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Bordeaux left to rue luck as Benfica edge win

Published: Thursday 7 March 2013, 23.06CET
SL Benfica 1-0 FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Cédric Carrasso's unfortunate own goal, the ball hitting his back and going in after rebounding off the crossbar, separated the teams in Lisbon.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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Match statistics

BenficaBordeaux

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners2
 
5
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
16
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 7 March 2013, 23.06CET

Bordeaux left to rue luck as Benfica edge win

SL Benfica 1-0 FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Cédric Carrasso's unfortunate own goal, the ball hitting his back and going in after rebounding off the crossbar, separated the teams in Lisbon.

SL Benfica took a tentative step towards their third UEFA Europa League quarter-final appearance in four seasons with a narrow victory against a determined FC Girondins de Bordeaux team.

Goalkeeper Cédric Carrasso's unlucky 21st-minute own goal proved the difference, but the French side's coach Francis Gillot will have seen enough to suggest his charges can respond at the Stade Chaban-Delmas in a week's time.

Bordeaux claimed a draw on their previous visit to Benfica in October 1986, yet the home side had the bulk of the early opportunities. Rodrigo, 22 yesterday, had an early header saved by Carrasso and then sliced across goal from an angle after strike partner Óscar Cardozo's delightful cross.

The visitors moved the ball tidily in midfield and nearly conjured the most bizarre of openers on the quarter-hour mark, Nicolas Maurice-Belay's through ball evading Ludovic Obraniak and Artur before rolling agonisingly into the side netting.

Despite that chance, it was Benfica who made the breakthrough as Rodrigo found space to get a shot away just outside the area. The left-footed connection was sweet and, when it cannoned off the bar, the ball hit Carrasso on the way down and bounced into the net.

Gillot's side responded well, defying their patchy domestic form with another hearty European performance. Only an impeccable challenge by Luisão denied Diego Rolán an equaliser after a slick passing move, and Artur had to be sharp to parry a well-struck effort from range by the lively Obraniak.

The second half was more circumspect. Rodrigo almost created a second for Cardozo, but Carrasso made a good diving save from the Paraguayan's lustily hit volley. The away side grew stronger as the match wore on, and only Artur's smart save from substitute Fahid Ben Khalfallah in the dying minutes preserved Benfica's lead as the tie heads to south-west France.

Last updated: 09/03/13 0.05CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

bordeaux

Bordeaux

1
ArturArtur (GK)
16
CarrassoCédric Carrasso (GK)
Goal21
3
RoderickRoderick
3
HenriqueHenrique
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
4
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Substitution63
6
SanéLudovic Sané
15
JohnOla John
Substitution74
15
RolánDiego Rolán
Substitution66
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Yellow Card50
Substitution64
18
PlašilJaroslav Plašil (C)
19
RodrigoRodrigo
Yellow Card53
19
Maurice-BelayNicolas Maurice-Belay
Substitution79
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
22
FaubertJulien Faubert
Substitution43
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
25
MarianoMariano
25
MelgarejoLorenzo Melgarejo
26
SerticGrégory Sertic
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
28
TrémoulinasBenoît Trémoulinas

Substitutes

13
Paulo LopesPaulo Lopes (GK)
1
KeitaAbdoulaye Keita (GK)
10
AimarPablo Aimar
8
Ben KhalfallahFahid Ben Khalfallah
Substitution79
11
LimaLima
Substitution74
11
BellionDavid Bellion
Substitution66
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
23
MarangeFlorian Marange
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution63
24
TraoréAbdou Traoré
Substitution43
33
JardelJardel
27
PlanusMarc Planus
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
Substitution64
29
PoundjéMaxime Poundjé

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Francis Gillot (FRA)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Danny Krasikow (ISR), Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)

Fourth official

Oren Borneshtain (ISR)

Additional assistant referees

Liran Liany (ISR), Eli Hacmon (ISR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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