Estádio Da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
37′ Jonas (P)
90’+3′ Santos (P)
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FT: The result for the Eagles meant that they extend their lead at the top of the league to five points on 70, whilst the Arsenalistas remain in fourth on 50 points, 20 shy of tonight’s opposition.
FT: It was a good result for the Eagles who travel to Munich for the first-leg of their quarter-final tie against Bayern in the Champions League.
FT: So Benfica managed to add to their first-half tally, with Mitroglou getting his second although it was Jonas who did all the work. Substitute Samaris curled in a superb freekick before Santos got a consolation from the penalty-spot. The hosts were helped by the post again and were possibly lucky not to concede the penalty for the initial foul.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the game to an end.
90’+3′ Goal!! Santos converts, sending Ederson the wrong way.
90’+1′ Penalty!! Semedo concedes a penalty for a foul on Santos.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
89′ Final change for the visitors sees Goiano depart for Stian Ringstad.
88′ Semedo is cynically blocked-off by Goiano, who receives a yellow card.
83′ Pizzi’s delivery is overhit and goes wide for a goalkick.
82′ Carcela-González wins another freekick in a good position after a foul from Carlos, who receives a yellow card.
81′ Carcela-González wins a freekick in a good position. The set-piece is cleared by the visitors.
78′ Final Benfica change sees Jardel depart for Nélson Semedo.
77′ Chance!! Eduardo fires an effort just wide from-range.
76′ Silva departs for Aarón Ñíguez for the visitors’ second change.
76′ Gaitán departs for Benfica’s second change and Mehdi Carcela-González comes on to replace him.
75′ Goal!! Samaris steps up to curl the freekick home. He took it quickly despite Matheus getting a hand onto it. Brilliant!!
73′ Jonas wins a freekick in a good position as a result of a foul from Carlos.
72′ Stojiljković receives a yellow card for a foul on Eliseu.
71′ Goal!! A brilliant move from the hosts sees Gaitán pick out Jonas who bursts free, he could go himself but unselfishly squares for Mitroglou, who eventually turns it home despite several poor touches.
69′ Mitroglou wins a corner for the hosts.
69′ First Braga change sees Hassan depart for Nikola Stojiljković.
68′ Close!! Eduardo’s freekick is parried by Ederson before Lindelöff clears the danger.
68′ Braga have a freeekick in a good position.
64′ First change for the hosts sees Fejsa depart for Andreas Samaris.
64′ Chance!! Santos fires wide after good work from Silva.
61′ Yellow card for Pizzi for a late challenge on Silva.
60′ So close!! Hassan curls an effort that clips the outside of the post. The woodwork to the rescue again for the hosts. The shot came after the referee had played the advantage after Jardel had bundled Baiano to the ground in the area.
58′ The corner comes to nothing.
57′ Chance!! The corner is cleared temporarily before Santos does well to burst inside the area, the ball pin-balls around before a strike is deflected just wide.
56′ Close!! Hassan manages to get onto a long-ball played forward but he loses his footing and his volley is palmed away by Ederson.
55′ The corner comes to nothing.
54′ Close!! Pizzi very nearly gets his second, he tries to lob Matheus from outside the area but the keeper does well to turn it away before Gaitán’s follow-up is palmed away by Matheus again before a ricochet takes it out for a corner.
53′ Gaitán almost finds Jonas but Goaino clears the danger.
51′ Pedro Santos receives a yellow card for pulling back Sanches.
49′ Close!! Mitroglou and Gaitán combine, the Argentine is played through by the on-loan Fulham striker before firing an effort that Matheus smothers.
48′ Chance!! Pizzi pulls the ball back to Gaitán whose effort is blocked by Mitroglou before the ball falls to Eliseu who fires narrowly wide.
47′ Gaitán wins a freekick from Baiano. The Argentine made the most of that.
46′ Fejsa is penalised after he fouls Carlos.
45′ The hosts get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Benfica see the game out or will Braga get back into this game? Join us for the second period.
HT: Benfica’s third was a thing of pure class. Pizzi’s intelligent play enabled him to fire home from-range to all but put this game to bed. However, Braga have had chances and should they score the next goal, the game could be very interesting.
