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Benfica make it 16 in a row at Stuttgart

Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 22.55CET
VfB Stuttgart 0-2 SL Benfica (agg: 1-4)
Eduardo Salvio and Óscar Cardozo scored fine goals to put the Eagles through with a 16th successive win in all competitions.
Benfica make it 16 in a row at Stuttgart
Eduardo Salvio scored a terrific goal for Benfica at Stuttgart ©Getty Images

Match statistics

StuttgartBenfica

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target5
 
9
Attempts off target6
 
5
Corners8
 
7
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
15
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 22.55CET

Benfica make it 16 in a row at Stuttgart

VfB Stuttgart 0-2 SL Benfica (agg: 1-4)
Eduardo Salvio and Óscar Cardozo scored fine goals to put the Eagles through with a 16th successive win in all competitions.

Eduardo Salvio and Óscar Cardozo produced splendid finishes to give SL Benfica a comfortable UEFA Europa League round of 32 win at VfB Stuttgart, with the prize a tie against Paris Saint-Germain FC.

A 2-1 first-leg win in Lisbon had tilted the tie in favour of Jorge Jesus's side, and they extended their aggregate lead with a first win on German soil in 19 games. A UEFA Europa League winner with Club Atlético de Madrid last season, Salvio provided the killer blow on 31 minutes, drilling a low shot past Marc Ziegler from distance, and Cardozo's free-kick underlined their advantage late on.

Taking their winning streak in all competitions to 16 games, Benfica roared out of the blocks with Ziegler tipping Nicolás Gaitan's audacious chip over within the first ten minutes. Stuttgart had chances but Ziegler was their hero, yet while he denied Fábio Coentrão with his legs, the 34-year-old had little chance when a corner was cleared into the path of Salvio; the on-loan Argentinian's skidding first-time effort was unstoppable.

Ziegler's bravery, however, was not in doubt. Playing in only his second game this season, he blocked Franco Jara's effort just after the break and was taken off after being injured while diving at the feet of Gaitan. His replacement, Sven Ulreich, showed why he has been Stuttgart's No1 this season, producing a stunning save to tip a Cardozo shot over the bar.

Benfica keeper Roberto demonstrated similarly sharp instincts to push a Shinji Okazaki effort over, but within minutes the tie was done and dusted, Cardozo's free-kick crashing into the net off Ulreich's left-hand post. The 22-year-old custodian spared the Bundesliga strugglers further indignity, palming away a Carlos Martins shot late on, though Stuttgart had Zdravko Kuzmanović sent off in the dying seconds.

Last updated: 26/02/11 0.13CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

benfica

Benfica

23
ZieglerMarc Ziegler (GK)
Substitution52
12
RobertoRoberto (GK)
3
MolinaroCristian Molinaro
Yellow Card90+1
2
AirtonAirton
6
NiedermeierGeorg Niedermeier
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
7
HarnikMartin Harnik
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Goal78
Substitution88
8
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
Red Card90+7
8
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Goal31
17
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre (C)
Yellow Card46
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution73
21
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
Substitution61
11
JaraFranco Jara
Substitution90+2
31
OkazakiShinji Okazaki
Yellow Card77
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
35
TräschChristian Träsch
18
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
36
SchipplockSven Schipplock
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
42
HajnalTamás Hajnal
Substitution78
27
SidneiSidnei
Yellow Card44

Substitutes

1
UlreichSven Ulreich (GK)
Substitution52
13
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
13
GebhartTimo Gebhart
Substitution61
Yellow Card81
15
RoderickRoderick
14
FunkPatrick Funk
16
Felipe MenezesFelipe Menezes
Substitution88
25
ÉlsonÉlson
Substitution78
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution73
Yellow Card81
26
DidaviDaniel Didavi
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
27
CelozziStefano Celozzi
22
Luís FilipeLuís Filipe
38
BičakčićErmin Bičakčić
31
Alan KardecAlan Kardec
Substitution90+2

Coach

Bruno Labbadia (GER) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Mike Dean (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), David Richardson (ENG)

Fourth official

Lee Probert (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)

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