is just a touch overweighted.
    • 49' GOAL! Gaya and Valencia both deserve that. Great ball in from Guardado to Gayo on the left side of the box, embarrassing Artur by nutmegging him.
    • 48' Great ball in from Alcacer towards Rodrigo as Artur is afflicted with indecision but the goalkeeper manages to get there first.
    • 47' A rather quieter beginning to the second half as the teams test out their new line-ups.
    • 46' Felipe replaces Cancelo at the start of the second half for Benfica, and Javi Fuego, Rodrigo and Andre Gomes on for Feghouli, Parejo and Carles Gil.
    • 45'+1 An interesting first half, certainly. Valencia have been creating so much but can't get that final touch, whereas Benfica capitalised on that early chance and have defended stoutly.
    • 45'+1 And then Derley, facing away from goal, tries to loop it over the keeper - nice idea but no dice.
    • 45' Time for a final last effort from Benfica - a corner punched away by Yoel, and Feghouli clears it.
    • 43' A bit of a scrap between Barragan and Sidnei as they battle over the ball, bouncing out for a Benfica goal kick.
    • 42' Alcacer despairingly tries to prod the ball home - he's unmarked in the middle, but he's always falling and he's not going to get that past Artur.
    • 41' Bebe makes a great dart down the right, rounding the Valencia defenders, and Jara is muscled out of it in the box.
    • 39' Big hit from Jara, but it's against the bar, and bounces back into play!
    • 38' Candeias plays Derley in - he looks offside, but the flag stays down - and he doesn't take enough time to consider what he's doing.
    • 36' Yoel's scampering out of his hutch and manages to distract Derley to get the ball away for a goal kick.
    • 35' Perhaps the Valencia official Twitter account may be slightly biased, but I wouldn't disagree with that assessment so far. They're dominating possession, they are playing better football, they're creating chances but they can't convert.
    • 34' Good ball from the left from Piatti, but there's nobody in the middle with enough power to guide that home.
    • 33' A series of Valencia chances and Artur manages to bat all of them away, then Benfica are off on the counter again.
    • 32' Alcacer beats Artur to the Barragan cross from the right, but he can't direct the ball towards the unguarded net.
    • 31' Again, it's the final ball that's letting Valencia down - they can't breach Benfica's solidly organised defence at the moment.
    • 30' Valencia are still driving forward, using the flanks well.
    • 28' Artur comes rushing out to punch at the ball, and also manages to make contact with the face of poor Piatti.
    • 27' A speculative yet powerful shot from Guardado - it's always flying high though.
    • 26' Nice idea - as Benfica pack the box, the free kick is played back to the unmarked Piatti, who hits it right at Artur.
    • 25' Feghouli gets his shirt tugged by Benito - free kick on the left, just outside the box.
    • 24' Benfica really are defending in huge numbers, and Valencia don't look half as incisive as they did yesterday.
    • 22' Lots of these little niggly knocks so far - I'm starting to think they might just want access to the ice bags on this warm afternoon.
    • 21' Feghouli crashes to the ground dramatically in the box, but it's unclear why he thinks that deserves a penalty.
    • 19' Guardado's on the floor claiming a foul from Teixeira again. Teixeira, in his turn, claims utter innocence.
    • 18' A peculiar hush descends on the Emirates Stadium. After the flurry of early goalmouth action, this is being battled out in midfield at the moment, and it's looking tight.
    • 17' Teixeira makes amends by clearing it himself.
    • 16' Foul by Teixeira, and a free kick to Valencia about 40 yards out.
    • 15' Feghoul is looking very lively down the left for Valencia, and Benfica are marking him in numbers.
    • 12' Bebe makes a run down the left but he takes too long deciding what to do once he gets in the box, and the attack fizzles out.
    • 11' Bright start from both sides so far. Benfica look a lot more organised than yesterday, and Valencia look slightly wobbly at the back.
