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Semi-finals, First leg

Fenerbahçe - Benfica
1-0

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Patient Fenerbahçe find reward against Benfica

Published: Thursday 25 April 2013, 23.00CET
Patient Fenerbahçe find reward against Benfica 
Fenerbahçe-Benfica reaction ©AFP/Getty Images

Fenerbahçe SK will take a 1-0 lead to SL Benfica next week after hitting the woodwork three times, including from a missed penalty, before Egemen Korkmaz finally made the breakthrough – inevitably via the post – in an eventful UEFA Europa League semi-final tie.

The Turkish outfit had had the better of a high-tempo first half, with Moussa Sow rattling the crossbar, when they won a penalty just before the break. Cristian fired against the base of the left post, however, and when Dirk Kuyt found the frame of the goal again in the second period, it did not look like Aykut Kocaman's side's night. Egemen changed their fortunes 18 minutes from time, nodding in via the upright following a poor defensive header as Fenerbahçe claimed a deserved win.

 

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Match statistics

Fenerbahçe
Benfica

1

Goals scored

0

3

Attempts on target

2

6

Attempts off target

2

8

Corners

4

7

Offsides

2

7

Fouls committed

17

3

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    The home side will take a 1-0 lead to Lisbon next week, and few would argue that they did not merit it. They were denied by the woodwork three times, including Cristian's penalty at the end of the first-half, before Egemen Korkmaz finally squeezed the ball in (via the post, obviously). The late booking to Moussa Sow, meaning he will be suspended for the second leg, may prove costly, though.
  • Yellow Card
    90
    Webó (Fenerbahçe) is shown a yellow card.
    Pierre Webó kicks the ball away in frustration after being caught offside, meaning he will miss the second leg. The anguished look on Aykut Kocaman's face says it all.
  • Substitution
    87
    Krasić (in) - Sow (out) (Fenerbahçe)
  • Substitution
    86
    Selçuk Şahin (in) - Cristian (out) (Fenerbahçe)
  • Substitution
    81
    Carlos Martins (in) - André Gomes (out) (Benfica)

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