Match statistics

BarcelonaBenfica

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners7
 
1
Offsides0
9
Fouls committed20
 
29
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 

Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Barcelona confirm their place in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals against AC Milan with a 2-0 victory, though the second half produced its moments of tension right up until Eto'o fired in their second goal with a minute left on the clock. Benfica had two great chances to score, but the home side deserved to progress on the balance of play.
  • 90+3
    Simão (Benfica) delivers the free-kick wide.
    Simão sums up a miserable night for Benfica when he wastes an opportunity to claim a late consolation strike by blasting a free-kick high and wide of the Barcelona goal.
  • 90+2
    Oleguer (Barcelona) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Marcel (Benfica).
  • 90
    Marcel (Benfica) misses the target.
  • Goal
    89
    Eto'o (Barcelona) scores!
    Barcelona make their passage to the semi-finals a sure thing when Ronaldinho clips the ball out to the right wing to substitute Ludovic Giuly, who cleverly lobs to an unmarked Eto'o in the area. He chests the ball down before emphatically blasting Barcelona's second past Moretto - his fifth UEFA Champions League goal of the season.
  • 88
    Marcel (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Puyol (Barcelona).
  • 87
    Víctor Valdés (Barcelona) makes a save.
    Valdés makes a match-saving stop for Barcelona as their vulnerability to the away goal becomes painfully apparent to the fans when Karagounis tries a hopeful shot from 25 metres and the unsighted goalkeeper does well to palm the ball away.
  • 87
    Karagounis (Benfica) has an effort on goal.
  • 86
    Van Bronckhorst (Barcelona) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Marcel (Benfica).
  • Substitution
    86
    Giuly (in) - Larsson (out) (Barcelona)
  • Substitution
    85
    Edmílson (in) - Van Bommel (out) (Barcelona)
  • 84
    Deco (Barcelona) has a shot blocked.
  • 84
    Moretto (Benfica) makes a save.
    Barcelona catch Benfica out with a quick counter attack and Moretto has to charge out to deny them a second goal which would kill off the Portuguese champions.
  • 84
    Eto'o (Barcelona) has an effort on goal.
  • 83
    Miccoli (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Puyol (Barcelona).
  • Yellow Card
    83
    Anderson (Benfica) is shown a yellow card.
  • 83
    Anderson (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Eto'o (Barcelona).
  • 82
    Van Bronckhorst (Barcelona) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ricardo Rocha (Benfica).
  • Substitution
    82
    Marcel (in) - Manuel Fernandes (out) (Benfica)
  • 81
    Simão (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Iniesta (Barcelona).
  • 81
    Karagounis (Benfica) fouls.
  • 77
    Puyol (Barcelona) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Miccoli (Benfica).
  • 76
    Deco (Barcelona) delivers the corner.
  • 76
    Van Bommel (Barcelona) has a shot blocked.
  • 76
    Ricardo Rocha (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Van Bronckhorst (Barcelona).
  • 75
    Anderson (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Eto'o (Barcelona).
  • 74
    Petit (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ronaldinho (Barcelona).
  • 73
    Robert (Benfica) delivers the free-kick wide.
    Laurent Robert comes off the bench and tries to make an immediate impact but the Frenchman is off target and Benfica look increasingly desperate.
  • 73
    Belletti (Barcelona) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Simão (Benfica).
  • Substitution
    72
    Robert (in) - Beto (out) (Benfica)
  • 72
    Miccoli (Benfica) misses the target.
    Miccoli tries his luck from distance but the ball flies harmlessly wide.
  • 71
    Eto'o (Barcelona) misses the target.
    Eto'o blasts the ball over the top from a good position inside the area and one more goal for Barça now should kill the game off.
  • 71
    Víctor Valdés (Barcelona) makes a save.
    The Barcelona goalkeeper makes a routine save from Miccoli's weak shot and does not look too perturbed by Benfica's latest move forward.
  • 71
    Miccoli (Benfica) has an effort on goal.
  • 67
    Léo (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Larsson (Barcelona).
  • 66
    Karagounis (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Larsson (Barcelona).
  • 65
    Manuel Fernandes (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Larsson (Barcelona).
  • 65
    Moretto (Benfica) makes a save.
