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  • Date:17 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:18:00
  • Venue:Estadio da Luz
  • Attendance:40,000
  • Cardozo (69)
    Jara (80)
  • Harnik (20)
Goal!

Live Commentary

94mins

Victorio Maxi Pereira concedes a free kick for a foul on Jeronimo Baretto Cacau. Booking for Victorio Maxi Pereira for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Falcao Elson.

94mins

Centre by Jorge Carlos Martins, Francisco Javi Garcia takes a shot. Sven Ulreich makes a save.

93mins

Effort on goal by Oscar Cardozo from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

91mins

Nicolas Gaitan sends in a cross, Francisco Javi Garcia takes a shot. Save made by Sven Ulreich. Effort on goal by Jacomo Felipe Menezes from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

90mins

Christian Trasch delivers the ball.

88mins

Corner taken by Jorge Carlos Martins from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Martin Harnik.

87mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Trasch by Francisco Javi Garcia. Booking for Francisco Javi Garcia. Free kick taken by Christian Trasch.

86mins

Nicolas Gaitan produces a cross, Franco Jara has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar. Jacomo Felipe Menezes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Franco Jara.

86mins

Handball by Franco Jara. Christian Trasch restarts play with the free kick.

85mins

Foul by Anderson Luisao on Shinji Okazaki, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Christian Trasch.

84mins

Inswinging corner taken by Falcao Elson from the right by-line.

81mins

Franco Jara scores a goal from 35 yards. Benfica 2-1 VfB Stuttgart.

78mins

Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Anderson Luisao misses to the right of the target.

77mins

Franco Jara fouled by Martin Harnik, the ref awards a free kick. Jorge Carlos Martins restarts play with the free kick.

76mins

Georg Niedermaier comes on in place of Zdravko Kuzmanovic.

74mins

Junior Alan Kardec is brought on as a substitute for Eduardo Salvio. Jorge Carlos Martins joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pablo Aimar.

70mins

Oscar Cardozo fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Benfica 1-1 VfB Stuttgart.Assist on the goal came from Pablo Aimar.

69mins

Jeronimo Baretto Cacau concedes a free kick for a foul on Rechel Sidnei. Alexandre Fabio Coentrao restarts play with the free kick.

66mins

Victorio Maxi Pereira crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Francisco Javi Garcia misses to the left of the goal.

66mins

Victorio Maxi Pereira crosses the ball, Mathieu Delpierre makes a clearance.

65mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Falcao Elson.

64mins

Cristian Molinaro concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Gaitan. Nicolas Gaitan takes the direct free kick.

63mins

Falcao Elson is brought on as a substitute for Tamas Hajnal.

62mins

Shot from just outside the box by Jeronimo Baretto Cacau misses to the right of the target.

61mins

Nicolas Gaitan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shinji Okazaki. Cristian Molinaro restarts play with the free kick.

61mins

Nicolas Gaitan decides to take the corner short.

60mins

Corner taken right-footed by Pablo Aimar, save by Sven Ulreich. Nicolas Gaitan takes a shot. Sven Ulreich makes a save.

60mins

Pablo Aimar takes a shot. Save made by Sven Ulreich.

58mins

Mathieu Delpierre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Gaitan. Booking for Mathieu Delpierre for unsporting behaviour. Pablo Aimar fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Sven Ulreich.

57mins

Franco Jara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shinji Okazaki. Cristian Molinaro takes the free kick.

55mins

Handball decision goes against Franco Jara. Cristian Molinaro takes the direct free kick.

53mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Oscar Cardozo on Christian Trasch. Direct free kick taken by Tamas Hajnal.

53mins

Effort on goal by Franco Jara from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target. Corner taken left-footed by Pablo Aimar, Martin Harnik manages to make a clearance.

52mins

Alexandre Fabio Coentrao takes a shot. Sven Ulreich makes a save. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Pablo Aimar, clearance by Zdravko Kuzmanovic.

51mins

The ball is sent over by Nicolas Gaitan.

50mins

Christian Trasch crosses the ball.

48mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Zdravko Kuzmanovic on Pablo Aimar. Shot on goal comes in from Francisco Javi Garcia from the free kick.

48mins

Foul by Cristian Molinaro on Franco Jara, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Oscar Cardozo.

47mins

Eduardo Salvio takes a shot. Blocked by Khalid Boulahrouz. Outswinging corner taken by Nicolas Gaitan from the right by-line.

