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FT: The result means that Benfica remain at the top of Liga NOS but now move onto 78 points, a point clear of second-placed Porto, while Moreirense remain in 16th on 21 points.
FT: Moreirense will be disappointed with the result especially given the fact that they had created a number of good chances in the second-half, which they didn’t take. First Dramé was sent through on-goal after a miscued header from Salvio but he was to be denied by Lindelöf after the winger chipped Ederson. Then Cauê fired over the bar on the volley following a corner, where he was unmarked. Dramé then teed up Neto, who spurned a great chance when he dragged the ball wide from close-range when he should have scored before Roberto miscued an effort late-on following a corner.
FT: Mitroglou’s first-half header was enough for the Champions, who were below their usual best and Moreirense nearly pegged them back. The visitors didn’t create many chances but did go close when Mitroglou latched onto a Jonas pass to fire an effort that Makaridze smothered away.
FT: So Benfica earn a hard-fought victory to go back to the top of Liga NOS.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+2′ Chance!! The corner falls to Roberto, but he miscues his effort and drags the ball wide.
90’+2′ Alex’s freekick is deflected behind for a corner.
90′ Samaris is booked for a cynical foul on Dramé. The Greek international appeared to then strike Ivo in the mid-drift and is lucky to escape further punishment.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
88′ Ivo is penalised for a foul on Mitroglou.
86′ Fejsa is penalised for a foul.
84′ Cervi wins a freekick after a cynical challenge by Dramé, who is lucky to escape a second booking.
84′ The short-corner is dealt with by the hosts.
83′ Samaris fires an effort that deflects behind for a corner.
82′ Cervi wins a freekick after a foul from Cauê.
81′ Mitroglou is penalised for a foul.
80′ Final Benfica change sees Jonas replaced by Andreas Samaris.
78′ Rebocho fires an effort wide from-range.
77′ Chance!! A Jonas pass manages to find its way to Mitroglou, who forces Makaridze into a fine smothering-save from a powerful effort.
76′ Second Benfica change sees Franco Cervi replace Silva.
76′ Final Moreirense change sees Saré replaced by Alex.
70′ The freekick comes to nothing as Luisão is penalised for a foul on Makaridze.
69′ Grimaldo wins a freekick after a foul from Saré, who receives a yellow card.
68′ Pizzi fires an effort over the bar from-range.
67′ Second Moreirense change sees Boateng leave the field due to an injury, to be replaced by Roberto.
67′ Chance!! Dramé gets the better of Lindelöf and pulls the ball back to Neto, who has to score but he drags the ball wide from close-range.
65′ Lindelöf is penalised for a foul.
65′ First Benfica change sees Andrija Živković replace Salvio.
63′ Pizzi fires an audacious effort that goes wide from-range.
62′ The delivery is cleared.
61′ Sougou fires an effort that deflects behind for a corner.
61′ First Moreirense change sees Petrolina replaced by Modou Sougou.
60′ Chance!! The delivery is met by Cauê on the volley but he fires the ball over the bar.
60′ Rebocho wins a corner.
59′ Pizzi’s delivery is claimed by Makaridze.
58′ Sagna is penalised for a foul on Silva.
57′ Makaridze claims a Semedo cross.
52′ The delivery is claimed by Ederson, who wins a freekick after foul from Ivo.
51′ Dramé wins a freekick after a foul from Pizzi.
48′ Chance!! Salvio’s miscued header plays Dramé through on-goal and the winger manages to chip Ederson but Lindelöf clears the danger on the goal-line.
47′ Salvio is penalised for a foul.
45′ Mitroglou is penalised for a foul on Ivo.
45′ Moreirense get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Benfica add to their tally and hold onto their lead or will Moreirense surprise the Champions and find a leveller? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Moreirense will need to find a leveller if they are to overcome the predicament they are in. Boateng has looked dangerous alongside Dramé but Benfica have managed to cope with their threat. The hosts will need to be more clinical on the break if they are to get the better of Benfica and will need to make the most of their chances of the visitors may make them rue their missed opportunities.
