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Senna sets Villarreal flying

Published: Thursday 3 November 2005, 0.35CET
SL Benfica 0-1 Villarreal CF Marcos Senna's late long-range strike took the visitors into pole position in Group D.
by Duncan White

Match statistics

BenficaVillarreal

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners2
 
0
Offsides5
 
5
Fouls committed16
 
24
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Thursday 3 November 2005, 0.35CET

Senna sets Villarreal flying

SL Benfica 0-1 Villarreal CF Marcos Senna's late long-range strike took the visitors into pole position in Group D.

A late swerving strike from Brazilian midfielder Marcos Senna took Villarreal CF to the brink of the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, defeating Group D rivals SL Benfica in a tense match at the Estádio Da Luz.

Senna strikes
The game appeared to be drifting towards a stalemate before Senna's 81st-minute effort from 30 metres deceived Benfica's stand-in goalkeeper Rui Nereu, who misread the flight of the ball and could only palm it into the net. Despite the victory, Villarreal's night ended on a worrying note as their goalscorer hobbled off in added time.

Simão returns
Benfica coach Ronald Koeman had hurried back Simão from injury, although the Portuguese international winger was forced to play with heavy strapping on his left thigh, which seemed to restrict his usual vibrancy. Even when he had the chance to hit trademark free-kicks from the edge of the area, he struck the ball gingerly, a performance which embodied that of a disappointing Benfica team.

Scrappy affair
Neither side were able to establish much rhythm in a disjointed first half, although it might have been different had the hosts gone ahead with their first clear opportunity on six minutes. Manuel Fernandes curled a set-piece deep to the far post where Luisão pulled it back but Senna was alert and got a toe to the ball before Petit could reach it.

Early errors
As it was both teams were limiting themselves to tentatively probing the opposition defence. Inevitably, this made mistakes the likeliest source of any openings. Anderson made the first, allowing Diego Forlán to get in behind him when he should have cleared. Fortunately for the Brazilian defender, Forlán's left-foot effort could not find the bottom corner.

Geovanni lob
Mariano Barbosa, the Villarreal goalkeeper playing because of injury to first-choice Sebastián Viera, was also caught out. He allowed himself to be closed down after carrying the ball out of the box and if Geovanni's lob had been more accurate, it could have been decidedly embarrassing for the reserve.

Forlán blow
Forlán had to leave the field before the hour after hurting his shin in a tackle with Luisão. On came Luciano Figueroa, and the Argentinian international almost scored within seconds. José María Romero's cushioned header looked to have played him in on the edge of the area but Rui Nereu was quickly off his line to avert the danger.

Goal disallowed
On 58 minutes Benfica thought they had scored. Nuno Gomes had the ball in the net, nodding in Simão's cross, but he was ruled fractionally offside. It was frustrating for the home team, who were finding it hard to break down the visiting defence.

Double take
Twelve minutes later, the same fate befell Villarreal. Riquelme struck a powerful low shot from outside the box that was well parried by Rui Nereu. The rebound fell to Figueroa and the substitute slammed it into the net via the underside of the bar, but he had advanced too far forward and his effort was disallowed for offside.

Koeman gamble
With 20 minutes left, Koeman decided to gamble on securing victory. He sent on the attacking pair of Mantorras and João Pereira for Georgios Karagounis and Geovanni, and Benfica took the game to Villarreal to the delight of their support. It was a move that failed to pay off, however, as Senna had the last word.

Last updated: 03/11/05 0.22CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

villarreal

Villarreal

43
Rui NereuRui Nereu (GK)
25
BarbosaMariano Barbosa (GK)
3
AndersonAnderson
Substitution84
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
Yellow Card68
4
LuisãoLuisão
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena
5
LéoLéo
5
ForlánDiego Forlán
Substitution52
6
PetitPetit
6
JosicoJosico
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution70
8
RiquelmeJuan Riquelme
11
GeovanniGeovanni
Substitution70
12
SorínJuan Pablo Sorín
Yellow Card89
14
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
16
Q. ÁlvarezQuique Álvarez (C)
20
SimãoSimão (C)
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
Yellow Card56
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
Yellow Card81
19
SennaMarcos Senna
Goal81
Substitution90+2
22
NélsonNélson
23
José MariJosé Mari
Substitution71

Substitutes

24
Bruno CostaBruno Costa (GK)
27
Juan CarlosJuan Carlos (GK)
9
MantorrasMantorras
Substitution70
7
GuayreAntonio Guayre
Substitution71
15
Nuno AssisNuno Assis
Substitution84
9
FigueroaLuciano Figueroa
Substitution52
16
BetoBeto
10
Roger GarcíaRoger García
17
KaryakaAndrei Karyaka
15
KromkampJan Kromkamp
27
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Substitution70
21
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
33
Ricardo RochaRicardo Rocha
22
PeñaJuan Manuel Peña
Substitution90+2

Coach

Ronald Koeman (NED) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Mark Simons (BEL), Peter Hermans (BEL)

Fourth official

Jean-Baptist Bultynck (BEL)

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