S.L. Benfica vs C.D. Tondela

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Liga NOS

January 22nd

Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Da Luz), Lisboa, Portugal


58′ Pizzi

75′ Pizzi

84′ Silva

90’+1′ Pica Sent off (Second bookable offence)

90’+3′ Jonas (P)

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FT: The result means that Benfica remain top of the league but now move onto 45 points, four points clear of Porto, whilst Tondela remain at the bottom of the league on 10 points before the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

FT: Tondela didn’t create many chances in the second-half with their best chance falling to Ferreira, but his strike from-range was comfortable for Ederson. The visitors should be pleased with their first-half performance but they capitulated in the second-half especially after conceding the second goal.

FT: Benfica had some chances prior to the goal with Ramos first denying Živković before denying Jonas. Pizzi then broke the deadlock before Salvio spurned a great chance when his touch let him down when through on-goal. Pizzi then doubled the lead before Jonas’ tame effort was saved by Ramos. Salvio could have added a third but he fired just wide before Silva lobbed Ramos to make it three. Pica then fouled Almeida to concede a penalty and was dismissed for a second yellow and Jonas rubbed salt in the wound; converting the spot-kick to wrap up the victory.

FT: The scoreline doesn’t reflect the complexion of the game as Benfica were left frustrated for the majority of the match much to the credit of the Tondela defence and keeper Ramos, who made some fine saves to deny Benfica in the first-half but after the defence was breached, Benfica took advantage and moved into fifth gear.

FT: So Benfica have made their dominance count and extend their lead at the top of the league by four points.

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

90’+3′ Goal!! Jonas fires home the spot-kick to seal the victory.

90’+1′ Dismissal!! Pica receives a second yellow card and is sent off.

90’+1′ Penalty!! Pica bundles Almeida to ground in the area and the referee points to the spot.

90′ There will be two additional minutes.

88′ Cardoso is caught offside.

87′ Ederson cannot prevent the ball from going out and concedes a corner.

85′ Final Benfica change sees Guillermo Celis replace Pizzi.

84′ Goal!! Silva is played through on-goal and lobs Ramos, who can only help it on its way. It’s Silva’s first goal for the club.

82′ Close!! Silva finds Salvio, who fires an effort inches wide of the far-post.

81′ The delivery is eventually dealt with by the visitors.

80′ Benfica win a corner.

79′ Final Tondela change sees Ferreira replaced by Yordan Osorio.

78′ Almeida wins a freekick.

76′ Chance!! A terrific cross from Salvio finds Jonas, but his effort lacks conviction and Ramos makes an easy save.

75′ Goal!! Semedo surges forward and pulls the ball back to Pizzi, who slots home.

71′ Chance!! Salvio is played through on-goal but his touch is poor and Ramos clears the danger.

71′ Close!! Ferreira fires an effort from-range that Ederson saves before gathering at the second-attempt.

69′ Second Benfica change sees Rafa Silva replace Mitroglou.

69′ Second Tondela change sees Pité replace Gonçalves.

67′ Salvio is caught offside.

64′ Mitroglou is caught offside.

62′ Semedo fires an effort wide of the target from a tight-angle.

60′ Pica is booked for a cynical foul on Mitroglou.

59′ First Tondela change sees Murilo replaced by Dylan Flores.

58′ Goal!! The delivery isn’t dealt with by the visitors and after Luisão’s header back across goal eventually falls to Samaris, the midfielder tees up Pizzi, who fires home.

57′ Chance!! Jonas is found well by Pizzi but his strike is saved well by Ramos at the near-post.

55′ Mitroglou is caught offside.

53′ The delivery is punched clear by Ederson before Živković surges forward before dragging an effort wide of the target.

52′ Almeida is penalised for a foul.

51′ A Salvio cross is met by Mitroglou, who heads wide from a tight-angle.

50′ The corner is cleared by the visitors.

50′ Play resumes.

48′ Close!! An almighty scramble eventually sees Araújo clear the ball straight into Živković, who fires an effort that Ramos palms behind for another corner. The keeper then goes down with an injury and is receiving treatment.

46′ The delivery is cleared before a dangerous cross from Pizzi just evades Mitroglou under-pressure from Ramos.

45′ Ruca concedes a corner.