HT: Benfica need to be more clinical in front of goal and will need to get Jonas more involved if they are to add to their tally. The overall service has been poor from wide areas and the passing has been sloppy in the final-third, allowing Moreirense to deal with the threat on several occasions. Benfica’s defence will also have to be alert to deal with the threat of the hosts on the counter-attack.
HT: The hosts have frustrated Benfica on a number of occasions and have got into some promising positions themselves. The closest they came was when Petrolina fired an ambitious effort wide from-range. The hosts will also be disappointed to have conceded close to half-time following a soft-freekick that was awarded by the referee, but overall their defence has done well to keep Jonas and Mitroglou relatively quiet, although the latter found the net.
HT: The visitors have dominated the possession and have got into some good positions but their final pass has let them down on several occasions. They have created a few chances, first Pizzi forced Makaridze into a good save before the Georgian keeper made another fine save from a freekick from Benfica’s number 21. Mitroglou then headed a Semedo cross wide before Salvio tested Makaridze from-range. Mitroglou then headed Benfica ahead after the striker met a fine delivery from Pizzi with a freekick.
HT: So Benfica lead at the break.
45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45’+2′ Ederson is booked for time-wasting.
45′ There will be two additional minutes.
45′ Boateng is caught offside.
44′ Grimaldo is penalised for a foul on Boateng.
42′ Goal!! Pizzi’s delivery is met by Mitroglou, who heads home past Makaridze, who was rooted to the spot.
40′ Dramé is booked for a foul on Semedo, although the Moreirense man took the ball cleanly.
39′ Close!! Salvio fires an effort from-range but Makaridze makes a straightforward save.
38′ Jonas is penalised for a foul on Petrolina.
38′ Lindelöf is penalised for a foul.
36′ Salvio is penalised for a foul on Rebocho.
35′ Silva is cynically fouled by Ivo, who receives a yellow card.
34′ Mitroglou meets a Semedo cross but heads the ball wide.
32′ Salvio is penalised for a foul on Dramé.
31′ Play resumes.
29′ Luisão is booked for a poor challenge on Boateng, who is down and is receiving treatment.
29′ Semedo wins a freekick after a foul from Dramé.
28′ The delivery is dealt with by the visitors.
27′ Boateng goes to ground under minimal contact but the referee awards the Moreirense striker a freekick in a good position.
24′ Fejsa is penalised for a foul.
24′ Close!! Pizzi’s delivery is dangerous and Makaridze is forced to palm the ball away.
24′ Silva wins a freekick.
21′ Chance!! Pizzi fires an effort on the turn but his effort is tame and Makaridze makes a comfortable stop.
21′ Boateng is caught just offside.
16′ Fejsa is penalised for a late challenge on Neto.
15′ Mitroglou is penalised for a foul on Galo.
15′ Petrolina fires an ambitious effort wide from-range.
14′ Makaridze claims a teasing delivery from Semedo.
13′ Jonas wins a freekick after a foul from Saré.
10′ Semedo wins a freekick after a flailing arm from Cauê.
9′ Grimaldo’s delivery is cleared before the Spaniard fires the loose ball wide from-range.
8′ Salvio wins a freekick after a foul from Dramé.
7′ Dramé sends a dangerous delivery that just evades Boateng.
2′ Pizzi’s delivery is claimed by Makaridze.
2′ Silva wins a freekick after a foul from Saré.
0′ Benfica get the game underway.
Moreirense F.C.: Giorgi Makaridze (GK), Pedro Rebocho, Diego Galo, Diego Ivo, Pierre Sagna, Ângelo Neto, Bakary Saré, Cauê, Nildo Petrolina, Ousmane Dramé, Emmanuel Boateng
S.L. Benfica: Ederson (GK), Álex Grimaldo, Victor Lindelöf, Luisão, Nélson Semedo, Rafa Silva, Pizzi, Ljubomir Fejsa, Eduardo Salvio, Kostas Mitroglou, Jonas