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Goal scored by Javier Saviola from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Benfica 4-1 PSV.Victorio Maxi Pereira provided the assist for the goal.
The offside flag is raised against Balazs Dzsudzsak. Jimenez Roberto takes the free kick.
Oscar Cardozo goes off and Jacomo Felipe Menezes comes on.
Stanislav Manolev concedes a free kick for a foul on Franco Jara. Free kick taken by Vieira Jardel.
Eduardo Salvio is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Stijn Wuytens.
The offside flag is raised against Jeremain Lens. Direct free kick taken by Victorio Maxi Pereira.
Francisco Javi Garcia concedes a free kick for a foul on Otman Bakkal. Francisco Javi Garcia receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Antonio Marcelo.
Paulo Cesar Peixoto takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
Francisco Javi Garcia takes a shot. Andreas Isaksson makes a save.
The official flags Jeremain Lens offside. Jimenez Roberto takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Orlando Engelaar, save made by Jimenez Roberto. Zakaria Labyad finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Benfica 3-1 PSV.
Franco Jara replaces Nicolas Gaitan. Paulo Cesar Peixoto joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pablo Aimar. (PSV) makes a substitution, with Zakaria Labyad coming on for Marcus Berg.
Unfair challenge on Francisco Javi Garcia by Otman Bakkal results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Francisco Javi Garcia.
Erik Pieters goes off and Stijn Wuytens comes on.
Erik Pieters challenges Victorio Maxi Pereira unfairly and gives away a free kick. Erik Pieters is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Oscar Cardozo.
Shot from 18 yards by Oscar Cardozo. Save by Andreas Isaksson. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Pablo Aimar, save by Andreas Isaksson. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Pablo Aimar, Stanislav Manolev manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Erik Pieters, Marcus Berg takes a shot. Jimenez Roberto makes a save. Effort on goal by Jeremain Lens from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Pablo Aimar decides to take the corner short, Centre by Nicolas Gaitan.
Eduardo Salvio produces a cross, Javier Saviola takes a shot. Blocked by Stanislav Manolev.
Short corner taken by Nicolas Gaitan.
Marcus Berg is ruled offside. Jimenez Roberto takes the free kick.
Javier Saviola produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Vieira Jardel concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Berg. Antonio Marcelo restarts play with the free kick.
Nicolas Gaitan crosses the ball.
Short corner taken by Pablo Aimar from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Aimar by Atiba Hutchinson. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Pablo Aimar, Stanislav Manolev manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Francisco Javi Garcia by Orlando Engelaar results in a free kick. Orlando Engelaar receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Francisco Javi Garcia takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Oscar Cardozo on Erik Pieters. Orlando Engelaar restarts play with the free kick.
Otman Bakkal takes a shot. Save made by Jimenez Roberto.
Erik Pieters fouled by Eduardo Salvio, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Erik Pieters.
Eduardo Salvio finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Benfica 3-0 PSV.Assist by Victorio Maxi Pereira.
Javier Saviola takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Centre by Nicolas Gaitan, Oscar Cardozo produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Nicolas Gaitan concedes a free kick for a foul on Balazs Dzsudzsak. Balazs Dzsudzsak takes the free kick.
Anderson Luisao concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Berg. Erik Pieters takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao, Eduardo Salvio grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Benfica 2-0 PSV.Alexandre Fabio Coentrao provided the assist for the goal.
Marcus Berg is ruled offside. Anderson Luisao takes the free kick.
Eduardo Salvio takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Foul by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao on Stanislav Manolev, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Antonio Marcelo.
Unfair challenge on Pablo Aimar by Stanislav Manolev results in a free kick. Francisco Javi Garcia restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Nicolas Gaitan, A goal is scored by Pablo Aimar from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Benfica 1-0 PSV.Assist on the goal came from Nicolas Gaitan.
Corner taken by Pablo Aimar from the right by-line, Javier Saviola takes a shot. Clearance by Antonio Marcelo.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Oscar Cardozo. Free kick taken by Andreas Isaksson.
Javier Saviola has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Oscar Cardozo takes a shot. Save by Andreas Isaksson. Corner taken right-footed by Pablo Aimar.
Oscar Cardozo has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
Balazs Dzsudzsak sends in a cross.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Javier Saviola. Free kick taken by Erik Pieters.
