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Everton   0 - 2   Benfica

Javier Saviola (right) celebrates scoring with Ruben Amorim
Saviola (right) was superb as an attacking force for Benifica

By Paul Fletcher

Javier Saviola and Oscar Cardozo scored as Benfica deservedly defeated Everton in the Europa League.

Saviola opened the scoring with a low finish early in the second half before Cardozo finished in the bottom corner.

Cardozo appeared to be in an offside position but Benfica's attacking play was superb and earlier he hit the post and Tim Howard superbly denied Saviola.

An unmarked Sylvain Distin had a chance for Everton from six yards late in the game but was denied by Julio Cesar.

Benfica were full value for their victory, with Cardoza, Saviola and Angel Di Maria interchanging passes with great skill and understanding.

The introduction of Argentine Pablo Aimar after the break only served to illustrate the difference in options between the visiting team and injury-hit Everton.

David Moyes's team - who were thrashed 5-0 at Benfica two weeks ago - have not won in any competition since they defeated BATE on 1 October.

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But they remain second in their Europa League group and qualification remains in their own hands with two games left to play.

Everton started at a high tempo, with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov industrious on the left and Jack Rodwell impressing from his deep midfield position.

But there was a lack of composure to their play at times and the home team were guilty of wasting promising positions by looking for a killer pass too early.

They did create a few openings and Marouane Fellaini forced an early save from Cesar with a long-range strike, Leighton Baines had a shot blocked, Yakubu shot wide from a tight angle and Tim Cahill headed straight at the Benfica keeper.

But it was the away team who came closest to breaking the deadlock just before the break after an opening half of few clear openings.

A precise Fabio Coentrao cross from the left was met by Cardozo but his header hit the base of the post and rebounded towards Saviola.

The Argentine shot crisply at goal with his right foot and it took a superb reaction save from Howard to ensure the home team reached the break on level terms.

Benfica scored three goals in quick succession at the start of the second half in Portugal and almost took the lead after 57 minutes at Goodison Park.

Cardozo pierced the Everton defence with a brilliant curved through ball that sent Di Maria through on goal but he shot over from 20 yards.

Di Maria almost atoned for his miss with an audacious long-range shot from a wide position that the alert Howard tipped over his crossbar.

Benfica had started to find their range with some precise attacking football and unsurprisingly took the lead through Saviola.

The visiting team broke with a sweeping move that culminated with Saviola fortuitously gathering a ricochet off Di Maria before slotting the ball beyond Howard.

Benfica looked even more assured in possession after taking the lead, while Everton adopted an increasingly deep defensive line as they tried to nullify their opponents' attacking threat.

The match was put beyond Everton when another scintillating attack culminated with Ruben Amorim's shot deflecting into the path of Cardozo for the Paraguayan to slot the ball across Howard and into the bottom corner.

Howard appealed for offside and he had a strong case as replays suggested Cardozo was beyond the last Everton defender as Amorim shot.

Distin should have ensured a dramatic finish after a partially blocked shot fell invitingly to him but he failed to convert from six yards.


Everton manager David Moyes:
"We have tough games coming up and we knew the group was never going to be easy and it will prove that way, I am sure.

"I think Benfica are a good side and it was a tough game but it was tighter than the last one (where Benfica won 5-0).

"We became a little open in the second half, maybe trying to score, and we got done on the counter for the first goal. We still had four defenders back though, and the goals weren't like the goals in Benfica.

"One ricocheted off our player and fell to them, so I didn't think the goals were beautiful; they were poor defensive moments for us."

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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 0-2 Benfica FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Saviola 63
    • Cardozo 76

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Benfica

    • 13 Julio Cesar yellow card
    • 04 Luisao
    • 23 David Luiz
    • 27 Sidnei
    • 05 Ruben Amorim
    • 06 Javi Garcia
    • 08 Ramires (Pereira 45+1)
    • 18 Fabio Coentrao (Aimar 61)
    • 20 Di Maria
    • 07 Cardozo
    • 30 Saviola yellow card (Felipe Menezes 87)

    Substitutes

    • 12 Quim,
    • 03 Shaffer,
    • 14 Pereira,
    • 10 Aimar,
    • 24 Felipe Menezes,
    • 19 Weldon,
    • 21 Nuno Gomes
    Ref: EnnjimiAtt: 30,790
    EVERTON
    BENFICA

