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Benfica ease past ten-man Trabzonspor

Published: Wednesday 3 August 2011, 23.30CET
Trabzonspor AŞ 1-1 SL Benfica (agg: 1-3)
Benfica took full advantage of their two-goal cushion from the first leg and a costly sending-off for the Turkish side.
by Türker Tozar
from Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium
Benfica ease past ten-man Trabzonspor
Benfica's Nolito (right) celebrates his goal with Axel Witsel ©AFP

Match statistics

TrabzonsporBenfica

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
7
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners4
 
7
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 3 August 2011, 23.30CET

Benfica ease past ten-man Trabzonspor

Trabzonspor AŞ 1-1 SL Benfica (agg: 1-3)
Benfica took full advantage of their two-goal cushion from the first leg and a costly sending-off for the Turkish side.

A comfortable away draw was enough to take SL Benfica through to the UEFA Champions League play-offs at the expense of a Trabzonspor AŞ side who were reduced to ten men in the second half.

The writing was on the wall for Şenol Güneş's team from the moment Nolito increased the Eagles' aggregate lead to 3-0 on 19 minutes. Paulo Henrique responded with a first-half equaliser but the hosts' hopes of a recovery were effectively extinguished when Adrian Mierzejewski was shown a red card shortly before the hour.

Two goals down from the first leg, Trabzonspor elected to take the game to their opponents from the start, a ploy which left them exposed at the back, where summer signing Axel Witsel carved out an early opening for Javier Saviola. The lively Witsel was a menace throughout and Tolga Zengin had to be at his smartest to deny him after 17 minutes. However, the visitors were soon ahead, Saviola controlling Emerson's throw-in and setting up Nolito to score with a crisp shot.

The Turkish Super League outfit responded on 32 minutes when Ondřej Čelůstka raced upfield and picked out Paulo Henrique, who showed good skill to control before beating Artur. The impetus briefly with Trabzonspor, Burak Yılmaz threatened an unlikely comeback with an effort that whistled wide after 52 minutes. Six minutes later, though, the home side found themselves a man down after Mierzejewski was dismissed for a raised elbow.

Thereafter, Benfica controlled possession cleverly, and Witsel came close to the goal he deserved when he sent a powerful shot against the crossbar. There would be no further goals, though, the visitors having done enough to ensure their name will be in Friday's draw for the play-offs.

Last updated: 04/08/11 1.15CET

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Lineups

trabzonspor

Trabzonspor

benfica

Benfica

29
Tolga ZenginTolga Zengin (GK) (C)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
6
GłowackiArkadiusz Głowacki
3
EmersonEmerson
10
MierzejewskiAdrian Mierzejewski
Red Card58
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
12
Paulo HenriquePaulo Henrique
Goal32
Substitution44
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
15
ZokoraDidier Zokora
Yellow Card67
9
NolitoNolito
Goal19
17
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Yellow Card55
Substitution64
20
ColmanGustavo Colman
Yellow Card57
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Yellow Card52
23
Giray KaçarGiray Kaçar
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Yellow Card69
Substitution87
28
ČelůstkaOndřej Čelůstka
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
Yellow Card29
30
Serkan BalcıSerkan Balcı
Substitution79
28
WitselAxel Witsel
32
Pawel BrożekPaweł Brożek
Substitution63
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution75

Substitutes

89
Zeki AyvazZeki Ayvaz (GK)
47
EduardoEduardo (GK)
91
Bora SevimBora Sevim (GK)
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
9
Halil AltıntopHalil Altıntop
Substitution79
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
22
Mustafa YumluMustafa Yumlu
Substitution63
8
Bruno CésarBruno César
Substitution87
24
Aykut AkgünAykut Akgün
11
JaraFranco Jara
Substitution75
25
AlanzinhoAlanzinho
Substitution44
21
MatićNemanja Matić
Substitution64
63
Ferhat ÖztorunFerhat Öztorun
40
Fábio FariaFábio Faria

Coach

Şenol Güneş (TUR) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

Assistant referees

Marjan Kirovski (MKD), Ljubomir Krstevski (MKD)

Fourth official

Dejan Jakimovksi (MKD)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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