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BATE run aground as Eagles soar

Published: Wednesday 2 December 2009, 22.45CET
FC BATE Borisov 1-2 SL Benfica
The Portuguese side secured qualification and guaranteed top spot in Group I while ending their Belarussian hosts' hopes of progress.
BATE run aground as Eagles soar
Benfica celebrate in Borisov ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BATEBenfica

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target14
 
11
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners7
 
7
Offsides6
 
5
Fouls committed19
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Wednesday 2 December 2009, 22.45CET

BATE run aground as Eagles soar

FC BATE Borisov 1-2 SL Benfica
The Portuguese side secured qualification and guaranteed top spot in Group I while ending their Belarussian hosts' hopes of progress.

SL Benfica secured progress to the knockout stages as Group I winners with a game to spare thanks to a 2-1 victory at FC BATE Borisov that ended their Belarussian hosts' own last-32 aspirations.

Saviola opener
After a scoreless first half, Javier Saviola punctured the home side's resistance within a minute of the restart. Fábio Coentrão's composed strike extended the advantage and ensured Benfica went through, with Everton second in the group, though Miguel Vítor's 68th-minute own goal set up a tense finish.

Krivets influence
Óscar Cardozo had the first opening in the 15th minute but failed to connect adequately while the hosts' initial chance came to nothing when Sergei Sosnovski's looping header from a Sergei Krivets free-kick dropped wide. Krivets's next set-piece was more threatening as he struck the crossbar from 20 metres with Maksim Bordachov firing a presentable follow-up into the side-netting.

Flowing move
The second half, in contrast to the first, commenced in spectacular fashion with a wonderful opening goal. The move of the match began with Coentrão's back-heel releasing Felipe Menezes and the midfielder burst to the byline before cutting back for Saviola to sweep in. The link between Krivets' free-kick and Sosnovski nearly prompted an immediate response only for the defender to forget his lines with only goalkeeper Júlio César to beat.

Successful combination
Coentrão turned from architect to assassin on 63 minutes when he exchanged passes with Saviola and drilled a clinical finish across Sergei Veremko to give the Eagles breathing space. That buffer proved vital as Viktor Goncharenko's charges replied five minutes later. It proved to be third time lucky for the Krivets-Sosnovski combination as the former's deep corner was headed back across goal by the defender and Miguel Vítor unwittingly headed past his own keeper. Jorge Jesus's men, however, rarely looked like squandering their lead.

Last updated: 02/12/09 23.55CET

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Lineups

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BATE

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Benfica

16
VeremkoSergei Veremko (GK)
13
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
2
LikhtarovichDmitri Likhtarovich (C)
Substitution61
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
3
SosnovskiSergei Sosnovski
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
5
YurevichAleksandr Yurevich
8
RamiresRamires
Yellow Card84
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Substitution90+2
10
KrivetsSergei Krivets
18
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Goal63
Substitution79
13
NekhaychikPavel Nekhaychik
Yellow Card80
23
David LuizDavid Luiz (C)
Yellow Card31
14
RadkovArtem Radkov
24
Felipe MenezesFelipe Menezes
17
PavlovAleksandr Pavlov
Substitution56
25
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
18
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
Yellow Card70
28
Miguel VítorMiguel Vítor
Goal68
20
RodionovVitali Rodionov
Substitution79
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Goal46
Substitution67

Substitutes

30
GutorAleksandr Gutor (GK)
1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
7
BulygaVitali Bulyga
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
Substitution90+2
11
AlumonaAleksandr Alumona
Substitution56
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution67
15
SkavyshMaksim Skavysh
Substitution61
15
RoderickRoderick
25
BagaDmitri Baga
19
WeldonWeldon
32
RzhevskiVladimir Rzhevski
20
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Substitution79
88
GoharyanHovhannes Goharyan
Substitution79
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes

Coach

Viktor Goncharenko (BLR) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

Assistant referees

Norbert Schwab (AUT), Klaus Strasser (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Prammer (AUT)

Additional assistant referees

Bernhard Brugger (AUT), Dietmar Drabek (AUT)

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