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Benfica   5 - 0   Everton

By Oliver Brett

Javier Saviola
Argentina international Javier Saviola started and finished Benfica's goal glut

Everton's heaviest defeat in Europe saw them lose their unbeaten record in the Europa League to an excellent Benfica.

Angel di Maria played a blinder on the left wing, setting up the first three goals - the opener for Javier Saviola, and the next two for Oscar Cardozo.

Luisao's header from a Pablo Aimar corner made it 4-0, and Di Maria set up Saviola for the final goal.

Everton, with 11 players unavailable, struggled and Benfica goalkeeper Julio Cesar did not have a save to make.

Regularly outmanoeuvred in midfield and frequently embarrassed in defence, the closest Everton came to a goal was when substitute Louis Saha hit the outside of the post having been released by Jo.

Toffees manager David Moyes had not had an easy build-up for his team's trip to Lisbon's Estadio da Luz and his injury worries increased when Leighton Baines joined the list of absentees.

It meant an entire team was unavailable - nine out injured and two Cup-tied in Johnny Heitinga and Lucas Neill - so Moyes had a threadbare, inexperienced squad at his disposal.

The early danger signs were obvious, with the Portuguese side's attractive passing opening up a number of opportunities.

Benfica's two wide men, Di Maria and the Brazilian youngster Ramires, carved out an early opportunity for Saviola, but he had strayed narrowly off-side.

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From a corner soon afterwards, Luisao climed above his marker Yakubu with a well-timed leap, only to put his header over the bar.

Then came Benfica's opener: Di Maria, who frequently caused Tony Hibbert and Dan Gosling a host of problems with his pace and trickery down the left flank, delivered an inch-perfect cross for his fellow Argentinian Saviola.

Easily losing his marker, the debutant Seamus Coleman, Saviola drove his right-footed volley across goal, and a diving Tim Howard was unable to reach the shot.

The next significant Benfica attack was also initiated by Di Maria, and only a brilliant clearance from Sylvain Distin prevented Cardozo from doubling the home team's lead.

Things looked fairly desperate for the 7,000 travelling Everton fans, seeing their team playing competitively in Portugal for the first time.

But when Yakubu hit a square ball to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, the Russian's left-footed volley from distance was hit with tremendous timing, and only just disappeared over the top of Cesar's crossbar.

However, Benfica continued to dominate play in the lead-up to half-time, and when the players rejoined battle after the interval, three goals came in six crazy minutes.

Everton fans
It was a tough night for the 7,000 visiting fans in Everton's first competitive match in Portugal

When Aimar played a short ball to Di Maria, Marouane Fellaini dawdled in defence and another smart cross proved easy pickings for Cardozo.

Next, with defenders once again left trailing in his wake, Di Maria again found Cardozo at the far post, and this time the Paraguayan star scored with his head.

Everton's defence was now desperately short of confidence, and from a corner taken by Aimar soon afterwards Luisao was left unmarked to make it 4-0.

That was enough for some Everton fans, who declined to watch the final 38 minutes of the match.

Saha came on for Bilyaletdinov but had limited opportunities and Benfica remained in charge - Cardozo coming close to a hat-trick, denied only by an excellent save from Howard.

Instead, the final goal was scored by Saviola after David Luiz's long ball had found Di Maria racing past Hibbert for the umpteenth time of the night. Once again, his cross from the left was flawless.

Despite the weakness of their opponents, it was a stirring performance from Benfica, particularly their eight South Americans, which augurs well for their pursuit of trophies this season.

In Group I of the Europa League, Jorge Jesus' encarnados join Everton at the top with six points. BATE Borisov beat AEK Athens, leaving both those teams on three points.


Everton manager David Moyes:
"That was the best team we had tonight. They did the best they could and I have only praise for them.

"Benfica have a good attitude and showed their attacking qualities in the second half. They capitalised on several mistakes we made in that spell and took their opportunities very well. It shows our youngsters the level they have to play at to get to the top."

