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Benfica leave Trabzonspor up against it

Published: Wednesday 27 July 2011, 23.30CET
SL Benfica 2-0 Trabzonspor
Two superb goals in the final 19 minutes have given Jorge Jesus's side a two-goal cushion to defend in Turkey next week.
Benfica leave Trabzonspor up against it
Benfica's Nicolás Gaitán (third from left) celebrates after scoring two minutes from time ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BenficaTrabzonspor

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners9
 
2
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed13
 
18
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 27 July 2011, 23.30CET

Benfica leave Trabzonspor up against it

SL Benfica 2-0 Trabzonspor
Two superb goals in the final 19 minutes have given Jorge Jesus's side a two-goal cushion to defend in Turkey next week.

SL Benfica have one foot in the UEFA Champions League play-offs after completing a 2-0 home win against Trabzonspor AŞ.

The Eagles were in control for much of the match but not until the second half did they turn their dominance into goals. Debutant Nolito broke the deadlock after 71 minutes before Nicolás Gaitán gave the Portuguese side a two-goal cushion to defend next Wednesday with a delightful curling shot late on.

Benfica took this UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg to their opponents from the start and might have been ahead as early as the third minute when Trabzonspor goalkeeper Tolga Zengin rushed out to clear. The ball fell at Gaitán's feet but the Argentina midfielder's lob was not well executed and the visitors' captain recovered in time.

Eagles coach Jorge Jesus had started with four new faces in the side and he added a fifth nine minutes into the second half, when Nolito came on for his first competitive appearance since moving from FC Barcelona. However, it was an older head that should have given Jesus's side the lead, Pablo Aimar shooting wide from a good position before the hour.

Last year's Portuguese Liga runners-up continued to drive forward and served warning of what was to come in the 66th minute, when Javier Saviola hit a post with a low shot. Benfica were finally rewarded for their perseverance five minutes later when Nolito's acrobatic effort from just outside the penalty area flew past Zengin.

Though Trabzonspor reacted well to the setback and their hosts needed Artur to be at his best to deny Burak Yılmaz on 78 minutes, Şenol Güneş's team fell further behind with two minutes left as Gaitán struck a stunning left-foot shot into the top corner. To compound a miserable night for the Süper Lig side, Yılmaz was denied again by Artur at the death.

Last updated: 27/07/11 23.59CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

trabzonspor

Trabzonspor

1
ArturArtur (GK)
29
Tolga ZenginTolga Zengin (GK) (C)
3
EmersonEmerson
6
GłowackiArkadiusz Głowacki
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
10
MierzejewskiAdrian Mierzejewski
Substitution85
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
Yellow Card44
Substitution64
12
Paulo HenriquePaulo Henrique
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Yellow Card56
15
ZokoraDidier Zokora
Yellow Card41
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
17
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution74
20
ColmanGustavo Colman
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Goal88
23
Giray KaçarGiray Kaçar
Yellow Card22
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
25
AlanzinhoAlanzinho
Substitution67
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
28
ČelůstkaOndřej Čelůstka
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
Substitution54
30
Serkan BalcıSerkan Balcı

Substitutes

47
EduardoEduardo (GK)
91
Bora SevimBora Sevim (GK)
8
Bruno CésarBruno César
5
Engin BaytarEngin Baytar
9
NolitoNolito
Substitution54
Goal71
Yellow Card73
9
Halil AltıntopHalil Altıntop
11
JaraFranco Jara
22
Mustafa YumluMustafa Yumlu
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Substitution64
24
Aykut AkgünAykut Akgün
Substitution67
28
WitselAxel Witsel
Substitution74
32
Pawel BrożekPaweł Brożek
Substitution85
33
JardelJardel
66
Ferhat ÖztorunFerhat Öztorun

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Şenol Güneş (TUR)

Referee

Stephan Studer (SUI)

Assistant referees

Manuel Navarro (SUI), Sandro Pozzi (SUI)

Fourth official

Daniel Wermelinger (SUI)

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