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

Group stage - Group G

Benfica - Celtic
2-1
 

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Benfica grateful for Garay winner

Published: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 22.00CET
Benfica grateful for Garay winner 
Benfica-Celtic reaction ©AFP/Getty Images

SL Benfica kept alive their hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League knockout stage after edging out Celtic FC on a night of intense rain and noise in Lisbon.

The Scottish champions looked set for a long night when Ola John gave the hosts an early lead, but Giorgos Samaras headed them level before half-time. A draw would have been enough for Celtic to reach the last 16 as Group G runners-up but they were under pressure from the outset in the second half and cracked with 19 minutes remaining, Ezequiel Garay volleying a sumptuous clincher. Benfica must now equal Celtic's matchday six result to hold onto second place; the Portuguese side visit section winners FC Barcelona while Celtic welcome FC Spartak Moskva.

Match in 5

  • First competition goals for John and Garay seal Benfica win
  • Samaras cancels out early John opener
  • Garay's 71st-minute volley moves sides level on points
  • Both sides still in contention to qualify from Group G
  • Scottish side without a win in last six visits to Portugal

Reaction

Celtic are still in a good position. Our aim was to stay in the competition. We go to Barcelona to chase qualification. We will not change our style as we have a game plan we have worked on for years.

Jorge Jesus, Benfica coach

Jorge Jesus, Benfica coach

We know what we have to do: beat Spartak and we still have a good chance of qualifying. Hopefully we'll have a few players back for the Spartak game and the squad will be a bit stronger.

Neil Lennon, Celtic manager

Neil Lennon, Celtic manager

 

Player rater

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Top Player

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Standings

Last updated: 21/11/2012 10:54 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Benfica
Celtic

2

Goals scored

1

60

Possession (%)

40

31

Total attempts

8

18

Attempts on target

5

13

Attempts off target

3

0

Attempts blocked

0

1

Attempts against woodwork

0

10

Corners

3

0

Offsides

1

2

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

9

Fouls committed

16

15

Fouls suffered

9

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Benfica have kept their qualification hopes alive with a well-earned win over Celtic here tonight. Goals from Ola John and Ezequiel Garay have drawn the two sides level on seven points in the group.
  • Substitution
    90+2
    Jardel (in) - Salvio (out) (Benfica)
  • Yellow Card
    90+1
    André Almeida (Benfica) is shown a yellow card.
  • Yellow Card
    85
    Wanyama (Celtic) is shown a yellow card.
    Victor Wanyama's yellow card means he will not be eligible to play against FC Spartak Moskva in the final group game.
  • Substitution
    80
    Watt (in) - Ledley (out) (Celtic)

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