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Primeira Liga

  • 2 March 2012
  • • 20:15
  • • Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz), Lisboa
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 58222

Live Commentary

  • After a fantastic classico and surely the game of the year, Porto will be leaving the Estadio de Luz in first place after a 3-2 comeback victory. Hulk put the visitors ahead early with a wonder strike but a Cardozo double put the hosts on top. James brought the visitors level and after Emerson was sent off, Maicon scored the winner. Os Dragoes have now won the last four contests at the Estadio de Luz which is becoming a haven for the Northern side. Ladies and gentlemen, it has been a pleasure in guiding you through one of the games of the year. This has been Victor Ferreira. Good evening!
  • 90' + 4'
    Yellow Card Maxi Pereira
  • 90' + 3'
    SubstitutionHulk C. Săpunaru
  • 90' + 3'
    Benfica players are losing their heads now as Maxi picks up a booking for arguing yelling at the referee.
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card Hulk
  • 90' + 2'
    Sapunaru now coming on for Hulk as Porto look to hold on to the result.
  • 90' + 1'
    Yellow Card Helton
  • 90'
    SubstitutionJavi García Nélson Oliveira
  • 90'
    We're into injury time at the Luz. Four minutes remaining in the classico!
  • 89'
    This is the third straight game in which Maicon scores while playing at the centre-back position. Vitor Pereira doesn't seem to be picking up on the hint.
  • 87'
    Goal Maicon
    ITS MAICON!!! PORTO COMEBACK TO EARN THE ADVANTAGE! From a James free kick, Maicon, who looks to be a centimetre offside, heads past Artur! Porto 3-2!
  • 86'
    SubstitutionJoao Moutinho Kléber
  • 86'
    Another tremendous risk from Pereira, Moutinho, not Janko, will be coming off for Kleber.
  • 84'
    Porto are about to bring on Kleber, who coincidentally scored the opener at the Dragao earlier this season.
  • 82'
    Fernando is completely bossing around the midfield. They don't call him the octopus in Portugal for nothing. He seems to have more than two feet at times in all the loose balls he collects.
  • 81'
    Benfica look nervous and will have to work hard to hold on to the draw as Porto continues to look for the goal.
  • 79'
    Benfica parking the bus right now, all 10 men are defending behind the halfway line.
  • 78'
    Gaitan has now been moved to left-back. Very inventive from Jorge Jesus.
  • 77'
    Yellow/Red Emerson
  • 76'
    THAT'S IT! EMERSON IS OFF! Benfica will be playing with ten from now on as Hulk blew past the left-back, who had no choice but to bring him down from behind and pick up his second yellow card in the process!
  • 75'
    The Northern side are pouring it on now as Benfica have barely passed the halfway line.
  • 74'
    Hulk tries his luck from about 25 yards but his shot is well wide.
  • 72'
    Janko puts the ball by Artur but is flagged for offside. The Austrian hitman was more than a couple of metres off.
  • 72'
    Hulk touches the ball for the first time in what seems an eternity.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionEzequiel Garay Miguel Vítor
  • 70'
    And it looks like Garay cannot continue! Another forced substitution for Benfica as their players seem to be falling apart on the field. Miguel Vitor will replace the Argentina international.
  • 68'
    Gaitan and Maicon go forehead-to-forehead as tensions rise at the Luz.
  • 66'
    Garay is down! Real concern for the Benfica faithful, but after a few minutes of treatment, it looks like he may be alright to return.
  • 64'
    Goal James Rodríguez
    GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!! JAMES!!! PORTO EQUALISE! On a counterattack, James guides the ball up field and plays a one-two with Fernando. Collecting the ball in the box, the Colombian fired past Artur with a potent strike.
  • 63'
    Yellow Card Emerson
  • 62'
    Porto defence clears it away.
  • 60'
    Another dangerous free kick for Benfica...
  • 58'
    SubstitutionRolando James Rodríguez
  • 58'
