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Rui Costa breaks København hearts

Published: Tuesday 14 August 2007, 23.00CET
SL Benfica 2-1 FC København Rui Costa's thunderous late shot, his second goal of the night, gave the Lisbon club a crucial lead.
by Nuno Tavares
Rui Costa breaks København hearts
Rui Costa celebrates his opening goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BenficaKøbenhavn

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 14 August 2007, 23.00CET

Rui Costa breaks København hearts

SL Benfica 2-1 FC København Rui Costa's thunderous late shot, his second goal of the night, gave the Lisbon club a crucial lead.

A late Rui Costa goal ensured SL Benfica took the advantage from the first leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie against FC København.

Thunderous winner
Benfica had won their last home match in this competition 3-1 against the Danish champions in the 2006/07 group stage, and looked on course for another comfortable victory when Rui Costa gave them a 25th-minute lead. But Atiba Hutchinson equalised before the break and København looked destined to take a draw back to Denmark in a fortnight's time until Rui Costa struck again with a typically thunderous shot four minutes from the end.

Opening goal
Despite missing influential midfielder Manuel Fernandes, Benfica took control from the start but were kept at bay initially by the visiting defence. Petit's effort went wide in the sixth minute, but Benfica had to wait another 14 minutes before their next chance when Rui Costa's perfect cross was headed just past the post by summer signing Óscar Cardozo. København seemed happy to just sit back but were made to pay when Jesper Christiansen was unable to stop Rui Costa's long-range shot.

Hutchinson hits back
It took just nine minutes for the visitors, who shocked AFC Ajax at this stage last year, to hit back. Marcus Allbäck's cross from the left was only half-cleared by Luisão, and Hutchinson pounced to beat Quim with a precise, low shot. The Brazilian centre-back's night went from bad to worse two minutes later as he was forced off injured, meaning a European debut for American starlet Freddy Adu.

Sting in tail
Despite that reshuffle, Benfica began the second half in fluent style and Cardozo was just denied by Christiansen. The goalkeeper was even more impressive on the hour when he brilliantly tipped away Cardozo's strong left-footed shot. As time ticked away Benfica were becoming increasingly frustrated and København almost took advantage in the 71st minute when Jesper Grønkjær's left-footed strike flew close to the post. There was a sting in the tail though from probably Benfica's best player on the night as Rui Costa unleashed another impressive right-footed shot beyond Christiansen's grasp.

Last updated: 15/08/07 10.38CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

københavn

København

25
Nuno AssisNuno Assis
Substitution74
11
AllbäckMarcus Allbäck
Substitution78
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
Goal25
Goal85
Yellow Card86
1
ChristiansenJesper Christiansen (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão
Substitution37
14
GravgaardMichael Gravgaard (C)
6
PetitPetit (C)
Yellow Card58
10
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
Yellow Card45+1
8
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
5
LéoLéo
13
HutchinsonAtiba Hutchinson
Goal35
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
Yellow Card67
3
N.JensenNiclas Jensen
12
QuimQuim (GK)
23
KvistWilliam Kvist
2
Luís FilipeLuís Filipe
Yellow Card53
4
NørregaardHjalte Nørregaard
Substitution89
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
8
SilberbauerMichael Silberbauer
19
BergessioGonzalo Bergessio
Substitution46
6
WürtzRasmus Würtz
Yellow Card60

Substitutes

9
MantorrasMantorras
7
AíltonAílton
11
MiguelitoMiguelito
15
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
Substitution74
41
CoeNathan Coe (GK)
22
NélsonNélson
27
NeestrupJacob Neestrup
16
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Substitution46
9
NordstrandMorten Nordstrand
Substitution78
24
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
24
SionkoLibor Sionko
Substitution89
30
AduFreddy Adu
Substitution37
17
WendtOscar Wendt

Coach

Fernando Santos (POR) Ståle Solbakken (NOR)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN), Tibor Vámos (HUN)

Fourth official

Ferenc Bede (HUN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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