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Patient Fenerbahçe find reward against Benfica

Published: Thursday 25 April 2013, 23.20CET
Fenerbahçe SK 1-0 SL Benfica
The home side hit the woodwork three times, including from Cristian's penalty, before Egemen Korkmaz finally squeezed the ball in – via the post.
by Türker Tozar
from Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium

Match statistics

FenerbahçeBenfica

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
2
Corners8
 
4
Offsides7
 
2
Fouls committed7
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 25 April 2013, 23.20CET

Patient Fenerbahçe find reward against Benfica

Fenerbahçe SK 1-0 SL Benfica
The home side hit the woodwork three times, including from Cristian's penalty, before Egemen Korkmaz finally squeezed the ball in – via the post.

Fenerbahçe SK will take a 1-0 lead to SL Benfica next week after hitting the woodwork three times, including from a missed penalty, before Egemen Korkmaz finally made the breakthrough – inevitably via the post – in an eventful UEFA Europa League semi-final tie.

The Turkish outfit had had the better of a high-tempo first half, with Moussa Sow rattling the crossbar, when they won a penalty just before the break. Cristian fired against the base of the left post, however, and when Dirk Kuyt found the frame of the goal again in the second period, it did not look like Aykut Kocaman's side's night. Egemen changed their fortunes 18 minutes from time, nodding in via the upright following a poor defensive header as Fenerbahçe claimed a deserved win.

All is not lost for Benfica, with Mehmet Topal and Pierre Webó suspended for the second leg after picking up bookings tonight, though the Portuguese hopefuls will be without Ola John themselves after he received a yellow card for conceding the penalty, tripping Gökhan Gönül. His team nonetheless escaped punishment from the spot as Cristian homed in on the woodwork, just as Sow had done with a header midway through the first period.

The midfielder was crestfallen, sinking his head into his hands; but he began the second half like a man on a mission. He and Raul Meireles both tested Artur from long range before Kuyt acquainted himself with the post after a lovely turn and shot from around the penalty spot.

Benfica soon hit the woodwork themselves as Nicolás Gaitán, initially rested, bent the ball onto the outside of the post from distance. Meireles was carried off on a stretcher with an injury, but Kocaman's men did not lose their composure and eight minutes later Egemen struck – Cristian, whose corner led to the breakthrough, was a picture of relief itself.

Benfica briefly rallied, but Fenerbahçe closed out the 1-0 win in relative comfort, keeping the clean sheet they desired. All the same, Webó's late booking for kicking the ball away could prove a real setback for their aspirations of following a maiden semi-final appearance in UEFA competition with a first final.

Last updated: 25/09/14 3.24CET

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Lineups

fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe

benfica

Benfica

1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK) (C)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
2
Egemen KorkmazEgemen Korkmaz
Goal72
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
Yellow Card50
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Yellow Card37
Substitution46
6
YoboJoseph Yobo
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira (C)
Yellow Card41
7
SowMoussa Sow
Substitution87
15
JohnOla John
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution64
11
KuytDirk Kuyt
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
14
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution64
21
MatićNemanja Matić
16
CristianCristian
Yellow Card38
Penalty45+2
Substitution86
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
33
ZieglerReto Ziegler
25
MelgarejoLorenzo Melgarejo
77
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
33
JardelJardel
99
WebóPierre Webó
Yellow Card90
89
André GomesAndré Gomes
Yellow Card31
Substitution81

Substitutes

34
Mert GünokMert Günok (GK)
13
Paulo LopesPaulo Lopes (GK)
4
Bekir İrtegünBekir İrtegün
3
RoderickRoderick
21
Selçuk ŞahinSelçuk Şahin
Substitution86
11
LimaLima
23
Semih ŞentürkSemih Şentürk
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution81
27
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution87
19
RodrigoRodrigo
Substitution64
38
Mehmet TopuzMehmet Topuz
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Substitution46
48
Salih UçanSalih Uçan
Substitution64
23
UrretaUrreta

Coach

Aykut Kocaman (TUR) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Igor Radojčić (SRB)

Fourth official

Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Danilo Grujić (SRB), Miodrag Gogić (SRB)

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