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Stylish Benfica put an end to Leverkusen

Published: Thursday 21 February 2013, 23.23CET
SL Benfica 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (agg: 3-1)
A lovely Ola John strike paved the way for the Eagles, with André Schürrle and Nemanja Matić trading goals at the end of an enthralling encounter.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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Match statistics

BenficaLeverkusen

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
7
Attempts off target3
 
8
Corners3
 
3
Offsides2
 
6
Fouls committed18
 
9
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 21 February 2013, 23.23CET

Stylish Benfica put an end to Leverkusen

SL Benfica 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (agg: 3-1)
A lovely Ola John strike paved the way for the Eagles, with André Schürrle and Nemanja Matić trading goals at the end of an enthralling encounter.

SL Benfica advanced to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 at the expense of Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a thrilling match, despite a determined attacking effort from the visitors.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg in Germany, the hosts went ahead against the run of play with an Ola John wonder goal, before the excellent André Schürrle levelled the scores on the night. Nemanja Matić's header shortly after settled it, with Jorge Jesus's side through to face FC Girondins de Bordeaux in two weeks' time.

Leverkusen quickly served notice of their intent with Artur producing a strong parry in the third minute to repel a fierce Schürrle volley from the edge of the area. After 12 minutes, they came even closer when Stefan Kiessling sidefooted Daniel Carvajal's cross past the goalkeeper, but the ball came back off the post.

The Lisbon outfit began to control possession in their trademark style, yet Sascha Lewandowski's team remained dangerous, especially on the counter. Schürrle was again denied by Artur after a defensive mix-up, before his unlucky night continued when he cut in and rifled a shot against the upright.

Kiessling had a goal chalked off for offside early in the second half, and the Eagles needed inspiration. They got it on the hour from Dutch winger Ola John. The 20-year-old peeled off to the left and dribbled inside, past Gonzalo Castro and Carvajal, before curling a delightful strike into the top corner of the net.

The Bundesliga club hit back, but the irrepressible Artur made excellent stops from captain Simon Rolfes and Schürrle – again – in quick succession. Schürrle finally got his due reward 15 minutes from the end when he fired substitute Arkadiusz Milik's knockdown home. However, Leverkusen's hope was instantly snuffed out, Matić smartly heading in substitute Lima's cross to seal matters.

Last updated: 23/02/13 0.08CET

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Lineups

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Benfica

leverkusen

Leverkusen

1
ArturArtur (GK)
1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
Substitution74
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Substitution64
4
WollscheidPhilipp Wollscheid
15
JohnOla John
Goal60
Yellow Card60
Substitution90+4
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution53
8
BenderLars Bender
Yellow Card28
Substitution57
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Goal75
21
MatićNemanja Matić
Goal77
Yellow Card90+3
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
17
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
25
MelgarejoLorenzo Melgarejo
20
CarvajalDani Carvajal
Yellow Card45+2
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
21
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
Yellow Card55
27
CastroGonzalo Castro

Substitutes

13
Paulo LopesPaulo Lopes (GK)
33
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
10
AimarPablo Aimar
2
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
11
LimaLima
Substitution64
5
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
7
FernándesJunior Fernándes
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution53
13
HegelerJens Hegeler
Substitution57
33
JardelJardel
Substitution90+4
16
MilikArkadiusz Milik
Substitution74
89
André GomesAndré Gomes
24
KadlecMichal Kadlec

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Sascha Lewandowski (GER)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Roman Slyško (SVK), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Antonin Kordula (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Radek Příhoda (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)

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