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Match facts: Chelsea v Benfica

Published: Sunday 1 April 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: Chelsea v Benfica
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Published: Sunday 1 April 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: Chelsea v Benfica

Chelsea

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• David Luiz, Raul Meireles and Ashley Cole will incur suspensions with their next bookings.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 31 March: Aston Villa FC 2-4 Chelsea FC (Collins 77, Lichaj 80; Sturridge 9, Ivanović 51 83,
Torres 90+2)

Čech; Ivanović, Luiz (Cahill 45+1), Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Sturridge, Mata (Malouda 74), Kalou (Ramires 59); Torres.

• Fernando Torres scored his first Premier League goal in 1,035 minutes as Chelsea claimed only their second win in 14 years at Villa Park. The Blues had scored just two goals in their four previous league outings.

• Daniel Sturridge took his tally to ten Premier League goals this season, two more than his previous best return set while on loan at Bolton Wanderers FC last term.

• Sixteen of the 36 league goals Chelsea have conceded this season have come in the final 15 minutes.

• The Blues are unbeaten in nine games at Stamford Bridge in 2012, winning six.

• Chelsea have won only 11 of their last 24 matches in all competitions and only five of 16 league fixtures.

• Torres scored twice in a 5-2 home win against Leicester City FC in the FA Cup quarter-finals on 18 March, ending a run of 24 club matches without a goal.

• Chelsea, who have lifted the cup in three of the past six seasons, have lost only two of their last 31 FA Cup matches – one of those was on penalties.

• Chelsea have failed to convert five of their nine spot kicks this season.

• The Blues will face Tottenham Hotspur FC in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on 15 April.

• Chelsea dismissed manager André Villas-Boas on 4 March having won just three of their previous 12 league matches. His assistant Roberto Di Matteo was placed in charge until the end of the season and he has overseen six wins, a draw and a defeat.

• Frank Lampard's goal in the 3-0 win against Bolton Wanderers FC on 25 February made him the first player to score ten or more in nine successive Premier League seasons.

Injury news
• Branislav Ivanović, out since picking up a thigh problem at Manchester City FC on 21 March, started on Saturday.

• Meireles was rested for the trip to Villa due to a knee injury.

• Didier Drogba was ruled out at Villa Park due to a knock  while Luiz went off just before half-time with suspected ankle ligament damage.

Miscellaneous
• Chelsea signed Kevin De Bruyne from KRC Genk in January, although the winger will spend the rest of the season back on loan at the Belgian club before moving to London in the summer.

• Salomon Kalou and Drogba were part of the Ivory Coast side that finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations. Drogba missed a penalty in normal time in the final against Zambia but converted in the 8-7 shoot-out defeat.

Benfica

UEFA milestones
• This is Benfica's 200th match in the European Cup.

• Jorge Jesus oversaw his 21st win in 38 games in UEFA competition as Benfica coach on matchday six, surpassing Sven-Göran Eriksson's club record (20 from 39). He now has 22 from 41.

• Luisão has made a record 84 appearances in UEFA competition for Benfica.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Benfica have been caught offside 13 times, less than any other team in the quarter-finals.

• Nicolás Gaitán has provided five assists, the joint highest total in the competition along with Karim Benzema.

• Luisão, Javi García, Bruno César, Artur and Ezequiel Garay will incur suspensions with their next yellow cards.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 31 March: SL Benfica 2-1 SC Braga (Witsel 77pen, Bruno César 90+2; Elderson 82)
Artur; Capdevila, Luisão, Vítor (Matić 68), Pereira; Gaitán, Witsel, Javi García, Bruno César; Rodrigo (Nolito 79), Cardozo (Oliveira 64).

• Bruno César's last-gasp goal earned Benfica a win that takes them above Braga and into second in the Liga.

• Axel Witsel's penalty was his first Liga goal since joining Benfica last summer. He struck ten in the league for former club R. Standard de Liège in 2010/11.

• Benfica have kept just seven clean sheets in 25 Liga games this season.

• The Eagles have lost two of their 23 home games this season, a 3-2 Liga defeat by FC Porto on 2 March and the first leg against Chelsea. They have won 19 and drawn two, both in the UEFA Champions League.

• Aside from the first leg, Jorge Jesus' side have scored in their other 22 home games this season.

• In contrast, Benfica have won just one of their last five away matches, losing two; before that they had recorded four successive away wins.

• Overall Benfica have won 11 of their 22 away games in all competitions this season.

• Óscar Cardozo has scored 17 goals in his last 21 appearances. He has 126 goals in all for Benfica, one shy of Mário Coluna in 12th place on the club's all-time scoring charts.

• Winners of the last three editions, Benfica will face Gil Vicente FC in the Portuguese League Cup final on 14 April.

Injury news
• Miguel Vítor (thigh) and Luisão (left knee) sustained injuries on Saturday, the former limping off midway through the second half.

• Jardel picked up a minor knock to his left thigh injury against Chelsea last week and sat out the Braga game.

• Yannick Djaló has been out with a thigh strain since 3 March but returned to training last week and was an unused substitute at the weekend.

• Garay remains sidelined with a left knee problem that has kept him out since 2 March.

Miscellaneous
• Nélson Oliveira made his Portugal debut on 29 February, as a late substitute in a 0-0 draw away to Poland.

• On 20 March it was announced that Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica will stage the 2014 UEFA Champions League final following a decision made at the UEFA Executive Commitee meeting in Istanbul.

Last updated: 02/04/12 15.06CET

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