Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Da Luz), Lisboa, Portugal
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FT: The result means that Benfica move up to second in the league on three points, behind Porto on goal-difference, while Braga drop to 16th as both sides played their first league game of the season.
FT: The visitors didn’t create many chances but did have the ball in the back of the net twice but both were disallowed due to offside, first Hassan before Horta.
FT: The hosts created some good chances and went close when Pizzi tested Matheus from-range before Salvio made it three, firing home from close-range after Rosić diverted a Cervi cross goal-wards. Seferović then forced Matheus into a fine save before Jonas fired just wide.
FT: So Benfica defeat Braga to get the new league campaign underway with a victory.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90′ Final Benfica change sees Diogo Gonçalves replace Cervi.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
89′ Play resumes.
88′ Slight delay in the match as Vukčević is down with an injury.
82′ Final Braga change sees Xadas replaced by Pedro Neto.
82′ Second Benfica change sees Jonas replaced by Raúl Jiménez.
80′ Chance!! Cervi pulls the ball back to Jonas, who fires the ball just wide of the far-post.
79′ Esgaio is penalised for a foul on Cervi.
75′ First Benfica change sees Filipe Augusto replace Salvio.
72′ Second Braga change sees Danilo replace Fransérgio.
70′ Horta is caught offside.
66′ Silva is penalised for a foul on Jonas.
65′ First Braga change sees Hassan replaced by Paulinho.
64′ The corner comes to nothing.
63′ Close!! Pizzi sends Seferović through with a fine back-heel but the Swiss striker’s powerful effort is palmed behind by Matheus.
62′ Eliseu wins a freekick.
60′ Fransérgio fires an effort just wide from-range.
57′ Goal!! Cervi sends a teasing delivery that Rosić diverts goal-wards with Salvio making sure from a yard out.
54′ Hassan is caught offside.
53′ The corner is eventually dealt with by the visitors.
52′ Seferović wins a corner.
51′ Jonas is booked for dissent.
50′ Cervi wins a freekick after a foul from Esgaio.
49′ Salvio wins a freekick after a foul from Vukčević.
47′ The corner is taken short but eventually comes to nothing.
47′ Cervi wins a corner.
46′ Close!! Pizzi fires an effort at-goal from-range that Matheus does well to hold onto.
45′ Cervi wins a freekick.
45′ Benfica get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Benfica hold onto their lead or will Braga come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: The hosts have created a catalog of chances but their finishing has let them down on a few occasions. The one-goal-margin may not be enough against Braga and they will need to be more clinical in the second-half as they won’t want to rue their missed opportunities. Braga have looked a threat on the break and will be eager to find an equaliser. They will have to make the most of their chances in the second-half themselves but they know they cannot afford to concede another goal as it could be game over.
HT: The visitors created some good chances and went close when Xadas tested Varela from-range, following a corner before Hassan pulled a goal back when he fired home across Varela.
HT: The hosts created some good chances and went close when a Seferović header tested Matheus before the Swiss striker volleyed home. Seferović then forced Matheus into a fine save from a tight-angle before Jonas headed wide from a corner. Jonas then volleyed home after a miscued header from Silva before Fejsa tested Matheus from-range. Salvio then fired just wide after being sent through on-goal by Pizzi.
HT: So Benfica lead at the break
45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45’+1′ The corner comes to nothing.
45′ Benfica win a corner.
45′ There will be one additional minute.
44′ Close!! Pizzi sends Salvio through on-goal but the Argentine fires just wide from a tight-angle.
43′ Goal!! Esgaio surges forward and sends Hassan through on-goal and the Egyptian fires home across Varela.
41′ The delivery is cleared.
41′ Braga win a corner.
39′ Close!! Fejsa fires an effort at-goal from-range that Matheus does well to save.
38′ Eliseu is booked for a foul on Fonte.
36′ Jefferson is booked for a foul on Almeida.
30′ Goal!! A cross-field pass from Pizzi isn’t dealt with by Silva, who miscues his header with the loose ball falling to Jonas, who volleys home.
28′ Fonte is booked for a late challenge on Eliseu.
28′ Salvio volleys an ambitious effort wide from a tight-angle.
26′ Salvio is penalised for a foul on Horta.
25′ Salvio fires an effort over the bar from-range when he had other options.
25′ Close!! The delivery is headed just wide by Jonas.
24′ Close!! Seferović fires an effort from a tight-angle that Matheus palms behind.
24′ Horta is penalised for a foul on Fejsa.
23′ Cervi wins a freekick.
20′ Close!! The corner comes to nothing before Xadas curls an effort at-goal that Varela saves well.
19′ Chance!! A teasing delivery from the left almost finds Fonte, but Eliseu makes a fine last-ditch challenge to clear the danger behind ahead of the striker.
16′ Xadas wins a freekick after a foul from Eliseu.
15′ Salvio wins a freekick after a foul from Jefferson.
15′ Goal!! Jonas sends a terrific delivery into the path of Seferović, who volleys home on the slide.
11′ Chance!! A fine cross from Almeida is met by Seferović with a header but the effort is tame and Matheus makes a comfortable save.
11′ Cervi wins a freekick after a foul from Xadas.
7′ Luisão is penalised for a foul.
4′ Pizzi’s delivery is cleared.
3′ Silva concedes a corner.
3′ Matheus claims a Salvio cross.
2′ Seferović is caught offside.
0′ Braga get the game underway.
S.L. Benfica: Bruno Varela (GK), Eliseu, Jardel, Luisão, André Almeida, Franco Cervi, Ljubomir Fejsa, Pizzi, Eduardo Salvio, Jonas, Haris Seferović
S.C. Braga: Matheus (GK), Jefferson, Lazar Rosić, Raul Silva, Ricardo Esgaio, Fransérgio, Nikola Vukčević, Rui Fonte, Ricardo Horta, Xadas, Ahmed Hassan