PSG vs Benfica

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  • PSG 3
  • Benfica 0
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  • Time 4:45 AM AEST 3 October 2013
  • League UEFA Champions League
  • Round Group stage
  • Venue Parc des Princes
  • Attendance 44,732

PSG

PSG PSG

Benfica

Benfica SLB
Goal Scorers
  • Z. Ibrahimovic
    • 5minutes
    • 30minutes
  • Marquinhos
    • 25minutes
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Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 3
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  • Goals at Half-time 0
3 Oct 2013 - 9:00am

Group C: Paris Saint-Germain 3 Benfica 0

Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged a brace as Paris Saint-Germain made it two wins from as many UEFA Champions League Group C matches after easing to a 3-0 victory against Benfica.
Source:
PA Sport
3 Oct 2013 - 7:24 AM  UPDATED 3 Oct 2013 - 9:00 AM

The French giant scored all three goals inside the opening half-an-hour with Ibrahimovic's double sandwiched in-between young defender Marquinhos's close-range strike.

From then on, the home side seemed to take its foot off the gas, but it hardly mattered as it followed up its opening 4-1 triumph at Olympiacos with another comprehensive win at the Parc des Princes.

There will be bigger tests to come for PSG, but it proved it will be a force both home and abroad this season as it moved to the top of the group.

It made the ideal start, with Ibrahimovic finishing a flowing move in the fifth minute.

Gregory Van Der Wiel ran onto the ball in the right side of the penalty area before sliding to Ibrahimovic at the back post and the Sweden star tapped into an empty net.

Defender Luisao should have done better than direct a weak header at PSG goalkeeper
Salvatore Sirigu immediately after.

It proved a crucial miss as
Laurent Blanc's men doubled the lead after 25 minutes through Marquinhos.

Benfica failed to clear its lines from a corner and some inspired touches helped Blaise Matuidi burst forward to the left touchline.

The midfielder's cross was deflected into the path of 19-year-old Marquinhos, who could not miss from very close range.

It was the defender's third goal in five games for PSG, having not managed one goal in 30 appearances for previous club Roma.

The game was all but over as a contest five minutes later when Ibrahimovic rose highest to head into the top corner from
Thiago Motta's corner.

It seemed a case of damage limitation for Benfica, which had been badly exposed at the back, with PSG's attackers running rampant.

Its chances were limited to long-distance efforts although Sirigu was nearly at full stretch to keep out
Ezequiel Garay's 25-yard curling free-kick just after half-time.

It was not so much one-way traffic in the second half although there was a definite feeling PSG had taken the foot off the gas.

Sirigu remained impenetrable in the home goal, though, denying 66th-minute substitute
Miralem Sulejmani's shot across goal.

At the other end, Ibrahimovic should have had his hat-trick but could only strike over the bar on the follow-up after Benfica goalkeeper Artur had only managed to parry the influential
Lucas Moura's 25-yard drive.

Artur then had to be at his best after tipping away
Van Der Wiel's cross into the path of
Edinson Cavani, who shot tamely at Benfica's custodian with the goal seemingly at his mercy.

