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Jara's late show edges Benfica past PSG

Published: Thursday 10 March 2011, 23.40CET
SL Benfica 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain FC
Substitute Franco Jara turned the round of 16 tie in the Eagles' favour with an 81st-minute strike against PSG in the Portuguese capital.

Match statistics

BenficaPSG

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target8
 
6
Corners5
 
6
Offsides1
 
7
Fouls committed18
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 10 March 2011, 23.40CET

Jara's late show edges Benfica past PSG

SL Benfica 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain FC
Substitute Franco Jara turned the round of 16 tie in the Eagles' favour with an 81st-minute strike against PSG in the Portuguese capital.

SL Benfica will travel to France next week for the conclusion of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie with a slender advantage after recovering from falling a goal behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain FC in Lisbon.

PSG had made their first-half dominance tell when Péguy Luyindula opened the scoring on 14 minutes. The hosts, though, levelled through Maxi Pereira before the break and while Antoine Kombouaré's men limited the Eagles to few chances thereafter, substitute Franco Jara tipped the balance in Benfica's favour nine minutes from time.

The initial supremacy, however, belonged to the visitors. Although Nicolás Gaitán forced an early save from PSG goalkeeper Apoula Édel, it was a stronger signal of intent when Mevlüt Erdinç pressed Roberto into service at the other end. If the Benfica No1 came out on top on that occasion, he was powerless to prevent Luyindula from finishing off Nenê's assist. The provider then crossed for Erdinç whose close-range effort rattled the post.

PSG were controlling the midfield, although they received warning of the danger ahead when Óscar Cardozo and Carlos Martins were each denied an equaliser by Édel. Maxi Pereira found precisely that after 42 minutes, however. The right-back tucked away Martins's lobbed pass for his third goal in as many matches against French opposition following a pair of strikes against Olympique de Marseille in this competition last season.

Undeterred, PSG continued to threaten the Liga club after the restart as they dictated the tempo and barred Benfica from gaining sight of Édel's goal. When Jorge Jesus's charges finally did get into an advanced position, Cardozo only succeeded in clearing the crossbar.

By this point, though, substitute Jara's influence was beginning to tell and 15 minutes after replacing Eduardo Salvio, the midfielder struck the night's decisive blow following a Pablo Aimar pass.

Last updated: 26/09/14 6.34CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

paris

Paris

12
RobertoRoberto (GK)
30
ApoulaÉdel Apoula (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
2
CearáCeará
Yellow Card39
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
6
CamaraZoumana Camara
Yellow Card90+1
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
8
LuyindulaPéguy Luyindula
Goal14
Substitution44
8
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Yellow Card26
Substitution66
11
Mevlüt ErdinçMevlüt Erdinç
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Goal42
12
BodmerMathieu Bodmer
Substitution70
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution85
13
TraoréSammy Traoré
18
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
19
NenêNenê
Yellow Card83
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Substitution71
20
ChantômeClément Chantôme
27
SidneiSidnei
22
ArmandSylvain Armand (C)
Yellow Card30
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
24
MakondaTripy Makonda
Substitution75

Substitutes

13
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
1
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution71
3
SakhoMamadou Sakho
11
JaraFranco Jara
Substitution66
Goal81
5
TiénéSiaka Tiéné
15
RoderickRoderick
21
MauriceJean-Eudes Maurice
Substitution44
16
Felipe MenezesFelipe Menezes
34
MakhedjoufFlorian Makhedjouf
Substitution75
25
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
Substitution85
37
BahebeckJean-Christophe Bahebeck
31
Alan KardecAlan Kardec
38
KebanoNeeskens Kebano
Substitution70

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Antoine Kombouaré (FRA)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Zlamal (CZE), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Radek Matějek (CZE), Radek Příhoda (CZE)

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