Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Lisbon 07/11/2012 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Group stage - Group G

Benfica - Spartak Moskva
2-0
 

Benfica - Spartak Moskva 2-0 - 07/11/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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Cardozo at the double as Benfica see off Spartak

Published: Wednesday 7 November 2012, 22.00CET
Cardozo at the double as Benfica see off Spartak 
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A beguiling display from half-time substitute Óscar Cardozo gave SL Benfica a UEFA Champions League lifeline as they beat FC Spartak Moskva 2-0 to claim their first Group G win in four attempts.

There was little between the sides before the interval but Cardozo changed all that. He broke the deadlock within ten minutes, doubling the home advantage midway through the second period. His dominance merited a hat-trick, and he could have had one had he not twice rattled the bar, including from the spot after drawing a mistimed tackle from Nicolas Pareja, who was sent off for his troubles.

Match in 5

  • Substitute Cardozo scores Benfica's two goals
  • Cardozo misses penalty to deny himself a hat-trick
  • Pareja dismissed for conceding penalty
  • Artur superb, ensures Benfica clean sheet
  • Benfica three points adrift of qualification spot

Reaction

We tried to use the ball better after going 2-0 up, but after the red card everything became easier and we could have scored more goals.

Jorge Jesus, Benfica coach

Jorge Jesus, Benfica coach

Benfica were superior in every part of the pitch. We came to win but failed to take our chances. They created more and took better use of them.

Unai Emery, Spartak coach

Unai Emery, Spartak coach

 

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Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

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Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Benfica
Spartak Moskva

2

Goals scored

0

55

Possession (%)

45

24

Total attempts

7

5

Attempts on target

5

19

Attempts off target

2

0

Attempts blocked

0

1

Attempts against woodwork

0

5

Corners

2

4

Offsides

11

1

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

1

11

Fouls committed

25

22

Fouls suffered

11

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    And there goes the final whistle. A commanding performance from Benfica as they finally get their first win in the UEFA Champions League group stage. It was substitute Óscar Cardozo that changed the game, coming on at half time to score both goals. He could have had a hat-trick too, only to miss a penalty.
  • Substitution
    82
    André Gomes (in) - Maxi Pereira (out) (Benfica)
  • Yellow Card
    82
    Jurado (Spartak Moskva) is shown a yellow card.
    José Manuel Jurado goes into the book for a late challenge on Enzo Peréz.
  • Substitution
    79
    Suchý (in) - Bilyaletdinov (out) (Spartak Moskva)
  • Penalty
    77
    Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) hits the crossbar from the penalty spot.
    Óscar Cardozo fails to score his hat-trick as he hits the bar from the resulting penalty. Artem Rebrov got an excellent touch to the ball as the striker went for power over accuracy.

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