Match Commentary

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90 COMMENT FULL-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 Benfica - the damage done in the first 30 minutes as PSG overpower their Portuguese opponents.
90 COMMENT Benfica running down the clock, staying in their own half, gently knocking it around the defence. Andre Gomes forward, towards Sulejmani, but it ends with Cardozo firing a low shot narrowly wide.
90 COMMENT Into the first of three minutes of additional time at the Parc des Princes. PSG set to remain top of Group C, a 100% win record, and seven goals in two Champions League group games so far.
88 COMMENT Adrien Rabiot, the young France Under 19 midfielder, strikes a shot on goal, blocked by veteran Benfica defender Luisao. He's been the better of the defenders tonight.
85 COMMENT Cavani and Ibrahimovic combine with some slick one-two passing, but it's thwarted by Ezequiel Garay. Five minutes to go.
84 COMMENT Sulejmani's corner dealt with easily by PSG, as Cavani leads the break, but Matic is on hand to dispossess the striker, and PSG are forced to start from the back.
83 COMMENT Lazar Markovic wins a corner for Benfica. Seven minutes to go, can they gain some sort of consolation?
81 COMMENT ANDRE GOMES! Tame once more. Easy take for Salvatore Sirigu, who hasn't really been offered a credible threat in front of goal.
79 COMMENT Alex, substituted just moments ago, completed his 60th UEFA Champions League appearance. He's also turned out for PSV and Chelsea in this competition.
78 SI Substitute in Z. Camara of PSG
78 SO Substitute out Alex of PSG
78 COMMENT Z. Camara comes on for Alex.
78 COMMENT In truth, this encounter really looked over inside 30 minutes, and that hasn't changed in the second period. PSG, except from brief moments, have been pedestrian, and Benfica have offered very little.
77 COMMENT SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Final change of the game - Zoumana Camara replaces Alex.
75 COMMENT Both Ibrahimovic and Cavani have had golden chances in the last few moments, but it remains 3-0 still. Over in Brussels, it's Anderlecht 0-2 Olympiakos.
74 COMMENT CAVANI!! It's just not going in for him this evening. A fabulous chance presented to the Uruguayan. Van der Wiel races forward, and his cross into the box is saved by Artur, spilled again, and Cavani attempts a low shot, blocked away by the goalkeeper.
72 COMMENT RABIOT!! IBRAHIMOVIC!! There was the chance to make it 4-0, and for Ibrahimovic to notch his hat-trick! Rabiot with a superb turn, bamboozling his opponent. Cannot get an opportunity, but turns with a strike, saved well by Artur. Spilled by the goalkeeper, and Ibrahimovic, losing a bit of composure,
71 COMMENT SUBSTITUTION: Lucas Moura on for Ezequiel Lavezzi. A decent evening from the Argentine, who contriuted well to the attack.
70 SI Substitute in Lucas of PSG
70 SO Substitute out E. Lavezzi of PSG
70 SI Substitute in A. Rabiot of PSG
70 SO Substitute out M. Verratti of PSG
70 COMMENT E. Lavezzi is done for the day. Lucas is his replacement.
70 COMMENT M. Verratti is replaced with A. Rabiot.
70 COMMENT SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Adrien Rabiot on for Marco Verratti. The dimunitive Italian goes off to a roar of applause after his stellar evening tonight. Rabiot on for the final 20 minutes.
69 COMMENT Guillerme Siqueira has had a mixed night this evening, especially on the defensive front. Concedes a free-kick for a foul on Gregory van der Wiel.
67 COMMENT SULEJMANI!! Good effort, with his first touch of the ball! Fed through on the edge of the box. and his initial shot is spilled by Sirigu, before PSG control the loose ball.
66 SI Substitute in M. Sulejmani of Benfica
66 SO Substitute out N. Gaitán of Benfica
66 COMMENT N. Gaitán is done for the day. M. Sulejmani is his replacement.
66 COMMENT SUBSTITUTION - Benfica: Third and final change from the Eagles, as Miralem Sulejmani comes on for the ineffective Nico Gaitan.
65 COMMENT Cavani again latching onto a brilliant pass from the midfield on the right hand side. First time cross into the danger zone, and it's well dealt with by captain Luisao.
65 COMMENT Cavani making good progress on the right, but he's under pressure from the defender Siqueira. The Uruguayan hasn't really excelled this evening. It seems to be either he or Ibrahimovic who performs. Neither can complement each other.
63 COMMENT Salvatore Sirigu has had precious little to do this evening, as Oscar Cardozo strikes his effort well over the bar. Poor effort.
