S.L. Benfica vs Manchester United F.C.

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UEFA Champions League

Group A

October 18th

Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Da Luz), Lisboa, Portugal

0-1

64′ Rashford

90’+1′ Luisão Sent off


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FT: The result means that Manchester United remain at the top of Group A but now move onto nine points, while Benfica remain at the bottom of the group and still without a point.


FT: Manchester United created some good chances and went close when Rashford tested Svilar with a strike on the volley from-range before a teasing delivery from Rashford was punched over the bar by Svilar. United then took the lead when Svilar was caught-out from a Rashford freekick and carried the set-piece into the net before substitute Martial drew a good save from Svilar at his near-post.


FT: Benfica didn’t create many chances but went close when Dias volleyed over the bar from a corner by substitute Cervi before captain Luisão received a second a yellow card and his marching-orders for a late foul on McTominay.


FT So Manchester United defeat Benfica to maintain their three point lead at the top of Group A.


90’+5′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.


90’+4′ Lingard is booked for a cynical foul on Cervi.


90’+3′ Lukaku’s freekick hits the wall.


90’+1′ Dismissal!! Luisão receives a second yellow card for a late challenge on McTominay.


90′ Final Manchester United change sees Scott McTominay replace Mkhitaryan.


90′ There will be four additional minutes.


89′ The delivery is cleared to Živković, who volleys the ball harmlessly wide.


88′ Cervi wins a corner.


86′ The corner is cleared.


85′ Benfica win a corner.


83′ Chance!! Cervi’s delivery is met by Dias, who volleys the ball over the bar.


82′ Cervi wins a corner.


82′ Final Benfica change sees Franco Cervi replace Salvio.


82′ Second Manchester United change sees Jesse Lingard replace Mata.


79′ The delivery is cleared.


78′ Close!! Martial gets the better of Douglas before drawing a good save from Svilar at his near-post.


77′ The delivery is cleared.


77′ Jonas wins a corner after his effort is blocked behind.


76′ The delivery is cleared.


76′ Dias concedes a corner.


75′ First Manchester United change sees Rashford replaced by Martial.


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


69′ Jiménez wins a freekick.


68′ Second Benfica change sees Gonçalves replaced by Jonas.


64′ Goal!! Rashford’s delivery catches Svilar off-guard, who carries the ball into the net.


63′ Mkhitaryan wins a freekick.


62′ Douglas wins a freekick after a foul from Rashford.


60′ The delivery is cleared.


60′ Close!! The delivery is punched behind by Svilar.


60′ Fejsa concedes a corner.


59′ Rashford’s delivery is punched clear by Svilar.


59′ Douglas concedes a corner.


58′ First Benfica change sees Andrija Živković replace Pizzi.


57′ Matić fires an effort over the bar from-range.


57′ Mata wins a freekick after a foul from Augusto.


55′ Grimaldo wins a freekick after a foul from Lukaku.


54′ Salvio wins a freekick after a foul from Blind.


53′ Gonçalves is booked for a cynical foul on Rashford.


52′ Jiménez wins a freekick after a foul from Lindelöf.


51′ Gonçalves wins a freekick after a foul from Valencia.


49′ Close!! Rashford fires an effort on the volley from-range that Svilar saves with ease.


46′ Gonçalves fires an effort wide from-range.


46′ Rashford is caught offside.


45′ Herrera fires an effort wide from-range.


45′ Manchester United get the second-half underway.


HT: So will Benfica make their dominance count or will Manchester United make the hosts rue their missed opportunities? Join us again for the second-half.


HT: Benfica will have to be more clinical in front of goal in the second-half as they won’t want to rue their missed opportunities. Manchester United have to make the most of their chances in the second-half themselves as it won’t be easy to get the better of the Benfica defence. Both sides know the importance of the first goal and will be eager to find it, however neither side will want to be the one to concede it.


HT: Manchester United didn’t create many chances either but went close when a cross from Blind was met by Rashford with a header that cleared the bar before Matić drew a good save from Svilar.


HT:Benfica didn’t created many chances but got into some promising positions and went close when Salvio latched onto Grimaldo’s pull-back to fire wide of the post.


HT: So we’re goalless at the break 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′ Blind is caught offside.


43′ Augusto fires an effort wide from-range.


41′ Mkhitaryan fires an effort wide.


40′ Valencia is booked for a flailing-arm on Jiménez.


37′ Douglas wins a freekick.


37′ The corner is taken short and the hosts deal with the threat.


36′ The delivery is initially cleared before Grimaldo concedes another corner.


36′ Mata wins a corner after his effort is blocked behind.


35′ Close!! Matić surges forward before firing an effort at-goal that Svilar smothers away.


34′ Mata’s delivery is cleared.


34′ Grimaldo concedes a corner.


31′ Chance!! Rashford heads a Blind cross over the bar.


29′ Jiménez fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.


28′ Blind is caught offside.


25′ Rashford is caught offside.


23′ Matić wins a freekick after a foul from Jiménez.


20′ Jiménez is penalised for a foul on Smalling.


18′ Lukaku is caught offside.


17′ Pizzi’s delivery is cleared.


16′ Augusto wins a freekick in a good position.


15′ The referee spots an infringement.


15′ Fejsa concedes a corner.


14′ Chance!! Grimaldo pulls the ball back to Salvio, who fires wide the ball wide first-time.


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


11′ Play resumes.


11′ Slight delay in the match as Dias is receiving treatment for an injury.


10′ The delivery is cleared by Smalling.


10′ The delivery is initially cleared before Mkhitaryan concedes another corner.


9′ Herrera concedes a corner.


8′ Mkhitaryan wins a freekick.


7′ Mata is caught offside.


5′ Gonçalves wins a freekick.


4′ Luisão is booked for a flailing-arm on Mkhitaryan.


0′ Benfica get the game underway.


Team news:

S.L. Benfica: Mile Svilar (GK), Álex Grimaldo, Rúben Dias, Luisão, Douglas, Filipe Augusto, Ljubomir Fejsa, Pizzi, Diogo Gonçalves, Eduardo Salvio, Raúl Jiménez

Manchester United F.C.: David De Gea (GK), Daley Blind, Victor Lindelöf, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matić, Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku

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