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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Benfica 5-0 Everton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Saviola 14
  • Cardozo 47
  • Cardozo 48
  • Luisao 52
  • Saviola 83

    Benfica

    • 13 Julio Cesar
    • 04 Luisao
    • 23 David Luiz
    • 25 Cesar Peixoto
    • 05 Ruben Amorim
    • 06 Javi Garcia
    • 08 Ramires
    • 10 Aimar (Carlos Martins 69)
    • 20 Di Maria
    • 07 Cardozo (Fabio Coentrao 77)
    • 30 Saviola (Weldon 85)

    Substitutes

    • 12 Quim,
    • 14 Pereira,
    • 27 Sidnei,
    • 17 Carlos Martins,
    • 18 Fabio Coentrao,
    • 19 Weldon,
    • 21 Nuno Gomes

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Ref: IvanovAtt: 44,534
    BENFICA
    EVERTON

    Possession

    • Benfica 32%
    • Everton 68%

    Attempts on target

    • Benfica 9
    • Everton 1

    Attempts off target

    • Benfica 6
    • Everton 3

    Corners

    • Benfica 5
    • Everton 2

    Fouls

    • Benfica 10
    • Everton 15
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:50 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+3:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on Santos Weldon. Jacobi Julio Cesar restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:57 Nascimento Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Louis Saha. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jose Baxter, Anderson Luisao manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:48 The ball is swung over by Jorge Carlos Martins.
    • 89:32 Foul by Marinho David Luiz on Tim Cahill, free kick awarded. Jose Baxter crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Marinho David Luiz.
    • 89:14 Angel Di Maria sends in a cross, comfortable save by Tim Howard.
    • 88:43 The ball is swung over by Paulo Cesar Peixoto.
    • 88:01 Centre by Dan Gosling, Anderson Luisao manages to make a clearance.
    • 86:30 Joao Alves Jo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires. Direct free kick taken by Jacobi Julio Cesar. Unfair challenge on Joao Alves Jo by Filipe Ruben Amorim results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joao Alves Jo.
    • 86:02 Foul by Paulo Cesar Peixoto on Marouane Fellaini, free kick awarded. Jose Baxter restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:45 Shot by Angel Di Maria from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
    • 85:16 Shot from just outside the area by Nascimento Ramires misses to the left of the target.
    • 84:04 Substitution Javier Saviola goes off and Santos Weldon comes on.
    • 82:53 Assist by Angel Di Maria.
    • 82:53 GOAL - Javier SaviolaBenfica 5 - 0 Everton Javier Saviola grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Benfica 5-0 Everton.
    • 81:36 Foul by Marouane Fellaini on Marinho David Luiz, free kick awarded. Marinho David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.
    • 81:16 The ball is delivered by Dan Gosling, Anderson Luisao makes a clearance.
    • 79:56 The ball is swung over by Nascimento Ramires, clearance by Tony Hibbert.
    • 78:32 The official flags Javier Saviola offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dan Gosling.
    • 77:44 The ball is delivered by Joao Alves Jo, Effort from deep inside the area by Louis Saha bounces off the post.
    • 77:26 Unfair challenge on Joao Alves Jo by Nascimento Ramires results in a free kick. Tim Cahill takes the free kick.
    • 76:12 Substitution Alexandre Fabio Coentrao comes on in place of Oscar Cardozo.
    • 76:12 The offside flag is raised against Oscar Cardozo. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 75:24 Booking Louis Saha is booked.
    • 75:06 Unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires by Louis Saha results in a free kick. Francisco Javi Garcia takes the free kick.
    • 72:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Angel Di Maria. Tony Hibbert takes the direct free kick.
    • 71:23 Javier Saviola is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
    • 70:09 Substitution Jose Baxter joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ayegbeni Yakubu.
    • 70:09 Tim Cahill challenges Nascimento Ramires unfairly and gives away a free kick. Filipe Ruben Amorim takes the direct free kick.
    • 69:07 The ball is delivered by Angel Di Maria, comfortable save by Tim Howard.
    • 67:48 Substitution Jorge Carlos Martins comes on in place of Pablo Aimar.
    • 67:48 Foul by Tim Cahill on Angel Di Maria, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paulo Cesar Peixoto.
    • 67:32 Centre by Tim Cahill, clearance made by Anderson Luisao.
    • 64:08 Oscar Cardozo takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
    • 63:37 Pablo Aimar takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
    • 60:27 Louis Saha is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 59:51 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Louis Saha coming on for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
    • 59:17 Angel Di Maria takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
    • 58:28 Centre by Seamus Coleman, clearance made by Paulo Cesar Peixoto.
    • 57:51 Foul by Oscar Cardozo on Sylvain Distin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 54:29 Angel Di Maria takes a shot.
    • 53:43 The ball is swung over by Pablo Aimar, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.
    • 53:07 Corner taken by Pablo Aimar.
    • 51:45 The assist for the goal came from Pablo Aimar.
    • 51:45 GOAL - Anderson LuisaoBenfica 4 - 0 Everton Anderson Luisao grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Benfica 4-0 Everton.
    • 51:26 Pablo Aimar takes the outswinging corner,