HT: Sanches, who made his first senior international caps for Portugal, has played with confidence and it was his hard work that led to the penalty. It was an inredibly harsh penalty against Ferreira given his arms were in a natural position and the ball was hit onto it from a few yards. Regardless, the penalty had to be scored for damage to be done and unfortunately for them, Jonas did exactly that.
HT: It could have been so different had Eduardo not hit the post with his header and had Silva’s lob gone in. However, Benfica capitalised pressing high up the pitch and it forced errors especially for the first goal.
HT: So the hosts really on their game tonight. Playing some good football despite a controversial penalty decision.
45′ The corner is played short before the referee calls time to bring the first-half to an end.
44′ Baiano wins a corner for the visitors.
40′ Goal!! Pizzi receives the ball from Jonas just outside the area before curling the ball low into the bottom corner. Very clever from the Portuguese midfielder who used the run of Mitroglou to create half a yard before curling home. Game over?
38′ Gaitán wins a freekick from Carlos.
37′ Goal!! Jonas sends Matheus the wrong way to double Benfica’s lead. Harsh on the visitors but nevertheless the Brazilian was clinical. The birthday boy gets his goal.
35′ Penalty!! Sanches does brilliantly to beat his man before his cross strikes the arm of Ferreira. Very very harsh decision in truth. His hands were by his side.
33′ Jonas’ freekick hits the top of the wall.
32′ Carlos is penalised for a foul outside the area on Gaitán following the corner. He took the ball but his studs were up. Good chance for the hosts.
32′ Pizzi’s cross is blocked behind by Pinto for a corner.
30′ The corner eventually comes to nothing before Gaitán concedes a foul.
30′ Pizzi wins a corner following a break from the corner.
29′ Fejsa is adjudged to have fouled his man, conceding a freekick in a good position for the visitors. The corner is claimed with ease by Ederson. A waste.
27′ A Braga move ends as Hassan is caught offside.
25′ Hassan is caught offside.
22′ Mitroglou nearly gets onto the return pass from Pizzi, but the ball is just out of the Greek forward’s reach.
20′ Ederson miscues a clearance.
18′ Sanches sends in a dangerous cross that just evades Jonas, who can’t get onto it on the slide.
17′ Goal!! Mauro twice loses possession after playing the ball out from the back, the ball falls to Mitroglou, whose first-time effort finds the back of the net with Matheus off-his-line.
15′ Chance!! Mitroglou audaciously volleys wide after his first attempt was charged down.
14′ Close!! Almeida fires an effort from-range but it’s easy for Matheus, who dives to his right.
13′ Eduardo is caught offside.
11′ Chance!! Baiano fires harmlessly wide from-range.
10′ Chance!! Silva is played onside, he has Ederson to beat, but his lobbed effort is just wide. Should have scored. The winger has attracted a few of Europe’s big names recently.
9′ Mitroglou meets an Almeida cross but it’s not a threat for Matheus.
6′ Close!! Pizzi fires an effort from-range but Matheus saves comfortably. The shot resulted after Jonas’ pass was intercepted before falling to the Portuguese midfielder.
5′ Gaitán very nearly plays Mitroglou through, but his pass is just overhit and Matheus gathers.
4′ Pizzi cynically brings down Silva.
3′ Carlos is fouled by Jonas.
2′ Fejsa cynically brings down Pedro Santos.
0′ So close!! Hassan picks out Eduardo with a cross, who heads against the post with Ederson beaten.
0′ The visitors get us underway for the first-half.
S.L. Benfica: Ederson (GK), Eliseu, Jardel, Victor Lindelöf, André Almeida, Renato Sanches, Ljubomir Fejsa, Nicolás Gaitán, Pizzi, Jonas, Kostas Mitroglou
S.C. Braga: Matheus (GK), Marcelo Goiano, Ricardo Ferreira, André Pinto, Baiano, Luíz Carlos, Mauro, Rafa Silva, Pedro Santos, Ahmed Hassan, Wilson Eduardo