Arsenal F.C. vs S.L. Benfica

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Pre-season Friendly

Emirates Cup

July 29th

Emirates Stadium, London, England


12′ Cervi

24′ Walcott

32′ Walcott

39′ Salvio

52′ López (OG)

64′ Giroud

70′ Iwobi

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FT: The result means that Arsenal move to the top of the Emirates Cup table on 8 points ahead of Sevilla on five points, while Benfica drop to third on two points, above Leipzig, who are still without a point.

FT: The Portuguese Champions created some good chances and went close when Pizzi tested Ospina from-range but the keeper made a straightforward save before Pizzi forced the Colombian into a fine save at his near-post. Substitute Jiménez then fired an effort just wide of the far-post.

FT: Arsenal created some good chances and found the net after an own-goal from substitute López, who put into his own-net after attempting to block a teasing delivery from Walcott, before Walcott fired over the bar after fine hold-up-play from Giroud. Giroud then volleyed home after a fine cross from Nelson before Giroud was denied on the volley by César. Iwobi then added a fifth.

FT: So Arsenal defeat Benfica to top the Emirates Cup table.

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

89′ The corner is cleared.

88′ Chrien wins a corner.

81′ Close!! Jiménez shrugs off his man before firing an effort just wide of the far-post.

79′ Jiménez fires an effort wide from-range.

73′ Five Arsenal changes sees Ramsey, Monreal, Mesut Özil, Alexandre Lacazette and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replace Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Walcott and Nelson.

71′ Double Benfica change sees Raúl Jiménez and Rúben Dias replace Seferović and Pizzi.

71′ Close!! Salvio finds Pizzi, who fires an effort at-goal that Ospina is forced to palm away.

70′ Goal!! Kolašinac’s pull-back finds Giroud, who tees-up Iwobi, who fires home powerfully past César.

68′ The corner eventually comes to nothing.

67′ Close!! Elneny finds Giroud, who volleys a powerful effort at-goal that César is forced to palm away instinctively at the near-post.

67′ Close!! Pizzi tests Ospina from-range but the keeper makes a straightforward save.

64′ Goal!! Nelson sends a terrific delivery into the path of Giroud, who did well to get ahead of Buta and volley home into the far-post.

59′ Triple Benfica substitution sees Álex Grimaldo, Rafa Silva and Martin Chrien replace Eliseu, Jonas and Cervi.

56′ Chance!! Giroud wonderfully gets the better of Luisão before teeing-up Walcott, who somehow fires the ball over the bar from close-range.

52′ Goal!! Walcott sends a teasing delivery across the face of goal that is diverted into his own-net by López, in an attempt to block the cross.

50′ Augusto is penalised for handball.

49′ Walcott is caught offside.

45′ Benfica get the second-half underway.

45′ During the interval both sides make changes with Calum Chambers replacing Holding for Arsenal and Lisandro López replacing Jardel for Benfica.

HT: So will it be Arsenal to find the next goal and win the game or will Benfica cause an upset in front of the Gunners fans? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: The game has been very open with both sides looking to burst on the attack, but they have both looked nervous defensively. Benfica have got into some promising positions but have delayed the strike on a few occasions, allowing Arsenal to get men behind the ball and block the strike. Arsenal have looked a threat on the attack but haven’t made the most of their chances and a number of defensive lapses has gifted Benfica, who have been clinical, two goals.

HT: Arsenal created some good chances and went close when Giroud was brilliantly denied by a point-blank-save from César before Walcott volleyed home after good play from Kolašinac. Walcott then put Arsenal ahead after a neat exchange from Coquelin and Kolašinac.

HT: Benfica created some good chances and took the lead when Cervi’s strike from inside the area ricocheted fortuitously off Mertesacker to beat Ospina before Pizzi forced Ospina into a fine save. Salvio then levelled the scores for the Águias with a deflected strike after Nelson lost possession in his own-half.

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

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

45′ There will be one additional minute.

44′ Seferović is caught offside.

39′ Goal!! Nelson initially loses possession deep in his own-half and Benfica break with Pizzi finding Jonas, who eventually finds Salvio, who fires home via a deflection off Holding.

35′ Jardel meets the delivery with a header that clears the bar under-pressure.

34′ Chance!! Holding loses possession before Cervi pulls the back to Pizzi, who fires an effort at-goal that Ospina palms away before Arsenal clear the danger behind.

32′ First Arsenal change sees Coquelin replaced Mohamed Elneny,

32′ Goal!! Kolašinac and Coquelin exchange passes before the Frenchman sends a teasing delivery across the face of goal to Walcott, who taps home.

28′ Giroud is caught offside.

25′ Eliseu receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Walcott.

24′ Jonas drags an effort wide from-range.

24′ Goal!! Kolašinac gets the better of Pizzi, who was looking to shepherd the ball out of play, and crosses for Walcott, who volleys home.

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

19′ Walcott is caught offside.

16′ Nelson is caught offside.

14′ Giroud is penalised for a foul on Luisão.

12′ Goal!! Jonas does well to head the ball into the path of Cervi, who fires an effort that deflects fortuitously off Mertesacker to beat Ospina.

8′ Seferović wins a freekick.

3′ Chance!! Walcott sends a teasing cross into the path of Giroud, whose header is palmed away by César from point-blank-range.

1′ Jonas wins a freekick after a foul from Nelson.


Team news:

Arsenal F.C.: David Ospina (GK), Sead Kolašinac, Per Mertesacker, Rob Holding, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin, Reiss Nelson, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud

S.L. Benfica: Júlio César (GK), Eliseu, Jardel, Luisão, Aurélio Buta, Filipe Augusto, Pizzi, Franco Cervi, Eduardo Salvio, Haris Seferović, Jonas


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