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Clinical Benfica leave PSV with it all to do

Published: Thursday 7 April 2011, 23.31CET
SL Benfica 4-1 PSV Eindhoven
Jorge Jesus' side will take a significant lead to the Netherlands thanks to goals from Pablo Aimar, Javier Saviola and an Eduardo Salvio double.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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Match statistics

BenficaPSV

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target11
 
2
Corners9
 
1
Offsides2
 
8
Fouls committed10
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 7 April 2011, 23.31CET

Clinical Benfica leave PSV with it all to do

SL Benfica 4-1 PSV Eindhoven
Jorge Jesus' side will take a significant lead to the Netherlands thanks to goals from Pablo Aimar, Javier Saviola and an Eduardo Salvio double.

Eduardo Salvio scored twice as SL Benfica established a commanding 4-1 advantage in their UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg against PSV Eindhoven.

Benfica took a huge step towards a possible all-Portuguese semi-final against SC Braga thanks to Pablo Aimar's strike and Salvio's first before the break. Zakaria Labyad gave the Dutch side hope after Salvio had extended the lead but Javier Saviola's goal deep into added time sealed a convincing victory for the hosts. PSV have a mountain to climb in Eindhoven next Thursday.

After the disappointment of losing their league crown to FC Porto on their own patch on Sunday, Benfica were roared on by a near capacity crowd on a balmy Lisbon night – they responded with gusto. Saviola crashed an early effort against the post after turning Wilfred Bouma, and shortly afterwards the spritely Argentinian's looping cross-shot shaved the frame of the goal.

Fred Rutten's charges were constantly stretched by Benfica's tireless full-backs, Maxi Pereira and the outstanding Fábio Coentrão, though Marcus Berg could have given PSV a 20th-minute lead against the run of play, sending a free header wide from Balázs Dzsudzsák's cross.

Óscar Cardozo and Nicolás Gaitán went close before Aimar finally broke the deadlock on 37 minutes, sweeping home after a splendid move on the left involving Gaitán and Fábio Coentrão. PSV fought hard to hold on, but were breached again on the stroke of half-time when Coentrão nipped in behind Stanislav Manolev and set up Salvio to flick in the second.

Shortly after the break Salvio scored the goal of the night, squeezing in between Erik Pieters and Marcelo with a dazzling sleight of foot before driving low into the bottom right corner.

Cardozo twice came close to a fourth but PSV grasped a lifeline with ten minutes remaining when, less than 60 seconds after coming on, 18-year-old Labyad tapped in from close range after Roberto could only parry Jeremain Lens' fizzing cross. However, Saviola had the last word, turning and thrashing in from close range after good work from Maxi Pereira.

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

psv

PSV

12
RobertoRoberto (GK)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
2
MarceloMarcelo
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Yellow Card86
6
BergMarcus Berg
Substitution78
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Substitution90
8
EngelaarOrlando Engelaar (C)
Yellow Card54
8
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Goal45
Goal52
9
LensJeremain Lens
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Goal37
Substitution78
13
HutchinsonAtiba Hutchinson
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
14
PietersErik Pieters
Yellow Card68
Substitution72
18
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
18
BoumaWilfred Bouma
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Substitution78
22
DzsudzsákBalázs Dzsudzsák
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Goal90+4
25
ManolevStanislav Manolev
33
JardelJardel
28
BakkalOtman Bakkal

Substitutes

13
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
31
Cássio RamosCássio Ramos (GK)
11
JaraFranco Jara
Substitution78
4
RodríguezFrancisco Rodríguez
16
Felipe MenezesFelipe Menezes
Substitution90
5
VukovićJagoš Vuković
22
Luís FilipeLuís Filipe
15
WuytensStijn Wuytens
Substitution72
25
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
Substitution78
16
NijlandStefan Nijland
27
SidneiSidnei
24
LabyadZakaria Labyad
Substitution78
Goal80
31
Alan KardecAlan Kardec
29
ZeefuikGenero Zeefuik

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Fred Rutten (NED)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Nicola Nicoletti (ITA), Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)

Fourth official

Luca Banti (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA), Andrea De Marco (ITA)

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