Estádio Marcolino de Castro, Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
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FT: The result means that Benfica move back to the top of Liga NOS on 60 points whilst Feirense remain in 13th on 26 points.
FT: Feirense are rather unfortunate to have received at least a point from the match as they created a number of good opportunities in the match but a lack of clinical finishing has cost them. First Etebo was played through on-goal but his effort was smothered by Ederson. Then Etebo was teed up but his effort was terrifically blocked by Samaris before Karamanos was instinctively denied by Ederson from a corner, although the Greek striker should have scored. Bruno then went close from-range but Ederson made a good save.
FT: The visitors didn’t have it all their own way in truth but they created some good chances and should have won the game by a more comfortable margin. First Mitroglou had an effort blocked after Vaná was dispossessed by Salvio near the corner-flag before Mitroglou headed an effort just wide of the post. Then Cervi had an effort blocked just over the bar before Salvio curled the ball inches wide of the bottom-corner. Salvio also had a goal correctly chalked-off for offside.
FT: So Benfica defeat Feirense to move back to the top of the league.
90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+3′ Ederson wins a freekick.
90’+3′ Samaris is penalised for a foul.
90’+1′ Almeida wins a freekick in a good position.
90′ There will be four additional minutes.
86′ Close!! Bruno fires a fierce effort from-range but Ederson makes a fine stop.
86′ Final Benfica change sees Raúl Jiménez replace Mitroglou.
85′ Samaris is booked for a cynical foul on Fabinho.
84′ Pizzi is penalised for a foul on Etebo.
82′ Jonas wins a freekick.
80′ Final Feirense change sees Babanco replaced by Fabinho.
79′ Jonas is penalised for a foul.
79′ The delivery is cleared.
78′ Ramos concedes a corner.
77′ Samaris is penalised for a foul on Babanco.
73′ Second Benfica change sees Jonas replace Salvio.
73′ Second Feirense change sees Machado replaced by Edson.
Disallowed goal!! Cervi plays Salvio through on-goal and he fires home but the flag was already up for offside.
71′ Chance!! Cervi pulls the ball back to Salvio, who fires the ball inches wide of the bottom-corner
70′ The delivery is dealt with by the hosts.
69′ Cervi wins a corner.
68′ Chance!! The delivery falls to Karamanos, whose effort is instinctively saved by the feet of Ederson, whose gather the ball at the second-attempt.
68′ Almeida concedes a corner.
68′ Chance!! Etebo is teed up but Samaris makes a fine instinctive block.
65′ The corner comes to nothing as the referee spots an infrigement.
64′ Chance!! Ramos’ clearing header from a Pizzi cross falls to Cervi, but his effort is terrifically blocked over the bar by Ícaro.
63′ First Benfica change sees Carrillo replaced by Franco Cervi.
63′ Silva is caught offside.
61′ Silva wins a freekick.
60′ Chance!! Almeida’s teasing delivery is met by Mitroglou, but he can only head just wide.
59′ The corner is dealt with by the hosts.
58′ Almeida wins a corner.
57′ First Feirense change sees the injured Rocha replaced by Ícaro.
56′ Machado is booked for an earlier cynical foul.
56′ Rocha is down with an injury and it looks as though he is going to have to be replaced.
55′ Chance!! The delivery is cleared and Benfica break with Mitroglou, whose through-ball pass is intercepted by Vaná, but he is dispossessed by Salvio near the corner-flag, finds Mitroglou but his effort is charged-down with the goal-keeper out of position.
55′ Lindelöf is penalised for a foul.
54′ Mitroglou is penalised for a foul.
54′ Play resumes.
52′ Slight delay in the match as Rocha is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.
52′ The delivery is cleared before Machado fires the ball harmlessly over the bar from-range.
51′ Machado wins a freekick.
50′ The delivery is dangerous but Benfica manage to clear the danger.
49′ Chance!! Etebo is played through on-goal and has just Ederson to beat but the keeper smothers the effort behind.
