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Benfica bow to Zahovic

Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.50CET
SL Benfica 1-0 Rosenborg BK Zlatko Zahovic's solitary goal secures victory for home side in Portugal.

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Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.50CET

Benfica bow to Zahovic

SL Benfica 1-0 Rosenborg BK Zlatko Zahovic's solitary goal secures victory for home side in Portugal.

Zlatko Zahovic scored the only goal of the game as SL Benfica took an important step towards the fourth round of the UEFA Cup with a 1-0 third round first-leg victory at home against Rosenborg BK. But José Camacho’s side will feel disappointed not to be taking a greater advantage with them to Norway next week after dominating a one-sided match.

Strand injured
There were no surprises in the Benfica team with Tomislav Sokota and Luisão both injured and Fyssas Panagiotis cup-tied. Rosenborg, as expected, were without the injured Roar Strand.

Johnsen saves
Benfica started brightly, attacking down both flanks with Armando Petit providing the anchor in the centre of midfield. Rosenborg were content to sit back and soak up the Benfica pressure, but the home side almost found a way through as early as the fifth minute, Nuno Gomes forcing Johnsen into a diving save to his right with a powerful shot from outside the box. Johnsen saved sharply again eight minutes later, this time from Simão Sabrosa as Benfica continued to press.

Moreira to the rescue
Rosenborg were pegged back for long spells, leaving Azar Karadas up front as their main attacking outlet, supported from deep by Øyvind Storflor and Martin Brattbakk. But they were creating chances on the break and José Moreira was called on to save well on 29 minutes before turning away a shot from Brattbakk five minutes before the interval.

Armando miss
Benfica hit back with good interplay between Simão and Armando Sá on the left, but the latter shot weakly when through on goal and the chance was wasted. Opportunities fell to both sides early in the second half, with Simão shooting narrowly wide before Moreira came off his line to save well at the feet of Karadas on 47 minutes.

Zahovic breakthrough
Nuno Gomes then contrived to miss from close range after a Petit corner had eluded the Rosenborg defence, but on 59 minutes the breakthrough finally came, Joao Pereira and Nuno Gomes combining to release Zahovic, whose powerful shot from outside the area flashed past Johnsen.

Benfica thwarted
From then on only the goalkeeper stood between Benfica and a greater winning margin. On 61 minutes he brilliantly blocked Simão’s attempt with his feet and eight minutes after that Joao Pereira put Luis Miguel through, but Johnsen was again equal to the challenge to leave Rosenborg with a chance next week.

Last updated: 27/02/04 9.55CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

rosenborg

Rosenborg

1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
1
Espen JohnsenEspen Johnsen (GK)
2
Armando SáArmando Sá
3
HoftunErik Hoftun (C)
3
ArgelArgel
4
WinsnesFredrik Winsnes
Substitution64
6
PetitPetit
5
BasmaChrister Basma
10
ZahovičZlatko Zahovič
Goal59
Substitution73
7
BergØrjan Berg
11
GeovanniGeovanni
Substitution46
9
Frode JohnsenFrode Johnsen
20
SimãoSimão (C)
10
RisethVidar Riseth
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
17
StorflorØyvind Storflor
23
MiguelMiguel
20
KaradasAzar Karadas
30
TiagoTiago
21
StensaasStåle Stensaas
33
Ricardo RochaRicardo Rocha
22
BrattbakkHarald Brattbakk
Substitution82

Substitutes

24
BossioBossio (GK)
26
HansenAlexander Hansen (GK)
19
AlexAlex
8
EnerlyDagfinn Enerly
Substitution82
37
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Substitution73
11
SolliJan Gunnar Solli
Substitution64
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Substitution46
2
OlsenOdd Inge Olsen
5
CristianoCristiano
14
BlixtLars Blixt
16
Fernando AguiarFernando Aguiar
25
HansénTorjus Hansén
32
HélderHélder

Coach

Ola By Rise (NOR)

Referee

Paul Allaerts (BEL)

Assistant referees

Rombout Hennissen (BEL), Danny Vanderhoven (BEL)

Fourth official

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

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