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Benfica squad reduced by Internationals - 12 November 2007

Cristian Rodriguez and Maxi Pereira have already left to Uruguay to represent their national side that will be playing Chile and Brazil.

Freddy Adu will join the United States squad for a friendly in South Africa, whilst Katsouranis will travel to Greece for games against Malta at home, and Hungary away. Greece have already qualified and will be defending their title at the Euro 2008 Championships in Austria and Switzerland.

Binya has been called by German manager Otto Pfister to be observed for his place in the Cameroon team which will take place in Nuremberg in Germany.

Quim and Nuno Gomes are the two players representing Benfica in the «selecção», who have crucial home matches against Amernia in Porto, and Finland in Leiria. Portugal will qualify if they win the last two matches of the group, although Serbia and Finland will definately want to have a say.

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Cardozo to remain in Lisbon - 11 November 2007

Óscar Cardozo will not be travelling to South America to face Ecuador or Chile to help Paraguay in their World Cup qualification group.

The striker will be sidelined for at least 10 days but should be back in time to travel to Coimbra for the Liga BWIN game against Académica. Cardozo was subject to a late challenge from Ricardo Silva and twisted his ankle.

He scored the opener against Boavista to mark his 5th goal for Benfica in all competitions.

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Report: SL Benfica 6 - 1 Boavista FC - 11 November 2007

Benfica ran ragged on ten men Boavista as Nuno Gomes grabbed a brace against his former club. Boavista's sole goal came from Jorge Ribeiro but became a consolation after the home side turned on the style for a one-sided goals galore. - Click here to watch goal highlights

Without having lost a single match in the Liga since Braga last year, Benfica aimed for the fourth consecutive domestic victory to propel them into a one year unbeaten run. It was the Lisbon side who got the best of the game early on with a few half chances coming by.

When it looked like Boavista were settling in, Cardozo scored his fourth goal in the competition as he toe poked a Rui Costa pass from 5 yards. Nuno Gomes and Rui Costa played a lovely one-two to break the defence and set up the Paraguayan.

The Porto side were looking to balance the game and started creating chances for themselves, although most of them from far range without testing Quim. Luís Filipe nearly gifted the visitors a goal after a nervous piece of clearance which rebounded off himself near the touchline and provided Boavista with an attack behind the defense. Fary then got clear in the far post and could have headered on goal but opted to put it back in the heart of the area but it favoured Benfica as it came to nothing.

Benfica were building on their scoreline patiently and began the second half in the same way. Nuno Gomes had a diving effort from a Maxi Pereira cross which should have been on target. Léo then made an ambitious run from the halfway line and nearly got his shot away in the opposition's area which was blocked by a defender.

A second yellow card to Zé Kalanga on the 54th minute followed with a red to take the «checkered» team down to ten men. With numeric advantage Benfica were feeling more than comfortable, it was not to be as an audacious run from Matheus left all the players behind as he cut back a pass across the area for J. Ribeiro to equalize. The Boavista man capitalized on the counter attack as he placed his shot into the top right corner to leave Camacho and his men bewildered.

The home fans were looking for an instant reaction and pushed the team on to be back on winning terms. Five goals for the home side in 30 minutes was not on the menu, but it was exactly what Boavista were about to taste.

Maxi Pereira initiated the massacre which was about to follow by striking the ball low into the left corner. It was his Uruguayan colleague who made it three by placing a header into the top corner after the ball rebounded off the keeper when Rui Costa tried to slot it in. The «maestro» was playing an important role in the team as his killer passes cut through Boavista like a hot knife on butter.

The visitors could have reduced the deficit but Laiomel's effort hit the post and ricocheted straight back to Quim's hand, a warning shot to show that they were still disputing the game.

Di María had been on for ten minutes now to provide acceleration in attack and to take advantage of a tired Boavista. The young Argentine extended the lead with an angled shot which beat the keeper and deflected home by Ricardo Silva to go down as an own goal. Five minutes later Nuno Gomes was brought down in the area and converted the penalty himself to make it 5-1. The Portuguese striker doubled his tally on the 90th minute when Rodriguez saw him call for the ball. The cross was inch perfect for the «number 21» to apply an acrobatic finish from close range.

As if Boavista weren't feeling demolished already, Bergessio missed a last minute penalty when Jehle took out Rodriguez in the area. Nuno Gomes could have had his hat-trick but sportingly let his team mate boost his morale with a much needed goal. It was not to be as Jehle saved not only a poor taken penalty, but Boavista from further humiliation.

This emphatic win got even better as Porto lost two points in Estrela de Amadora when the home side came back from 0-2 down. Lisbon rivals Sporting also stumbled as they suffered a heavy defeat in Braga.

Date: 11th November 2007 18:00 GMT
Venue: Estádio da Luz, Lisboa
Referee: Paulo Paraty (PORTO)
Assistant Referees: Alexandre Freitas, Serafim Nogueira and Marco Ferreira
Attendance: 35,379

BENFICA - Quim; Léo, Luisão, Katsouranis and Luís Filipe; Binya, Maxi Pereira (Di Maria 68'), Rui Costa (Romeu Ribeiro 86') and Cristian Rodriguez; Nuno Gomes and Cardozo (Bergessio 77')

BOAVISTA - Jehle; Rissut, Ricardo Silva, Marcelão and Bruno Pinheiro; Fleurival, Diakité and Jorge Ribeiro (Laionel 75'); Zé Kalanga, Fary (Edgar 62') and Mateus (Bangoura 80')

Goals: 1-0, Cardozo (18'); 1-1, J. Ribeiro (58'); 2-1, Maxi Pereira (62'); 3-1, Cristian Rodriguez (66'); 4-1, Ricardo Silva o.g.(79'); 5-1, Nuno Gomes pen. (85'); 6-1, Nuno Gomes (89')
Disciplinary action: Yellow card to Zé Kalanga (24' + 54'), Léo (48'), Marcelão (84') and Jehle (90'). Red card to Zé Kalanga (55')

Highlights: - SL Benfica 6 - 1 Boavista FC

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LF Vieira dismisses any takeover bid - 11 November 2007

Luis Filipe Vieira was talking to Radio TSF and explained that Benfica is not in the market to be bought and that the rumours about the value of the club are untrue.