    • 51:11 Angel Di Maria produces a cross, save made by Tim Howard.
    • 47:30 The assist for the goal came from Angel Di Maria.
    • 47:30 GOAL - Oscar CardozoBenfica 3 - 0 Everton Oscar Cardozo finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Benfica 3-0 Everton.
    • 46:13 Javier Saviola provided the assist for the goal.
    • 46:13 GOAL - Oscar CardozoBenfica 2 - 0 Everton Goal scored by Oscar Cardozo from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Benfica 2-0 Everton.
    • 45:26 The ball is swung over by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, clearance made by Anderson Luisao.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:16 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:30 A cross is delivered by Oscar Cardozo.
    • 45:00+0:07 The offside flag is raised against Ayegbeni Yakubu. Marinho David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.
    • 43:46 The ball is sent over by Jack Rodwell, save by Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 43:29 Paulo Cesar Peixoto crosses the ball, Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.
    • 43:05 Pablo Aimar fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Francisco Javi Garcia.
    • 42:09 Corner taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
    • 39:34 Seamus Coleman challenges Anderson Luisao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anderson Luisao restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:38 Centre by Javier Saviola, Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.
    • 38:24 Javier Saviola crosses the ball, Dan Gosling manages to make a clearance.
    • 37:55 Shot by Nascimento Ramires from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
    • 35:43 Effort on goal by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 35:28 Marinho David Luiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Joao Alves Jo. Tim Cahill takes the free kick.
    • 34:07 Dan Gosling sends in a cross, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov concedes a free kick for a foul on Filipe Ruben Amorim. Jacobi Julio Cesar takes the direct free kick.
    • 32:33 Booking Dan Gosling is given a yellow card.
    • 32:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paulo Cesar Peixoto by Dan Gosling.
    • 30:11 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Tim Cahill misses to the left of the goal.
    • 29:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marinho David Luiz on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Free kick taken by Tony Hibbert.
    • 27:30 Ayegbeni Yakubu challenges Paulo Cesar Peixoto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 26:53 The ball is sent over by Dan Gosling, clearance by Filipe Ruben Amorim.
    • 24:56 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Pablo Aimar, Anderson Luisao takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.
    • 24:27 Joao Alves Jo concedes a free kick for a foul on Paulo Cesar Peixoto. Paulo Cesar Peixoto restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:51 The official flags Joao Alves Jo offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 23:02 Joao Alves Jo fouled by Marinho David Luiz, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Marinho David Luiz manages to make a clearance.
    • 22:45 A cross is delivered by Pablo Aimar, save by Tim Howard.
    • 19:06 Anderson Luisao produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 18:16 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Pablo Aimar.
    • 18:05 Nascimento Ramires crosses the ball, blocked by Sylvain Distin.
    • 17:01 Angel Di Maria crosses the ball, comfortable save by Tim Howard.
    • 16:24 The ball is crossed by Jack Rodwell, save made by Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 14:51 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Save by Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 13:43 Angel Di Maria provided the assist for the goal.
    • 13:43 GOAL - Javier SaviolaBenfica 1 - 0 Everton A goal is scored by Javier Saviola from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Benfica 1-0 Everton.
    • 13:21 Angel Di Maria crosses the ball, Seamus Coleman makes a clearance.
    • 11:53 Oscar Cardozo sends in a cross, Seamus Coleman manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:27 The ball is delivered by Dan Gosling, save by Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 10:25 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ayegbeni Yakubu. Indirect free kick taken by Marinho David Luiz.
    • 10:14 Marouane Fellaini produces a cross.
    • 9:44 Centre by Dan Gosling, Marinho David Luiz makes a clearance.
    • 8:20 Javier Saviola is ruled offside. Tony Hibbert takes the indirect free kick.
    • 8:00 Angel Di Maria gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman. Free kick taken by Seamus Coleman.
    • 7:14 Paulo Cesar Peixoto fouled by Tim Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Marinho David Luiz takes the direct free kick.
    • 6:38 The ball is crossed by Ayegbeni Yakubu, Anderson Luisao manages to make a clearance.
    • 5:03 Tim Cahill sends in a cross, Francisco Javi Garcia makes a clearance.
    • 3:39 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Pablo Aimar, Headed effort from inside the area by Anderson Luisao misses to the right of the target.
    • 2:41 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 2:14 Jack Rodwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Angel Di Maria. Free kick taken by Pablo Aimar.
    • 0:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Angel Di Maria by Sylvain Distin. Pablo Aimar takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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