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Slick Olympiacos leave Benfica standing

Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.43CET
Olympiacos CFP 5-1 SL Benfica
Diogo Luis Santo scored two and had a hand in another as the Greek side overwhelmed their visitors, leaving them on the brink of a UEFA Cup exit.
Slick Olympiacos leave Benfica standing
Diogo scored twice against Benfica ©Getty Images

Match statistics

OlympiacosBenfica

Goals scored5
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners2
 
6
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.43CET

Slick Olympiacos leave Benfica standing

Olympiacos CFP 5-1 SL Benfica
Diogo Luis Santo scored two and had a hand in another as the Greek side overwhelmed their visitors, leaving them on the brink of a UEFA Cup exit.

Diogo Luis Santo starred as Olympiacos CFP banished memories of their opening-day defeat by Galatasaray AŞ in comprehensive fashion, a 5-1 victory leaving SL Benfica on the brink of a UEFA Cup exit.

Good timing
The tone for the evening was set in the opening 60 seconds when Luciano Galletti fired the home side in front and by 24 minutes Christos Patsatzoglou and Diogo had put the hosts 3-0 up. David Luiz's close-range volley reduced the arrears after the half-hour but Fernando Belluschi restored Olympiacos's three-goal cushion by the interval and the lively Diogo had the last word eight minutes into the second half.

Immediate blow
The result puts Olympiacos firmly in control of their own destiny and leaves the Portuguese visitors rooted to the foot of Group B, needing an unlikely set of results to reach the last 32. In truth, they were never in the contest after Galletti had delivered his devastating early blow, rifling in from an acute angle as the hosts surged forward from the off. On 18 minutes Patsatzoglou made it 2-0, scooping the ball over Quim after Benfica had failed to clear and Diogo was soon exposing more defensive frailties as he outwitted two defenders and strode clear before stroking the ball in.

Fleeting hope
Aside from a Nuno Gomez effort disallowed for offside with the scores still at 1-0 the Portuguese outfit had shown little attacking endeavour but were given a lifeline when a right-wing corner found Luiz unmarked and the defender made no mistake. Sadly for Benfica, there were plenty of those at the other end, and a minute before half-time Diogo fed Galletti, whose centre was slid in at the far post by Belluschi. Diogo added further gloss in the second half as Olympiacos cruised home.

Last updated: 28/11/08 10.15CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

benfica

Benfica

71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
12
QuimQuim (GK)
2
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
Goal17
6
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
3
DomiDidier Domi
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
7
GallettiLuciano Galletti
Goal1
Substitution59
15
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
Substitution59
10
DiogoDiogo
Goal24
Goal53
Substitution69
18
BinyaBinya
Yellow Card43
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes (C)
Substitution56
18
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
Goal33
20
DuduDudu
25
Jorge RibeiroJorge Ribeiro
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
26
YebdaHassan Yebda
Substitution76
25
BelluschiFernando Belluschi
Goal44
Substitution76
27
SidneiSidnei
30
PantosTasos Pantos
Yellow Card79
30
SuazoDavid Suazo

Substitutes

50
KovácPavol Kovác (GK)
1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
5
GalitsiosGiorgos Galitsios
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
8
Óscar GonzálezÓscar González
Substitution76
8
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
9
KovačevićDarko Kovačević
Substitution69
11
Javier BalboaJavier Balboa
Substitution59
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
16
UrretaUrreta
Substitution56
19
MendrinosKostas Mendrinos
24
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution76
23
LetoSebastian Leto
Substitution59
28
Miguel VítorMiguel Vítor

Coach

Ernesto Valverde (ESP) Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Cano (FRA), Christophe Capelli (FRA)

Fourth official

Antony Gautier (FRA)

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