Match statistics

BenficaOţelul

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target6
 
2
Corners5
 
1
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed19
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)58
 
42

Standings

Group C

PPts
1SL Benfica Benfica612
2FC Basel 1893 Basel611
3Manchester United FC Man. United69
4FC Oţelul Galaţi Oţelul60
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:42 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 

Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Far from a classic at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica but the hosts grind out a 1-0 win against an Oţelul side that showed commitment and adventure throughout. Benfica substitute Rodrigo missed the best of the second half chances in the dying seconds but it matters little. The win ensures Benfica top Group C.
  • 90+3
    Rodrigo (Benfica) misses the target.
    Rodrigo breaks clear but, 18 metres out, rolls his shot centimetres wide of the far post. That should be the last action of the game.
  • 90+2
    Frunză (Oţelul) has a shot blocked.
    Time is running out for Oţelul as they push forward for a goal that would give them their first points in th compeitition. But Benfica defend resolutely once again, this time Ezequiel Garay blocks Sorin Frunză's effort from just inside the post.
  • 90+2
    Rodrigo (Benfica) is flagged for offside.
  • 90+1
    Benga (Oţelul) is penalised for a foul on Nolito (Benfica).
  • 90
    Perendija (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 90
    Rúben Amorim (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Paraschiv (Oţelul).
  • 89
    Râpă (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 89
    Emerson (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Iorga (Oţelul).
  • 88
    Iorga (Oţelul) is penalised for a foul on Emerson (Benfica).
  • 87
    Jardel (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • Yellow Card
    86
    Giurgiu (Oţelul) is shown a yellow card.
    Javi García is caught late by Gabriel Giurgiu, who goes into the book.
  • 86
    Giurgiu (Oţelul) is penalised for a foul on Rúben Amorim (Benfica).
  • 86
    Frunză (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 86
    Garay (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Giurgiu (Oţelul).
  • 83
    Rúben Amorim (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • Yellow Card
    83
    Ljubinković (Oţelul) is shown a yellow card.
    Zoran Ljubinković, the early substitute, is booked for a foul.
  • 82
    Ljubinković (Oţelul) is penalised for a foul on Gaitán (Benfica).
  • 81
    Filip (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • Substitution
    81
    Frunză (in) - Antal (out) (Oţelul)
  • 80
    Giurgiu (Oţelul) is penalised for a foul on Rodrigo (Benfica).
  • Substitution
    78
    Saviola (in) - Óscar Cardozo (out) (Benfica)
    Jorge Jesus makes his third and final change.
  • 77
    Gaitán (Benfica) takes the corner.
    Oţelul clear their lines again.
  • 76
    Nolito (Benfica) misses the target.
    The Spanish striker has made a big impact since coming off the bench. This time he cuts in from the left and, although his right-foot shot looked like it was going over the bar, has taken a deflection out for a corner.
  • 76
    Iorga (Oţelul) takes the corner.
  • 75
    Artur (Benfica) makes a save.
    Artur is called into action again, tipping over the bar from Ioan Filip, whose drive from 20 metres tests the Brazilian goalkeeper. Benfica not having things all their own way tonight.
  • 75
    Filip (Oţelul) has an effort on goal.
  • 74
    Gaitán (Benfica) takes the corner.
  • 74
    Grahovac (Oţelul) makes a save.
    Big opportunity as Nolito is denied by Branko Grahovac from close range, after a neat interchange with Óscar Cardozo.
  • 73
    Nolito (Benfica) has an effort on goal.
  • 73
    Antal (Oţelul) is flagged for offside.
  • 72
    Perendija (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 72
    Gaitán (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Ljubinković (Oţelul).
  • 71
    Garay (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • 71
    Iorga (Oţelul) is penalised for a foul on Witsel (Benfica).
  • Substitution
    70
    Pena (in) - Neagu (out) (Oţelul)
  • 70
    Perendija (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • Substitution
    70
    Rodrigo (in) - Aimar (out) (Benfica)
  • Yellow Card
    70
    Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) is cautioned by the referee.
