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Battling Benfica deny København

Published: Wednesday 29 August 2007, 23.30CET
FC København 0-1 SL Benfica (agg: 1-3) Kostas Katsouranis' first-half goal proved enough to secure the visitors' place in the group stage.
by Peter Bruun

Match statistics

KøbenhavnBenfica

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 29 August 2007, 23.30CET

Battling Benfica deny København

FC København 0-1 SL Benfica (agg: 1-3) Kostas Katsouranis' first-half goal proved enough to secure the visitors' place in the group stage.

SL Benfica stood firm in the face of a tide of pressure from FC København as Kostas Katsouranis' first-half goal proved enough to secure a 3-1 aggregate victory for the Portuguese outfit, and a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Missed opportunities
Greece international Katsouranis struck after just 17 minutes at the Parken Stadium, firing in from close range after good build-up play from Rui Costa and Oscar Óscar to further extend Benfica's advantage following their 2-1 first-leg triumph. It left the home team with it all to do but having already had a shot cleared off the line they swept forward. Atiba Hutchinson, Marcus Allbäck, Brede Hangeland and Libor Sionko all went close while Niclas Jensen saw his free-kick come back off the upright but the visitors held on.

Bright start
Having limited Benfica to a narrow win in Portugal a fortnight ago hopes were high in the Danish camp that they could ensure a swift return to the UEFA Champions League having made their group stage debut last term. Michael Gravgaard gave further cause for enthusiasm when he capped a bright opening by the home team when his effort forced a desperate goalline clearance on 12 minutes, but København soon found themselves further adrift as Katsouranis capitalised against the run of play. Ståle Solbakken's quickly regained their composure, however, and could easily have drawn level before the interval.

Pressure
Jensen was denied by the post on the half-hour while goalkeeper Quim did well to save from Hutchinson soon after and Allbäck then headed just wide before the interval. Benfica earned some relief after the restart, with Jesper Christiansen called into action to keep out Nuno Assis' close-range header, yet København were soon back on the offensive. Hangeland headed just over and substitute Sionko fizzed a rasping drive past the post midway through the half though as time ebbed away. With it went home hopes as Benfica stood firm until the end.

Last updated: 30/08/07 0.16CET

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Lineups

københavn

København

benfica

Benfica

11
AllbäckMarcus Allbäck
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
1
ChristiansenJesper Christiansen (GK)
6
PetitPetit
14
GravgaardMichael Gravgaard (C)
8
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Goal17
Yellow Card68
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
5
LéoLéo
13
HutchinsonAtiba Hutchinson
Yellow Card27
12
QuimQuim (GK)
3
N.JensenNiclas Jensen
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes (C)
Substitution90+3
23
KvistWilliam Kvist
22
NélsonNélson
Substitution45+1
9
NordstrandMorten Nordstrand
Substitution74
2
Luís FilipeLuís Filipe
4
NørregaardHjalte Nørregaard
20
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Substitution74
8
SilberbauerMichael Silberbauer
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Yellow Card57
6
WürtzRasmus Würtz
Substitution58
28
Miguel VítorMiguel Vítor
Yellow Card87

Substitutes

7
AíltonAílton
Substitution74
25
Nuno AssisNuno Assis
Substitution45+1
22
AndersenMorten Andersen
11
MiguelitoMiguelito
41
CoeNathan Coe (GK)
16
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
24
SionkoLibor Sionko
Substitution58
24
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
17
WendtOscar Wendt
30
AduFreddy Adu
19
BergessioGonzalo Bergessio
Substitution90+3
32
Romeu RibeiroRomeu Ribeiro
Substitution74

Coach

Ståle Solbakken (NOR) José Antonio Camacho (ESP)

Referee

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Assistant referees

Arend Brink (NED), Patrick Gerritsen (NED)

Fourth official

Pol van Boekel (NED)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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