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Benfica 2-0 Porto: good midfield pressure and quick attacking from the home side

January 17, 2014
Benfica 2-0 Porto: good midfield pressure and quick attacking from the home side

Benfica went top of the league with a controlled, confident victory at the Estadio da Luz. Jorge Jesus played his usual outfield players, although in goal Artur Moraes was unavailable so back-up Jan Oblak played instead. This was Nemanja Matic’s final game before his return to Chelsea. Paolo Fonseca played Carlos Eduardo at the head of...
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Chelsea 2-1 Benfica: Chelsea outplayed in the first half, but improve after the break

May 16, 2013
Chelsea 2-1 Benfica: Chelsea outplayed in the first half, but improve after the break

Chelsea won the Europa League thanks to Branislav Ivanovic’s stoppage time header. From the side that lost to Porto at the weekend, Jorge Jesus left out Lima and Ola John, bringing back Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo to the starting line-up. Lorenzo Malgarejo replaced for the suspended Maxi Pereira, with Andre Almeida switching flanks. Rafael Benitez was...
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Porto 2-1 Benfica: late Kelvin winner puts Porto on the verge of the title

May 14, 2013
Porto 2-1 Benfica: late Kelvin winner puts Porto on the verge of the title

A draw would have kept Benfica at the top – but a dramatic goal from substitute Kelvin means Porto go into the final day as favourites for the title. Vitor Pereira used his expected starting XI, although midfielders Joao Moutinho and Lucho Gonzalez often played the other way around to their normal format. Jorge Jesus used...
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Braga 1-2 Benfica: Lima stars on his return

January 28, 2013
Braga 1-2 Benfica: Lima stars on his return

Benfica produced a fine away performance to preserve their unbeaten Liga Sagres record. Jose Peseiro was forced to use an inexperienced centre-back combination of Vincent Sasso and Max Haas. The rest of his side was roughly as expected. Jorge Jesus was without Oscar Cardozo and Ezequiel Garay. Lima started alone upfront, while Ola John was selected...
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Benfica 2-2 Porto: four goals in the first twenty minutes, then Matic and Fernando dominate

January 14, 2013
Benfica 2-2 Porto: four goals in the first twenty minutes, then Matic and Fernando dominate

An absolutely crazy start was followed by a much cagier, quieter period – both sides retained their unbeaten record. Jorge Jesus selected Lima as his second striker, and Nico Gaitan rather than Ola John on the left of midfield. Vitor Pereira was without his outside-right James Rodriguez, a significant loss. In his place, midfielder Steven Defour...
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