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Group stage - Group C

Anderlecht - Benfica
2-3
 

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Jesus relieved at Benfica resolve

Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 0.18CET
Jorge Jesus was more impressed by the result at RSC Anderlecht than by SL Benfica's showing, John van den Brom reflecting ruefully on "good efforts" that came to nothing.
Jesus relieved at Benfica resolve
Benfica's Nicolás Gaitán (left) celebrates his goal ©AFP/Getty Images
 

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Match statistics

Anderlecht
Benfica

2

Goals scored

3

48

Possession (%)

52

8

Total attempts

10

4

on target

6

4

off target

4

0

blocked

4

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

3

7

Offsides

0

3

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

18

Fouls committed

13

13

Fouls suffered

17

470

Passes

568

316

completed

406

Lineups

anderlecht

Anderlecht

benfica

Benfica

1Proto (GK)1Artur (GK)
Yellow Card90+2
2N'Sakala4Luisão (C)
3Deschacht
Substitution55
5Fejsa
10Praet11Lima
14Nuytinck
Yellow Card49
Substitution73
14Maxi Pereira
16Kouyaté20Gaitán
Substitution72
17Bruno
Yellow Card29
Goal77
21Matić
Goal34
22Mbemba
Goal18
Goal52
24Garay
30Gillet (C)34André Almeida
Yellow Card78
39Vanden Borre35Pérez
Substitution87
45Mitrović
Yellow Card88
50L. Marković
Substitution89

Substitutes

13Kaminski (GK)41Oblak (GK)
6De Zeeuw8Sulejmani
Substitution72
8Milivojević10Djuričić
12Najar19Rodrigo
Substitution87
Goal90
18Acheampong
Substitution55
30André Gomes
31Tielemans33Jardel
70Vargas
Substitution73
90Ivan Cavaleiro
Substitution89

Coaches

John van den Brom (NED) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Standings

Last updated: 28/11/2013 09:38 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 
  
Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 0.18CET

Jesus relieved at Benfica resolve

Jorge Jesus was more impressed by the result at RSC Anderlecht than by SL Benfica's showing, John van den Brom reflecting ruefully on "good efforts" that came to nothing.

John van den Brom, Anderlecht coach
It was a very close call, but we ended up with nothing and that's very disappointing. Both teams played to win at an extremely high tempo. Despite going 2-1 down at a very difficult moment we kept searching for the equaliser. When that came, we then totally went for it one last time, but in the end we have nothing.

I had warned them about the difficulty of this match. We had a good start but then conceded the equaliser and it was hard for us to react. We still tried to [do so] yet then conceded the second goal. However, the fans tried to help us and that helped us score our second. I also thought it would be possible to get a third goal and attempted to motivate my players, but it was Benfica who snatched it – we didn't get the fruits from all our good efforts.

In the Champions League, nine times out of ten a mistake leads to a goal. We've seen that again tonight, but we have young players who are still learning and playing matches like this will make them more experienced. Sometimes they still make mistakes that impact on the outcome of matches, but that's normal for young players.

The way we played is a good basis to build on. This is a learning curve for the youngsters, but we have also experienced great moments in this Champions League campaign.

Jorge Jesus, Benfica coach
It was an important and necessary victory. We didn't play that well, but the result was very good for us. Despite going 1-0 down, we scored at the right times and that helped us a lot in terms of the outcome. We now have to keep working hard to improve further and do better. My own ability to do that is also dependent on the number of injured players.

Thanks to PSG's victory over Olympiacos we still have an opportunity to progress in the Champions League. Right now, we are certain at least of playing in the Europa League next year. Where we end up will also depend on the Anderlecht-Olympiacos result on the final matchday.

Our goal is not completely achieved. We want to be in the Champions League above all – the Europa League is secondary. There is still hope. I would like to think that Anderlecht can draw or win in Greece, but the atmosphere over there will make things hard for them. Nevertheless, their defence can hold the Olympiacos attack.

But first we need to do our part, beating PSG. We endured difficult moments this evening, allowing Anderlecht to get stronger and score goals. I changed my substitution, introducing Rodrigo instead of Ivan Cavaleiro, because I knew his speed could surprise Anderlecht. Fortunately, things worked out well.

Last updated: 29/11/13 0.06CET

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