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Benfica break Hapoel resistance in Lisbon

Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 22.58CET
SL Benfica 2-0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC
Goals from Luisão and Óscar Cardozo won the day in Lisbon despite the best efforts of visiting No1 Vincent Enyeama.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do SL Benfica

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BenficaH. Tel-Aviv

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target11
 
1
Attempts off target8
 
5
Corners6
 
3
Offsides3
 
8
Fouls committed13
 
12
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 22.58CET

Benfica break Hapoel resistance in Lisbon

SL Benfica 2-0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC
Goals from Luisão and Óscar Cardozo won the day in Lisbon despite the best efforts of visiting No1 Vincent Enyeama.

SL Benfica made a winning return to the UEFA Champions League group stage after a two-season absence with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over competition debutants Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC.

Jorge Jesus' side were often stymied by an inspired Vincent Enyeama, but goals in either half by Luisão and Óscar Cardozo ensured that the Eagles will travel to FC Schalke 04 on Matchday 2 in good spirits, while Hapoel will attempt to get off the mark at home to Olympique Lyonnais.

Pablo Aimar stepped out in the UEFA Champions League in a Benfica shirt for the first time and created the game's first clear chance on 14 minutes, carving open the visitors' defence with an incisive through pass, with Enyeama spreading himself well to deny Cardozo.

At the other end, the lively Etey Shechter beat Fábio Coentrão only for his low cross to narrowly evade Ben Sahar, but that only stung the home side into action. After Aimar's 21st minute corner was cleared, Carlos Martins swung the ball back in and Luisão connected beautifully, his right-foot volley spearing past Enyeama and into the left-hand corner.

Eli Gutman's group stage first-timers continued to attack cleverly on the flanks and Roberto had to be at his best in the 24th minute to preserve Benfica's lead, reaching elastically to claw the ball away after Gil Vermouth's cross deflected goalwards off Javi García.

However, Aimar and Carlos Martins spelled danger for Hapoel every time they took possession, and Enyeama again came to the rescue in the 27th minute after the two combined, with the Nigerian blocking Aimar after he was freed by Martins' pinpoint pass.

Hapoel started the second period in bullish style, pushing forward from the off, but Cardozo reminded them of Benfica's forward potency, looping a header over from Nicolás Gaitán's cross.

In the 55th minute Vermouth guided a chip over the top when well placed, but Cardozo almost put The Eagles out of sight a minute later, when he poked over from close in after Aimar took out two defenders with a mesmerising dribble and set the striker up.

On 68 minutes, Cardozo finally got his goal after a flowing end-to-end move. Substitute Maxi Pereira played a clever one-two with Ruben Amorim, Enyeama kept him out again as he surged into the area, but the big Paraguayan was on hand to sweep in the loose ball.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.36CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000118/match=2002828/postmatch/report/index.html#benfica+bring+hapoel+down

Quotes

  • Jorge Jesus, Benfica coach

    Read more"They are an excellent team and they will not end up fourth in this section. Let's see if they don't complicate things for everyone in this group."

  • Eli Gutman, Hapoel coach

    Read more"Toto Tamuz's shot hitting the woodwork in the closing stages was symbolic of our performance on the night."

Lineups

benfica

Benfica

h. tel-aviv

H. Tel-Aviv

12
RobertoRoberto (GK)
1
EnyeamaVincent Enyeama (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
Goal21
3
DouglasDouglas
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
4
BondarvDani Bondarv
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
6
FransmanBevan Fransman
Substitution74
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Goal68
9
ShechterEtey Shechter
Yellow Card22
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution71
11
SaharBen Sahar
Substitution58
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
14
VermouthGil Vermouth (C)
18
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
16
ZahaviEran Zahavi
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Substitution57
19
Ben-DayanDedi Ben-Dayan
Yellow Card60
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
26
YadinAvihay Yadin
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution87
27
RocchiRomain Rocchi
Substitution61

Substitutes

13
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
22
Ben-ShananGalil Ben-Shanan (GK)
2
AirtonAirton
Substitution71
7
ShivhonYossi Shivhon
Substitution61
11
JaraFranco Jara
10
BadierWalid Badier
Substitution74
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Substitution57
18
AbutbulShay Abutbul
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
23
KendeOmri Kende
25
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
Substitution87
25
ShishGal Shish
27
SidneiSidnei
99
TamuzToto Tamuz
Substitution58

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Eli Gutman (ISR)

Referee

Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Maksim Layushkin (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Sergei Karasev (RUS), Vladimir Pettay (RUS)

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