|Report: FC Twente 2 - 2 SL Benfica - 15 August 2011|
|Champions League Play-off Qualifier 1st Leg | Kick-off 19:45 BST|
2 - 2
|6' De Jong||21' Cardozo|
|80' Bryan Ruiz||35' Nolito|
Benfica react after early goal and leave Holland with a draw after Cardozo and Nolito had put the Lisbon side ahead.
Cardozo returned to the line-up as Saviola was dropped to the bench. Nolito, Gaitán, Aimar and Witsel all started to support Benfica's attack whilst Javi García provided cover for the defence who had Maxi Pereira back on the right side.
It was an early setback for the travelling fans as FC Twente took the lead through De Jong. The Dutch international took advantage of the space in front of him and placed his shot to Artur's left.
Benfica's equalizer would come on the 21st minute. Aimar pressured Brama to lose possession and Cardozo picked up the ball from 30 yards out and curled one past Mihaylov after taking a few steps forward.
Nolito would put the away side ahead before half-time when a well worked counter attack saw Witsel look up inside the opposition's area and picked out his colleague who only had to shoot into an empty net.
Artur made some exceptional saves in the second-half but could not deny Bryan Ruiz's header as the Dutch side levelled. The Costa Rican forward pushed Emerson out of the way for his chance on goal but the referee's decided it was legal.
Nolito was close to scoring his second but his attempt was blocked by the keeper when on a one-on-one situation. The Spanish playmaker has already scored 4 goals in 4 consecutive games.
Benfica will receive Twente next Wednesday at the Estádio da Luz for the second leg of the Champions League play-offs, where the winner will have the privilege to join the proper group stages in September.
|Possession||Shots (on target)||Corners||Offsides||Fouls||Yellows (reds)|
|-% | -%||13(9) | 9(6)||5 | 7||2 | 2||11 | 18||0(0) | 1(0)|
Planet Benfica's Key Players: Artur, Aimar and Nolito
Date: Tuesday 16th August 2011, 19:45 BST PT/UK (20:45 CET)
Venue: De Grolsch Veste (FC Twente Stadion), Enscehde, Netherlands
Competition: Champions League Play-off 1st Round
Referee: Alberto Undiano
Assistant Referees: Fermin Martinez
Additional Referees: Juan Carlos Jiménez
Fourth Referee: Carlos Gómez
Attendance: César Fernández
Weather: Cloudy 18°C
TV: RTP (Portugal), Sky Sports (UK - Red button)
TWENTE Mihaylov; Tiendalli (Buysee 75'), Wisgerhof, Douglas and Cornelisse; Janssen, Brama and Landzaat (Jako 46'); Bajramo (John 58'), Ruiz and De Jong
Subs: Boschker, Bengtsson, Berghuis, Rosales, Janko, Buysee and John
Coach: Co Adriaanse
BENFICA Artur; Maxi Pereira, Luisão, Garay and Emerson; Javi García, Aimar (Saviola 64') and Witsel; Gaitán (Ruben Amorim 56'), Nolito and Cardozo (Matic 87')
Subs: Eduardo, Ruben Amorim, Jardel, Matic, Bruno César, Jara and Saviola
Coach: Jorge Jesus
Disciplinary action: Yellow card to Artur (80')
Highlights: Click here to watch match-highlights
Photos: High quality photos from the game here
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