61 COMMENT Past the hour mark as Enzo Perez powers through the midfield, dispossessed by Verratti. Cavani forward, towards Ibrahimovic with a deft pass, but the move breaks down.
59 COMMENT GAITAN! Another half-chance for Jorge Jesus' side, and les Parisiens deal with it accordingly. The creative Argentine hasn't really made an impact this evening, making his first start in over a month.
58 COMMENT Free-kick Benfica after a late lunge from Verratti on Guillerme Siqiueira. The young Italian is trying his best not to get a booking.
57 COMMENT Perez with the corner headed away, but Gaitan resurrects the move, attempting to dribble past his marker. Towards Perez, though the Argentine can only fire the wayward shot over the bar.
55 COMMENT Benfica with the half-chance at the other end, as Markovic's progress is kept in check by Thiago Motta's well timed slide tackle. Corner to the Eagles, and Luisao is up for this.
54 COMMENT And so it continues. The chants of 'Ole' have begun around the stadium as Verratti and Matuidi continue to sap the energy of the Portuguese side. The fun ends when Almeida concedes a free-kick after challenging Ibrahimovic.
53 COMMENT Lovely passing moves from Paris Saint-Germain, who are knocking the ball around so nonchalantly around their own half. Bit of a mockery if you're a Benfica can!
51 COMMENT Thiago Motta with a fine pass forward, attempting to connect with Cavani, but Luisao on hand to deflect the ball away.
49 COMMENT PSG have started the second half at a slower pace compared to the first. Laurent Blanc likely to start resting his players ahead of the Ligue 1 Classique against Olympique de Marseille on Sunday.
48 COMMENT GARAY! Brilliant free-kick, well struck, and it's palmed away by Sirigu. Great save it was too, not sure how much of the ball he saw, or how late he saw it, but stunning save.
47 YC Yellow card awarded to Alex of PSG
47 COMMENT Alex gets yellow.
47 COMMENT YELLOW CARD - Alex: The Brazilian is booked for a late challenge on the edge of the area on Nicolas Gaitan. What can Benfica conjure up here?
46 SI Substitute in L. Marković of Benfica
46 SO Substitute out F. Đuričić of Benfica
46 COMMENT L. Markovi? enters play, replacing F. ?uri?i?.
46 COMMENT SUBSTITUTION - Benfica: Lazar Markovic on for Filip Djuricic.
46 COMMENT UNDERWAY IN PARIS! PSG get us started, attacking from right to left in this half. One change to report at half-time for Benfica.
45 COMMENT HALF-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 Benfica (Marquinhos, Ibrahimovic x2)
45 COMMENT Benfica continuing to chase the ball to no avail, with the French champions easily retaining possession. That'll be the end of the first half.
44 COMMENT A minute towards half-time, and we'll likely be having just one minute of stoppage time.
43 COMMENT LAVEZZI! Denied by Luisao. Great bit of play from the Argentine who cleverly takes the ball away from Perez, races down the left, but the ball is swiped away at the death after Lavezzi delivered in a dangerous pass into the box.
42 COMMENT GARAY! Hit and hope from the Argentine. Corner delivered in by Nico Gaitan, headed away, towards the defender who hoofs one well over the bar. Not good at all.
40 COMMENT Siqueira with a fine run forward, providing some skill with a heel-chop as the ball flies towards Perez, but the shot is blocked by Matuidi.
39 COMMENT Motta brings the ball forward in the middle, towards Verratti, but the Italy international is dispossessed by Andre Gomes. Towards Gaitan, whose cross into the box is headed on by Enzo Perez. Nevertheless, Alex gets the ball away.
37 COMMENT Edging towards half-time, eight minutes left at the Parc des Princes in what has been an intriguing first half. PSG haven't even moved out of second gear, but have taken full control of tonight's encounter.
36 YC Yellow card awarded to G. van der Wiel of PSG
36 COMMENT G. van der Wiel is cautioned by the referee.
35 COMMENT YELLOW CARD - Van der Wiel (PSG): The Dutch international is booked for a late lunge on Guillerme Siqueira.
33 COMMENT An excited looking Paolo Maldini is watching in the director's box at the Parc des Princes. I'm sure he won't be enjoying the defending on show from Benfica!
32 YC Yellow card awarded to N. Gaitán of Benfica
32 COMMENT N. Gaitán receives a yellow card.
32 COMMENT PSG scored three goals from set-pieces against Olympiakos, and have two from set-pieces tonight. A huge threat.
31 COMMENT The Parc des Princes is rocking with excitement after a wondrous first half performance from the French champions. Benfica have been blown apart in 30 minutes, and you have to say, it's from their own undoing.