"As long as I'm in Benfica Joe Berardo will fail along with any other Berardos. Every one will fail. Whoever is hungry to buy Benfica will not be able to."

The Benfica president also explained that the club is valued at approximately €220m and not the €300m people think.

"Curiously there are many that out there that believe the club's value is €300m. It's a lie. Benfica has a bank value of €120m. €100m are in suppliers, the stadium and the construction company Somague. The rest of the €80m Benfica isn't liable for."

With the transfer window closing in, Vieira might inject some money in Camacho's way for the Spaniard to get a quality player that will make a difference in the team.

"The first time Camacho was here Benfica could have signed Ronaldinho for ten million euros and that scared me a bit, because I know how Simão's transfer turned at that time, with a serious injury straightaway in Boavista..."

"If Benfica can find another Ronaldinho we now certainly have the financial capacity we need to make the acquisition."

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Camacho wants 4th consecutive victory - 10 November 2007

Camacho has told his players to show motivation against Boavista on Sunday and achieve another victory to continue and tackle the first place in the Liga BWIN.

"It all depends on the mentality. If we show that we are motivated to get our fourth consecutive victory in the Liga, Boavista will have many problems. Otherwise it will be us with difficulties."

"Scoring a goal is taking the moment of the opportunity. We haven't had much luck in that area and we should have already scored seven, eight or even ten extra goals. The ball is very stubborn, when it wants to go in, it will, but when it doesn't..."

The manager also criticised the media on focusing too much on Binya's challenge on Scott Brown.

"Binya has had many critics because he isn't a famous player. We all agree that it was an ugly tackle, but I have seen similar challenges in the Champions League with other players and they haven't covered them in the same way."

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SL Benfica x Boavista FC Squad List - 10 November 2007

José Antonio Camacho has made some changes in respective to the squad that travelled to Glasgow. Miguelito comes out due to an injury and Zoro by option, whilst u-19 International Romeu Ribeiro earns a recall in the list since the Celtic game at home on the 23rd October.

Benfica will entertain Boavista tomorrow at 18:00 GMT. The last fixture between these two teams at the Luz ended in a draw with Benfica wasting numerous opportunities.

The 18 players called up are:

Goalkeepers: Quim and Butt
Defenders: Luís Filipe, Léo, Luisão and Edcarlos
Midfielders: Bynia, Katsouranis, Romeu Ribeiro, Maxi Pereira, Rui Costa, Cristian Rodriguez, Nuno Assis, Freddy Adu and Di María
Forwards: Cardozo, Nuno Gomes and Bergessio

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Algerian player trains with Benfica - 10 November 2007

Nasreddine El-Bahari, an ex-forward from NRB Béthioua, has been attending Benfica's Seixal camp for the past week. He integrated training sessions with the youth team and played against Camacho's main eleven.

El-Bahari is 21 years old and 1,85m in height. The Algerian could make a potential transfer to the Portuguese side if the Spanish manager feels he has the quality he needs. Although it is yet unknown if the player is already undergoing a medical.

Binya is an example of a player who made a successful move from the Algerian league to the Liga BWIN.

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Cardozo called up for Paraguay - 10 November 2007

Striker Óscar Cardozo will travel to South America to join the Paraguayan squad, for qualifying matches against Ecuador and Chile for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The games are set to be played in November on the 17th (home) and 20th (away) respectively.

Paraguay are third placed with two games played having won and drawn a piece alongside Brazil. Argentina top the group with 6 points in the South American table.

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Quim and Nuno Gomes make Portugal squad - 09 November 2007

Luiz Felipe Scolari announced his latest list yesterday and included Quim and Nuno Gomes in the Portugal squad.

Portugal will be facing Armenia and Finland on the 17th and 21st of November respectively. Both games will be played at home and that may be a crucial factor as the «Selecção» stand on second place in Group A, one point behind Poland. Two wins will see Portugal qualified for the Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

Ex-Benfica players Simão and Manuel Fernandes also earn a call up to defend the colours of their National team. The latter had been out of action for Portugal for over 2 years, but Scolari opted to call the now Valencia player as he has similar attributes to Petit, who did not make it as he has not yet recovered from his injury.

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Nuno Gomes wants gap minimized - 09 November 2007

Nuno Gomes is convinced his side can come out with a victory on Sunday after closing the gap on the leaders during the last «jornada». The ex-Boavista player knows they are hard opponents but with the fans backing the team he sees no reason why Benfica can't win.

"We want to win so we can continue chasing FC Porto. It's going to be hard because Boavista isn't just another team."

"We are convinced we can beat them when we are at our level. Either easily or difficultly, with the fans backing the team at the stadium there is no reason why we shouldn't win this game."

Nuno Gomes took the chance to defend teammate Binya following a late challenge on Brown during the Celtic match, in which the Cameroon player was sent off late in the game.

"They are making Binya as an assassin. He has already showed his regret and there is no doubt it will not be happening again. It was an ugly tackle, but those challenges occur unfortunately."

"He has a great will to win, those are the types of players Benfica needs."

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