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Match facts: Benfica v Manchester United

Published: Sunday 11 September 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Benfica v Manchester United
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Published: Sunday 11 September 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Benfica v Manchester United


UEFA milestones
• Benfica have conceded 49 goals in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Saturday 10 September: SL Benfica 2-1 Vitória SC (Cardozo 34pen 45+1pen; Edgar 63)
Artur; Maxi Pereira, Garay, Luisão, Emerson; Gaitán (Matić 89), Witsel, Javi García, Bruno César (Nolito 57); Saviola (Aimar 61), Cardozo

• Benfica's fourth successive win extended their unbeaten start to the season to eight games in all competitions.

• Cardozo has scored eight goals in his last seven matches for club and country.

• For the seventh consecutive campaign the Eagles failed to win their opening Liga fixture, drawing 2-2 with Gil Vicente FC on 12 August.

• Summer signing Nolito scored in each of his first five outings for Benfica.

• Another newcomer, Bruno César, had made two substitute appearances in the Liga, against CD Nacional and Feirense, prior to the visit of Guimarães and scored in added time in each.

Injury news
• Nélson Oliveira has not featured since returning from this summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup with a thigh injury.

• Ezequiel Garay made his return on Saturday from the right ankle injury he sustained on 24 August. Maxi Pereira, who suffered a right thigh injury while on duty with Uruguay last week, was also fit to play, as was Nolito following dental surgery at the start of September.

• Enzo Peréz (right knee) and Ruben Amorim (left thigh) both picked up minor knocks in training during the international break, though the latter was an unused substitute against Guimarães.

Summer transfers
Joan Capdevilla (Villarreal CF)
Axel Witsel (R. Standard de Liège)
Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid CF)
Enzo Peréz (Club Estudiantes de la Plata)
Artur Moraes (SC Braga)
Rodrigo Mora (Defensor SC)
Nemanja Matić (Chelsea FC)
Bruno César (SC Corinthians Paulista)
Nolito (FC Barcelona)
Mika (UD Leiria)
Eduardo (Genoa CFC, loan)
Emerson (LOSC Lille Métropole)

Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid CF)
Roberto (Real Zaragoza)
Moreira (Swansea City FC)
Nuno Gomes (SC Braga)
Weldon (CFR 1907 Cluj)
Luís Filipe (SC Olhanense)
Felipe Menezes (Botafogo FR, loan)
Roderick (Servette FC, loan)
Airton (CR Flamengo, loan)
Sidnei (Beşiktaş JK, loan)
Carlos Martins (Granada CF, loan)
Alan Kardec (Santos FC, loan)
Urreta (Vitória SC, loan)

International duty
• Rodrigo scored a hat-trick on 1 September as Spain beat Georgia 7-2 in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying. He failed to register in a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture four days later.

• Pereira started every game as Uruguay claimed a record 15th Copa América in July. Luisão and Garay were also involved in the tournament though Brazil and hosts Argentina were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

• Nélson Oliveira, Luís Martins and Mika were in the Portugal side that finished runners-up to Brazil at the U-20 World Cup. Rodrigo helped Spain to the quarter-finals.

• Cardozo scored three goals as Paraguay earned back-to-back friendly wins against Panama (2-0, 2 September) and Honduras (3-0, 6 September).

• On 8 September Luisão signed a new three-year deal tying him to the club until June 2016.

• Before being sent out on loan, 21-year-old Uruguayan winger Urreta signed a new deal tying him to the Lisbon giants until June 2015 with a €20m release clause.

Manchester United

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Saturday 10 September: Bolton Wanderers FC 0-5 Manchester United FC (Hernández 5 58, Rooney 20 25 68)
De Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Evans (Smalling 62), Evra; Nani, Cleverley (Carrick 8), Anderson; Young (Giggs 61), Hernández, Rooney

• United recorded their 200th away success in the Premier League at Bolton, Wayne Rooney scoring a hat-trick for the second successive league game to take his tally for the season to eight goals. He is also the fourth player to score consecutive hat-tricks in the Premier League era, after Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright and Didier Drogba.

• Rooney also scored a hat-trick in United's 8-2 defeat of Arsenal FC on 28 August; his first goal was his 150th for the club.

• With 18 goals in their first four matches United have established a new Premier League record, eclipsing Chelsea FC's total of 17 in 2010/11. It is the highest haul for the opening four games in the English top flight since Wolverhampton Wanderers FC managed 20 in 1947/48.

• United came from two down at half-time to defeat neighbours Manchester City FC in the FA Community Shield at Wembley on 7 August thanks to second-half goals from Chris Smalling (52) and Nani (58, 90+4). It was United's 19th win in the competition and their 15th outright success.

• Sir Alex Ferguson was named the Premier League's manager of the month for August.

Injury news
• Tom Cleverley went off after only eight minutes at Bolton after suffering ligament damage to his left foot and is likely to be out until October. Jonny Evans came off just past the hour with a hip problem.

• Antonio Valencia has been out since suffering an ankle injury in Ecuador's Copa América game with Paraguay on 3 July.

• Nemanja Vidić (calf) has been out since 14 August, as had Rio Ferdinand (hamstring) before returning at Bolton. Rafael is expected to be out until November having suffered a shoulder injury in training in mid-August and subsequently undergone surgery.

• Before featuring for Scotland on 3 September, Darren Fletcher had not played since 22 May due to a virus.

• Danny Welbeck has been out since 28 August with a hamstring problem.

Summer transfers
Phil Jones (Blackburn Rovers FC)
Ashley Young (Aston Villa FC)
David de Gea (Club Atlético de Madrid)

Wes Brown (Sunderland AFC)
John O'Shea (Sunderland AFC)
Gabriel Obertan (Newcastle United FC)
Bébé (Beşiktaş JK, loan)
Owen Hargreaves (released)

International duty
• Fletcher missed a penalty in Scotland's 1-0 UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying win against Lithuania on 6 September. He also scored one goal and set up the other in the 2-2 home draw against the Czech Republic three days earlier.

• Rooney scored twice in England's 3-0 victory in Bulgaria on 2 September, a match in which Ashley Young also featured and Smalling made his senior international debut at right-back.

• Young scored the only goal against Wales at Wembley four days later, Rooney and Smalling again playing.

• Javier Hernández was on target in Mexico's 1-1 friendly draw in Poland on 2 September. He also scored seven goals in six CONCACAF Gold Cup appearances in June as Mexico lifted the trophy for the fourth time.

• David de Gea was part of the Spain squad that won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Denmark in June. United's summer signing captained the U21s in their 7-2 defeat of Georgia on 1 September.

• Valencia made one appearance for Ecuador in the Copa América before picking up that ankle injury.

• Edwin van der Sar and Paul Scholes both retired after last season's UEFA Champions League final.

• Smalling (2016), Park Ji-Sung (2013) and Valencia (2015) signed new contracts over the summer.

Last updated: 12/09/11 15.47CET

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