|Report: SL Benfica 5 - 2 Real Madrid CF - 27 July 2012|
|Pre-season - Eusébio Cup | Kick-off 19:00 BST|
5 - 2
|4' Javi García||18' Callejón|
|21' Witsel||20' Callejón|
|53' Enzo Pérez|
|58' Carlos Martins|
|85' Enzo Pérez|
Benfica retain the Eusébio Cup after a merciless victory against a light Real Madrid side.
Javi García put Benfica ahead with a header from Carlos Martins' free kick. The ex-Real Madrid man floated the ball to the keeper's right within 5 minutes of kick-off.
The Spanish champions champions hit back with a quick double but Axel Witsel equalised right before the half.
Enzo was brought on in the second-half and made his mark with a superb shot near the corner flag on the 55th minute, which in fairness was probably supposed to be a cross.
Carlos Martins finished a fine move involving Witsel and Enzo was in the spotlight again after chipping the young goalkeeper to set the score at 5-2, with the assist coming from Alan Kardec who held his ground well.
Even though Real Madrid were missing the likes of Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo and Alonso, Mourinho's team did feature heavyweights such as Kaka, Di María, Higuain, Calléjon, Diarra and Coentrão.
|Possession||Shots (on target)||Corners||Offsides||Fouls||Yellows (reds)|
|55% | 45%||7(2) | 3(3)||2 | 2||0 | 2||9 | 9||0(0) | 1(0)|
Date: Friday 27th July 2012, 19:00 BST PT/UK (20:00 CET)
Venue: Estádio da Luz, Lisboa
Competition: Friendly - Eusébio Cup - 5th Edition
Referee: Bruno Paixão
Assistant Referees: António Godinho
Weather: Partly Cloudy 24°C - Humidity: 53% Wind: W 13mp/h @ 18:40 BST
TV: RTP (Portugal)
BENFICA - Artur; Maxi Pereira, Luisão (c), Garay and Melgarejo (Luisinho 88'); Javi García, Witsel (Saviola 77'), Gaitán (Enzo Pérez 46'), Carlos Martins (Bruno César 64') and Nolito (Ola John 46'); Cardozo (Kardec 46', Michel 88')
Subs: Paulo Lopes, Bruno Varela, Miguel Vítor, João Cancelo, Roderick, Nélson Oliveira, Saviola and Mora
Coach: Jorge Jesus
REAL MADRID - Adán; Juanfran (Lucas 88'), Varane, Iván (Fábio Coentrão 61') and Nacho; Granero and Lass; Di María, Kaká (Benzema 61') and Callejón (Morata 71'); Higuaín (Alex 80')
Subs: Benzema, Fábio Coentrão, Jesús Fernández, Morata, Casado, Fabinho, Alex, Mosquera, Rios and Lucas
Coach: José Mourinho
Disciplinary action: Yellow card to Iván (44') and Granero (66')
Highlights: Click here to match highlights
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.
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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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