    A free-kick four metres outside the area seems to be in ideal territory for Ronaldinho, but his curling shot is a disappointment as Moretto comfortably gathers the ball into his chest.
  • 65
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) delivers the free-kick on target.
  • Yellow Card
    64
    Luisão (Benfica) is booked.
    Luisão is booked for a body-check on Ronaldinho that halted him in full flight.
  • 64
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Luisão (Benfica).
  • 63
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) delivers the corner.
  • Yellow Card
    62
    Manuel Fernandes (Benfica) is booked.
  • 62
    Petit (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Van Bommel (Barcelona).
  • 61
    Simão (Benfica) misses the target.
    Benfica give Barcelona the fright of their lives with an absolutely glorious chance to level the tie and score an away goal. Miccoli makes a telling break down the right and draws the defence towards him before crossing to Simão and releasing him in space. Simão is completely unmarked but, perhaps overawed by the moment, he fires his left-footed shot wide and buries his face in the turf to hide his embarrassment.
  • 60
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) delivers the corner.
  • 58
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Anderson (Benfica).
  • 57
    Miccoli (Benfica) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 56
    Léo (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Van Bommel (Barcelona).
  • Substitution
    55
    Karagounis (in) - Geovanni (out) (Benfica)
  • 54
    Iniesta (Barcelona) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Beto (Benfica).
  • 52
    Miccoli (Benfica) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • Yellow Card
    51
    Eto'o (Barcelona) is booked.
    Cameroon striker Eto'o dives at the feet of Luisão in a clear attempt to win another penalty for Barcelona, but he earns a yellow card for his deception.
  • 51
    Eto'o (Barcelona) fouls.
  • 51
    Geovanni (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Eto'o (Barcelona).
  • 50
    Deco (Barcelona) has a shot blocked.
  • 50
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) delivers the corner.
    Eto'o has a cross well dealt with by Manuel Fernandes as van Bommel lurked behind him in a great position to score Barça's second goal.
  • 49
    Simão (Benfica) delivers the corner.
    A positive start to the second half earns the visitors their first corner of the match, but when it is fired in towards the near post, nobody is on hand to make the most of the opening and Barcelona clear their lines.
  • 47
    Miccoli (Benfica) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 46
    Beto (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Van Bommel (Barcelona).
  • Start Time
    The second half begins.
  • End Time
    The referee blows for half-time.
    Barcelona will feel well satisfied with their first half performance as they go in a goal to the good, though in truth it could have been more as their early domination merited a healthier lead. Ronaldinho will be annoyed with himself for missing a penalty, but having scored the only goal and making a series of surging runs, he deserves to be satisfied with his night's work so far.
  • 45+3
    Luisão (Benfica) misses the target.
  • 45+2
    Van Bronckhorst (Barcelona) is penalised for a foul on Ricardo Rocha (Benfica).
    Rocha requires treatment after taking a painful kick on his ankle from van Bronckhorst. When the resulting free-kick swings in, Barcelona manage to shepherd the ball to safety.
  • 45+1
    Larsson (Barcelona) misses the target.
    Swedish striker Larsson is a few centimetres too short to connect with a hopeful cross by Deco and the ball skims off the top of his head as he fails to make proper contact.
  • 45
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) takes the corner.
  • 43
    Léo (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Deco (Barcelona).
  • 41
    Miccoli (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Oleguer (Barcelona).
  • 40
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) takes the corner.
  • 40
    Moretto (Benfica) makes a save.
    Dutchman van Bommel is presented with a great scoring chance after some sloppy defending by Léo, but his firm left-footed shot from near the penalty spot is kept out by Moretto's legs.
  • 40
    Van Bommel (Barcelona) has an effort on goal.
  • 37
    Geovanni (Benfica) is flagged for offside.
    Geovanni briefly gives Benfica something to shout about as he tries to latch on to a hopeful ball over the top, but he is flagged offside.
  • 36
    Larsson (Barcelona) is penalised for a foul on Léo (Benfica).
  • 36
    Van Bronckhorst (Barcelona) is penalised for a foul on Geovanni (Benfica).
