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Trapattoni savours winning start

Published: Tuesday 10 August 2004, 23.04CET
SL Benfica 1-0 RSC Anderlecht Giovanni Trapattoni's first match in charge ends in victory.

Match statistics

BenficaAnderlecht

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 10 August 2004, 23.04CET

Trapattoni savours winning start

SL Benfica 1-0 RSC Anderlecht Giovanni Trapattoni's first match in charge ends in victory.

SL Benfica will travel to Brussels with a narrow lead over RSC Anderlecht after an early goal from Zlatko Zahovic brought Giovanni Trapattoni victory in his first match as coach.

Long wait
This was the first competitive match in the Estádio da Luz since the UEFA EURO 2004™ final and there were 60,000 fans inside urging their side on as Benfica looked to claim a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time since 1998/99.

Early chances
There were early chances for both sides. First Christian Wilhelmsson latched on to a sloppy back-pass from Miguel but he failed to find a team-mate with his ball across the penalty area. In response, Petit dribbled through the visitors' defence and from inside the area, shot just wide of Daniel Zitka's left-hand post.

Missed opportunity
Back to the other end and in the 12th minute, a menacing counterattack from Anderlecht saw Aruna Dindane escape the offside trap. Breaking into the box from the right, however, he was unable to pick out Goran Lovre, who was waiting in front of goal for the final pass.

Zahovic scores
That chance gone begging, Anderlecht then conceded the game's only goal 60 seconds later. Simão Sabrosa attacked down the left flank and fed Zahovic on the edge of the area. The Slovenian playmaker controlled the ball with his right foot, then drove a powerful shot with his left straight into the top left-hand corner.

Mpenza shoots wide
The tempo then slowed although Benfica were in control, and Tomo Šokota, João Pereira and Paulo Almeida all tried their luck from long range. After the restart, however, the Belgian champions came back at them. After 58 minutes, Mbo Mpenza was put clean through by Wilhelmsson but shot wide with just Yannick to beat.

Zitka save
As the clock ticked down, Benfica regained control and Zitka did well to deny Simão when the left winger crashed a volley goalwards from Petit's free-kick. In the final moments, Anderlecht gave the home supporters a final scare but Dindane again failed to pick out a team-mate after surging down the right. The second leg of this third qualifying round tie is to come in a fortnight's time but the Trapattoni era is now up and running.

Last updated: 11/08/04 13.50CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

anderlecht

Anderlecht

24
QuesnelYannick Quesnel (GK)
1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
3
ArgelArgel
Yellow Card3
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
Yellow Card88
5
Paulo AlmeidaPaulo Almeida
6
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
Substitution83
6
PetitPetit
7
LovreGoran Lovre
10
ZahovičZlatko Zahovič
Goal13
Substitution60
9
Mbo MpenzaMbo Mpenza
Substitution77
18
Dos SantosManuel Dos Santos
10
BaseggioWalter Baseggio (C)
Yellow Card25
20
SimãoSimão (C)
15
HasiBesnik Hasi
Yellow Card16
23
MiguelMiguel
Yellow Card61
17
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
25
ŠokotaTomo Šokota
Substitution72
26
DindaneAruna Dindane
33
Ricardo RochaRicardo Rocha
27
KompanyVincent Kompany
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
34
TraoréLamine Traoré

Substitutes

12
QuimQuim (GK)
24
PeersmanTristan Peersman (GK)
2
AmoreirinhaAmoreirinha
8
JeštrovićNenad Ještrović
8
Bruno AguiarBruno Aguiar
Substitution60
21
ZetterbergPär Zetterberg
14
FyssasTakis Fyssas
22
YashchukOleh Yashchuk
Substitution77
19
EversonEverson
23
JuniorJunior
22
KaradasAzar Karadas
Substitution72
31
De ManMark De Man
37
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
37
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
Substitution83

Coach

Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA) Hugo Broos (BEL)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Ingemar Larsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Martin Hansson (SWE)

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