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PSG pay penalty as Benfica prosper

Published: Friday 16 March 2007, 0.57CET
SL Benfica 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain FC (agg: 4-3)
It took a late penalty from Benfica captain Simão to end PSG's resistance and send the hosts through.

Match statistics

BenficaPSG

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
9
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners4
 
8
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Friday 16 March 2007, 0.57CET

PSG pay penalty as Benfica prosper

SL Benfica 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain FC (agg: 4-3)
It took a late penalty from Benfica captain Simão to end PSG's resistance and send the hosts through.

Paris Saint-Germain FC might be struggling in France's Ligue 1, but it took an 89th-minute penalty from SL Benfica captain Simão to end their brave resistance and send the Portuguese club into the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

Thriller
Trailing 2-1 from last week's Round of 16 first leg in Paris, Benfica made a swift response tonight with goals from Simão and Petit. However, Pauleta's strike for PSG on his return to Portugal threatened to take the tie into extra time, until Simão's late intervention from the spot.

Going to plan
The evening certainly started according to script for Fernando Santos's men as Simão slid the ball under PSG keeper Mickaël Landreau on 12 minutes. Things got even better when, after Fabrizio Miccoli had rattled the crossbar and Georgios Karagounis the post via the fingertips of Landreau, Petit made it 2-0 after 27 minutes. As the midfielder approached the opposition area with centre-back David Rozehnal backing off, he chipped the visiting custodian and saw his effort bounce in off the bar.

Pauleta delivers
However, Benfica's overall advantage lasted only five minutes before former Portugal forward Pauleta converted Jérôme Rothen's cross with a header under keeper Moretto. PSG could even have gone in level at half-time but Pauleta, Amara Diané and Sammy Traoré missed their opportunities. The rising tension in the second half resulted in a more restrained passage of play, although Benfica carried the greater threat.

Last-gasp Simão
Miccoli drove straight at Landreau, then Simão blazed over with the clock ticking down. Yet he got a second chance following Youssuf Mulumbu's foul on Léo. Mulumbu received a second yellow card but the greater punishment was dealt to PSG by Simão's slammed penalty past Landreau. Paul Le Guen's team are left with a relegation battle to fight while Benfica march on to the quarter-finals.

Last updated: 16/03/07 11.57CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

paris

Paris

31
MorettoMoretto (GK)
1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
22
NélsonNélson
32
MabialaLarrys Mabiala
Substitution75
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
4
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
3
AndersonAnderson
17
TraoréSammy Traoré
Yellow Card90
5
LéoLéo
26
DrameBoukary Drame
6
PetitPetit
Goal27
35
MulumbuYoussuf Mulumbu
Yellow Card2
Red Card87
8
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Yellow Card22
11
DianéAmara Diané
Yellow Card89
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution46
2
GallardoMarcelo Gallardo
Substitution70
20
SimãoSimão
Goal12
Goal89
25
RothenJérôme Rothen
Yellow Card61
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
Yellow Card90
Substitution90+6
9
PauletaPauleta
Goal32
30
MiccoliFabrizio Miccoli
Substitution77
29
LuyindulaPéguy Luyindula
Substitution70

Substitutes

1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
15
KalouBonaventure Kalou
Substitution70
15
Paulo JorgePaulo Jorge
Substitution90+6
13
FrauPierre-Alain Frau
16
BetoBeto
16
AlonzoJérôme Alonzo (GK)
18
ManúManú
20
ChantômeClément Chantôme
27
DerleiDerlei
Substitution77
5
MendyBernard Mendy
Substitution75
9
MantorrasMantorras
14
NgogDavid Ngog
Substitution70
28
João CoimbraJoão Coimbra
Substitution46
39
SakhoMamadou Sakho

Coach

Fernando Santos (POR) Paul Le Guen (FRA)

Referee

Florian Meyer (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Sönke Glindemann (GER)

Fourth official

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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