|Report: SL Benfica 1 - 0 Toulouse FC - 20 July 2011|
|Official Presentation Friendly | Kick-off 19:45 BST|
1 - 0
Benfica win French side Toulouse by the minimum margin at the club's official players and staff presentation for the 2011/12 football season.
New signing Ezequiel Garay flew to Lisbon in the morning but started the game on the bench as Fábio Faria partnered Javi García at centre-back. Artur continued on goal and Emerson was immediately placed in his left-back position in his debut. Urreta and Nolito also got the go ahead in the starting line-up and Bruno César supported Cardozo just behind the Paraguayan striker.
It was a disappointing turn out at the Luz, with only over 33,000 fans making their way to view the official presentation as each player was individually called out.
French side Toulouse were the invited guests for the 19:45 kick-of and it was Benfica who started the encounter in a positive manner. Nolito had the first shot on target on the 6th minute, saved by the goalkeeper, and Urreta with an effort from the right side moments later, with the same outcome.
The Ligue 1 side had their first real chance 30 minutes into the game. A great ball was whipped in from the right and Artur decided to parry the ball with his right hand. Unfortunately it fell right on the path of a Toulouse player who could not reach quickly enough to finish off the move.
Garay, Enzo, Saviola, Jara, Witsel and Gaitán were all substituted in for the second-half as the game remained goalless.
There was a significant difference in Enzo who was playing with much more confidence and performed well whenever he received the ball.
Gaitán was in charge of free kick's as Cardozo was off and his shot was just off target on the hour of the game. Garay then hit the post 10 minutes later when he met Gaitán corner on the far post. The ex-Real Madrid defender was unlucky not to header the ball on target.
Emerson was consistent throughout the game but it was obvious to see that it was his first game with new colleagues and manager.
Benfica were not giving up and were looking for options through the forwards. Both Jara and Saviola were teeing up nicely but could not break the deadlock.
The only goal of the game came 3 minutes from end and it was the decider of the match. Jardel put Benfica ahead after Gaitán's free kick was played into the box by Saviola, and the defender was at the right place to poke the ball in. Axel Witsel was having his shorts tugged all over the place for the foul he won for Gaitán.
Mora also made an appearance but there was no place for David Simão or Daniel Wass to come on. César Peixoto and Shaffer were not presented and it all dictates that both players' future lie elsewhere.
Benfica host Trabzonspor for the Champions League 3rd round qualifier next week on Wednesday 27th July.
|Possession||Shots (on target)||Corners||Offsides||Fouls||Yellows (reds)|
|56% | 44%||15(7) | 4(0)||5 | 3||5 | 1||17 | 17||0(0) | 0(0)|
Planet Benfica's Key Players: Various
Date: Wednesday 17th July 2011, 20:45 BST PT/UK (21:45 CET)
Venue: Estádio da Luz, Lisboa
Competition: Official Presentation - Friendly
Referee: Hugo Miguel
Assistant Referees: -
Fourth Referee: -
Weather: Partly Cloudy 25°C - Humidity: 47% Wind: NW 25mp/h @ 19:20 BST
TV: Sport TV
BENFICA - Artur (Eduardo 45'); André Almeida (Nuno Coelho 68'), Fábio Faria (Garay 45'), Javi García and Emerson; Matic (Jardel 68'), Urreta (Enzo Pérez 45'), Pablo Aimar (Witsel 45') and Nolito (Gaitán 45'); Bruno César (Jara 45', Mora 79') and Cardozo (Saviola 45')
Subs: Miguel Vítor, Enzo Pérez, Witsel, Gaitán, Saviola, Jara, Júlio César, Jardel, Axel Witsel, Saviola, Daniel Wass, Jardel, Ruben Pinto, Nuno Coelho, David Simão and Mora
Coach: Jorge Jesus
TOULOUSE - Ali Ahamada; Fofana (Akpa-Akpro 80'), Congré (c), Devaux, Bulut (Pentecôte 69'), Tabanou (Paulo Machado 65'), M'Bengue, Firmin (Sirieix 69'), Moussa Sissoko, Abdennour, Braaten
Subs: Akpro, Paulo Machado, Sirieix, Pentecôte
Coach: Alain Casanova
Disciplinary action: None
Highlights: Click here to watch goal
Photos: Click here for photos from the game and presentation
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