30 AS Assist by Thiago Motta (PSG)
30 G GOAL (PSG): Scored by Z. Ibrahimovic
30 COMMENT Thiago Motta provided the assist.
30 COMMENT GOAL!! PSG 3-0 BENFICA!! IBRAHIMOVIC!! Wow, wow, wow. PSG's opponents cannot defend set-pieces in the Champions League. Another corner, drifted in deep from Motta, met by Ibrahimovic. It's an easy jump for him, and Artur is nowhere!
29 SI Substitute in André Gomes of Benfica
29 SO Substitute out L. Fejsa of Benfica
29 COMMENT André Gomes enters the game and replaces L. Fejsa.
29 COMMENT Corner to PSG, and again it's the product of some shocking defending. The ball in from Motta is deep, but no one is trying to get it away, but in the end, PSG win another setpiece.
28 COMMENT SUBSTITUTION - Benfica: It appears that Lubomir Fejsa cannot continue in this first half, and will depart. On comes Andre Gomes.
27 COMMENT Lubomir Fejsa appears hurt here, and requires some medical attention. Break in play here at the Parc des Princes.
26 COMMENT Great assist across the face of goal by Blaise Matuidi, but what about Marquinhos? The 19-year-old defender has two goals in two games - scored against Toulouse at the weekend. Also notched on matchday one!
25 AS Assist by B. Matuidi (PSG)
25 G GOAL (PSG): Scored by Marquinhos
25 COMMENT GOAL! PSG 2-0 BENFICA - MARQUINHOS!!!!!!! The young Brazilian confirms what I've been saying a few moments ago. Fantastic goal from les Parisiens. The corner is not dealt with at all, as Verratti slides a fine pass forward on the edge of the box, towards the face of goal and tapped in by Marquinhos!
23 COMMENT Corner to PSG, conceded after a good run out on the flanks. Edging towards the midway point of the first half, what can PSG fathom?
22 COMMENT Marquinhos continuing to show his great potential and promise, producing a well-timed interception. Managed the same a few moments ago, blocking off Djuricic when it appeared that Benfica were open.
21 COMMENT Opening up, this one. The ball is played into Oscar Cardozo, who hasn't really earned any service from his midfielders tonight. The Paraguayan strikes a ball onto Alex, before ploughing forward and edging towards Filip Djuricic. Djuricic is offside, nonetheless.
20 COMMENT IBRAHIMOVIC! Well wide. Poor effort from the Swede, who already has one tonight. Holds off a Benfica defender, and drives a low shot towards goal, but that's no problem for Artur.
19 COMMENT Free-kick to PSG after Nemanja Matic is adjudged to have gone in late on Marco Verratti.
18 COMMENT Siqiueira! Wasted effort from the full-back. Benfica break at pace, and the loose ball is laid into the path of Siqiueira, who fires well over the bar.
17 COMMENT In tonight's other game in Group C - Olympiakos have travelled to Brussels to face RSC Anderlecht, the score there is 1-0 to the Greeks, courtesy of a strike from Kostas Mitroglou.
16 COMMENT Tense moment for Benfica as Lavezzi attempts to gain possession inside their own box, with Artur having to hurry away a clearance.
15 COMMENT Fantastic movement from PSG, as Ibrahimovic and Lavezzi change positions, with each alternating on the wing for periods of time. Cavani up front, for now.
14 COMMENT Filip Djuricic ventures forward, connecting with Perez on the outside, but he's forced back by an efficient Parisien defence at the minute.
13 COMMENT Good effort from Gregory van der Wiel, after he's fed through by Cavani. Under pressure from Siquiera, he diverts a ball goalwards. Tame as it is, saved easily by Artur.
11 COMMENT PSG break at will on the counter attack, with Lavezzi providing the orward run, aiming to link up with Ibrahimovic. Great block from Luisao to deny the hosts, as Benfica recover.
10 COMMENT Free-kick to Benfica afer Matuidi was adjudged to have fouled Oscar Cardozo. The Paraguayan forward is a threat up front for les Parisiens this evening. Ten minutes gone.
9 COMMENT Comfortable so far for les Parisiens as Lavezzi ventures out on the right, he attempts to get past Gaitan, who dispossesses him accordingly. Lavezzi was calling for Van der Wiel to make a run on the overlap.
8 COMMENT Alex cleans up at the back with a well timed tackle to stop Gaitan from delivering in a cross. Already tonight he's struggled with the pace of the forwards, might be a problem in the remaining time.
7 COMMENT Benfica aiming to address that setback with a venture forward of their own. Luisao up at the other end as a cross from the right is flapped at by Salvatore Sirigu. The loose ball is delivered back into the box, but Djuricic cannot get the touch on, as Sirigu claims.