45′ Benfica get the second-half underway.

45′ During the interval Benfica make their first change with Eduardo Salvio replacing Cervi.

HT: So will Benfica open the scoring or will Tondela surprise the hosts? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Benfica need to deliver better service to both Jonas and Mitroglou, who are more than capable of putting the ball into the back of the net. They will need to be more clinical given the fact that Tondela have defended resolutely, committing many men behind the ball. Tondela will need to be more clinical in front of goal themselves given the quality of the opposition, who are yet to get out of third gear. The first goal in this match mat be very crucial indeed and should it come from Benfica, it could be curtains for Tondela.

HT: The visitors haven’t really tested Ederson with Wágner coming closest to breaking the deadlock after a misplaced clearance. They have looked dangerous on the break and were unlucky to see the flag go up after Wágner fired home. The visitors have also done well to cope with Benfica’s attacking threat and frustrate the hosts.

HT: Benfica have created the larger number of chances but Tondela have looked dangerous on the break and defended well. First Samaris fired an effort over the bar following a corner before Jonas’ curling effort was denied by Ramos’ fine save. Then Mitroglou miscued a header before Pizzi tested Ramos with a tame strike from-range. Jonas looked set to score when he rounded Ramos but the keeper did well to force the striker wide and stop the move from progressing.

HT: So we’re goalless at the break with nothing to separate the two sides.

45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ The delivery is cleared.

45′ Samaris concedes a corner.

45′ There will be two additional minutes.

43′ Jonas fires an effort wide from-range.

42′ The delivery is cleared and Tondela attempt to break on the counter but the final pass towards Wágner is just short and the move breaks down.

41′ Semedo wins a freekick in a good position.

39′ Cervi wins a freekick.

38′ The corner just evades Jonas at the back-post and the visitors clear the danger.

38′ Kaká concedes a corner.

37′ Disallowed goal!! Wágner fires home after a fine pass from Ruca but the flag is up for offside.

35′ Chance!! Lindelöf flicks-on a throw-in from Živković, but can only head over the bar under-pressure.

33′ Play resumes.

32′ Slight delay in the match as Ramos is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.

31′ Chance!! Jonas is played through on-goal but is forced wide by the keeper Ramos, who does well to deny the striker, who cannot find a teammate from a tight-angle.

29′ Mitroglou is caught offside.

28′ Semedo wins a freekick.

27′ The delivery is initially cleared before Pica fires harmlessly over the bar from-range.

26′ Lindelöf concedes a corner.

25′ Samaris is penalised for a foul.

25′ The delivery is cleared.

24′ Živković concedes a corner.

23′ Živković is adjudged to have been caught offside, although it appears he was onside.

23′ Almeida is penalised for a foul on Wágner.

20′ Chance!! Pizzi fires an effort at goal from-range but Ramos makes a good save.

20′ Chance!! Jonas sends in a teasing cross that is met by Mitroglou, but the striker miscues his header and heads wide.

19′ Almeida wins a freekick.

17′ Semedo wins a freekick.

14′ Semedo is caught offside.

10′ Chance!! A poor clearance from Ederson is intercepted and worked to Wágner, whose effort is saved comfortably by the keeper.

9′ The corner comes to nothing as Mitroglou is caught offside.

9′ Close!! Jonas curls an effort at goal but Ramos makes a fine save to palm the effort behind for a corner.

7′ Chance!! The delivery is nodded down to Samaris by Luisão but the Greek midfielder can only fire over the bar.

6′ The delivery is cleared behind for another corner by Gonçalves.

6′ The delivery is met by Jonas, who heads wide via a deflection. Another corner to Benfica.

5′ Semedo forces a corner.

4′ Pizzi is caught offside.

0′ Tondela get the game underway.

Team news:

S.L. Benfica: Ederson (GK), André Almeida, Victor Lindelöf, Luisão, Nélson Semedo, Franco Cervi, Pizzi, Andreas Samaris, Andrija Živković, Kostas Mitroglou, Jonas

C.D. Tondela: Cláudio Ramos (GK), Ruca, Kaká, João Pica, Jaílson Araújo, Bruno Monteiro, Fernando Ferreira, Claude Gonçalves, Miguel Cardoso, Murilo, Wágner


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