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Battered Hapoel stand firm to beat Benfica

Published: Wednesday 24 November 2010, 22.30CET
Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC 3-0 SL Benfica
Eran Zahavi struck twice either side of a Douglas da Silva effort as Hapoel recorded a first Group B win and Benfica were eliminated.

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H. Tel-AvivBenfica

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
8
Attempts off target4
 
10
Corners2
 
21
Offsides8
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
18
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 24 November 2010, 22.30CET

Battered Hapoel stand firm to beat Benfica

Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC 3-0 SL Benfica
Eran Zahavi struck twice either side of a Douglas da Silva effort as Hapoel recorded a first Group B win and Benfica were eliminated.

Two goals from Eran Zahavi either side of a Douglas da Silva effort gave Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC a European lifeline as SL Benfica's near-relentless pressure came to nothing and their UEFA Champions League hopes ended.

The Portuguese champions came forward regularly but were unable to apply the decisive touch in front of goal, allowing Hapoel to secure the first Israeli UEFA Champions League group stage win since 2004 and the club's debut success in the competition. FC Schalke 04's 3-0 victory against Olympique Lyonnais now leaves Benfica unable to finish above third and Hapoel can even snatch that on Matchday 6 if they defeat the French side and the Eagles fail to overcome the section leaders.

Eli Gutman's side could consider themselves reasonably fortunate not to go in at half-time with the match already beyond them. Benfica put them on the back foot from the off and won 11 corners in the first 45 minutes compared to none for the home team.

Early on, Da Silva had to hook to safety as a header from Luisão had team-mates queuing up to score. Nicolás Gaitán then had a shot deflected wide and Vincent Enyeama saved from both Javier Saviola and Eduardo Salvio, before Dedi Ben-Dayan – perhaps unwittingly – fended away Fábio Coentrão's overhead kick.

When Shay Abutbul stepped up to take a 24th-minute free-kick, his side had barely strung two passes together inside the opposition half. However, his sweeping delivery found the head of Zahavi, with a deflection off Benfica defender David Luiz sending the ball just inside Roberto's right-hand post.

Alan Kardec almost replied within a couple of minutes but stroked wide when superbly placed and with only Enyeama to beat. Hapoel then defended their goal valiantly, if somewhat haphazardly, until the interval, which was followed by the introduction of Óscar Cardozo in place of Saviola.

Benfica poured forward again and Abutbul made a divine but desperate clearance from a Luisão header, as well as a more fortuitous one to keep out Javi García's goal-bound flick. Fábio Coentrão's drive was nodded over by Da Silva, Enyeama smothered a Javi García effort and Kardec somehow nodded wide from Maxi Pereira's cross.

By the time Hapoel won their first corner on 74 minutes, Benfica had had no joy with 18 of their own. However, the Israeli side made theirs count, with the ball falling fortuitously off Javi García for Da Silva to score from close range. Zahavi contributed a stylish third in added time, and while the final corner count was 21-2 to Benfica, Hapoel cornered the market in goals.

Last updated: 08/12/13 4.18CET

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Lineups

h. tel-aviv

H. Tel-Aviv

benfica

Benfica

1
EnyeamaVincent Enyeama (GK)
12
RobertoRoberto (GK)
3
DouglasDouglas
Goal74
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
4
BondarvDani Bondarv
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Substitution79
6
FransmanBevan Fransman
Yellow Card52
8
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution65
9
ShechterEtey Shechter
Substitution58
10
AimarPablo Aimar
14
VermouthGil Vermouth (C)
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
16
ZahaviEran Zahavi
Goal24
Goal90+2
18
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
18
AbutbulShay Abutbul
Substitution78
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
19
Ben-DayanDedi Ben-Dayan
Yellow Card33
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
26
YadinAvihay Yadin
Yellow Card43
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Yellow Card28
Substitution46
99
TamuzToto Tamuz
Substitution66
31
Alan KardecAlan Kardec

Substitutes

22
Ben-ShananGalil Ben-Shanan (GK)
13
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
7
ShivhonYossi Shivhon
Substitution58
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
10
BadierWalid Badier
Substitution78
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Substitution46
11
SaharBen Sahar
Substitution66
11
JaraFranco Jara
Substitution79
12
MareVictor Mare
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution65
23
KendeOmri Kende
25
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
25
ShishGal Shish
27
SidneiSidnei

Coach

Eli Gutman (ISR) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

François Mangen (LUX), Christian Holtgen (LUX)

Fourth official

Luc Wilmes (LUX)

Additional assistant referees

Albert Toussaint (LUX), Sven Bindels (LUX)

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