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Stylish Eagles soar over Hertha hurdle

Published: Tuesday 23 February 2010, 19.45CET
SL Benfica 4-0 Hertha BSC Berlin
Óscar Cardozo scored twice as the Portuguese Liga leaders impressed on their way to becoming the first team through to the last 16.
by Chris Burke
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

Match statistics

BenficaHertha

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target12
 
5
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners8
 
3
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
11
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Tuesday 23 February 2010, 19.45CET

Stylish Eagles soar over Hertha hurdle

SL Benfica 4-0 Hertha BSC Berlin
Óscar Cardozo scored twice as the Portuguese Liga leaders impressed on their way to becoming the first team through to the last 16.

SL Benfica have become the first team through to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League, continuing their impressive route through the competition with another sparkling home performance.

Last Thursday's 1-1 draw in Germany had left Hertha BSC Berlin able to dream of progress, but the Bundesliga's bottom club were comfortably beaten in Lisbon. The Portuguese Liga leaders had struck 13 times in their previous four European home games and carried on the trend with Pablo Aimar showing the way after 25 minutes. The real damage was done after the restart, however, with two Óscar Cardozo efforts either side of a Javi García goal setting up a meeting with either FC København or Olympique de Marseille.

Nowhere near their fluent best in the German capital, Benfica quickly camped themselves in their opponents half upon resuming acquaintances, with only a snap downpour interrupting their early rhythm. Their focus soon returned, though, and after attempts from the dangerous Angel Di María and García their pressure finally told, Aimar collecting a pass from Javier Saviola on the edge of the area, surging past Arne Friedrich and stroking the ball low beyond Jaroslav Drobný.

Hertha had barely existed as an attacking force up to that point, but they threatened an unlikely leveller when Raffael nearly swerved a shot past Júlio César from wide on the right. The bulk of the chances were still falling at the opposite end, and though Saviola saw out the first half by turning Maxi Pereira's cross on to the bar, Cardozo christened the second by heading in a superb Di María service.

Javi García then fired the tie beyond the visitors, lashing the ball in following a partially cleared Aimar corner. Benfica were not finished there and three minutes later Di María and Cardozo combined again for the Paraguayan's sixth strike in the tournament this term. While he will crave more, Hertha must now concentrate on staving off relegation.

Last updated: 27/09/14 3.58CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

hertha

Hertha

13
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
1
DrobnýJaroslav Drobný (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich (C)
Yellow Card14
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
4
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
Yellow Card75
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Goal59
6
JankerChristoph Janker
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Goal48
Goal62
7
CíceroCícero
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Goal25
Substitution66
9
RamosAdrián Ramos
Substitution63
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
10
RaffaelRaffael
Substitution63
18
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
11
KringeFlorian Kringe
20
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Substitution74
20
EbertPatrick Ebert
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
25
NicuMaximilian Nicu
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution69
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
Substitution72

Substitutes

12
QuimQuim (GK)
12
OchsTimo Ochs (GK)
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution66
5
PejčinovićNemanja Pejčinović
Substitution72
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
Substitution74
8
DárdaiPál Dárdai
25
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
Substitution69
17
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution63
27
SidneiSidnei
18
WichniarekArtur Wichniarek
Substitution63
31
Alan KardecAlan Kardec
22
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
32
Éder LuísÉder Luís
28
LustenbergerFabian Lustenberger

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Friedhelm Funkel (GER)

Referee

Pieter Vink (NED)

Assistant referees

Hans Ten Hoove (NED), Arend Brink (NED)

Fourth official

Kevin Blom (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Richard Liesveld (NED), Pol van Boekel (NED)

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