    • 10' Close! Piatti hits the post and Artur is grateful to snaffle the rebound.
    • 9' Feghoul receives a nice sliding pass through into the box, but he takes too long.
    • 7' Lindelof does well to block a cross in from the left, and it's a Valencia corner. It falls to Gaya just outside the box, who has an eye for the spectacular, and skies it.
    • 6' Ball in to the back post from Feghoul, trying to reach Piatti.
    • 5' Looks like he was given a bit of a kick with studs up down the Achilles tendon. Ouch. He's moving now, though rather gingerly.
    • 4' Valencia responding well, though - but then play is halted as Carles Gil is prostrate on the ground and clutching his knee.
    • 3' Some rather random attempts at defending there from Valencia, as the back line decide to kick the ball against each other before presenting it to the onrushing Benfica front pairing.
    • 2' GOAL! Well, that's a turn-up, Derley left unmarked in the box and he calmly slots home past Yoel Rodriguez.
    • 1' Valencia are attacking from the off, but Benfica already looking rather brighter, alert to the counter-attack.
    • 14:00 Valencia kick off!
    • 13:55 The players are lining up in the tunnel, ready to emerge on to the sunny Emirates pitch.
    • 13:30 They're our starting XIs, then; remember that they can also make up to seven substitutions but all must be made within three "substitute breaks".
    • 13:30 TEAMS: VALENCIA: Yoel, Barragán, Vezo, Otamendi, Gayà, Parejo, Guardado, Feghouli, Piatti, Carles Gil, Alcácer /// BENFICA: Artur, Cancelo, Sidnei, Lindelof, Benito, Almeida, Teixeira, Bebe, Jara, Candeias, Derley.
    • 13:25 Of course, the Emirates Cup being at the Emirates Stadium, most of the interested parties attending are going to be Arsenal fans; as we saw yesterday, the atmosphere for this match is likely to be rather quiet, but expect it to improve towards the end of the second half as the Gunners faithful begin to trek in.
    • 13:25
    • 13:05
    • 12:50 Again, it's a lovely day in London, although with the possibility of a short shower later on this afternoon. There's a perfect pre-season glow around the city.
    • 12:30 Good afternoon, all, and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the third match in this year's Emirates Cup - Benfica v Valencia. So far, after yesterday's parallel universe-esque games, Arsenal are clear at the top of the group with eight points - so Valencia - who will no doubt fancy their chances against what looked like a lacklustre Benfica side - will be looking to score as many goals as possible in an effort to topple the hosts.
  • Summary

    • 60' GOAL! Oh, no, Artur. No, no, no. Guardado hits it right-footed from the middle after a a surging run - the goalkeeper gets his hands to it and palms it over his head into the net.
    • 54' GOAL! And Valencia take the lead, with Piatti fairly blasting the roof out of the net after Artur saves Alcacar's initial shot.
    • 49' GOAL! Gaya and Valencia both deserve that. Great ball in from Guardado to Gayo on the left side of the box, embarrassing Artur by nutmegging him.
    • 39' Big hit from Jara, but it's against the bar, and bounces back into play!
    • 27' A speculative yet powerful shot from Guardado - it's always flying high though.
    • 26' Nice idea - as Benfica pack the box, the free kick is played back to the unmarked Piatti, who hits it right at Artur.
    • 10' Close! Piatti hits the post and Artur is grateful to snaffle the rebound.
    • 2' GOAL! Well, that's a turn-up, Derley left unmarked in the box and he calmly slots home past Yoel Rodriguez.
    • 13:30 TEAMS: VALENCIA: Yoel, Barragán, Vezo, Otamendi, Gayà, Parejo, Guardado, Feghouli, Piatti, Carles Gil, Alcácer /// BENFICA: Artur, Cancelo, Sidnei, Lindelof, Benito, Almeida, Teixeira, Bebe, Jara, Candeias, Derley.

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