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Bruno César helps Benfica beat Oţelul

Published: Tuesday 27 September 2011, 22.51CET
FC Oţelul Galaţi 0-1 SL Benfica
A fine finish from Bruno César earned the Lisbon club three Group C points as Oţelul lost their first-ever home match in the competition.
by Trevor Haylett
from National Arena

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Match statistics

OţelulBenfica

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
7
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners1
 
8
Offsides6
 
1
Fouls committed18
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)35
 
65

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 27 September 2011, 22.51CET

Bruno César helps Benfica beat Oţelul

FC Oţelul Galaţi 0-1 SL Benfica
A fine finish from Bruno César earned the Lisbon club three Group C points as Oţelul lost their first-ever home match in the competition.

Bruno César's goal near the end of the first half was enough for SL Benfica to win at FC Oţelul Galaţi and maintain their unbeaten start to Group C.

The Portuguese side had looked the most likely winners from the first whistle, although they will be disappointed not to have established a more decisive scoreline as they added to the point they gleaned against Manchester United FC. However in a furious rally, the Romanian champions almost snatched a point on what was their first home fixture in a UEFA competition proper for 23 years.

Technically superior, Benfica were more aggressive in attack, more adept at finding their man with a pass and they knew exactly how to keep their opponents fixed to the rack. In players of the calibre of Nicolás Gaitán and Javier Saviola, the Lisbon club had the means to make this an uncomfortable first home game among the European elite for Oţelul.

Axel Witsel struck Benfica's first shot of note on target but fortunately for the home team Milan Perendija was in the way and the ball deflected wide. Gaitán then bent his attempt just the wrong side of the upright.

By the half-hour mark the visitors could peer at a corner count showing 5-0 in their favour and wonder when the breakthrough would come, another chance sliding away when Bruno César snatched at his drive. But just when Oţelul thought they would make it to the break without serious damage, they fell behind.

Gaitán manufactured the opening with a wonderfully judged pass that picked out Bruno César's diagonal run. Controlling the ball in an instant with his left foot gave him the time to pick his spot with his right.

The home fans who had made the 300km journey to witness history in the making in the splendid setting of Bucharest's new National Arena never stinted in their support and hopes were raised when Ioan Filip took aim and stung Artur's palms.

However, Benfica finished as they had started – on the front foot with Óscar Cardozo planting a header straight at Branko Grahovac while substitute Rodrigo was perilously close to finding the net in added time. Just minutes before that, though, Sorin Frunză had unleashed a venomous volley which Artur did well to beat away. Perendija put the rebound wide.

Things are likely to not get any easier for point-less Oţelul when Manchester United visit Bucharest on 18 October, when Benfica travel to Switzerland to face fellow section pacesetters FC Basel 1893.

Last updated: 27/11/12 19.57CET

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Quotes

  • Dorinel Munteanu

    Read more"You cannot get away with so many mistakes at this level, but I still believe that we defended well, even if they were more dangerous from open play"

  • Jorge Jesus

    Read more"It will now be a fight among three teams – Basel are well placed to qualify after tonight’s 3-3 draw at Old Trafford"

Lineups

oţelul

Oţelul

benfica

Benfica

12
GrahovacBranko Grahovac (GK)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
2
SkubicNejc Skubic
3
EmersonEmerson
4
FilipIoan Filip
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
5
LjubinkovićZoran Ljubinković
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
8
AntalLiviu Antal
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
15
IbehJohn Ibeh
Substitution46
8
Bruno CésarBruno César
Goal40
Substitution82
17
BuşLaurenţiu Buş
Substitution65
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
18
CostinSergiu Costin (C)
Yellow Card88
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Substitution77
27
PenaMarius Pena
Substitution69
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
29
GiurgiuGabriel Giurgiu
28
WitselAxel Witsel
55
PerendijaMilan Perendija
Yellow Card86
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution63

Substitutes

1
BrăneţCristian Brăneţ (GK)
47
EduardoEduardo (GK)
6
BengaAlexandru Benga
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
Substitution82
11
FrunzăSorin Frunză
Substitution65
9
NolitoNolito
Substitution63
16
SârghiCristian Sârghi
10
AimarPablo Aimar
19
PunoševacBratislav Punoševac
Substitution69
19
RodrigoRodrigo
Substitution77
26
NeaguIonuţ Neagu
21
MatićNemanja Matić
37
VigliantiGabriel Viglianti
Substitution46
33
JardelJardel

Coach

Dorinel Munteanu (ROU) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Assistant referees

Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP), Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)

Fourth official

Miguel Angel Perez Lasa (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

César Muñiz (ESP), Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo (ESP)

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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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