The official website for European football

Cardozo double helps Benfica clinch final berth

Published: Thursday 2 May 2013, 22.59CET
SL Benfica 3-1 Fenerbahçe SK (agg: 3-2)
A Dirk Kuyt penalty put the visitors back on top after Nicolás Gaitán's early opener, but a pair of Óscar Cardozo strikes sparked euphoria for Benfica.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

Match statistics

BenficaFenerbahçe

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners3
 
1
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed12
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 2 May 2013, 22.59CET

Cardozo double helps Benfica clinch final berth

SL Benfica 3-1 Fenerbahçe SK (agg: 3-2)
A Dirk Kuyt penalty put the visitors back on top after Nicolás Gaitán's early opener, but a pair of Óscar Cardozo strikes sparked euphoria for Benfica.

SL Benfica reached their first final of the UEFA Europa League era after a tense win against a determined Fenerbahçe SK side at a noisy Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

Nicolás Gaitán's early goal levelled up the aggregate score, but Dirk Kuyt's penalty for Aykut Kocaman's side left Benfica needing to score twice. Óscar Cardozo's fine finish got the home side back on track before half-time, and the Paraguay forward struck again midway through the second period to book Jorge Jesus' team a place in the May 15 final against Chelsea FC.

Fenerbahçe arrived in Lisbon having conceded just once in three away games in the knockout stages, but faced an intense atmosphere right from the start. Scorer of the only goal in the first leg, Egemen Korkmaz quickly excelled to block Lima's effort from close in, but Benfica did not have to wait long for their breakthrough. With nine minutes gone, Lima sent in a low ball from the right, and Gaitán dispatched it into the far corner with a sublime finish using the outside of his foot.

Benefiting from the return of the energetic Enzo Peréz in midfield, the home side continued to heap pressure on their Turkish rivals, so Fenerbahçe's equaliser came as a shock. Ezequiel Garay was penalised for handball and Kuyt kept his cool admirably to send Artur the wrong way from the spot.

The away side were exultant, but Benfica reacted strongly and retook the lead on 35 minutes. Cardozo was fed by Peréz's quickly taken free-kick and shifted the ball onto his favoured left foot before slotting past Volkan Demirel from the edge of the area.

With Benfica needing to score again, the game opened up into a thrilling spectacle. Kuyt hit the side netting from Caner Erkin's cross, before Nemanja Matić sent a drive spinning narrowly off target.

Cardozo was quickly back in the action after the interval, curling just beyond the post, and Lima then flicked just wide after a Gaitán dribble. Fenerbahçe finally cracked when Eduardo Salvio's long throw found its way to Cardozo's feet, and he fired in his 32nd goal in UEFA club competition. Artur was forced into a sharp low stop from substitute Miroslav Stoch, but Benfica saw out the final minutes to seal their passage to Amsterdam.

Last updated: 25/09/14 3.23CET

Related information

Player profiles
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
Member associations
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
Team profiles
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
Related match
  • SSI Err

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2013/matches/round=2000360/match=2010093/postmatch/report/index.html#benfica+clinch+final+berth

Lineups

benfica

Benfica

fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe

1
ArturArtur (GK)
1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK) (C)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
2
Egemen KorkmazEgemen Korkmaz
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Goal35
Goal66
Substitution87
6
YoboJoseph Yobo
Substitution75
11
LimaLima
7
SowMoussa Sow
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Yellow Card28
11
KuytDirk Kuyt
Goal23
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
16
CristianCristian
Yellow Card30
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Goal9
Substitution90+3
21
Selçuk ŞahinSelçuk Şahin
Substitution45
21
MatićNemanja Matić
33
ZieglerReto Ziegler
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
48
Salih UçanSalih Uçan
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
77
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
Substitution61
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
Yellow Card33
88
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin
Yellow Card85

Substitutes

13
Paulo LopesPaulo Lopes (GK)
34
Mert GünokMert Günok (GK)
3
RoderickRoderick
Substitution90+3
3
Hasan Ali KaldırımHasan Ali Kaldırım
10
AimarPablo Aimar
4
Bekir İrtegünBekir İrtegün
Substitution61
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
9
StochMiroslav Stoch
Substitution75
19
RodrigoRodrigo
23
Semih ŞentürkSemih Şentürk
23
UrretaUrreta
Substitution87
28
Beykan ŞimşekBeykan Şimşek
25
MelgarejoLorenzo Melgarejo
38
Mehmet TopuzMehmet Topuz
Substitution45

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Aykut Kocaman (TUR)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Cano (FRA), Michael Annonier (FRA)

Fourth official

Laurent Stien (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Antony Gautier (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE word, the UEFA Europa League logo and the UEFA Europa League trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.