|Report: SC Beira-Mar 0 - 1 SL Benfica - 22 October 2011|
Cardozo's sole goal is enough for Benfica to take all 3 points as they temporarily take top spot in the Liga Zon Sagres.
It was a full on start by Benfica putting immense amount of pressure on Beira-Mar. But it was the home side with the first warning when Artur saw his namesake just shoot over the bar on the 15th minute.
Garay then thought he took the lead for Benfica but the referee had already whistled for a foul.
An unfortunate error from Beira-Mar keeper let Cardozo open the scoresheet just before the half. Rui Rêgo left his line to try and clear the incoming ball but got it all wrong and Cardozo took full advantage by heading the ball into the net.
Benfica made it difficult in the second-half by not killing the game off.
Amorim had the best opportunity to do so but his effort hit the outside of the post on the 73rd minute.
The score did not change at full-time and Benfica now take a temporarily lead in the Liga Zon Sagres table.
|Possession||Shots (on target)||Corners||Offsides||Fouls||Yellows (reds)|
|41% | 59%||11(8) | 12(4)||7 | 5||6 | 2||14 | 18||4(0) | 4(0)|
Planet Benfica's Key Players: Artur and Witsel
Date: Saturday 22nd October 2011, 20:15 BST PT/UK (21:15 CET)
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro
Competition: Liga Zon Sagres Matchday 8
Referee: Paulo Baptista (A.F. Portalegre)
Assistant Referees: José Braga, Paulo Soares
Fourth Referee: Jorge Tavares
Weather: Clear 16°C - Humidity: 52% Wind: SW 2mp/h @ 20:00 BST
TV: Sport TV
BEIRA-MAR - Rui Rêgo; Yohan, Hugo (c), Pedro Moreira and Joãozinho (Atila Turan 85'); Nuno Coelho, Nildo, Zhang (Serginho 60') and Artur; Balboa (Dudu 78') and Douglas
Subs: Jonas Mendes, Bura, Élio, Atila Turan, Dudu, R. Dias and Serginho
Coach: Rui Bento
BENFICA - Artur; Rúben Amorim, Luisão (c), Garay and Emerson; Matic; Bruno César (Javi García 90'+2), Witsel and Nolito (Nico Gaitán 60'); Saviola (Pablo Aimar 60') and Cardozo
Subs: Eduardo, Miguel Vítor, Luís Martins, Javi García, Aimar, Gaitán and Rodrigo
Coach: Jorge Jesus
Disciplinary action: Yellow card to Bruno César (10'), Joãozinho (12'), Saviola (45'), Nuno Coelho (48'), Matic (59'), Yohan (70'), Pedro Moreira (70') and Ruben Amorim (71')
Highlights: Watch match highlights here
Photos: High quality images here soon after full-time
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