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Witsel delivers as Benfica oust Twente

Published: Wednesday 24 August 2011, 23.30CET
SL Benfica 3-1 FC Twente (agg: 5-3)
Axel Witsel's first two goals for his new club helped the Eagles swoop into the UEFA Champions League group stage at the expense of Twente.
by Dinis Ermida
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Witsel delivers as Benfica oust Twente
Axel Witsel receives congratulations from team-mate Pablo Aimar ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BenficaTwente

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target14
 
3
Attempts off target8
 
1
Corners4
 
3
Offsides4
 
5
Fouls committed21
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)46
 
54

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 24 August 2011, 23.30CET

Witsel delivers as Benfica oust Twente

SL Benfica 3-1 FC Twente (agg: 5-3)
Axel Witsel's first two goals for his new club helped the Eagles swoop into the UEFA Champions League group stage at the expense of Twente.

Summer signing Axel Witsel was the star of the show after a 3-1 victory in Lisbon thrust SL Benfica back into the UEFA Champions League group stage as FC Twente crumbled after the break.

The sides drew 2-2 in the first leg, but Belgium midfielder Witsel put the Eagles ahead within a minute of the restart in Portugal, and the writing was on the wall for Co Adriaanse's side when Luisão nodded a second. Witsel then stole through to put a crisp shot past Nikolay Mihaylov and make it 3-0 before Bryan Ruiz struck back for Twente.

From the outset, Javi García, Nolito and Witsel tormented their guests from midfield; Nolito struck the outside of the net early on, and a succession of chances were carved out thereafter, with only the accuracy of their finishing – and some fine saves from Mihaylov – denying Jorge Jesus's side a healthy half-time advantage. Twente had set out to attack with a four-man forward line, but efforts from Ruiz and Marc Janko were all they had to show for their exertions before the break.

Things quickly deteriorated for Adriaanse's side after the interval, Luisão nodding on a free-kick for Witsel to score his first Benfica goal with a fine overhead kick. The Brazilian provider then turned goalscorer, heading in at the near post from Pablo Aimar's corner, and some sparkling midfield play released Witsel to stride through and score his side's third not long afterwards.

Benfica keeper Artur produced a fine save to block Ruiz's goal-bound header with 20 minutes to go, but he could not prevent the Costa Rican getting on the scoresheet as the clock ticked down, substitute Ola John claiming the assist.

Last updated: 26/08/11 1.09CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

twente

Twente

1
ArturArtur (GK)
13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
3
EmersonEmerson
2
CornelisseTim Cornelisse
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
Goal59
4
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
6
BramaWout Brama
Substitution76
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Substitution84
9
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
9
NolitoNolito
Substitution74
10
RuizBryan Ruiz
Goal85
10
AimarPablo Aimar
12
BerghuisSteven Berghuis
Substitution60
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Yellow Card76
14
JanssenWillem Janssen
Substitution60
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Substitution74
19
DouglasDouglas
Yellow Card15
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
20
TiendalliDwight Tiendalli
28
WitselAxel Witsel
Goal46
Goal66
21
JankoMarc Janko

Substitutes

47
EduardoEduardo (GK)
1
BoschkerSander Boschker (GK)
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
5
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
8
Bruno CésarBruno César
Substitution74
7
LandzaatDenny Landzaat
Substitution76
21
MatićNemanja Matić
Substitution74
11
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Substitution60
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution84
15
RosalesRoberto Rosales
33
JardelJardel
23
BuysseBart Buysse
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
24
JohnOla John
Substitution60

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Co Adriaanse (NED)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Mark Borsch (GER)

Fourth official

Günter Perl (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Babak Rafati (GER), Tobias Welz (GER)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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