S.L. Benfica vs Vitória F.C.

Logo SL Benficasetubal

Liga NOS

April 18th

Estádio Da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal


1′ Claro

19′ Jonas

24′ Jardel

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FT: The result meant that they remain in first on 76 points, two points of neighbours Sporting, whereas Setubal remain in 13th on 29 points.

FT: However despite the late pressure and the early goal, the hosts were rarely threatened although they couldn’t muster many chances in the second period themselves.

FT: The result could have been so different had Claro headed home before Benfica’s leveller, in addition to Issoko’s late effort after Pizzi’s loose pass.

FT: The hosts had chances to extend their lead but didn’t much to the credit of Ricardo in the Setubal goal.

FT: So an under-par Benfica narrowly defeat Setubal after coming from behind thanks to goals from Jonas and Jardel.

90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the game to an end.

90’+2′ Jiménez wins a corner.

90’+2′ Final Setubal change sees Issoko depart for Shaher Mansour.

90’+1′ Chance!! A loose backpass from Pizzi is seized upon by Issoko who has Ederson to beat but the keeper smothers the ball before the resulting loose ball is curled just wide of the far-post.

90′ There will be three additional minutes.

89′ Jonas receives a yellow card for a cynical late challenge on Dani.

88′ The corner comes to nothing as Pizzi’s delivery is overhit.

88′ Jonas wins a corner after his strike is blocked behind.

87′ Close!! The corner is half-cleared to Carcela-González who curls an effort that’s easy for Ricardo.

86′ Carleca-González wins a freekick in a good position.

85′ Slight delay as there’s a pitch invader.

84′ Lourenço receives a yellow card for a cynical tug back on Samaris.

83′ The freekick is temporarily cleared to Claro who fires wide from-range.

82′ Samaris is penalised for a foul.

81′ Final Benfica change sees Raúl Jiménez come on to replace Mitroglou.

77′ The corner comes to nothing.

77′ Gorupec wins a corner.

74′ Chance!! Pizzi’s delivery finds Jardel who heads just over the bar.

74′ A Pizzi corner is blocked behind for a corner.

70′ Second Setubal change sees Tavares depart for Miguel Lourenço.

69′ Second Benfica change sees Fejsa depart for Andreas Samaris.

67′ First Setubal change sees Costa depart for Maciej Makuszewski due to injury.

66′ Slight delay in the match due to an injury to Costa.

65′ Chance!! Carcela-González finds Mitroglou with a cross but the striker on-loan from Fulham, heads just wide.

63′ The corner is cleared.

63′ Close!! Pizzi’s delivery is headed back across goal by Jardel into Fejsa whose header is palmed away by Ricardo.

62′ Pizzi wins a freekick after a foul from William.

61′ First Benfica change sees Mehdi Carcela-González replace Gaitán.

59′ Close!! Ederson is called into action after Costa finds Ruca who fires an effort straight at the keeper from a tight-angle.

58′ Chance!! Claro meets a cross from the right to fire wide. He could have had a hat-trick.

57′ Costa fires an effort harmlessly wide from-range.

56′ Mitroglou is caught offside.

55′ The corner comes to nothing as Jardel is penalised for a foul on Tavares.

55′ The hosts win a corner.

53′ The corner comes to nothing.

52′ Jardel concedes a corner.

51′ The corner comes to nothing.

50′ Tavares concedes a corner under-pressure from Sanches.

49′ The freekick is temporarily cleared before Semedo fires wide.

48′ Jonas wins a freekick in a good position.

46′ Chance!! Semedo’s cross is headed on by Jonas but Mitroglou just can’t make contact.

45′ The hosts get the second-half underway.

HT: So will the Eagles extend their lead or will Setubal claw their way back? Join us again for the second period.

HT: Although Benfica narrowly lead at the break they’ve had chances to extend that further with Pizzi’s chip cleared off the line by Venâncio.

