Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Da Luz), Lisboa, Portugal
6′ Jonas (P)
49′ M. Pereira
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FT: The result means that Benfica remain a point ahead of Porto on 65 points.
FT: Out of the two sides, Benfica will be the more disappointed with the result, having dominated the match and having a number of great chances that they didn’t take advantage of but the point may be a crucial one come the end of the season.
FT: Porto deserve credit for coming back into the game and they went close on a few occasions. First M. Pereira volleyed home after André’s follow-up from Brahimi’s initial effort was blocked. Then Soares had a great opportunity when he was sent through on-goal but Ederson raced off his line to gather the ball before substitute Jota’s effort almost squirmed past Ederson.
FT: Benfica spurned a catalogue of chances to get all three points with Casillas coming to Porto’s rescue on a handful of occasions. First Jonas was teed up by Salvio after a fine pass from Mitroglou, but his scuffed-effort was palmed away fantastically by Casillas before Jonas headed inches wide from the following-corner. Mitroglou then had a great chance following a freekick when Luisão’s flick-on found the Greek striker but his effort was brilliantly denied by Casillas before Jonas’ follow-up was smothered by the Spaniard. Luisão then met a corner with a header but it was straightforward for Casillas.
FT: So an equaliser from one of Benfica’s former players has denied the Águias all three points against their fiercest rivals.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+2′ Semedo wins a freekick after a foul from Torres.
90’+1′ Carrillo fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
87′ Final Porto change sees Brahimi replaced by Otávio.
87′ Second Benfica change sees André Carrillo replace Silva.
86′ M. Pereira is booked for a cynical foul on Cervi.
85′ Cervi’s delivery is cleared.
84′ Cervi wins a corner.
83′ Samaris wins a freekick.
79′ Brahimi wins a freekick.
78′ Jota is adjudged to have been caught offside.
77′ Pizzi’s delivery is deflected behind by a Benfica player for a goalkick.
76′ Play resumes.
75′ Telles is booked for a flailing arm on Silva, who is down and is receiving treatment.
74′ Pizzi wins a freekick.
72′ Chance!! The delivery is met by Luisão with a header but Casillas makes a comfortable save.
72′ The delivery falls to Luisão, whose effort is blocked behind for another corner.
71′ Chance!! Pizzi’s delivery is flicked-on by Luisão into Mitroglou, who looks set to score but Casillas makes a fantastic reaction-save, before the loose ball falls into the path of Jonas, whose effort is blocked by the keeper again before the visitors clear the ball behind.
71′ Second Porto change sees Soares replaced by André Silva.
70′ Marcano is booked for a late challenge on Jonas.
69′ Play resumes.
68′ First Benfica change sees Franco Cervi replace Salvio.
68′ Slight delay in the match as Eliseu is down with an injury.
67′ Close!! Jota cuts-inside to fire an effort that Ederson nearly allows to squirm past him.
66′ First Porto change sees Corona replaced by Diogo Jota.
64′ Close!! The corner is taken short before Pizzi’s eventual cross is met by Jonas, who heads inches wide.
64′ Chance!! Mitroglou sends Salvio through on-goal, the Argentine opts to pull the ball back to Jonas, but his scuffed effort is instinctively palmed behind by Casillas with a fine reaction-save.
62′ Pizzi’s delivery is cleared.
61′ Jonas fires an effort that Casillas is forced to palm behind.
58′ Chance!! Soares looks to be through on-goal and has the beating of Semedo but Ederson races off his line and bravely gathers the ball.
57′ Corona is caught offside.
55′ André is booked for a foul on Salvio.
54′ Silva is adjudged to have fouled D. Pereira.
53′ D. Pereira is penalised for a foul on Jonas.
49′ Goal!! Brahimi forces Ederson into a fine save at his near-post, the loose ball falls to André, whose effort is blocked before M. Pereira volleys the ball home.
48′ The delivery is initially cleared before the hosts clear the danger.
47′ Pizzi concedes a corner.
46′ Corona wins a freekick.
46′ Silva wins a freekick after a late challenge from André.