    Possession

    • Everton 53%
    • Benfica 47%

    Attempts on target

    • Everton 4
    • Benfica 7

    Attempts off target

    • Everton 6
    • Benfica 6

    Corners

    • Everton 4
    • Benfica 5

    Fouls

    • Everton 11
    • Benfica 18
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:02 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+2:49 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 90:00+2:11 Filipe Ruben Amorim produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 90:00+0:42 Foul by Victorio Maxi Pereira on Joao Alves Jo, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Filipe Ruben Amorim.
    • 88:01 Joao Alves Jo delivers the ball, Filipe Ruben Amorim gets a block in.
    • 86:30 Substitution (Benfica) makes a substitution, with Jacomo Felipe Menezes coming on for Javier Saviola.
    • 86:30 Booking Caution for Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 85:54 Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Marouane Fellaini misses to the left of the goal.
    • 85:35 Sylvain Distin takes a shot. Jacobi Julio Cesar makes a save.
    • 85:06 Corner from the left by-line taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, clearance made by Francisco Javi Garcia.
    • 84:58 The ball is swung over by Tony Hibbert, clearance made by Anderson Luisao.
    • 84:45 The ball is sent over by Joao Alves Jo.
    • 84:26 Victorio Maxi Pereira concedes a free kick for a foul on Joao Alves Jo. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
    • 83:43 Marouane Fellaini delivers the ball.
    • 83:37 The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, clearance by Anderson Luisao.
    • 82:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Marinho David Luiz. Free kick taken by Tony Hibbert.
    • 80:31 Substitution Keiran Agard is brought on as a substitute for Ayegbeni Yakubu.
    • 78:40 Free kick crossed left-footed by Angel Di Maria from right wing, Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 78:40 Booking Tony Hibbert booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 78:05 Tony Hibbert challenges Filipe Ruben Amorim unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 76:54 Joao Alves Jo fouled by Pablo Aimar, the ref awards a free kick. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 76:39 Oscar Cardozo takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
    • 76:09 Unfair challenge on Pablo Aimar by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Aimar.
    • 75:08 GOAL - Oscar CardozoEverton 0 - 2 Benfica A goal is scored by Oscar Cardozo from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 0-2 Benfica.
    • 73:37 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jack Rodwell, save made by Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 73:37 Booking The referee shows Javier Saviola a yellow card for dissent.
    • 73:28 Handball decision goes against Anderson Luisao.
    • 72:58 Sylvain Distin fouled by Oscar Cardozo, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 71:54 Effort from long distance by Marinho David Luiz goes wide right of the target.
    • 69:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marinho David Luiz on Tim Cahill. Direct free kick taken by Tony Hibbert.
    • 68:24 Substitution Joao Alves Jo on for Dan Gosling.
    • 67:33 Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line.
    • 67:23 The ball is sent over by Tim Cahill, blocked by Victorio Maxi Pereira.
    • 66:57 Javier Saviola challenges Jack Rodwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 65:40 Inswinging corner taken by Pablo Aimar from the left by-line.
    • 64:36 Unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Pablo Aimar results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jack Rodwell.
    • 62:19 GOAL - Javier SaviolaEverton 0 - 1 Benfica Goal scored by Javier Saviola from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 0-1 Benfica.
    • 60:45 Inswinging corner taken by Pablo Aimar from the right by-line, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
    • 60:05 Substitution Pablo Aimar replaces Alexandre Fabio Coentrao.
    • 59:40 Shot from 30 yards by Angel Di Maria. Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 58:43 Unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini by Francisco Javi Garcia results in a free kick. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov restarts play with the free kick.
    • 57:12 The ball is crossed by Marinho David Luiz, save made by Tim Howard.
    • 55:30 Effort on goal by Angel Di Maria from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 55:02 Tim Cahill fouled by Filipe Ruben Amorim, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Rodwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:25 Shot by Filipe Ruben Amorim from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 54:19 Angel Di Maria delivers the ball, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
    • 53:36 Oscar Cardozo challenges Jack Rodwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
    • 53:06 Alexandre Fabio Coentrao has a drilled shot. Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.
    • 51:38 Unfair challenge on Angel Di Maria by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Filipe Ruben Amorim takes the direct free kick.
    • 51:16 Francisco Javi Garcia crosses the ball, save by Tim Howard.
