Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hatem Ben Arfa managed to grab a vital late away goal.

- Pereira 76

- Ben Arfa 90

**Benfica and Marseille battled to a score draw in the first leg of their Europa League last sixteen clash in Portugal.

Di Maria then missed probably Benfica’s best chance of the game. He had enough time and space to slot the ball into any part of the goal he wished. Instead he laced his foot through the ball and sent it flying over the crossbar.

Benfica eventually got their just rewards through Pereira just before 80 minutes. He broke through a crowd of defenders and managed to just nudge the ball past the on rushing goalkeeper.

Marseille piled on the pressure and responded in injury time through substitute, Hatem Ben Arfa. He managed to steer the ball in from range to grab a vital late away goal.

Team Lineups :

Benfica : Jacobi Julio Cesar, Anderson Luisao, Maximiliano Victor Pereira, Moreira David Luiz, Paulo Cesar Peixoto (Alexandre Fabio Coentrao, 76), Francisco Javier Garcia, Santos Ramires, Pablo Aimar (Carlos Jorge Martins, 65), Angel Di Maria, Oscar Cardozo, Javier Saviola (de Oliveira Eder Luis, 88)

Marseille :
Steve Mandanda, Taye Taiwo, Souleymane Diawara, Laurent Bonnart, Edouard Cisse, Benoit Cheyrou, Luis Lucho Gonzalez, Stephane M'Bia, Fabrice Abriel (Matthieu Valbuena, 70), Evaeverson Lemos Brandao, Mamadou Niang (Hatem Ben Arfa, 75)


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