  • 36
    Ricardo Rocha (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Ronaldinho (Barcelona).
  • 34
    Iniesta (Barcelona) is penalised for a foul on Geovanni (Benfica).
  • 32
    Beto (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Puyol (Barcelona).
    Barcelona skipper Puyol and Beto collide near the halfway line and at first glance it appears that both men have sustained injuries, but they are fit to continue.
  • 31
    Larsson (Barcelona) is penalised for a foul on Ricardo Rocha (Benfica).
  • 30
    Anderson (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Eto'o (Barcelona).
  • 29
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) is penalised for a foul on Ricardo Rocha (Benfica).
  • 27
    Geovanni (Benfica) is flagged for offside.
  • 27
    Geovanni (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Van Bronckhorst (Barcelona).
  • 26
    Eto'o (Barcelona) misses the target.
    Eto'o almost makes the most of defensive uncertainty by lobbing the ball over Moretto, but his effort clears the crossbar.
  • 25
    Belletti (Barcelona) is penalised for a foul on Simão (Benfica).
  • 24
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) delivers the free-kick wide.
    The Brazilian is causing numerous problems for Benfica with his surging runs and when Luisão stops him in his tracks by handling the ball right on the edge of the box, Ronaldinho curls the resulting free-kick into the sidenetting.
  • 23
    Luisão (Benfica) fouls.
  • 22
    Geovanni (Benfica) is flagged for offside.
  • Goal
    19
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) scores!
    Beto loses possession as he makes a terrible error near his own area and Henrik Larsson releases Eto'o, who sprints to the byline and crosses for Ronaldinho to sidefoot in his seventh UEFA Champions League goal of the season to make up for missing the earlier penalty.
  • 19
    Luisão (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Eto'o (Barcelona).
  • 17
    Simão (Benfica) is flagged for offside.
  • 14
    Léo (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Larsson (Barcelona).
    A series of niggly fouls disrupts the pattern of play, but on this early showing it would seem Benfica have a long night of defending ahead of them as Barcelona seek to press their advantage of playing at home.
  • 14
    Deco (Barcelona) is penalised for a foul on Petit (Benfica).
  • 14
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) has a shot blocked.
  • 12
    Petit (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Ronaldinho (Barcelona).
  • 10
    Miccoli (Benfica) is flagged for offside.
  • Yellow Card
    9
    Deco (Barcelona) is booked.
    Undaunted by the early disappointment of missing the spot-kick, Barcelona come back at Benfica in waves. Moretto has to dive at the feet of Deco to snuff out the danger, but when the Portuguese international midfielder leaves his foot in late, he earns a caution. Deco will now miss the next match if Barcelona progress.
  • 8
    Deco (Barcelona) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Moretto (Benfica).
  • 8
    Petit (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Iniesta (Barcelona).
  • 7
    Larsson (Barcelona) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Léo (Benfica).
  • 6
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) delivers the corner.
  • 6
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Anderson (Benfica).
  • Penalty
    5
    Ronaldinho (Barcelona) missed the penalty saved by the goalkeeper.
    Brazilian international Ronaldinho composes himself for a long time before stepping up to take the penalty, but Moretto, who had an outstanding match in the first leg, dives to his right to turn the ball away brilliantly.
  • 4
    Petit (Benfica) fouls.
    Mark van Bommel fires the ball at Petit from close range inside the penalty area and when it strikes his right hand, a penalty is awarded.
  • 3
    Beto (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Iniesta (Barcelona).
  • 3
    Miccoli (Benfica) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 2
    Beto (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Van Bronckhorst (Barcelona).
    Barcelona make a patient start to the game by spreading the ball across their back line. When Giovanni van Bronckhorst finally makes a break down the left, Beto brings him down.
  • Start Time
    The match is under way.

Legend:

  • Goals
    Goals
  • Own goal
    Own goal
  • Converted penalty
    Converted penalty
  • Missed penalty
    Missed penalty
  • Red card
    Red card
  • Yellow card
    Yellow card
  • Second yellow card
    Second yellow card
  • Substitution
    Substitution
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