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Basel's Huggel pegs back Benfica

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 22.55CET
SL Benfica 1-1 FC Basel 1893
Rodrigo gave the home side the perfect start with a fourth-minute volley but Benjamin Huggel's well-worked equaliser earned a valuable Group C point.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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Match statistics

BenficaBasel

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target10
 
6
Corners9
 
4
Offsides3
 
8
Fouls committed18
 
6
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)44
 
56

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 22.55CET

Basel's Huggel pegs back Benfica

SL Benfica 1-1 FC Basel 1893
Rodrigo gave the home side the perfect start with a fourth-minute volley but Benjamin Huggel's well-worked equaliser earned a valuable Group C point.

SL Benfica missed the chance to secure qualification for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages as FC Basel 1893 fought back strongly to keep their own hopes alive with a valuable Group C point in Lisbon.

Rodrigo put the hosts ahead early on amid a torrent of Benfica pressure, but Benjamin Huggel's equaliser midway through the second half means Heiko Vogel's side will travel to Bucharest to face FC Oţelul Galaţi on matchday five full of confidence. The Lisbon club will attempt to retake control of the section when they visit Manchester United FC, with whom they are now level on eight points.

Benfica first threatened with less than a minute played, Pablo Aimar jinking through the defence to find Rodrigo, whose shot was turned behind via the outside of the post by Yann Sommer. From the resulting Aimar corner, Nemanja Matić's header was swatted away by Sommer.

Rodrigo was not to be denied for long, though, and duly gave the hosts the lead in the fourth minute. Nicolás Gaitán's intelligent headed knockdown created the opening, and the 20-year-old thumped a crisp left-footed volley into the top corner of the net. The slick playing surface perfectly suited the home team's fluent style and they came close to extending the lead in the 19th minute when Ezequiel Garay nodded narrowly wide after an excellent delivery from Gaitán.

Apart from a few speculative long-range efforts from the lively Xherdan Shaqiri, Basel failed to trouble the confident Artur, despite clawing back significant territorial advantage as the interval approached. Just past the half-hour Fabian Frei had the visitors' first clear sight of goal, but he headed Jacques Zoua's cross wide when well placed.

The Eagles began the second period looking to give themselves a cushion and they pinned back Vogel's side. Twice in a matter of minutes Rodrigo had the chance to stretch the lead, first blazing Aimar's crossfield pass over the top and then heading straight at Sommer from a Maxi Pereira cross.

Benfica were made to regret those misses on 64 minutes, Frei's header setting Scott Chipperfield racing down the left. The Australian's low cross was met first time by the onrushing Huggel, who placed a superb shot inside Artur's right-hand post from just inside the area.

The Swiss side almost fell behind again immediately as Axel Witsel slid a pass through to Rodrigo, but the goalscorer could only find the side netting from a narrow angle to leave Group C finely poised.

Last updated: 27/11/12 19.32CET

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Quotes

  • Raúl José

    Read more"We knew it would be a difficult match. It ended with a draw and it was not what we wanted"

  • Heiko Vogel

    Read more"Maybe conceding early on was good for us because we played with freedom and the pressure of not conceding was already gone"

Lineups

benfica

Benfica

basel

Basel

1
ArturArtur (GK)
1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
3
Park Joo HoPark Joo Ho
Yellow Card18
8
Bruno CésarBruno César
6
DragovicAleksandar Dragovic
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution73
8
HuggelBenjamin Huggel (C)
Yellow Card34
Goal64
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Yellow Card57
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
Substitution89
19
RodrigoRodrigo
Goal4
17
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Substitution82
19
AbrahamDavid Abraham
21
MatićNemanja Matić
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
Yellow Card45+2
27
SteinhöferMarkus Steinhöfer
28
WitselAxel Witsel
31
ZouaJacques Zoua
Substitution90+3
36
Luís MartinsLuís Martins
Substitution64
34
XhakaGranit Xhaka
Substitution81

Substitutes

47
EduardoEduardo (GK)
23
ColombaMassimo Colomba (GK)
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
7
SchürpfPascal Schürpf
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Substitution73
16
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
9
NolitoNolito
Substitution82
21
KusungaGenséric Kusunga
Substitution89
27
Miguel VítorMiguel Vítor
Substitution64
Yellow Card89
24
CabralCabral
Substitution81
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
29
KováčRadoslav Kováč
33
JardelJardel
35
Kwan-Ryong PakKwan-Ryong Pak
Substitution90+3

Coach

José Raul (POR) Heiko Vogel (GER)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

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