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Benfica up and running as Talisca sinks Monaco

Published: Tuesday 4 November 2014, 23.00CET
SL Benfica 1-0 AS Monaco FC
The visitors conceded their first goal in Group C as Jorge Jesus's men reignited qualification hopes with a maiden victory in the section.
by David Crossan
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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Match statistics

BenficaMonaco

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46
Total attempts16
 
15
on target3
 
5
off target6
 
5
blocked7
 
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
7
Offsides1
 
4
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
16
Fouls suffered14
 
15
Passes429
 
325
completed358
 
261

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 25/06/2015 17:50 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 4 November 2014, 23.00CET

Benfica up and running as Talisca sinks Monaco

SL Benfica 1-0 AS Monaco FC
The visitors conceded their first goal in Group C as Jorge Jesus's men reignited qualification hopes with a maiden victory in the section.

Late Talisca goal hands Benfica first win in Group C
2003/04 finalists Monaco suffer first defeat in section
Eagles move within point of second-placed French club
Monaco No1 Danijel Subašić concedes for first time in this season's competition
Next games: Zenit v Benfica, Leverkusen v Monaco (26 November)

In-form Talisca scored a vital 82nd-minute goal as SL Benfica beat AS Monaco FC to revive their UEFA Champions League qualification prospects.

That Benfica recorded their first win in Group C – as they bid to make it out of the group stage for the first time in three attempts – was down to the Brazilian forward turning the ball in late on, confirming his fine run in front of goal comprising scoring in four straight league games for Portugal's Liga leaders. Until the 20-year-old's intervention, Benfica had been frustrated by a resolute Monaco display and with the pacy Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco always a threat for Leonardo Jardim's men, the visitors had looked more than capable of leaving with something.

The hosts made the running in the early stages, but Benfica were too often let down by a lack of a precision in the final third. Five minutes in, Eduardo Salvio fired well wide when presented with a fine chance by a lovely Talisca release. Monaco soaked up the pressure and began to show more in an attacking sense, Lucas Ocampos having a 25th-minute attempt blocked. Benfica enjoyed by far the biggest opening of the half just before the teams went in for the interval and only a heroic Andrea Raggi block prevented Nicolás Gaitán giving them the lead with a left-foot shot.

Monaco started the second half brightly and Layvin Kurzawa ghosted into the box before heading a Fabinho cross wide. Danijel Subašić – yet to concede in 270 minutes of Group C action until today – made his first real stop of note in the 53rd minute when he athletically flung himself upwards to his right as Talisca bent one towards the top corner. Ferreira-Carrasco had been a thorn in Benfica's side all night and the quicksilver winger almost scored a dazzling solo goal on the hour, repelled only by a fine Júlio César save at the near post.

With a single point from their first three fixtures, the Eagles had no option but to push for the three points and forward Lima almost made an instant impact after coming on for midfielder Andreas Samaris, having a strike deflected for a corner. The same man headed off target under pressure from Ricardo Carvalho as Benfica continued to press. It appeared it would be a fruitless pursuit until the unmarked Talisca popped up at the back post to sweep in following Derley's flick-on of a Nicolás Gaitán corner.

Last updated: 29/05/15 5.28CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

monaco

Monaco

20
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
1
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
2
FabinhoFabinho
7
SamarisAndreas Samaris
Yellow Card29
Substitution62
3
KurzawaLayvin Kurzawa
9
DerleyDerley
Substitution86
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
Yellow Card39
10
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Substitution90+1
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Yellow Card74
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
11
OcamposLucas Ocampos
Substitution63
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
17
Ferreira-CarrascoYannick Ferreira-Carrasco
30
TaliscaTalisca
Goal82
19
L. TraoréLacina Traoré
Yellow Card26
Substitution72
33
JardelJardel
22
KondogbiaGeoffrey Kondogbia
Substitution86
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
24
RaggiAndrea Raggi
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
Yellow Card38
28
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan (C)
Yellow Card56

Substitutes

1
ArturArtur (GK)
16
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
11
LimaLima
Substitution62
5
AbdennourAymen Abdennour
21
PizziPizzi
7
DirarNabil Dirar
Substitution63
23
BenitoLoris Benito
14
BakayokoTiémoué Bakayoko
24
CristanteBryan Cristante
Substitution86
15
Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva
32
TiagoTiago
Substitution90+1
18
GermainValère Germain
Substitution86
37
CésarCésar
23
MartialAnthony Martial
Substitution72
Yellow Card86

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Leonardo Jardim (POR)

Referee

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Assistant referees

Raúl Cabanero (ESP), Roberto Alonso (ESP)

Fourth official

Teodoro Sobrino (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Del Cerro (ESP), Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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