HT: Benfica asserted their dominance five minutes later to complete the comeback through Jardel, making Claro’s miss from the header quite a costly one.

HT: The hosts capitalised and went close with Mitroglou and Jonas being denied on separate occasions before the Brazilian tapped in from Gaitán’s flick-on.

HT: Since the visitors’ early goal, they’ve rarely threatened and Benfica made a brilliant response since going behind. The visitors did have a chance prior to Benfica’s leveller with Claro heading wide of the post, when he possibly should have done much better.

HT: So at the break the hosts lead after coming from behind early through Claro’ goal.

45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ There will be one additional minute.

43′ Mitroglou is caught offside.

42′ Sanches is penalised for a foul.

40′ Close!! Pizzi is played onside and he tries to lob the keeper with a cheeky chip but Venâncio is there to clear the ball off the line.

38′ The delivery is cleared by the hosts.

37′ Eliseu concedes a corner.

37′ Sanches tries to find a teammate but his final pass is just overhit.

36′ Delay over.

35′ Slight delay in the match as Tavares is down after collision with Pizzi and Dani.

34′ Eliseu wins a freekick in the attacking-half.

28′ The corner is a waste as a short routine breaks down.

28′ Fejsa concedes a corner.

24′ Goal!! Jardel meets Gaitán’s delivery to head home and put the hosts ahead.

23′ A Gaitán cross is put behind by Venâncio.

22′ The corner finds Pizzi but the visitors deal with the threat at the expense of a throw-in.

22′ Chance!! Pizzi meets the delivery on the volley and it deflects just wide of the post.

21′ Chance!! Fejsa fires an effort from-range that deflects off Venâncio and goes out for a corner.

19′ Goal!! Eliseu’s cross is flicked-on by Gaitán and Jonas taps-in the loose ball. It had been coming!!

18′ Close!! Jonas wriggles past one player before curling an effort that Ricardo saves theatrically.

16′ The delivery is punched just under the bar by Ricardo before Semedo runs the ball out of play.

15′ Gaitán’s delivery is poor but it is cleared behind for another.

15′ Venâncio concedes a corner.

14′ Chance!! Ruca finds Claro with a brilliant delivery but he heads inches wide of the post.

13′ Chance!! Gaitán plays in a teasing delivery that just evades Jonas who can’t get a toe onto the ball sliding in.

12′ Close!! Mitroglou meets the delivery with a powerful header but Ricardo makes a good save to deny the Greek international.

12′ Jonas wins a corner.

9′ Close!! Jardel meets Gaitán’s delivery but Ricardo palms his effort away.

9′ Sanches wins a corner.

8′ Chance!! The corner is met by Fejsa, but his effort is straightforward for Ricardo.

8′ The hosts win a corner.

8′ The visitors have faded since their early goal and a Benfica goal looks imminent.

7′ Chance!! Gaitán delivers a cross via a volley and Mitroglou heads just wide of the post.

4′ Good response from the hosts since going behind.

3′ Disallowed goal!! Jonas slots home from a Pizzi cross, but the Brazilian is caught offside.

3′ The delivery is cleared.

2′ Close!! Pizzi cuts the ball back to Jonas whose goalbound effort is blocked by Venâncio.

2′ Extraordinary start from the visitors.

1′ Goal!! The visitors go on the attack immediately and Gorupec cuts the ball back to Claro who fires home to put the visitors ahead.

0′ The visitors get the game underway.

Team news:

S.L. Benfica: Ederson (GK), Eliseu, Victor Lindelöf, Jardel, Nélson Semedo, Renato Sanches, Ljubomir Fejsa, Nicolás Gaitán, Pizzi, Kostas Mitroglou, Jonas

Vitória F.C.: Ricardo (GK), Ruca, Tiago Valente, Frederico Venâncio, William, Dani, Paulo Tavares, Toni Gorupec, André Claro, Vasco Costa, Arnold Issoko


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