    Milan Perendija is caught by flailing elbow of Óscar Cardozo, whose name is taken by German referee Manuel Gräfe.
  • 69
    Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Perendija (Oţelul).
  • 69
    Paraschiv (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 69
    Witsel (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Antal (Oţelul).
  • 68
    Gaitán (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • 67
    Ljubinković (Oţelul) is penalised for a foul on Javi García (Benfica).
  • 66
    Garay (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • 66
    Iorga (Oţelul) is penalised for a foul on Nolito (Benfica).
  • 65
    Witsel (Benfica) has a shot blocked.
    Pablo Aimar uses his quick feet to make space on the edge of the box before seeing his effort blocked.
  • 65
    Perendija (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 65
    Witsel (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Filip (Oţelul).
  • 63
    Ljubinković (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 62
    Javi García (Benfica) misses the target.
    Axel Witsel holds the ball up well before rolling it back to Javi García 30 metres out. The midfielder lets fly with a tremendously powerful drive that whistles just wide of the post.
  • 61
    Nolito (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Paraschiv (Oţelul).
  • 60
    Neagu (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 59
    Emerson (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Antal (Oţelul).
  • 58
    Râpă (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 58
    Witsel (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Neagu (Oţelul).
    Ezequiel Garay fouls the marauding Liviu Antal in a dangerous position on the right, but the resulting free-kick into the box is swept up easily by the home defence.
  • 57
    Rúben Amorim (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • 57
    Iorga (Oţelul) is penalised for a foul on Jardel (Benfica).
  • Substitution
    56
    Nolito (in) - Bruno César (out) (Benfica)
  • 56
    Antal (Oţelul) misses the target.
    Liviu Antal has a desire to get forward whenever he can, but this time the defender's shot from 20 metres is well over.
  • 55
    Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) misses the target.
    Beautiful football by Benfica again as Nicolás Gaitán crosses for Óscar Cardozo from the right, but the Paraguayan striker's header is high over the bar in the end.
  • 50
    Witsel (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • 49
    Iorga (Oţelul) is penalised for a foul on Rúben Amorim (Benfica).
  • 48
    Neagu (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 48
    Javi García (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Neagu (Oţelul).
  • 47
    Grahovac (Oţelul) makes a save.
    Brilliant move by Benfica. Nicolás Gaitán bursts clear down the right and sends a deep cross to Bruno César, whose well-executed left-foot volley goes straight into the arms of Branko Grahovac.
  • 47
    Bruno César (Benfica) has an effort on goal.
  • Start Time
    The second half begins.
    Oţelul, in all blue, get the second half started.
  • End Time
    The referee blows for half-time.
    Benfica lead but Oţelul have played excellently in the last 20 minutes and belied their status as the bottom team in the group. The Romanian champions have had four shots on target, compared to Benfica's one, but Artur has been in vigilant form for the hosts. Still, with Manchester United losing in Basel, the Lisbon club remain in control of Group C.
  • 45
    Rúben Amorim (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • 45
    Ljubinković (Oţelul) is penalised for a foul on Bruno César (Benfica).
  • 43
    Iorga (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 43
    Javi García (Benfica) is penalised for a foul on Giurgiu (Oţelul).
  • 42
    Artur (Benfica) makes a save.
    Liviu Antal's dipping drive draws a decent save out of Antal, who parries away. That was an awkward one for the Brazilian stopper, who is making his 24th appearance in UEFA club competition tonight.
  • 42
    Antal (Oţelul) has an effort on goal.
  • 39
    Gaitán (Benfica) delivers the corner.
    Excellent build-up play by Benfica, orchestrated by the influential Axel Witsel, who forces the corner.
  • 38
    Perendija (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 38
    Witsel (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ljubinković (Oţelul).
  • 37
    Aimar (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • 37