Balazs Dzsudzsak is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Anderson Luisao restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken short by Nicolas Gaitan. Balazs Dzsudzsak is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Francisco Javi Garcia.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao by Jeremain Lens. Alexandre Fabio Coentrao restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Balazs Dzsudzsak, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Marcus Berg misses to the left of the goal.
Anderson Luisao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Atiba Hutchinson. Free kick taken by Atiba Hutchinson.
Orlando Engelaar takes a shot. Jimenez Roberto makes a save.
Erik Pieters concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Saviola. Pablo Aimar takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Victorio Maxi Pereira, Effort from inside the area by Javier Saviola misses to the right of the goal.
Marcus Berg is ruled offside. Vieira Jardel takes the indirect free kick.
Centre by Nicolas Gaitan.
Javier Saviola delivers the ball.
Javier Saviola produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area and strikes the post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Francisco Javi Garcia on Atiba Hutchinson. Atiba Hutchinson restarts play with the free kick.
Victorio Maxi Pereira takes a shot.
Unfair challenge on Javier Saviola by Antonio Marcelo results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Pablo Aimar.
Balazs Dzsudzsak takes the inswinging corner, save by Jimenez Roberto.
Luisao switches focus to PSV
Defender Luisao insists Benfica have already put the disappointment of their home defeat to Porto out of their minds as they prepare for the Europa League quarter-final first leg against PSV Eindhoven.
The Dragons clinched the Portuguese Liga title with a 2-1 over their arch-rivals in the `classico' in Lisbon on Sunday as they extended their unbeaten run to 25 games.
However, Benfica are still very much in the hunt for European glory, with Braga and Porto also looking to make it through to the semi-finals.
And Luisao insists his side's focus has already shifted to their encounter against PSV.
The Brazilian said: "One thing that has to remain very clear is that the last game is part of the past now.
"It wasn't the result we wanted, but we are already working towards the next game now."
"Benfica fans are loyal and we count on them to help us against PSV.
"I hope they fill the stadium and support the team by giving their best. They can rest assured that we are working hard to send them home happy.
Luisao added: "The squad have their heads held high and we are aware of the task at hand in this first leg. The whole squad will give their maximum on Thursday."
Benfica and PSV have plenty of European pedigree, having met in the 1988 European Cup final, where the Dutch side won a penalty shoot-out in Stuttgart.
PSV are enjoying a good campaign both at home and in Europe, despite dropping two points behind Eredivisie leaders FC Twente following defeat to their title rivals last time out.
Fred Rutten's men impressed as they knocked Scottish side Rangers out in the last 16, and he has included youngsters Dries Wuyts and Stefano Marzo in the squad which left for Lisbon.
Assistant boss Erik ten Hag took in the Benfica versus Porto game and knows the encounter will be no easy ride.
He said: "They are a typical southern European team, with plenty of Brazilian influences, but play at a much faster pace.
"They are very functional with what they do with the ball, switching it quickly between the lines."
Four-star Benfica too good for PSV
Javier Saviola rounded off a fine night for Benfica with an injury-time strike as the Portuguese giants claimed a 4-1 first leg advantage over PSV Eindhoven in their Europa League quarter-final first leg.
Saviola smashed the ball into the roof of the net in a potentially-decisive finish to the match after PSV looked to have clawed their way back into contention with an 80th-minute goal from Zakaria Labyad.
Until Labyad gave PSV hope 10 minutes from time, Benfica largely dominated with Eduardo Salvio's two strikes either side of half-time adding to Pablo Aimar's opener seven minutes before the break.
Benfica should have been ahead after seven minutes when Saviola hit the post, and the same player came agonisingly close with a neat lob over PSV keeper Andreas Isaksson minutes later.
PSV came close when Balazs Dzsudzsak sent in a superb cross from the left flank and Marcus Berg got in above the static Benfica defence but could only head the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.
Aimar swept Benfica ahead when he struck a shot through Andreas Isaksson's legs and the home side added their second just before the break when Salvio scored after superb work from Fabio Coentrao.
It took only seven minutes of the second half for Salvio to grab his second, when he beat two men in the box before firing home. Oscar Cardozo came close as Benfica looked in good shape to move even further in front.
They looked set to pay for their failure to get a fourth when PSV finished strongly and grabbed their away goal when Labyad - who had only been on the pitch for 30 seconds, poked home after a Jeremain Lens effort was parried into his path.
But just when the second leg looked a distinctly healthier option for the Dutchmen they reckoned without Saviola whose brilliant finish leaves his side well in control going into the second leg.
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