RB Leipzig vs S.L. Benfica

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Pre-season Friendly

Emirates Cup

July 30th

Emirates Stadium, London, England


20′ Halstenberg

53′ Compper

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result means that Leipzig moved up to second in the Emirates Cup table on five points, three points behind leaders Arsenal, ahead of their clash with third placed Sevilla, who are on four points, while Benfica dropped to the bottom of the table on two points.

FT: The Bundesliga runners-up didn’t create many chances but doubled their lead when Compper headed home from a Kaiser freekick before a deflected strike from-range by Bruma tested Varela.

FT: The Portuguese Champions created some good chances but it wasn’t enough to come back in the match. First substitute Mitroglou had a goal disallowed for offside after Mvogo parried a strike from fellow substitute Jonas before López struck the post with a header.

FT: So Leipzig defeat Benfica to move up to second in the Emirates Cup.

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

89′ The corner is cleared.

89′ Jonas wins a corner.

87′ The corner is cleared.

87′ Gonçalves fires an effort wide from-range via a deflection.

85′ So close!! The corner is taken short to Willock, who does well to pick-out López with a fine cross that the Argentine heads against the post with Mvogo beaten.

85′ Compper concedes a corner.

83′ Dias wins a freekick after a foul from Bruma.

81′ Augusto is penalised for a foul on Ludewig.

80′ Final Benfica change sees Pizzi replace the injured Mitroglou.

79′ Slight delay in the match as Mitroglou is down and receiving treatment.

78′ Disallowed goal!! Jonas fires an effort that Mvogo parries into the path of Mitroglou, who bundles home but he was already in an offside position and the goal is chalked off.

74′ Willock wins a freekick after a foul from Majetschak.

73′ Third RB Leipzig change sees Burke replaced by Erik Majetschak.

73′ Quadruple Benfica substitution sees Diogo Gonçalves, Kostas Mitroglou, Filipe Augusto and Chris Willock replace Carrillo, Jiménez, Fejsa and Cervi.

68′ The corner comes to nothing.

68′ Dias concedes a corner.

67′ Bruma fires an effort harmlessly wide from-range.

67′ The corner is eventually dealt with by Benfica.

66′ Second RB Leipzig change sees Palacios replaced by Nicolas Kühn.

65′ Burke wins a corner.

63′ Close!! Bruma fires an effort from-range that deflects kindly for Varela.

62′ Jiménez gets the better of Compper before firing an effort over the bar from-range.

61′ First RB Leipzig change sees Abouchabaka replaced by Kilian Ludewig.

61′ Pereira wins a freekick.

59′ Double Benfica change sees André Horta and Jonas replace Chrien and Silva.

58′ Jiménez wins a freekick after a foul from Laimer.

55′ Pereira is penalised for a foul on Bruma.

53′ Goal!! The delivery from Kaiser is met by Compper, who heads home off the underside of the bar.

51′ Chrien is penalised for a foul on Kaiser.

51′ The corner is eventually dealt with by Benfica.

50′ López concedes a corner.

46′ Fejsa wins a freekick.

45′ Benfica get the second-half underway.

HT: So will Leipzig hold onto their lead or will Benfica come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Leipzig know that one goal may not be enough against Benfica and they will look to ensure they make the most of their chances in order to put the tie to bed. Benfica have looked promising in attack but have lacked the cutting-edge in the final third. They cannot afford to concede another goal as it could be game over. They have to be more clinical with the chances they create in the second-half and have a number of quality players on the bench if the performance fails to improve.

HT: Benfica didn’t create many good chances but got into a number of good positions with Cervi cauing problems for the Leipzig defence but his final pass has let him down on a few occasions. The closest the Águias came was when Grimaldo fired a freekick just wide.

HT: Leipzig created some good chances and took the lead against the run of play with their first real attack of the game when Halstenberg fired home after exchanging passes with Palacios. Palacios then had a good chance when he was played through on-goal by Bruma but his effort was tame and straightforward for Varela. Burke then went close on two separate occasions, first he forced Varela into a fine save before he was denied on the volley by the Benfica keeper.

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

41′ Halstenberg is caught offside.

40′ Schmitz is penalised for a foul on Carrillo.

37′ The corner comes to nothing.

37′ Chance!! Burke surges forward and beats Grimaldo before firing an effort that Varela does brilliantly to smother away, the loose ball ricochets off Dias and falls to the Scottish striker again but his volley is terrifically smothered behind.

36′ Fejsa is penalised for a flailing arm on Burke.

34′ Cervi wins a freekick after a foul from Kaiser.

28′ Chance!! Bruma finds Palacios with a fine chipped-pass but the striker’s shot is tame and Varela makes a comfortable stop.

27′ Jiménez is caught offside.

22′ Bruma is caught offside.

20′ Silva wins a freekick.

20′ Goal!! Halstenberg surges forward and exchanges passes with Palacios before firing home into the roof of the net.

14′ Carrillo wins a freekick.

13′ Chrien is penalised for a foul.

12′ Grimaldo fires the freekick just wide.

11′ Cervi wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Compper.

9′ Burke wins a freekick after a foul from Fejsa.

2′ The corner is cleared.

1′ Halstenberg fires an effort from-range that deflects over the bar.

0′ RB Leipzig get the game underway.

Team news:

RB Leipzig: Yvon Mvogo (GK), Marcel Halstenberg, Ibrahima Konaté, Marvin Compper, Benno Schmitz, Bruma, Dominik Kaiser, Konrad Laimer, Elias Abouchabaka, Federico Palacios, Oliver Burke

S.L. Benfica: Bruno Varela (GK), Álex Grimaldo, Rúben Dias, Lisandro López, Pedro Pereira, Franco Cervi, Martin Chrien, Ljubomir Fejsa, André Carrillo, Raúl Jiménez, Rafa Silva


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