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Benfica succumb to PSG comeback

Published: Friday 9 March 2007, 0.52CET
Paris Saint-Germain FC 2-1 SL Benfica
PSG recovered from Simão's early strike to claim a first leg lead with goals from Pauleta and Pierre-Alain Frau.

Match statistics

PSGBenfica

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target2
 
1
Corners2
 
6
Offsides0
1
Fouls committed8
 
9
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 9 March 2007, 0.52CET

Benfica succumb to PSG comeback

Paris Saint-Germain FC 2-1 SL Benfica
PSG recovered from Simão's early strike to claim a first leg lead with goals from Pauleta and Pierre-Alain Frau.

First-half goals in the space of five minutes by Pedro Pauleta and Pierre-Alain Frau earned Paris Saint-Germain FC a narrow first-leg lead over SL Benfica in the UEFA Cup Round of 16.

In the balance
Captain Simão had nodded the Portuguese visitors ahead in the ninth minute at the Parc des Princes, but Pauleta equalised against his compatriots when his speculative cross ended up finding the bottom corner. Frau's classy winner four minutes before half-time leaves the tie in the balance going into next week's return in Lisbon.

Simão show
Simão's opener owed much to the foraging of right-back Nélson, who sped down his flank and sent a teasing ball into the centre. The Portugal winger arrived at pace between David Rozehnal and Bernard Mendy to head unerringly beyond Mickaël Landreau. Indeed, Simão, given licence to roam by coach Fernando Santos, ran the show early on, creating chances for Derlei and Anderson.

PSG revived
These were spurned, however, and once Benfica lost centre-back Luisão to injury on the half-hour, PSG suddenly clicked into gear and scored twice in quick succession. The first was somewhat fortunate, Pauleta's curling delivery from the left evading everyone and somehow finding the far corner - via the post - past the bemused Quim. The second, five minutes later, could not have been more different. Neat footwork allowed Bonaventure Kalou to wriggle free of two challengers inside the area and he cut the ball back for Frau to guide home a left-footed finish at Quim's near post.

Sitting pretty
Frau should have made it 3-1 moments before the break but nodded a Jérôme Rothen cross over from close range. Just after the resumption, substitute David Luiz had a header from Simão's corner cleared off the line, before team-mate Fabrizio Miccoli fired just wide. At the other end, Pauleta curled an effort narrowly off target but PSG were mostly happy to sit on their advantage and keep the Liga outfit at bay.

Last updated: 09/03/07 9.55CET

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Lineups

paris

Paris

benfica

Benfica

1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
12
QuimQuim (GK)
4
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
3
AndersonAnderson
5
MendyBernard Mendy
4
LuisãoLuisão
Substitution33
22
ArmandSylvain Armand
Substitution79
5
LéoLéo
39
SakhoMamadou Sakho
22
NélsonNélson
8
CisséÉdouard Cissé
6
PetitPetit
20
ChantômeClément Chantôme
Yellow Card46
20
SimãoSimão (C)
Goal10
25
RothenJérôme Rothen
Substitution61
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Yellow Card6
13
FrauPierre-Alain Frau
Goal39
28
João CoimbraJoão Coimbra
Substitution72
15
KalouBonaventure Kalou
Yellow Card80
27
DerleiDerlei
Yellow Card56
Substitution68
9
PauletaPauleta (C)
Goal35
30
MiccoliFabrizio Miccoli

Substitutes

16
AlonzoJérôme Alonzo (GK)
1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
17
TraoréSammy Traoré
9
MantorrasMantorras
26
DrameBoukary Drame
Substitution79
11
MiguelitoMiguelito
2
GallardoMarcelo Gallardo
Substitution61
Substitution73
15
Paulo JorgePaulo Jorge
35
MulumbuYoussuf Mulumbu
16
BetoBeto
Substitution72
29
LuyindulaPéguy Luyindula
Substitution73
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
Substitution68
11
DianéAmara Diané
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
Substitution33

Coach

Paul Le Guen (FRA) Fernando Santos (POR)

Referee

Graham Poll (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Roger East (ENG)

Fourth official

Mike Dean (ENG)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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