    • 50:38 Booking Jack Rodwell is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 50:31 Jack Rodwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao. Anderson Luisao restarts play with the free kick.
    • 49:06 Filipe Ruben Amorim fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Filipe Ruben Amorim takes the free kick.
    • 48:35 A cross is delivered by Leighton Baines, clearance by Victorio Maxi Pereira.
    • 47:50 A cross is delivered by Marinho David Luiz, Javier Saviola produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:19 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+1:09 Tony Hibbert produces a cross, Filipe Ruben Amorim manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:00+1:05 The ball is sent over by Leighton Baines.
    • 45:00+0:41 Marouane Fellaini fouled by Francisco Javi Garcia, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
    • 45:00+0:14 Substitution Victorio Maxi Pereira replaces Nascimento Ramires.
    • 44:38 Inswinging corner taken by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao from the right by-line played to the near post, Tim Cahill manages to make a clearance.
    • 44:07 Sylvain Distin concedes a free kick for a foul on Oscar Cardozo. Alexandre Fabio Coentrao crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Marouane Fellaini manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:59 Tony Hibbert challenges Angel Di Maria unfairly and gives away a free kick. Angel Di Maria takes the free kick.
    • 40:28 Javier Saviola takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
    • 40:00 Centre by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao, Headed effort from inside the area by Nascimento Ramires hits the post.
    • 39:11 Angel Di Maria takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Tim Cahill.
    • 37:46 Foul by Javier Saviola on Joseph Yobo, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joseph Yobo.
    • 35:53 The referee blows for offside. Jacobi Julio Cesar takes the free kick.
    • 34:53 Jack Rodwell has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 34:39 Dan Gosling crosses the ball, clearance made by Anderson Luisao.
    • 31:58 A cross is delivered by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Tim Cahill takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 31:25 Angel Di Maria crosses the ball, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
    • 29:36 Ayegbeni Yakubu produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
    • 27:47 Short corner worked by Ayegbeni Yakubu.
    • 27:32 Centre by Ayegbeni Yakubu, save by Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 27:20 Centre by Tony Hibbert, Filipe Ruben Amorim manages to make a clearance.
    • 26:32 Alexandre Fabio Coentrao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:55 The ball is crossed by Marouane Fellaini.
    • 25:22 Ayegbeni Yakubu is caught offside. Rechel Sidnei takes the free kick.
    • 24:49 Foul by Dan Gosling on Angel Di Maria, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Marinho David Luiz.
    • 24:02 The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, Francisco Javi Garcia makes a clearance.
    • 21:30 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov produces a cross, Nascimento Ramires makes a clearance. Leighton Baines takes a shot. Anderson Luisao gets a block in. Long range effort by Jack Rodwell goes wide right of the net. Marouane Fellaini is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Rechel Sidnei.
    • 21:05 Unfair challenge on Jack Rodwell by Oscar Cardozo results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 19:30 Booking Booking for Ayegbeni Yakubu for unsporting behaviour.
    • 18:41 Unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires by Ayegbeni Yakubu results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Anderson Luisao.
    • 17:46 Unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu by Anderson Luisao results in a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
    • 16:57 Corner taken right-footed by Nascimento Ramires, Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.
    • 16:49 The ball is swung over by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao, blocked by Tony Hibbert.
    • 14:33 Shot from inside the area by Ayegbeni Yakubu clears the bar.
    • 13:59 Unfair challenge on Dan Gosling by Marinho David Luiz results in a free kick. Joseph Yobo takes the direct free kick.
    • 13:03 Angel Di Maria takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
    • 12:37 Alexandre Fabio Coentrao fouled by Dan Gosling, the ref awards a free kick. Marinho David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.
    • 10:46 The ball is sent over by Ayegbeni Yakubu.
    • 7:59 The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Jacobi Julio Cesar.
    • 7:32 Filipe Ruben Amorim concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Fellaini. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:05 The ball is crossed by Dan Gosling, Nascimento Ramires manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:31 Centre by Angel Di Maria, Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 3:05 Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Jacobi Julio Cesar makes a save.
    • 1:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joseph Yobo on Oscar Cardozo. Rechel Sidnei restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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