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Danny delights Zenit and knocks out Benfica

Published: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 19.57CET
FC Zenit 1-0 SL Benfica
Danny's late goal consigned Benfica to a third successive group stage exit and ensured Zenit's hopes of progress go to the final day.

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Match statistics

ZenitBenfica

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)48
 
52
Total attempts10
 
5
on target2
 
1
off target2
 
3
blocked6
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
6
Offsides6
 
3
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed18
 
18
Fouls suffered16
 
16
Passes348
 
376
completed268
 
294

Standings

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 25/06/2015 17:50 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 19.57CET

Danny delights Zenit and knocks out Benfica

FC Zenit 1-0 SL Benfica
Danny's late goal consigned Benfica to a third successive group stage exit and ensured Zenit's hopes of progress go to the final day.

Zenit control first half but without breaking through
Benfica go close three times in first five minutes of second period
Danny makes decisive late breakthrough for Zenit (79)
Benfica out; Zenit take campaign to matchday six
Next games: Monaco v Zenit, Benfica v Leverkusen (9 December)

FC Zenit took a giant stride towards the UEFA Champions League round of 16 as Danny's late goal proved enough to see off SL Benfica in a tight Group C fixture.

Clear chances were few and far between but, just when it looked like ending in stalemate, Hulk set up Danny for an expert finish with 11 minutes remaining. The result means Zenit's campaign will go to the wire, while Benfica cannot now finish in the top two.

With these teams level on four points, a win would have moved either into a strong position ahead of the final round of matches and it was Zenit who started the stronger. Hulk's right-wing free-kick was parried by Júlio César and both Axel Witsel and José Rondón had shots blocked in the resulting scramble, but Benfica survived.

That was in the sixth minute; the next clear opening did not arrive until seven minutes before half-time. This time is was Zenit who escaped as a great run and cross from Nicolás Gaitán found Eduardo Salvio inside the area but Yuri Lodygin was quickly out to block at the forward's feet.

There were three more let-offs for the home goal in quick succession early in the second period. First Gaitán missed the target after shrugging off Witsel, before Luisão found himself with time and space in the box only to pull his effort across the face of goal; seconds later, Jardel failed to get enough purchase on his header.

Gaitán then delivered an inviting centre that failed to find reward as both sides chased the vital breakthrough. Just when it appeared that one would never come, Hulk unlocked the Benfica defence, picking up possession at the corner of the area and dinking in a cross for skipper Danny to smash past César on the half-volley.

With Benfica unable to apply any real pressure on the home defence, their misery was complete when Luisão collected his second yellow card in added time. While the visitors were left to contemplate a group stage exit for the third season running, Zenit's hopes of making the last 16 for the third time in four years remain alive.

Last updated: 29/05/15 4.56CET

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

benfica

Benfica

1
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
20
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
Yellow Card36
Red Card90+2
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
Yellow Card44
7
SamarisAndreas Samaris
Yellow Card21
Substitution82
5
RyazantsevAleksandr Ryazantsev
Substitution65
10
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
Substitution23
11
LimaLima
7
HulkHulk
Yellow Card36
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
21
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Substitution58
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
23
RondónJosé Rondón
30
TaliscaTalisca
Substitution70
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
33
JardelJardel
Yellow Card11
28
WitselAxel Witsel
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
35
DannyDanny (C)
Goal79
35
PérezEnzo Pérez

Substitutes

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
9
DerleyDerley
Substitution70
13
Luís NetoLuís Neto
Substitution23
Yellow Card30
15
JohnOla John
Substitution82
17
ShatovOleg Shatov
Substitution65
21
PizziPizzi
19
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
23
BenitoLoris Benito
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Substitution58
24
CristanteBryan Cristante
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
37
CésarCésar

Coach

André Villas-Boas (POR) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)

Fourth official

Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Luca Banti (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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