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Match facts: Oţelul v Benfica

Published: Saturday 24 September 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Oţelul v Benfica
Oţelul's Milan Perendija jumps with Basel striker Marco Streller ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 24 September 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Oţelul v Benfica


UEFA milestones
• Matchday one marked Oţelul's first game in the European Cup.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• The Romanian side were not caught offside in their first match.

• Adrian Sălăgeanu serves a one-game ban following his red card on matchday one.

Latest domestic information
Friday 23 September: FC Oţelul Galaţi 0-0 CS Mioveni
Grahovac; Skubič, Costin, Perendija, Sălăgeanu; Filip, Giurgiu; Antal, Ibeh (Paraschiv 46, Punoševac 75), Buş (Frunză 46); Pena

• Nejc Skubič made his Liga 1 debut as Oţelul, without the suspended Silviu Ilie and injured Cornel Râpă, were shut out by a Mioveni side that began the weekend with the worst defensive record in the Romanian top flight.

• Dorinel Munteanu's side have been restricted to 11 goals in 11 outings in all competitions this season.

• On 20 September a weakened Oţelul side booked a place in the last 16 of the Romanian Cup with a 3-1 home victory over third tier FC Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea, with Bratislav Punoševac (2) and Laurenţiu Iorga on target.

• On 9 September Oţelul lost 4-0 to CFR 1907 Cluj, their worst home defeat since 5 November 2006 (7-0 v FC Rapid Bucureşti) and worst home or away since an identical loss to FC Vaslui on 13 September 2010. Coupled with a 2-1 reverse at FC Dinamo Bucureşti, it completed their first back-to-back league defeats since August 2009.

• The 2-1 loss at Basel made it three in a row but Munteanu's side returned to winning ways on 17 September at promoted CSU Voinţa Sibiu; Gabriel Paraschiv scored the only goal five minutes from time.

• Two months after wrapping up their first major trophy Oţelul secured a second on 17 July, Laurenţiu Buş scoring the only goal against Romanian Cup holders FC Steaua Bucureşti in the domestic Super Cup.

Injury news
• Râpă sat out Friday's game after suffering a right thigh problem against Voinţa Sibiu.

• Half-time substitute Paraschiv lasted 30 minutes against Mioveni before being taken off with strained adductors.

Summer transfers
Miloš Buchta (CS Gaz Metan Mediaş)
Zoran Ljubinković (FC Petrolul Ploiesti)
Alexandru Benga (FC Petrolul Ploiesti)
Sorin Frunză (FC Rapid Bucureşti)
Nejc Skubič (NK Olimpija Ljubljana)

Constantin Miselaricu (AFC Săgeata Năvodari)
Iulian Ochiroşii (AFC Săgeata Năvodari)
Csaba Borbely (CF Brăila)
Laurentiu Petean (FC Petrolul Ploiesti)


UEFA milestones
• Manchester United FC's goal on matchday one was the 50th Benfica have conceded in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final; they have scored 45.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Friday 23 September: FC Porto 2-2 SL Benfica (Kléber 37, Otamendi 50; Cardozo 47, Gaitán 82)
Artur; Pereira, Luisão, Garay, Emerson; Javi García, Witsel, Aimar (Saviola 69); Gaitán, Cardozo (Matić 90+1), Nolito (Bruno César 69)

• Benfica extended their unbeaten start to the season to 11 games in all competitions though they have won just one in five on their travels.

• Óscar Cardozo has scored ten goals in as many matches for club and country.

• Two Nolito goals helped Benfica to a 4-1 victory against A. Académica de Coimbra on 18 September; Brazilian-born Spain Under-21 forward Rodrigo made his club debut as a late substitute.

• Pablo Aimar registered seconds after coming on against Académica, his first goal in 17 outings.

• Summer signing Nolito scored in each of his first five outings for Benfica and has seven goals in 11 games this term.

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

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

• Enzo Peréz (right knee) picked up a minor knock in training during the international break and has not played since.

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)

• 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.

• Maxi 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.

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

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