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Subašić helps Monaco make point against Benfica

Published: Wednesday 22 October 2014, 22.40CET
AS Monaco FC 0-0 SL Benfica
Danijel Subašić was the main source of Benfica's frustrations but they came away with their first point from a game they ended with ten men.
by Ian Holyman
from Stade Louis II

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Match statistics

MonacoBenfica

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)51
 
49
Total attempts13
 
13
on target1
 
4
off target8
 
6
blocked4
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
4
Offsides5
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed17
 
20
Fouls suffered18
 
16
Passes319
 
308
completed264
 
265

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 25/06/2015 17:50 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 22 October 2014, 22.40CET

Subašić helps Monaco make point against Benfica

AS Monaco FC 0-0 SL Benfica
Danijel Subašić was the main source of Benfica's frustrations but they came away with their first point from a game they ended with ten men.

Benfica off the mark in Group C while unbeaten Monaco drop to second
Danijel Subašić keeps Benfica at bay with four saves to Artur's one
Benfica have Lisandro López sent off with 14 minutes remaining
Lucas Ocampos misses open goal for the hosts early on
Next games: Benfica v Monaco (4 November)

SL Benfica picked up their first point of the UEFA Champions League group stage as they registered a goalless draw at AS Monaco FC.

The Portuguese Liga leaders, who had Lisandro López dismissed 14 minutes from time, may have had more to show from their trip but for home goalkeeper Danijel Subašić. The Monaco No1 ensured his own side remain unbeaten in what is shaping up to be a close-run race for the knockout stages from Group C.

Benfica's arrival in the principality was delayed by logistical problems, and they appeared not to have turned up in the opening minutes either. Lucas Ocampos was all alone when Dimitar Berbatov squared the ball to him, but with Artur scrambling and the whole goal to shoot at, the young Argentine scuffed his effort wide.

Didier Deschamps led Monaco to the 2003/04 final where they lost 3-0 to FC Porto, the last time they had played a Portuguese opponent in the competition. The presence of the France coach in the Stade Louis II stands did not seem to inspire Leonardo Jardim's men, though, but they only rarely found themselves in danger in a tense first half.

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Layvin Kurzawa blocks off Eduardo Salvio

Superb domestically but fitful in Europe, imprecision in the final third rendered Benfica all but benign for much of the opening period until Lima lunged at a near-post cross to force a fine instinctive save from Subašić shortly before the break.

Berbatov's injury-enforced withdrawal just after the half-hour mark had seen Anthony Martial emerge from the bench – the promising teenage striker's shot across the face of goal shortly after the re-start signalled the hosts' renewed determination.

Not that they could afford to focus all their efforts on going forward. When Nicolás Gaitán darted into the box, skipping beyond Fabinho before firing goalwards, Subašić had to shoot out his right hand to block the Argentinian's close-range effort.

The Croatia international was also behind Eduardo Salvio's angled shot when sharp passing had allowed him to break clear behind the home back four. Had the Benfica midfielder squared for the unmarked Enzo Pérez, Subašić would surely have been picking the ball out of his net instead.

Largely on the back foot in the second half, Geoffrey Kondogbia briefly raised Monaco hopes when he sent a header narrowly wide from a corner, but even after Lisandro López's dismissal, Jardim's men could not find a way through.

Last updated: 29/05/15 5.49CET

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Lineups

monaco

Monaco

benfica

Benfica

1
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
2
FabinhoFabinho
2
Lisandro LópezLisandro López
Yellow Card26
Red Card76
3
KurzawaLayvin Kurzawa
Yellow Card78
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
Yellow Card71
10
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Substitution78
7
DirarNabil Dirar
11
LimaLima
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution82
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Substitution34
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Yellow Card36
11
OcamposLucas Ocampos
Substitution62
19
EliseuEliseu
Yellow Card8
22
KondogbiaGeoffrey Kondogbia
30
TaliscaTalisca
Substitution68
24
RaggiAndrea Raggi
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
28
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan (C)
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
Substitution87

Substitutes

16
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
13
Paulo LopesPaulo Lopes (GK)
13
WallaceWallace
7
SamarisAndreas Samaris
Substitution87
14
BakayokoTiémoué Bakayoko
9
DerleyDerley
15
Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva
Substitution82
21
PizziPizzi
17
Ferreira-CarrascoYannick Ferreira-Carrasco
Substitution62
Yellow Card90+5
32
TiagoTiago
Substitution68
21
EldersonElderson
37
CésarCésar
Substitution78
23
MartialAnthony Martial
Substitution34
78
Gonçalo GuedesGonçalo Guedes

Coach

Leonardo Jardim (POR) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Assistant referees

Paweł Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Fourth official

Radosław Siejka (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Paweł Raczkowski (POL), Tomasz Musiał (POL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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