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Benfica bow out to CSKA

Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 23.15CET
SL Benfica 1-1 PFC CSKA Moskva (agg: 1-3) Sergei Ignashevich's 49th-minute strike kills off Benfica hopes.

Match statistics

BenficaCSKA Moskva

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 23.15CET

Benfica bow out to CSKA

SL Benfica 1-1 PFC CSKA Moskva (agg: 1-3) Sergei Ignashevich's 49th-minute strike kills off Benfica hopes.

A disciplined performance at Estádio da Luz was enough to earn PFC CSKA Moskva a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup ahead of a frustrated SL Benfica side.

Effective winner
A well worked free-kick finished by Sergei Ignashevich effectively ended the tie early in the second half, ample reward for a resolute show by the Russian team - who led 2-0 from the first leg - before substitute Azar Karadas's consolidation had given the home crowd some hope with 27 minutes remaining.

Team changes
Long spells of possession had yielded no return for Benfica in Russia a week ago and coach Giovanni Trapattoni responded by making only one change, hoping home advantage would make a difference. Greek defender Panagiotis Fyssas started in place of Manuel Dos Santos on the left, while Yuri Zhirkov returned to the CSKA midfield after serving a suspension.

First chance
Predictably Benfica started brightly as they sought the goal that would reignite the contest. But the eager crowd had to wait 15 minutes until the home side mustered a shot on target, some slick build-up on the edge of the penalty area allowing Manuel Fernandes a shooting opportunity that found Igor Akinfeev in decent form.

CSKA shine
But just as Benfica threatened to take control of the match, Gazzaev's men found their feet. After weathering the slight storm, they effectively snuffed out the chance of any dangerous momentum Benfica might build. And they almost killed the tie off after Daniel Carvalho's 23rd-minute shot was deflected into the net, only to be ruled out for offside.

More torment
More frustration for Benfica followed, as their attacks were met with an increasingly resolute CSKA defence, and growing threat in forward positions - scorer in the first leg Vágner Love, isolated early on, tormented the Benfica back four more as the half progressed. For Benfica only another long-distance effort had Akinfeev tipping over as the half ended.

Away goal
CSKA's exertions were rewarded with a fine opening goal early in the second half. Gazzaev's delight was clear as a training ground set-play worked perfectly, Evgeni Aldonin's dummy over a short free-kick fooled everyone, giving captain Ignashevich time to stroke the ball into the corner for a precious away goal.

Ray of hope
With the game looking lost Trapattoni committed all his substitutes, and within five minutes the gamble paid off. Karadas, introduced to make a front four, met Petit's corner with enough purchase to beat Akinfeev at his far post, the young goalkeeper failing to hold the header.

CSKA hold on
But with less than half-an-hour to score a further three times, the renewed optimisim soon fizzled out, as CSKA stood firm. They now meet FK Partizan in the last 16, home and away fixtures taking place on 10 and 17 March. Benfica's hopes of playing in the final in Lisbon, however, are over.

Last updated: 25/02/05 10.44CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

12
QuimQuim (GK)
35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich (C)
Goal49
6
PetitPetit
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
11
GeovanniGeovanni
Substitution64
7
CarvalhoDaniel Carvalho
Substitution90+1
13
AlcidesAlcides
15
OdiahChidi Odiah
Substitution72
14
FyssasTakis Fyssas
11
Vágner LoveVágner Love
Substitution84
15
Nuno AssisNuno Assis
Substitution54
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Yellow Card81
20
SimãoSimão (C)
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Yellow Card45+1
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
Substitution61
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
37
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Yellow Card59
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
Yellow Card38

Substitutes

1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
77
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
7
CarlitosCarlitos
9
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution84
8
Bruno AguiarBruno Aguiar
10
FerreyraOsmar Ferreyra
9
MantorrasMantorras
Substitution61
13
SamodinSergei Samodin
18
Dos SantosManuel Dos Santos
19
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
22
KaradasAzar Karadas
Substitution54
Goal63
28
ShershunBohdan Shershun
Substitution72
23
MiguelMiguel
Substitution64
8
GusevRolan Gusev
Substitution90+1

Coach

Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA) Valeri Gazzaev (RUS)

Referee

Douglas McDonald (SCO)

Assistant referees

Martin Cryans (SCO), Jim Charles Lyon (SCO)

Fourth official

Craig Thomson (SCO)

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