47mins

Corner taken by Pablo Aimar played to the near post.

47mins

Corner taken left-footed by Nicolas Gaitan, save made by Sven Ulreich.

46mins

The ball is delivered by Nicolas Gaitan, clearance by Mathieu Delpierre.

46mins

Unfair challenge on Franco Jara by Serdar Tasci results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Oscar Cardozo from the free kick.

42mins

Alexandre Fabio Coentrao goes into the book.

42mins

Francisco Javi Garcia concedes a free kick for a foul on Shinji Okazaki. Zdravko Kuzmanovic takes the free kick.

40mins

Foul by Eduardo Salvio on Shinji Okazaki, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Cristian Molinaro. Martin Harnik is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Anderson Luisao takes the indirect free kick. Eduardo Salvio concedes a free kick for a foul on Shinji Okazaki. Shinji Okazaki takes the direct free kick.

39mins

Shinji Okazaki challenges Eduardo Salvio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Aimar.

38mins

Pablo Aimar takes a shot. Blocked by Serdar Tasci.

37mins

Zdravko Kuzmanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Gaitan. Nicolas Gaitan restarts play with the free kick.

36mins

Francisco Javi Garcia takes a shot. Comfortable save by Sven Ulreich.

36mins

Corner from right by-line taken by Tamas Hajnal.

33mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Trasch by Francisco Javi Garcia. Tamas Hajnal restarts play with the free kick.

32mins

Effort on goal by Christian Trasch from long distance goes over the crossbar.

32mins

The ball is swung over by Eduardo Salvio.

30mins

Franco Jara concedes a free kick for a foul on Tamas Hajnal. Christian Trasch takes the free kick.

29mins

Francisco Javi Garcia challenges Tamas Hajnal unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tamas Hajnal takes the direct free kick.

26mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Harnik on Nicolas Gaitan. The referee shows Martin Harnik a yellow card. Centre by Pablo Aimar, Francisco Javi Garcia has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

25mins

Corner taken by Pablo Aimar.

25mins

A cross is delivered by Nicolas Gaitan, clearance by Khalid Boulahrouz.

21mins

Martin Harnik gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Benfica 0-1 VfB Stuttgart.Tamas Hajnal provided the assist for the goal. Free kick awarded for a foul by Tamas Hajnal on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao. Alexandre Fabio Coentrao takes the free kick.

20mins

Shinji Okazaki challenges Eduardo Salvio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Pablo Aimar crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Khalid Boulahrouz manages to make a clearance.

16mins

Foul by Victorio Maxi Pereira on Cristian Molinaro, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Cristian Molinaro.

15mins

Shinji Okazaki takes a shot. Save by Jimenez Roberto.

14mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oscar Cardozo by Serdar Tasci. Serdar Tasci receives a yellow card. Shot on goal comes in from Oscar Cardozo from the free kick.

13mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Pablo Aimar, save by Sven Ulreich.

12mins

Foul by Cristian Molinaro on Eduardo Salvio, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Pablo Aimar from right channel, Zdravko Kuzmanovic manages to make a clearance.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tamas Hajnal by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao. Khalid Boulahrouz takes the direct free kick. Oscar Cardozo challenges Serdar Tasci unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mathieu Delpierre.

7mins

The ball is sent over by Cristian Molinaro, Eduardo Salvio gets a block in. Corner taken by Tamas Hajnal.

6mins

Victorio Maxi Pereira gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shinji Okazaki. Free kick taken by Cristian Molinaro.

5mins

Corner taken left-footed by Nicolas Gaitan to the near post, Eduardo Salvio takes a shot. Mathieu Delpierre gets a block in.

5mins

The ball is swung over by Eduardo Salvio, blocked by Khalid Boulahrouz.

3mins

The ball is crossed by Martin Harnik.

3mins

Centre by Martin Harnik, clearance made by Anderson Luisao.

3mins

Eduardo Salvio challenges Cristian Molinaro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cristian Molinaro takes the free kick.

3mins

The ball is crossed by Eduardo Salvio, Zdravko Kuzmanovic makes a clearance.

2mins

Unfair challenge on Nicolas Gaitan by Khalid Boulahrouz results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Pablo Aimar.

