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Cardozo puts Benfica in box seat at Leverkusen

Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 20.58CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0-1 SL Benfica
Óscar Cardozo's brilliant finish earned a deserved away victory but the visitors were indebted to Artur and a late goal-line clearance.
by Paul Curran
from BayArena

Match statistics

LeverkusenBenfica

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target9
 
3
Corners10
 
3
Offsides6
 
2
Fouls committed6
 
10
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 20.58CET

Cardozo puts Benfica in box seat at Leverkusen

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0-1 SL Benfica
Óscar Cardozo's brilliant finish earned a deserved away victory but the visitors were indebted to Artur and a late goal-line clearance.

Óscar Cardozo's brilliant subtle finish earned SL Benfica a deserved away victory in the first leg of their round of 32 meeting with Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

The Paraguay striker kept his cool on a frosty night in the Rhineland to secure the advantage going into next week's Lisbon return. Despite enjoying the better of the chances, Benfica still had an impressive performance by No1 Artur to thank for preserving their clean sheet, as Leverkusen fought to keep their UEFA Europa League ambitions intact.

The last time these sides met in Germany, in the 1993/94 European Cup Winners' Cup, they produced a spectacular 4-4 draw. However, following a tight opening spell there seemed little likelihood of a similar outcome here. The most inviting opportunity of the first period fell to the visitors on 18 minutes.

André Gomes played an excellent 40-metre, first-time pass across a snow-glazed surface to split the Leverkusen defence and provide Urreta with ample space to shoot. The Uruguayan's weak effort was easily saved by Bernd Leno in the Leverkusen goal.

The sleet continued to fall after the interval, making it difficult for both teams, but on the hour the game warmed up as Michal Kadlec and Lars Bender were denied from point-blank range by Artur. A minute later, at the other end, Benfica broke the deadlock. André Almeida sped away on the right wing before cutting a dangerous ball low across the face of goal. Cardozo met it, sidestepped Leno, before casually chipping into the net.

Leverkusen pressed for an equaliser and came close in the dying seconds when Sidney Sam's lob finally beat Artur, but Melgarejo headed off the line to safety.

Last updated: 25/09/14 4.09CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

benfica

Benfica

1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
2
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
4
WollscheidPhilipp Wollscheid
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Goal61
Substitution72
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
15
JohnOla John
8
BenderLars Bender
Yellow Card53
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Yellow Card73
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution46
21
MatićNemanja Matić
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Yellow Card76
23
UrretaUrreta
Substitution57
13
HegelerJens Hegeler
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
14
HosogaiHajime Hosogai
Substitution82
25
MelgarejoLorenzo Melgarejo
Yellow Card45
24
KadlecMichal Kadlec
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Substitution70
89
André GomesAndré Gomes
Substitution42

Substitutes

33
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
13
Paulo LopesPaulo Lopes (GK)
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
11
LimaLima
Substitution72
5
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
7
FernándesJunior Fernándes
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution57
16
MilikArkadiusz Milik
Substitution70
Yellow Card81
19
RodrigoRodrigo
17
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
Substitution82
33
JardelJardel
18
SamSidney Sam
Substitution46
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
Substitution42

Coach

Sascha Lewandowski (GER) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Assistant referees

Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP), Javier Rodriguez (ESP)

Fourth official

Teodoro Sobrino (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), José Gonzalez (ESP)

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