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Unconvincing Benfica lead Nürnberg

Published: Friday 15 February 2008, 0.54CET
SL Benfica 1-0 1. FC Nürnberg
Ariza Makukula's strike gave the Portuguese side a slender advantage ahead of next week's second leg.
Unconvincing Benfica lead Nürnberg
Ariza Makukula celebrates scoring Benfica's winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BenficaNürnberg

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners4
 
4
Offsides0
3
Fouls committed10
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 15 February 2008, 0.54CET

Unconvincing Benfica lead Nürnberg

SL Benfica 1-0 1. FC Nürnberg
Ariza Makukula's strike gave the Portuguese side a slender advantage ahead of next week's second leg.

SL Benfica claimed a narrow win against 1. FC Nürnberg in their first game in this season's UEFA Cup.

Solitary strike
Ariza Makukula's first-half strike was enough for victory in this Round of 32 first leg even though the Bundesliga side controlled much of the match. This was despite playing their first game under new coach Thomas von Heesen, who replaced Hans Meyer on Tuesday, and being without midfielders Zvjezdan Misimović, Marek Mintál and striker Angelos Charisteas.

Against run of play
Indeed, Nürnberg began more positively than their hosts and their first chance came on 14 minutes when Benfica keeper Quim cleared Nicky Adler's attempt. The Lisbon club, who came into the tie after finishing third in their UEFA Champions League group, struggled to mount any sort of attack in the first 40 minutes as the away defence stood firm. That made Makukula's goal two minutes before the break all the more surprising. Rui Costa worked his way through the Nürnberg defence, passing to Makukula, who dribbled forward before unleashing a 20-metre effort that bounced over the outstretched right leg of keeper Jaromír Blažek.

Close contest
The second half was a tight affair and it was not until the 64th minute that the next opening came. Benfica substitute Angel Di María picked up the ball after a stray pass and made headway down the left wing before his cross was intercepted by Berti Glauber just as Nuno Assis was about to pull the trigger. The German team, 16th in their domestic league, were missing their creative midfielders yet still carved out a chance in the 74th minute when Marco Engelhardt's looping shot from the left forced Quim to tip over. Nürnberg had another opportunity three minutes later but Luisão cleared Jan Kristiansen's centre just before Jan Koller could pounce near the goalline. The action resumes in Germany on 21 February.

Last updated: 15/02/08 9.09CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

nürnberg

Nürnberg

12
QuimQuim (GK)
29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
22
NélsonNélson
Yellow Card22
28
ReinhardtDominik Reinhardt
4
LuisãoLuisão
5
WolfAndreas Wolf
Yellow Card66
8
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
4
BertiGláuber Berti
5
LéoLéo
25
PinolaJavier Pinola
Yellow Card87
6
PetitPetit (C)
Yellow Card86
17
AdlerNicky Adler
Substitution46
25
Nuno AssisNuno Assis
Substitution85
24
KlugePeer Kluge
26
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Substitution85
6
GalásekTomáš Galásek (C)
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
22
EngelhardtMarco Engelhardt
38
MakukulaAriza Makukula
Goal43
13
SaenkoIvan Saenko
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Substitution59
19
KollerJan Koller

Substitutes

24
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
18
KlewerDaniel Klewer (GK)
2
Luís FilipeLuís Filipe
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
3
EdcarlosEdcarlos
15
KristiansenJan Kristiansen
Substitution46
9
MantorrasMantorras
16
SchmidtRalf Schmidt
20
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Substitution59
23
SpiranovicMatthew Spiranovic
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
Substitution85
27
AbardonadoJacques Abardonado
30
AduFreddy Adu
Substitution85
36
MnariJawhar Mnari

Coach

José Antonio Camacho (ESP) Thomas Von Heesen (GER)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Cristian Nica (ROU), Aurel Oniţă (ROU)

Fourth official

Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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