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Benfica battle back to edge ahead of Stuttgart

Published: Thursday 17 February 2011, 21.45CET
SL Benfica 2-1 VfB Stuttgart
Goals from Óscar Cardozo and Franco Jara ensured the hosts overturned an early deficit to take the initiative ahead of next week's return in Germany.
by Pedro Goncalves
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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Match statistics

BenficaStuttgart

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners11
 
4
Offsides0
1
Fouls committed23
 
16
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 February 2011, 21.45CET

Benfica battle back to edge ahead of Stuttgart

SL Benfica 2-1 VfB Stuttgart
Goals from Óscar Cardozo and Franco Jara ensured the hosts overturned an early deficit to take the initiative ahead of next week's return in Germany.

SL Benfica will travel to Germany next week with a narrow advantage after coming from behind to defeat VfB Stuttgart in the first instalment of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie.

A deft lob from Martin Harnik capped a bright start by the Bundesliga strugglers in Lisbon, Bruno Labbadia's charges making full use of their clearest opening of the first half on 21 minutes. Benfica emerged reinvigorated after the break, however, equalising through Óscar Cardozo with 20 minutes left before Franco Jara added a deflected second from distance in the closing stages.

Shinji Okazaki, on his Stuttgart debut, tested Roberto with a shot from the left on 15 minutes, but the Benfica No1 was powerless to keep his side on level terms midway through the half. Receiving Tamás Hajnal's long pass, Harnik neatly dinked the ball over the stranded goalkeeper from just inside the penalty area.

Having been stifled in midfield before the break, Benfica became more of a threat after the restart. Fábio Coentrão forced a save from Sven Ulreich on 52 minutes while Pablo Aimar – making his 100th appearance for Benfica – and Nicolás Gaitán did likewise soon after.

Cardozo finally hit the target, however, turning in the loose ball following Gaitán's right-wing centre, and one soon became two when Jara's deflected volley from long range flew off Ulreich's hand, on to the crossbar and over the goal line with nine minutes remaining.

Élson provided a scare when he hit the post after a free-kick, yet Alan Kardec and Cardozo had late chances to give the scoreline a more polished appearance ahead of the second leg next week.

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

stuttgart

Stuttgart

12
RobertoRoberto (GK)
1
UlreichSven Ulreich (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
3
MolinaroCristian Molinaro
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Yellow Card88
5
TasciSerdar Tasci
Yellow Card14
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Goal70
7
HarnikMartin Harnik
Goal21
Yellow Card26
8
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution75
8
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
Substitution76
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution75
17
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre (C)
Yellow Card59
11
JaraFranco Jara
Goal81
Substitution87
18
CacauCacau
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Yellow Card90+5
21
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
18
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Yellow Card42
31
OkazakiShinji Okazaki
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
35
TräschChristian Träsch
27
SidneiSidnei
42
HajnalTamás Hajnal
Substitution63

Substitutes

1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
23
ZieglerMarc Ziegler (GK)
2
AirtonAirton
6
NiedermeierGeorg Niedermeier
Substitution76
16
Felipe MenezesFelipe Menezes
Substitution87
14
FunkPatrick Funk
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution75
25
ÉlsonÉlson
Substitution63
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
26
DidaviDaniel Didavi
31
Alan KardecAlan Kardec
Substitution75
27
CelozziStefano Celozzi
33
JardelJardel
36
SchipplockSven Schipplock

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Bruno Labbadia (GER)

Referee

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Assistant referees

Arend Brink (NED), Rob van de Ven (NED)

Fourth official

Pol van Boekel (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Reinold Wiedemeijer (NED), Tom van Sichem (NED)

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