|Report: FC Basel 0 - 2 SL Benfica - 18 October 2011|
|Champions League Group C Matchday 3 | Kick-off 19:45 BST|
0 - 2
|20' Bruno César|
Benfica lead Group C after beating Basel by two goals without suffering in Switzerland with an efficient performance.
The manager dropped prolific striker Cardozo and fielded Rodrigo in the lone role up front. Gaitán, Bruno César, Aimar and Witsel provided support while the usual back-line was composed with Javi, Emerson, Maxi, Luisão, Garay and Artur.
Benfica may be playing away, but it was an invasion of all senses in the Swiss city as huge groups of supporters of the Lisbon club were present, situated in all corners of the stadium.
Bruno César opened up the scoring like he did in Romania. Gaitán cut across the middle and his pass was left by Rodrigo, and the Brazilian midfielder finished by positioning the ball in the far corner with a low left-footed shot.
Jorge Jesus' side played intelligently and showed European pedigree as they continued to control the game, keeping the home side at bay.
When Basel did come forward, Artur was the obstacle that denied the Swiss side any visibility of a goal during the first-half.
There were no changes for either side when both teams entered the St. Jakob stadium for the second-half.
Benfica kept possession well and frustrated Basel by only giving away half chances. Cardozo eventually doubled the lead when he was substituted in for Rodrigo on the 70th minute.
The big Paraguayan striker suffered the foul himself and took the free-kick which made sure Benfica went home with all three points. Carodozo struck a low powerful shot and it could be said that the Basel wall should have been formed better knowing the forward's strength.
Emerson received his second yellow card of the game and was sent off 5 minutes from end. The Benfica manager followed suit when he disputed a clumsy challenge by Shaqiri on Bruno César, where only a yellow was awarded, and the Hungarian referee sent him down the tunnel.
With this win Benfica lead Group C with 7 points, 2 ahead of Manchester United who beat Otelul Galati 2-0 in Bucharest.
|Possession||Shots (on target)||Corners||Offsides||Fouls||Yellows (reds)|
|56% | 44%||15(7) | 10(5)||2 | 4||5 | 2||12 | 19||4(0) | 3(1)|
Planet Benfica's Key Players: Pablo Aimar, Artur, Luisão and Maxi Pereira
Date: Tuesday 18th October 2011, 19:45 BST PT/UK (20:45 CET)
Venue: St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
Competition: Champions League Group C Matchday 3
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referees: Gabor Erös and György Ring
Additional Referees: Sandor Szabo and Mihaly Fabian
Fourth Referee: Zsolt Szabó
Weather: Clear 15°C - Humidity: 61% Wind: NW 19mp/h
TV: Sport TV / RTP (Portugal), Sky Sports (UK)
BASEL Sommer; Park Joo Ho, Dragovic, Abraham and Steinhofer; Shaqiri, Huggel (Chipperfield 85'), F. Frei and G. Xhaka (Cabral 80'); Streller (c) and A. Frei (Zoua 66')
Subs: Colomba, T. Xhaka, Kusunga, Kovac, Chipperfield, Cabral and Zoua
Coach: Heiko Vogel (caretaker)
BENFICA Artur; Maxi Pereira (Miguel Vítor 78'), Luisão (c), Garay and Emerson; Javi García, Witsel, Gaitán and Bruno César; Aimar (Nolito 67') and Rodrigo (Cardozo 70')
Subs: Eduardo, Luís Martins, Miguel Vítor, Matic, Nolito, Saviola and Cardozo
Coach: Jorge Jesus
Disciplinary action: Yellow card to Streller (35'), Emerson (41'), Huggel (74'), Emerson (86'), Artur (90'), Shaqiri (90'+1) and A. Frei (90'+3). Red card to Emerson (86')
Highlights: Match highlights here
Photos: High-quality images here
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