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Benfica too hot for BATE

Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 22.50CET
SL Benfica 2-0 FC BATE Borisov
Nuno Gomes scored the opener before creating the clincher for Óscar Cardozo as the Eagles made a comfortable start to Group I.

Match statistics

BenficaBATE

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target18
 
6
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
8
Offsides2
 
7
Fouls committed13
 
25
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 22.50CET

Benfica too hot for BATE

SL Benfica 2-0 FC BATE Borisov
Nuno Gomes scored the opener before creating the clincher for Óscar Cardozo as the Eagles made a comfortable start to Group I.

Two unanswered first-half goals ensured SL Benfica made a winning start to the UEFA Europa League against FC BATE Borisov in Group I.

Soaring
Nuno Gomes deftly clipped Benfica in front on 36 minutes and the Eagles were soaring soon after when their captain played a chipped assist to Óscar Cardozo who finished with equal aplomb. Júlio César was equal to the few chances BATE had on his full debut in the home goal, and will expect a tougher night away to AEK Athens FC on 1 October. BATE entertain Everton FC, 4-0 victors against the Greek side, the same night.

Great save
Benfica had lost three of their previous five home matches in Europe and looked determined to improve that statistic against the Belarussian league leaders. Angel Di María's drilled effort from range drew a comfortable save from BATE goalkeeper Sergei Veremko after 15 minutes, although there was nothing routine about Júlio César's stop as he somehow repelled a header from Vitali Rodionov.

Cool finish
The game ignited in the 36th minute when Maxi Perreira, making his first start of the campaign after a summer knee injury, floated a cross to the far post to Nuno Gomes. The striker showed all his experience by expertly cushioning the ball on his chest before side-footing it across Veremko and into the opposite corner of the net.

Work done
The second on 40 minutes was also a tidy finish, Cardozo running on to Nuno Gomes's lofted pass after a neat move involving two other players and dispatching it with ease. Benfica failed to take a number of decent opportunities in the ten minutes after half-time to extend their lead, after which they sat back in the knowledge that their work was done.

Last updated: 27/09/14 5.20CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

bate

BATE

13
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
16
VeremkoSergei Veremko (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão
2
LikhtarovichDmitri Likhtarovich (C)
Substitution64
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
3
SosnovskiSergei Sosnovski
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Goal41
5
YurevichAleksandr Yurevich
Yellow Card33
8
RamiresRamires
10
KrivetsSergei Krivets
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
13
NekhaychikPavel Nekhaychik
20
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Substitution77
15
SkavyshMaksim Skavysh
Substitution56
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes (C)
Goal36
Substitution66
17
PavlovAleksandr Pavlov
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
18
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
24
Felipe MenezesFelipe Menezes
Substitution59
20
RodionovVitali Rodionov
Substitution81
25
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
32
RzhevskiVladimir Rzhevski

Substitutes

1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
30
GutorAleksandr Gutor (GK)
3
ShafferJosé Shaffer
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
Substitution64
Yellow Card90+1
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
Substitution77
11
AlumonaAleksandr Alumona
Substitution81
11
KeirrisonKeirrison
19
AleksiyanKirill Aleksiyan
18
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Substitution59
25
BagaDmitri Baga
27
SidneiSidnei
26
TikhonovskiSergei Tikhonovski
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution66
88
GoharyanHovhannes Goharyan
Substitution56

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Vadzim Skrypchanka (BLR)

Referee

Knut Kircher (GER)

Assistant referees

Kai Voss (GER), Robert Kempter (GER)

Fourth official

Jochen Drees (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Peter Sippel (GER), Markus Schmidt (GER)

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