Vitória F.C. vs S.L. Benfica

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Liga NOS

January 30th

Estádio do Bonfim, Setúbal, Portugal


20′ Zé Manuel

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result means that Setúbal move up to sixth on 28 points whilst Benfica spurned the chance to extend their lead and remain a point ahead of Porto. The victory was Setúbal’s first over Benfica since Halloween 2007.

FT: Benfica created a number of chances in the second-half but were wasteful in truth against a well-drilled and disciplined defence. First Mitroglou failed to fire home from close-range, then Luisão headed a Benfica corner straight at Varela before Mitroglou’s volley late-on was saved by the keeper. Benfica should have had a penalty when N. Pinto caught Carrillo in the penalty area in the final seconds of the match but the referee was unmoved.

FT: Setúbal didn’t create many chances in the second-half, the closest they came was when an Issako cross just evaded substitute Costa.

FT: So Setúbal have defeated Benfica to inflict a second consecutive defeat for the Águias.

90’+5′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+5′ Penalty appeal!! Carrillo cuts back inside and is scythed down by N. Pinto but the referee somehow waves play on.

90’+4′ Chance!! Mitroglou meets a Fejsa header on the volley but Varela makes a comfortable save.

90’+3′ The delivery is cleared.

90’+2′ Chance!! Mitroglou fires an effort wide via a deflection.

90’+1′ Živković is penalised for a foul.

90′ Mitroglou is penalised for a foul.

90′ There will be five additional minutes.

89′ Semedo fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.

88′ Silva is penalised for a foul.

88′ The delivery is met by Luisão, but his header is poor and the ball goes out for a goalkick.

87′ Jonas fires an effort that deflects behind for a corner.

85′ Final Setúbal change sees Issako replaced by Thiago.

85′ Slight delay in the match as Issoko is down with an injury.

84′ Jonas’ freekick hits the wall before a Živković cross is met by a tame header from Luisão.

83′ The delivery is cleared but Issoko is penalised for a foul and concedes a freekick in a dangerous position.

82′ Fernandes receives a yellow card for a foul on Silva.

82′ Second Setúbal change sees André Pedrosa replace Bonilha.

81′ The delivery is cleared.

80′ Final Benfica change sees Pizzi replaced by Luka Jović.

80′ Cardoso concedes a corner.

79′ Chance!! The delivery is met by Luisão, but his header is tame and Varela makes a comfortable save although the centre-back had to score.

79′ Silva wins a corner.

78′ Agu is penalised for a foul.

76′ Živković is penalised for a foul.

75′ The delivery is cleared.

75′ Luisão concedes a corner.

74′ Issoko wins a freekick.

73′ Chance!! An Issoko cross towards Costa just evades the substitute.

71′ Second Benfica change sees André Carrillo replace Almeida.

71′ First Setúbal change sees Amaral replaced by Vasco Costa.

70′ Fejsa wins a freekick.

68′ The delivery is cleared before Mitroglou is penalised for a foul.

68′ Agu concedes a corner.

67′ The delivery is cleared.

67′ Venâncio concedes a corner.

66′ Bonilha is penalised for a foul.

62′ Chance!! A Živković cross is nodded down into the path of Mitroglou by Jonas but the Greek forward can only fire over the bar from close-range under-pressure from Varela.

62′ Semedo wins a freekick.

59′ Chance!! Mitroglou meets a Silva cross but he heads wide under-pressure.

56′ N. Pinto receives a yellow card for a foul on Luisão.

54′ Živković’s delivery is cleared before the Serbian commits a foul.

53′ Semedo wins a freekick.

50′ Edinho wins a freekick.

49′ Almeida is penalised for a foul.

49′ Pizzi is penalised for a foul.

45′ Benfica get the second-half underway.

45′ During the interval, Benfica make their first change with Rafa Silva replacing Cervi.

HT: So will Setúbal add to their tally and hold onto the lead or will Benfica come back into the match? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Setúbal will do well to maintain the high pressing and intensity further up the pitch in the second-half and they will need to find a second goal to make sure the lead is in-tact given the quality of their opponents. Benfica haven’t got into their rhythm thus far and will need to get Mitroglou and Jonas more involved as they haven’t really threatened the Setúbal goal as of yet. Benfica also have sufficient players on the bench should their performance fail to improve.

HT: Benfica haven’t been clinical in front of goal. They created two great chances in the opening five minutes with Mitroglou and Cervi both firing just wide of the far-post. Since going behind the Águias have responded well and went close when Pizzi volleyed just over the bar via a deflection before a Luisão header was cleared off the line. Then Jonas had a tame header saved by Varela. Živković then curled a freekick just over the bar before Jonas spurned a great chance when he was played through on-goal but his strike was tame yet again.

HT: Setubal haven’t created many chances but they have been clinical when a chance has come their way. They had a good chance prior to Zé Manuel’s goal when Edinho’s acrobatic volley flashed just over the bar. Zé Manuel then powerfully headed in Issoko’s cross to put the hosts ahead. The hosts have been on the back-foot partially in the first-half, but have defended well to deal with the Benfica threat and have looked a threat on the break themselves.

HT: So Setúbal are ahead at the break.

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

45′ There will be one additional minute.

43′ Fejsa wins a freekick.

42′ The corner is cleared.

41′ Issoko wins a corner.

40′ Chance!! Živković tees up Fejsa but his side-footed effort flies over the bar.

39′ Edinho wins a freekick.

38′ Živković is penalised for a foul.

35′ Chance!! A fortunate ricochet off a Setúbal player, allows Jonas through on-goal but his effort is tame and Varela makes an easy save.

34′ Close!! Živković curls the freekick just over the bar.

33′ Jonas wins a freekick in a good position.

32′ Edinho fires the freekick harmlessly off-target from-range.

31′ Semedo is penalised for a foul.

30′ Chance!! Jonas meets a Živković cross but his header is comfortable for Varela.

29′ Živković wins a freekick.

24′ So close!! Luisão meets a Živković cross with a looping header but Venâncio clears the ball off the line underneath his own bar.

24′ Close!! After an Almeida cross is cleared the loose ball falls to Pizzi, who volleys just over the bar via a deflection.

21′ Semedo wins a freekick.

20′ Goal!! A fine cross from Issoko is headed home by Zé Manuel with a powerful header.

19′ Živković’s delivery is dangerous but the referee spots an infringement and Vitória are awarded a freekick.

19′ The delivery is cleared behind for another corner.

18′ Fernandes concedes a corner.

17′ Živković’s delivery is cleared.

16′ N. Pinto concedes a corner.

14′ Close!! An Issoko cross is met with an acrobatic volley by Edinho, whose effort flies inches over the crossbar with Ederson beaten.

11′ Fejsa is penalised for a foul.

11′ Issoko wins a freekick after a foul from Cervi, who receives a yellow card.

10′ Almeida wins a freekick.

8′ Cervi is penalised for a foul on Amaral.

7′ Amaral is penalised for a foul.

6′ Cervi is penalised for a foul.

4′ Close!! A Semedo cross is pulled back to Cervi, who fires an effort inches wide of the far-post.

1′ Close!! Mitroglou surges forward before curling an effort just wide of the post.

0′ Vitória Setúbal get the game underway.

Team news:

Vitória F.C.: Bruno Varela (GK), Nuno Pinto, Fábio Cardoso, Frederico Venâncio, Vasco Fernandes, Mikel Agu, Nenê Bonilha, Zé Manuel, João Amaral, Edinho, Arnold Issoko 


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


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