45′ Porto get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Benfica add to their tally and hold on or will Porto find an equaliser to keep their title hopes alive? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: The hosts will need to be more clinical if they are to put the game to bed. They have spurned some good chances and when they’ve got into some promising positions, the final-pass has let them down. They will also need to remain more alert defensively given the threat from Porto from set-pieces and on the break. Porto will need to find a goal if they are to remain in this title-race. They will need to provide better service to Soares, who has been relatively isolated against Benfica’s defence. They also need to be more productive from set-pieces as Benfica have cleared a number of their deliveries thus far.
HT: The visitors have responded well since going behind and have created some good chances themselves. First Torres fired an effort just wide following a corner before Brahimi fired an effort wide from-range. Brahimi then forced Ederson into a fine save from a freekick. However their defending has been nervy at times and has cost them as they trail at the break following Felipe’s challenge that ended in a penalty, which Jonas scored from.
HT: The hosts have controlled the first-half after going ahead and created a number of good chances to double their lead. First Jonas put the hosts ahead from the penalty-spot after he was sent tumbling by Felipe before Semedo fired an effort over the bar following a great run from the right-back. Mitroglou then tested Casillas was an effort on the turn before Luisão spurned a great chance when he headed a Pizzi freekick wide from close-range. Mitroglou then headed a Silva cross over the bar under-pressure.
HT: So Benfica lead at the break.
45′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
44′ Chance!! Mitroglou meets a Silva cross but he heads the ball over the bar under-pressure.
42′ M. Pereira is caught offside.
41′ Salvio is penalised for a foul on Brahimi.
41′ Torres is penalised for a foul on Jonas.
40′ Chance!! Pizzi’s delivery is met by Luisão, who heads the ball just wide from close-range.
39′ Jonas wins a freekick after a foul from André.
37′ The corner is cleared.
36′ Close!! Brahimi curls the freekick past the wall and Ederson is forced to palm the ball behind for a corner.
35′ Brahimi is adjudged to have been fouled by Pizzi.
34′ Brahimi wins a freekick.
33′ Soares is caught offside.
32′ André sends in a dangerous delivery across the face of goal but no-one in a Porto shirt can get onto it.
29′ Chance!! Silva finds Mitroglou, who fires an effort on the turn that Casillas saves comfortably.
27′ Soares is penalised for a foul on Semedo.
25′ Brahimi fires an effort from-range that drifts wide.
24′ Ederson punches clear a dangerous cross from Telles.
23′ Brahimi’s delivery is cleared by the hosts.
22′ André wins a freekick after a foul from Pizzi.
21′ Brahimi’s delivery is cleared and Silva uses his pace to set-up a counter-attack but his final pass is intercepted.
20′ Eliseu is penalised for a foul on André.
19′ Close!! Telles’ delivery is cleared to Torres, who fires the loose ball just wide of the post from-range.
18′ Luisão concedes a corner.
16′ Chance!! Semedo surges forward and cuts-inside before firing an effort over the bar from-range. He did have other options.
15′ Pizzi’s delivery is cleared by Marcano before the visitors eventually clear the danger.
14′ Mitroglou wins a corner.
12′ André wins a freekick.
11′ Semedo wins a freekcik after a foul from Brahimi.
10′ Brahimi wins a freekick after a foul from Semedo.
9′ Pizzi wins a freekick after a foul from M. Pereira.
6′ Goal!! Jonas drills the penalty home straight down the middle, sending Casillas the wrong way.
4′ Penalty!! Felipe is penalised for a late challenge on Jonas and the referee points to the spot. The Porto defender also receives a yellow card.
3′ D. Pereira wins a freekick after a foul from Jonas.
0′ Jonas wins a freekick after a foul from Soares.
0′ Benfica get the game underway.
S.L. Benfica: Ederson (GK), Eliseu, Victor Lindelöf, Luisão, Nélson Semedo, Rafa Silva, Pizzi, Andreas Samaris, Eduardo Salvio, Jonas, Kostas Mitroglou
FC Porto: Iker Casillas (GK), Alex Telles, Iván Marcano, Felipe, Maxi Pereira, Danilo Pereira, Yacine Brahimi, Óliver Torres, André André, Jesús Corona, Tiquinho Soares