    Ljubinković (Oţelul) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Aimar (Benfica).
  • 36
    Antal (Oţelul) misses the target.
    From a long way out, Liviu Antal's effort goes a long way wide.
  • 36
    Grahovac (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 36
    Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 34
    Artur (Benfica) makes a save.
    Artur comes off his line to make two crucial blocks, first from Gabriel Paraschiv, and then from Gabriel Giurgiu, who tried to lift the rebound over the keeper.
  • 34
    Giurgiu (Oţelul) has an effort on goal.
  • 34
    Artur (Benfica) makes a save.
  • 34
    Paraschiv (Oţelul) has an effort on goal.
  • 33
    Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) misses the target.
    Axel Witsel finds Óscar Cardozo 20 yards from goal and the striker swivels brilliantly before sending a low curling effort towards goal that goals narrowly wide of the post. Great effort.
  • 32
    Gaitán (Benfica) has a shot blocked.
    An intricate Benfica move breaks up but the loose ball falls to Nicolás Gaitán, whose fierce effort from the edge of the box is blocked at source.
  • 28
    Ljubinković (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 28
    Javi García (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Paraschiv (Oţelul).
  • 25
    Bruno César (Benfica) misses the target.
    Pablo Aimar's corner is headed out to Bruno César, whose speculative effort from 20 metres drifts harmlessly wide of the Branko Grahovac's right-hand post.
  • 24
    Gaitán (Benfica) delivers the corner.
    Pablo Aimar and Nicolás Gaitán exchange passes on the edge of the box and there is a touch to take the ball out for a corner as Pablo Aimar drives forward.
  • 23
    Javi García (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • 23
    Paraschiv (Oţelul) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 22
    Perendija (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 22
    Aimar (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Perendija (Oţelul).
  • 21
    Witsel (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • Substitution
    21
    Ljubinković (in) - Ilie (out) (Oţelul)
    Zoran Ljubinković has been sent on to replace Silviu Ilie, who picked up what looks like a hamstring injury.
  • 20
    Witsel (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • 20
    Giurgiu (Oţelul) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Aimar (Benfica).
  • 18
    Iorga (Oţelul) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Witsel (Benfica).
  • 17
    Iorga (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • 16
    Gaitán (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ilie (Oţelul).
  • 15
    Artur (Benfica) makes a save.
    Some space opens up for Laurenţiu Iorga on the edge of the box but his effort is tame and Artur gathers.
  • 15
    Iorga (Oţelul) delivers the free-kick on target.
  • 15
    Jardel (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Paraschiv (Oţelul).
  • 14
    Aimar (Benfica) delivers the corner.
    Emerson forces the first corner off Cornel Râpă as Benfica push for a second.
  • 11
    Aimar (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Antal (Oţelul).
  • 11
    Jardel (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • 11
    Paraschiv (Oţelul) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jardel (Benfica).
  • 11
    Gaitán (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • 11
    Benga (Oţelul) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Aimar (Benfica).
  • 10
    Aimar (Benfica) takes the free-kick.
  • 9
    Neagu (Oţelul) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Witsel (Benfica).
  • 9
    Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Iorga (Oţelul).
  • Goal
    7
    Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) scores!
    It's a tap-in for Óscar Cardozo at the far post but the goal was created after beautiful play between Axel Witsel, who released Nicolás Gaitán to pull back to the unmarked goalscorer.
  • 5
    Paraschiv (Oţelul) takes the free-kick.
  • Start Time
    The match is under way.
    Benfica, in their tradition home strip of red shirts, white shorts and red socks, get us started.

Legend:

  • Goals
    Goals
  • Own goal
    Own goal
  • Converted penalty
    Converted penalty
  • Missed penalty
    Missed penalty
  • Red card
    Red card
  • Yellow card
    Yellow card
  • Second yellow card
    Second yellow card
  • Substitution
    Substitution
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