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Ruiz rescues Twente from Benfica defeat

Published: Tuesday 16 August 2011, 22.49CET
FC Twente 2-2 SL Benfica
Bryan Ruiz scored a late equaliser for the hosts as a pulsating first leg between two sides who played in last season's group stage finished all square.
Ruiz rescues Twente from Benfica defeat
Luuk de Jong and Bryan Ruiz celebrate Twente's first goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TwenteBenfica

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target9
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
3
Corners5
 
7
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
18
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 16 August 2011, 22.49CET

Ruiz rescues Twente from Benfica defeat

FC Twente 2-2 SL Benfica
Bryan Ruiz scored a late equaliser for the hosts as a pulsating first leg between two sides who played in last season's group stage finished all square.

Bryan Ruiz scored a valuable late goal to earn FC Twente a draw against SL Benfica in a pulsating UEFA Champions League play-off first leg.

The hosts made the perfect start as Luuk de Jong gave them an early lead with a fine strike, but by the 35th minute Óscar Cardozo and Nolito had turned the match in the Eagles' favour. Twente stepped up the pressure in the second period, however, and got their reward with ten minutes remaining when Ruiz headed in to set up an intriguing second leg in Lisbon next Wednesday.

Both sides participated in the 2010/11 group stage and the visitors were first to threaten, Nicolás Gaitán bursting through three challenges and only the legs of Nikolay Mihaylov sparing Twente. The home side's gratitude deepened in the sixth minute when they took the lead, De Jong controlling a long pass on his chest and holding off Maxi Pereira to drill a lot shot into the corner of Artur's net from the edge of the penalty area.

Twente were given a rude awakening 15 minutes later when Benfica suddenly drew level. Axel Witsel won possession on the halfway line to set Cardozo away and the Paraguayan was allowed to advance to within 25 metres of the Twente goal before curling a precise shot beyond Mihaylov.

Although Artur had to block a Denny Landzaat effort within 60 seconds, the tide had turned and Benfica struck again on 35 minutes. Gaitán and Cardozo worked space for Witsel inside the area and he unselfishly squared for Nolito to tap in.

Before the break Artur had to make diving stops from Ruiz and Landzaat and the hosts continued to press after the break. They found Artur a formidable barrier, the goalkeeper bravely blocking Willem Janssen's thunderous close-range effort, but the Benfica's No1 was beaten again in the 80th minute. Substitute Ola John raced down the left and checked back to deliver a cross which Ruiz headed in.

Last updated: 18/08/11 1.10CET

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Lineups

twente

Twente

benfica

Benfica

13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
Yellow Card80
2
CornelisseTim Cornelisse
3
EmersonEmerson
4
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
6
BramaWout Brama
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
7
LandzaatDenny Landzaat
Substitution46
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Goal21
Substitution87
9
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
Goal6
9
NolitoNolito
Goal35
10
RuizBryan Ruiz
Goal80
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution64
11
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Substitution58
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
14
JanssenWillem Janssen
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Substitution56
19
DouglasDouglas
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
20
TiendalliDwight Tiendalli
Substitution75
28
WitselAxel Witsel

Substitutes

1
BoschkerSander Boschker (GK)
47
EduardoEduardo (GK)
5
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
Substitution56
12
BerghuisSteven Berghuis
8
Bruno CésarBruno César
15
RosalesRoberto Rosales
11
JaraFranco Jara
21
JankoMarc Janko
Substitution46
21
MatićNemanja Matić
Substitution87
23
BuysseBart Buysse
Substitution75
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution64
24
JohnOla John
Substitution58
33
JardelJardel

Coach

Co Adriaanse (NED) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

José Luis Paradas Romero (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), César Muñiz (ESP)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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