48′ Babanco receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Salvio.
46′ Babanco fires an effort harmlessly wide on the volley from-range.
45′ Feirense get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Benfica add to their tally and seal the victory or will Feirense come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: The hosts have caused Benfica a number of problems by getting into some promising positions. However they have lacked the final product and will need to be more clinical in front of goal. Benfica will need to extend their lead in order to seal the victory but they will also need to be wary of the Feirense threat on the counter-attack. Their defence has been lacklustre at times and has gifted the hosts a number of good chances.
HT: The scoreline at the break could have been so different had Feirense taken their chances. Within the first minute, Karamanos went close when his deflected effort flew just wide. Then Machado spurned a great chance when he fired the ball over the bar after Barge’s dangerous cross caused havoc. Machado then curled the ball just over the bar minutes before Benfica took the lead.
HT: The visitors have been made to work for their goal but they have created a number of good chances. First Salvio was played through after a swift break but he spurned the opportunity as his tame effort was saved by Vaná despite having players free. Then Mitroglou had a fine header saved well by the Feirense keeper before Pizzi broke the deadlock. Salvio then met a Carrillo cross with a header but it was straightforward for the keeper.
HT: So Benfica lead at the break.
45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minute to an end.
45′ There will be one additional minute.
44′ Chance!! Carrillo sends in a teasing delivery into Salvio, but his tame header is saved easily by Vaná.
42′ Goal!! Pizzi collects a pass from Carrillo and beats Bruno before calmly slotting home past Vaná.
40′ Close!! Karamanos sends in a teasing delivery to Machado, who curls an effort just over the bar under-pressure.
38′ Carrillo is booked for a late challenge on Etebo.
36′ Almeida is penalised for a foul on Machado.
31′ Etebo is booked for a late challenge on Samaris.
28′ Chance!! Luisão miscues his clearance from a dangerous delivery from Barge and the ball falls to Machado, but he somehow fired the ball over the bar from close-range with the goal at his mercy.
28′ Samaris is penalised for a foul.
27′ Cris receives a yellow card for a flailing arm on Carrillo.
26′ Salvio is adjudged to have been offside although he was actually onside.
25′ Lindelöf is penalised for a foul on Karamanos.
23′ Mitroglou is penalised for handball.
22′ Close!! Mitroglou meets a Pizzi cross with a glancing header but Vaná makes a good save.
20′ The corner comes to nothing.
19′ Luisão concedes a corner.
18′ Chance!! The delivery is punched clear by Ederson and Benfica break with Salvio found by Živković, the Argentine has options but goes himself and fires a tame effort that Vaná saves well.
17′ The delivery is cleared behind by Luisão.
17′ Lindelöf is penalised for a foul.
16′ Pizzi wins a freekick after a foul from Cris.
16′ The delivery is claimed by Vaná at the second-attempt.
15′ Almeida wins a corner.
14′ Živković is penalised for a foul.
14′ Carrillo wins a freekick.
12′ Salvio wins a freekick.
9′ The delivery is cleared by the hosts.
8′ Barge concedes a corner.
7′ A dangerous cross from Eliseu is spilled by Vaná before the keeper collects at the second-attempt.
3′ Carrillo is penalised for a foul.
3′ Eliseu wins a freekick.
1′ The delivery is cleared.
1′ The delivery is cleared behind for another corner.
0′ Close!! Salvio loses possession to Karamanos, who curls an effort that deflects just wide.
0′ Benfica get the game underway.
C.D. Feirense: Vaná (GK), Vítor Bruno, Luís Rocha, Flávio Ramos, Sérgio Barge, Babanco, Tiago Silva, Cris, Oghenekaro Etebo, Anastasios Karamanos, Luís Machado
S.L. Benfica: Ederson (GK), Eliseu, Victor Lindelöf, Luisão, André Almeida, André Carrillo, Andreas Samaris, Pizzi, Eduardo Salvio, Andrija Živković, Kostas Mitroglou