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Benfica beat Basel to go top of Group C

Published: Tuesday 18 October 2011, 22.40CET
FC Basel 1893 0-2 SL Benfica
Smart finishes in either half from Bruno César and Óscar Cardozo in Switzerland lifted unbeaten Benfica two points clear at the Group C summit.
by Steven Rogers
from St. Jakob-Park
Benfica beat Basel to go top of Group C
Benfica celebrate their second goal, which sealed a second straight away win in Group C ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BaselBenfica

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners2
 
4
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
19
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
1
Possession (%)56
 
44

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 18 October 2011, 22.40CET

Benfica beat Basel to go top of Group C

FC Basel 1893 0-2 SL Benfica
Smart finishes in either half from Bruno César and Óscar Cardozo in Switzerland lifted unbeaten Benfica two points clear at the Group C summit.

Finely-taken goals in either half from Bruno César and substitute Óscar Cardozo helped SL Benfica to a 2-0 win at FC Basel 1893 and the UEFA Champions League Group C leadership.

Nicolás Gaitán was behind the 20th-minute opener, his surging run and ball into the box getting the finish it deserved from Bruno César. Cardozo made the points safe 15 minutes from time, clipping in a free-kick, although there was late disappointment for the Eagles as Emerson and coach Jorge Jesus were sent off. However, a home win against Basel on 2 November will take Benfica through.

The early sparring was entertaining without any chance of note, Benfica goalkeeper Artur and Basel's Yann Sommer more than equal to attempts from Alexander Frei and Rodrigo. So it was something of a surprise when the visitors conjured a delightful breakthrough.

The excellent Gaitán surged through and played a neat one-two with fellow Argentinian Pablo Aimar on the edge of the area to make some space before passing to Bruno César – via a delightful jump and dummy by Rodrigo – and the Brazilian fired calmly past Sommer.

Despite the setback, the home side pressed for a quick equaliser. Xherdan Shaqiri, eager to impress on his first outing in the group stage after a two-match suspension, found space and then Marco Streller. The hero of Old Trafford on matchday two could not beat Artur with a low drive.

Yet Benfica almost went in two goals to the good, Gaitán fizzing an opportunity wide from the edge of the box. The first real opening of the second half also went the way of the Lisbon club, Sommer alert this time to deny Emerson one on one after a fine move.

While Gaitán was behind Benfica's most incisive play, the same was true of Shaqiri for Basel. The 20-year-old picked out Streller with a perfectly-weighted pass on 65 minutes, but Artur was well placed again to bravely deny the striker.

Jorge Jesus responded by introducing Cardozo for Rodrigo midway through the half. Within four minutes the Paraguay striker had picked himself up after being felled on the right of the area and planted a free-kick into the corner of Sommer's net.

Shaqiri continued to search for a way back into the game, shooting from range and running at the Benfica defence. He was too quick for Emerson late on, the defender dismissed for a second bookable foul on the Basel No17. He was soon followed down the tunnel by his coach.

Last updated: 02/12/12 17.35CET

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Quotes

  • Heiko Vogel

    Read more"The players never gave up and fought brilliantly. This was also down to the fans' support; they were outstanding"

  • Jorge Jesus

    Read more"Basel pushed in those final ten minutes but we managed to control things – our central defenders were very strong"

Lineups

basel

Basel

benfica

Benfica

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
Yellow Card90
3
Park Joo HoPark Joo Ho
3
EmersonEmerson
Yellow Card41
Red Card86
6
DragovicAleksandar Dragovic
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
8
HuggelBenjamin Huggel
Yellow Card74
Substitution85
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
9
StrellerMarco Streller (C)
Yellow Card35
8
Bruno CésarBruno César
Goal20
13
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Yellow Card90+3
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution67
17
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Yellow Card90+1
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Substitution78
19
AbrahamDavid Abraham
19
RodrigoRodrigo
Substitution70
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
Substitution66
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
27
SteinhöferMarkus Steinhöfer
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
34
XhakaGranit Xhaka
Substitution80
28
WitselAxel Witsel

Substitutes

23
ColombaMassimo Colomba (GK)
47
EduardoEduardo (GK)
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
Substitution85
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Substitution70
Goal75
16
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
9
NolitoNolito
Substitution67
21
KusungaGenséric Kusunga
21
MatićNemanja Matić
24
CabralCabral
Substitution80
27
Miguel VítorMiguel Vítor
Substitution78
29
KováčRadoslav Kováč
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
31
ZouaJacques Zoua
Substitution66
36
Luís MartinsLuís Martins

Coach

Heiko Vogel (GER) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Gabor Erös (HUN), György Ring (HUN)

Fourth official

Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Sandor Szabo (HUN), Mihaly Fabian (HUN)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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