Match Preview

Stuttgart coach claims underdog label Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia claims his side are firm underdogs going into the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash with Benfica. Labbadia's side are languishing in the relegation zone in the domestic Bundesliga, ahead of only Borussia Monchengladbach and four points adrift of safety. Europe provides a welcome respite from those struggles, but the coach was quick to play down his side's chances against the team currently second in Portugal's Liga. "We're facing a top team, which is peppered with top stars and internationals, such as Luisao and Pablo Aimar, who are currently in very good form," Labbadia told his club's website. "They have several strong, dynamic players within their ranks and they are clear favourites in my opinion. "We are the underdogs. We will need to be compact and patiently wait for our chance. "Benfica will look to put the pressure on right from the start, but it's nice for us to be playing in Europe. The team have worked long and hard to achieve that." They will make the journey to Lisbon without Russia striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, who suffered a broken rib in training this morning and will also miss Sunday's Bundesliga trip to Bayer Leverkusen. They hope to have new signing Shinji Okazaki available, with sporting director Fredi Bobic saying: "We hope to have him cleared to play by Thursday. It's up to FIFA now and we are trying to force a quick decision. "We did everything correctly and above board but, for some unknown reason, his former club Shimizu S-Pulse have denied his clearance." Benfica are without Javier Saviola, who is serving a suspension, while Ruben Amorim has a knee injury and both Cesar Peixoto and Ruben Amorim are sidelined by thigh problems. One positive for Labbadia is Benfica coach Jorge Jesus' career record against German teams, which includes just one win and five defeats from seven games.

Formation:4312Manager: Jorge Jesus

Benfica

Formation: 442Manager: Bruno Labbadia

VfB Stuttgart

  • Jimenez Roberto
  • Victorio Maxi Pereira
  • Anderson Luisao
  • Rechel Sidnei
  • Alexandre Fabio Coentrao
  • Eduardo Salvio
  • Francisco Javi Garcia
  • Nicolas Gaitan
  • Pablo Aimar
  • Franco Jara
  • Oscar Cardozo
  • SUBS
  • Jose Moreira
  • Santos Airton
  • Jacomo Felipe Menezes
  • Jorge Carlos Martins
  • Miguel Nuno Gomes
  • Junior Alan Kardec
  • Vieira Jardel

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Match Report

Quick goals put Benfica on top Benfica scored twice in the final 20 minutes to overturn an early deficit against Stuttgart and earn a narrow 2-1 lead to take to Germany for the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie. Stuttgart, putting aside their domestic worries where they are stuck in the bottom two of the Bundesliga and four points adrift of safety, looked on course for a possible upset when they took the lead in the 21st minute through a fine goal from Martin Harnik. However, Benfica, who had won 10 successive league and cup games prior to this match, stormed back in the second half and Oscar Cardozo drew the hosts level in the 70th minute before Franco Jara added a second nine minutes from time. Both sides went close to scoring in the closing stages, but the match finished 2-1 to leave the tie is evenly poised for the second leg. Stuttgart started well and Shinji Okazaki brought a diving save out of Roberto Jimenez early on before the German side took the lead through Harnik, who raced onto a lofted through-ball from Tamas Hajnal, took one touch to control before lifting a perfect lob over the stranded Roberto. Benfica felt they should have got a penalty just before the break when Fabio Coentrao appeared to be brought down by Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, but all Coentrao got was a yellow card for diving. Aside from that incident, Benfica created little to concern Ulreich before the break - but it was a completely different story in the second half. Ulreich was called on to produce vital saves from Coentrao, Pablo Aimar (twice) and Nicolas Gaitan in quick succession as Benfica started to turn the screw. It was no real surprise therefore when the home side got back on level terms midway through the second half. A Gaitan cross into the box ended up falling perfectly for Cordozo, who fired a first-time shot past Ulreich from the just inside the area. Benfica then got their noses in front 11 minutes later through Jara. Jara's 25-yard shot took a significant deflection that saw it loop over Ulreich, and although the visiting goalkeeper managed to tip the ball onto the underside of the crossbar, it bounced down over the line before Cardozo smashed the ball in just to be sure. That was no more than Benfica deserved, but they almost lost their advantage moments later when Stuttgart hit the foot of the post through Christian Trasch's 25-yard free-kick. Having survived that scare, Benfica laid siege to the Stuttgart goal in the final minutes and Alan Kardec, Felipe Menezes, Javi Garcia (twice) and Cardozo all went close without being able to get the ball into the net.

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