|Report: SL Benfica 2 - 0 FC Zenit - 06 March 2012|
|Champions League Round 16 2nd Leg | Kick-off 19:45 GMT|
2 - 0
|4 - 3 agg.|
|45'+1 Maxi Pereira|
|90'+3 Nélson Oliveira|
Benfica qualify for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 6 years.
Maxi Pereira put the home side ahead on the 45th minute with Witsel's backheel inside the area.
Zenit had a large chunk of possession in the second-half but failed to create any real danger.
Nélson Oliveira made it sure in injury time when he slotted past the keeper to celebrate his first European Benfica goal and cement Benfica's place in the Last 8 of the top UEFA competition.
|Possession||Shots (on target)||Corners||Offsides||Fouls||Yellows (reds)|
|47% | 53%||20(6) | 6(2)||4 | 0||1 | 0||11 | 13||2(0) | 2(0)|
Planet Benfica's Key Players: Maxi Pereira, Witsel, Gaitán and Luisão
Date: Tuesday 6th March 2012, 19:45 GMT PT/UK (20:45 CET)
Venue: Estádio da Luz, Lisboa
Competition: Champions League Round 16 2nd Leg
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Michael Mullarkey (ENG) and Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Referees: Martin Atkinson (ENG) and Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Fourth Referee: Mike Dean (ENG)
Weather: Mostly Cloudy 13°C - Humidity: 80% Wind: N 16mp/h @ 19:00 BST
TV: RTP + HD (Portugal), Sky Sports HD 4 (UK), NTV (Russia), Sportsnet (Canada), MSG+ (USA), Fox Sports Net (USA)... Full list here
BENFICA Artur; Maxi, Luisão (c), Jardel and Emerson; Javi García, Axel Witsel, Bruno César and Gaitán (Matic 71'); Cardozo and Rodrigo (Nolito 61')
Subs: Eduardo, Miguel Vítor, Capdevila, Matic, Nolito, Saviola and Nélson Oliveira
Coach: Jorge Jesus
ZENIT Malafeev; Anyukov (c) (Bruno Alves 53'), Criscito, Lombaerts and Hubocan; Shirokov, Zyryanov (Fayzulin 70') and Semak; Denisov (vc), Bystrov (Lazovic 46') and Kerzhakov
Subs: Zhevnov, Bruno Alves, Fayzulin, Huszti, Lazovic, Bukharov and Kanunnikov
Coach: Luciano Spalletti
Disciplinary action: Yellow card to Anyukov (4'), Javi García (15'), Denisov (67') and Nélson Oliveira (90'+3)
Highlights: Match highlights here
Photos: High-quality images here
|Moreira, the loyal goalkeeper|
In a country where a good, consistent, solid goalkeeper is hard to find since the days of legendary Vitor Baia, Jose Moreira was tipped by many to become the next Portuguese goalkeeping star. Click here to read the farewell article on Benfica's loyal goalkeeper.
|Nuno Gomes, farewell Legend|
Hard worker, team player, and humble. Those are the three words that describe Nuno Gomes, or what most fans called him, Nuno Golos. Click here to read the farewell article on Benfica's former captain.
|Benfica according to Domingo Soares|
Benfica Magazine 'Mistica' interviewed Benfica SAD Administrator Domingo Soares de Oliveira in their May 2009 issue. The important figure reveals accounts and strategies for the club's future and gives a personal insight on the world of Benfica. Click here to read the extracts of the exclusive interview.
Get bored no more at half-time. The beautiful Benfica cheerleaders were a hot transfer in 2007/08 season and were present at every home Liga Sagres game until 2008/09. Did the average attendance go up slightly? Click here to see the gallery and find out for yourself!
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Inaugurated in 2003, Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica was built mainly during 2002/03 to replace the famous Estádio da Luz for the 2004 European Championships. With the finals in mind, the 5-star rated venue was designed for the greatest games and events, continuing the tradition of the biggest stadium in Portugal. Click here to see images of how the Cathedral was built.
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