6 COMMENT A delightful goal, and one that would seriously disappoint Benfica, who had at this point enjoyed much of the ball, and seeking out chances at the other end. PSG's first foray into the opposition box ends in a goal!
5 AS Assist by G. van der Wiel (PSG)
5 G GOAL (PSG): Scored by Z. Ibrahimovic
5 COMMENT Assist by G. van der Wiel.
5 COMMENT GOAL! PSG 1-0 BENFICA - A fantastically worked goal from PSG, and it was their first attack of the evening. Verratti with a delicate pass outside for Van der Wiel to give chase, crossed to the far post, simple tap-in for Ibrahimovic.
3 COMMENT Good feet shown by Nicolas Gaitan who holds off Alex, and proceeds with a delicate through ball for Guillerme Siqiueira to run onto from the overlap. The left-back just can't keep it in.
2 COMMENT Early foul from Andre Almeida on Lavezzi, as both sides begin to settle into a rhythm. Djuricic makes a neat run down the left, but the ball goes out of play.
1 COMMENT KICK-OFF - Underway in Paris, Benfica attacking from left to right, in their famous red strip.
0 COMMENT Fantastic atmopshere in Paris, as the noise level builds. Kick-off imminent.
0 COMMENT Tonight's referee is from Italy. Nicola Rizzoli, who took charge of the 2013 UEFA Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.  The sides are out, and the anthem will be played.
0 COMMENT TEAM NEWS: Blaise Matuidi passes a late fitness test to feature against the Portuguese outfit, having limped out of training yesterday.It's as you were, for les Parisiens with Alex replacing Zoumana Camara. For Benfica, Guillerme Siquiera and Andre Almeida return, as do Filip Djuricic and Nico Gaita
0 COMMENT SL BENFICA: Artur, Luisão, Siqueira, Garay, Almeida, Fejsa, Djuri?i?, Gaitán, Mati?, Pérez, Cardozo SUBS: Lopes, Pereira, Jardel, Sulejmani, Gomes, Lima, Markovi?
0 COMMENT PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Sirigu, Marquinhos, Alex, Maxwell, van der Wiel, Motta, Matuidi, Verratti, Cavani, Ibrahimovi?, Lavezzi SUBS: Douchez, Camara, Digne, Jallet, Ménez, Rabiot, Lucas
0 COMMENT CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
0 COMMENT Tonight also provides the perfect opportunity for either side to represent their nation in the race for UEFA coefficient points. France and Portugal are both locked in a battle for fifth place - with it, comes a place in the play-off round rather than the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League
0 COMMENT Benfica are more experienced than their French counterparts in the Champions League - this being their ninth appearance. PSG have been involved in six campaigns. Benfica reached the Europa League final last season, with PSG bowing out in the last eight of the Champions League on away goals against F
0 COMMENT Both these sides featured against each other just two years ago in the Europa League - at a time when PSG, under Antoine Kombouare, were starting to get to grips with their newly acquired riches. Only Christophe Jallet remains from that starting line-up, which included Claude Makelele - now assistan
0 COMMENT PSG recorded a 2-0 win over Toulouse FC at the weekend thanks to goals from Marquinhos and Edinson Cavani. In the Primeira Liga, Benfica stuttered to a draw against Belensenses.
0 COMMENT Tonight sees the two strongest teams in Group C of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League go head to head in the French capital. Both sides recorded a win on matchday one as PSG battered Olympiakos in Greece, with Benfica winning at home against Anderlecht.
0 COMMENT Good evening, and welcome to live commentary of the Champions League Group C clash between Paris Saint-Germain and SL Benfica at the Parc des Princes. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through tonight's encounter.
0 COMMENT The teams are out for the second half in Paris.
0 COMMENT HT stats: Passing - PSG 454 Benfica 171 - Shots (on target) PSG 5 (4) Benfica 5 (1) - possession counts PSG 70% Benfica 30%
0 COMMENT HT: Stunning first half performance from PSG, arguably their best under Laurent Blanc. They've taken advantage of Benfica's defensive frailties, and deservedly lead by a sizeable margin at the break. Join me again in 15 minutes for the second half.

Match Statistics

PSGPSG

65
60
3
33
8
13
3
8
1
1
9
3
8
2
Possession (%) 65
Attacks 60
Corners 3
Dangerous Attacks 33
Fouls 8
Free Kicks 13
Goals 3
Goal Kicks 8
Offsides 1
Shots Blocked 1
Shots on Target 9
Shots Wide 3
Throw Ins 8
Yellow Cards 2

BenficaSLB

35
56
4
34
12
9
0
4
1
0
4
5
12
1