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(ATT 30,000) 2nd November 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: F De Bleeckere

Benfica Benfica vs Villarreal Villarreal

Benfica 0


Villarreal steal late win

By Richard Scott.   Last Updated: 02/11/05 9:35pm

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Villarreal handed Benfica their first ever UEFA Champions League defeat at home as they stole all three points thanks to an 82nd minute strike from Brazilian midfielder Marcos Senna.

The Yellow Submarines moved to the top of Group B with their first win after they had recorded draws in their opening three games. 

Villarreal had the better of an open first half but could not find a breakthrough as play continued to break down in the final third.

The dangerous Jose Mari was nearly put in on goal as early as the second minute by his strike partner Diego Forlan, but Nelson read it well for Benfica and cleared the danger.

Jose Mari was again involved after four minutes when his superb right wing cross was again well defended by Nelson who was impressing at right full back.

Benfica's first shot on goal came in the 17th minute from a free kick after Giorgias Karagounis was brought down. Simao did well to get the ball over the wall but it was a comfortable save for Mariano Barbosa in the Villarreal goal.

Forlan had the first clear-cut chance after 22 minutes but the former Manchester United man showed a lack of composure as he lashed the ball wide from the edge of the box.

Villarreal continued to have the better of a first half that was increasingly being disrupted by niggly fouls. On 29 minutes Juan Riquelme had a fine strike from the edge of the box but it was hit straight at Rui Nereu, the 19-year-old making his first start in the Champions League.

The Portuguese side finished the half strongly and their best chance came when Barbosa came out of his area and instead of clearing into the stands hit the ball straight at Geovanni but he was unable to hit the target from a tight angle.

Benfica dominated the second half but could not find the breakthrough. The first chance of the second half came on 52 but Nuno Gomes, who had a poor evening in front of goal, inexplicably dummied the ball inside the area when the better option would have been to swing his left foot at the ball.

Villarreal always looked dangerous on the break though and Nereu had to show good anticipation to deny Luciano Figueroa, who had come on as a second half substitute for Forlan. 

Nuno Gomes had the ball in the net on 59 minutes but the flag went up after the striker had nodded home at the far post. 

Nuno Gomes then had another chance just moments later but he hit the ball straight at Barbosa after Simao had put him through with a superb slide rule pass.

The winner came against the run of play as Senna caught the Benfica midfield napping. He picked the ball up 40 yards out and as no one came to close him down he unleashed a drive from 35 yards that the keeper got a hand to and will probably feel he should have kept it out.

Benfica desperately searched for an equaliser in the final minutes but Villarreal held on for an absolutely crucial win. 

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BenficaTeam StatisticsVillarreal
01st Half Goals0
6Shots on Target4
10Shots off Target5
5Blocked Shots1
1Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
77.4Passing Success77.9
82.4Tackles Success87
52.9Territorial Advantage47.1



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