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Cardozo the saviour as Benfica hold Olympiacos

Published: Wednesday 23 October 2013, 23.20CET
SL Benfica 1-1 Olympiacos FC
Óscar Cardozo scrambled in a late goal for the hosts to leave the two sides locked on four points in the race for second in Group C.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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Match statistics

BenficaOlympiacos

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts8
 
10
on target4
 
6
off target4
 
4
blocked1
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
0
Offsides4
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed25
 
16
Fouls suffered15
 
25
Passes480
 
388
completed336
 
256

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

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Published: Wednesday 23 October 2013, 23.20CET

Cardozo the saviour as Benfica hold Olympiacos

SL Benfica 1-1 Olympiacos FC
Óscar Cardozo scrambled in a late goal for the hosts to leave the two sides locked on four points in the race for second in Group C.

SL Benfica and Olympiacos FC battled to a hard-fought draw in a deluge in Lisbon to maintain both sides' realistic hopes of a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout phase.

Óscar Cardozo's scrambled late strike cancelled out Alejandro Domínguez's slick first-half opener – the Greek club's first goal in the Portuguese capital at the sixth attempt – to leave both teams on four points in Group C. With perfect Paris Saint-Germain FC pulling away at the top, the return encounter at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis in two weeks promises to be decisive.

Benfica started with the self-belief one might have expected from a side that had won seven successive home games in UEFA competition – and almost scored inside three minutes. Visiting keeper Roberto brilliantly denied his former employers, plunging low to his right to claw away a stinging free-kick by Cardozo. Luisão then headed over an inviting Ola John delivery from the right as the hosts pressed.

Yet the visitors were in confident form after their resounding matchday two victory at RSC Anderlecht, and began to venture forward with menace. Kostas Mitroglou, who scored a hat-trick in Brussels, powered through in the sixth minute but shot wide of Artur's near post. He came close again shortly after, nodding David Fuster's centre narrowly wide.

When Mitroglou did hit the target from outside the area in the 24th minute, Artur got down well to parry. However, when Míchel's men eventually found the breakthrough, it was from a different source. Mitroglou's neat flick afforded Domínguez just enough space, and he craftily stepped inside the sliding tackle of Ezequiel Garay to calmly slot into the corner.

With the rain now teeming down and fluent passing becoming more and more difficult, Benfica sought to fashion a direct route back into the game, sending long passes down the channels. Lima fired one free-kick centimetres wide and substitute Ivan Cavaleiro quickly got involved on the right-hand side.

Jorge Jesus's team continued to push on, though Olympiacos looked dangerous on the counter, especially after the introduction of Sambou Yatabaré, who brought calm and order to proceedings. Mitroglou was denied the second as the ball was held up in the rain-soaked goalmouth, wrong-footing the forward and enabling Garay to clear.

Yet with six minutes to go, the Eagles' perseverance paid off. Rodrigo's corner was headed down by Luisão and Cardozo bundled in his 34th goal in UEFA competition to leave things on a knife edge in the section.

Last updated: 03/12/13 20.14CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

olympiacos

Olympiacos

1
ArturArtur (GK)
16
RobertoRoberto (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis (C)
Yellow Card84
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Goal83
11
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Yellow Card59
11
LimaLima
14
SamarisAndreas Samaris
15
JohnOla John
Substitution46
19
David FusterDavid Fuster
Yellow Card36
Substitution69
16
SiqueiraGuilherme Siqueira
20
HolebasJosé Holebas
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Yellow Card62
Substitution82
23
SiovasDimitris Siovas
21
MatićNemanja Matić
24
ManolasKostas Manolas
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
30
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
35
DomínguezAlejandro Domínguez
Goal29
Substitution88
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
Yellow Card55
Substitution82
79
WeissVladimír Weiss
Yellow Card42
Substitution56

Substitutes

13
Paulo LopesPaulo Lopes (GK)
42
MegyeriBalázs Megyeri (GK)
6
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
Substitution82
8
N'DingaDelvin N'Dinga
Substitution56
10
DjuričićFilip Djuričić
9
SaviolaJavier Saviola
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
22
MedjaniCarl Medjani
Substitution88
19
RodrigoRodrigo
Substitution82
26
CampbellJoel Campbell
33
JardelJardel
60
YatabaréSambou Yatabaré
Substitution69
90
Ivan CavaleiroIvan Cavaleiro
Substitution46
99
OlaitanMichael Olaitan

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Míchel (ESP)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

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

Fourth official

Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)

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