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Coentrão inspires Benfica revival

Published: Tuesday 2 November 2010, 22.30CET
SL Benfica 4-3 Olympique Lyonnais
Two Fábio Coentrão goals and further strikes from Alan Kardec and Javi García sealed a crucial win for Benfica despite a late rally from the visitors.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do SL Benfica

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Match statistics

BenficaLyon

Goals scored4
 
3
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners7
 
10
Offsides1
 
7
Fouls committed24
 
16
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 2 November 2010, 22.30CET

Coentrão inspires Benfica revival

SL Benfica 4-3 Olympique Lyonnais
Two Fábio Coentrão goals and further strikes from Alan Kardec and Javi García sealed a crucial win for Benfica despite a late rally from the visitors.

SL Benfica breathed new life into their UEFA Champions League Group B campaign after holding off a late Olympique Lyonnais rally in a pulsating encounter.

No French side had defeated the former European champions in Lisbon in nine previous attempts, and after Alan Kardec had opened the scoring on 20 minutes, the writing looked to be on the wall for Claude Puel's men. Fábio Coentrão and Javi García extended the hosts' advantage before the break, and last season's semi-finalists were rocking when the outstanding Coentrão grabbed his second on 67 minutes.

Although Yoann Gourcuff, Bafétimbi Gomis and Dejan Lovren all then scored to set up a tantalising finish, OL failed to get the point they required to seal qualification. The French side remain top of the section, however, ahead of their trip to FC Schalke 04 on 24 November, when Benfica will look to continue their revival at Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC.

The visitors had the ball in the net in the fourth minute when Jimmy Briand slammed in Miralem Pjanić's cross, but Benfica's nemesis from a fortnight ago was flagged offside. Eagles coach Jorge Jesus hoped Coentrão's forward bursts would make up for the absence of the banned Nicolás Gaitán, and a determined run from the full-back brought him a shooting opportunity that he curved over the bar.

It was a brief reprieve as Kardec soon struck, powering a header past Hugo Lloris from Carlos Martins' free-kick. Lyon responded well, but were caught on the counterattack on 32 minutes. After the visitors had a free-kick cleared, Martins stormed down the right and delivered for Coentrão to hammer in a sumptuous volley at the back post.

Ten minutes later Jesus' side cemented their position of strength, Martins completing a hat-trick of assists by swinging in a corner for García to glance a header beyond Lloris. The Portuguese side continued to pick off Lyon on the break and confirmed their superiority with a fourth goal midway through the second period. Again Coentrão was the beneficiary of Martins' vision, racing onto his pass and lifting a delightful lob over the exposed Lloris.

Lyon finally made an impression as Gourcuff thumped in substitute Alexandre Lacazette's 75th-minute pull-back, and when Lacazette flicked on Gourcuff's corner for fellow replacement Gomis to stab in, a nervy last five minutes were set up for the home side. Lovren pulled another back with a looping header at the death but Benfica held on.

Last updated: 08/12/13 4.46CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

lyon

Lyon

12
RobertoRoberto (GK)
Yellow Card90+1
1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
Yellow Card23
3
CrisCris (C)
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Goal42
4
DiakhatéPape Diakhaté
Substitution59
8
SalvioEduardo Salvio
5
LovrenDejan Lovren
Yellow Card23
Goal90+5
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
7
BriandJimmy Briand
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution74
8
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
Yellow Card22
Substitution71
18
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Goal32
Goal67
11
BastosMichel Bastos
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
13
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
25
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
21
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Yellow Card60
Substitution70
24
PiedJérémy Pied
Substitution71
31
Alan KardecAlan Kardec
Goal20
Substitution72
29
GourcuffYoann Gourcuff
Goal74

Substitutes

1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
2
AirtonAirton
6
KällströmKim Källström
11
JaraFranco Jara
Substitution70
12
KolodziejczakTimothée Kolodziejczak
16
Felipe MenezesFelipe Menezes
Substitution74
17
MakounJean Makoun
Substitution71
19
WeldonWeldon
Substitution72
18
GomisBafétimbi Gomis
Substitution59
Goal85
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
22
GrenierClément Grenier
27
SidneiSidnei
38
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
Substitution71

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Claude Puel (FRA)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Tom Murphy (SCO), Martin Cryans (SCO)

Fourth official

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Alan Muir (SCO), Calum Murray (SCO)

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