    Vitor Pereira with his usual questionable moves as a coach has replaced Rolando with James Rodriguez. Maicon will move to the centre of defence and Djalma will move to right-back.
  • 56'
    Janko has also been completely absent from the game as he cannot seem to connect to the rest of the team and has been left completely isolated upfront, with Luisao covering his every move.
  • 54'
    Os Dragoes seem to have earned a bit more possession but are not doing anything with the ball to threaten Benfica.
  • 52'
    From the time he scored, Hulk has been completely absent from the match. Other than the goal, the Brazilian has been very poor.
  • 51'
    SubstitutionPablo Aimar Rodrigo
  • 50'
    Aimar looks to have picked up a knock and will be substituted. Rodrigo will be replacing the Argentine.
  • 48'
    Goal Ó. Cardozo
    GOALLLLL!!!!! BENFICA! CARDOZO! The Paraguayan escapes his marker and latches on to a free kick from Aimar. With an open net, Cardozo made no mistake. Benfica 2-1!
  • 46'
    Cardozo seems to have shaken off the injury as he is back with the team.
  • 45'
    The referee blows for the second-half and we're back!
  • Make sure to join me in ten minutes for the second-half!
  • Porto fans! Benfica fans! Other viewers! What are your predictions for the second-half? Who will come out on top of the classico? Let me know on twitter @VicF77.
  • Chelsea scouts will have loved Hulk's opening goal as the Brazilian has been recently linked with a summer move to Andre Villas-Boas' squad.
  • Several clubs are in attendance at the Luz tonight: Toulouse, Lille, Tottenham, Servette, Fulham, Atletico Madrid, Belenenses, Genova, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Everton, WBA, Manchester City, Koln, Manchester United, Liverpool, Hannover, Uniao Madeira, Uniao de Leiria and Beira Mar.
  • HALFTIME! Benfica and Porto head into their dressing rooms tied at 1-1. A magnificent strike from Hulk was cancelled out by Cardozo near the end of the half.
  • 45' + 1'
    Yellow Card Ó. Cardozo
  • 45'
    Cardozo carried off the field, Benfica fans will be worried!
  • 44'
    Porto will have to find their best once more to earn the advantage. After the 15th minute, they clearly lost control of the match.
  • 42'
    Goal Ó. Cardozo
    AND THERE IT IS! CARDOZO FINDS THE EQUALISER! An awful mistake from the Porto defence, who fails to clear the ball from a corner kick, allows Cardozo to collect in the box and fire past Helton! 1-1 at the Luz!
  • 39'
    Gaitan has another cross sail wide. The Manchester City and United target has been absent from this match.
  • 36'
    TO THE CROSSBAR! Porto come close again as Moutinho's free kick bangs off the top of the crossbar! We're seeing some real end-to-end action here folks!
  • 35'
    NOW ITS ARTUR! Lucho isolated Janko with a magical through ball in the box. After denying the Austrian, the keeper stopped Djalma's follow up with a diving save!
  • 34'
    It looks like it will only be a matter of time before Benfica find the equaliser.
  • 33'
    BENFICA CLOSE AGAIN! Aimar is picked out in the middle but his point-blank header is once again saved by Helton.
  • 32'
    Maicon really struggling in this game. It seems as if every time he plays in a game of elevated importance, his nerves take over. His play is detrimental to the team at the moment.
  • 30'
    Alvaro runs up the pitch and selfishly tries his luck from 30 yards when he had Lucho open on the right.
  • 29'
    Yellow Card Djalma Braume Manuel Abel Campos
  • 28'
    Another Cardozo free kick is blocked by the visitors' defence.
  • 27'
    Porto players are racking up the yellow cards, after Alvaro was booked, Djalma picks up a yellow card. That's three in 28 minutes.
  • 25'
    Benfica are looking a lot better now, playing a quick game in transition and running at Porto's defence.
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Á. Pereira
  • 24'
    The home side spurned a free kick in a dangerous area as Cardozo's direct shot struck the wall of Porto defenders.
  • 22'
    HELTON SAVES PORTO! While the visitors were playing the offside trap, Gaitan hit a superb pass into the box that found a completely isolated Cardozo in the box. From point-blank range, Helton stops the Paraguayan.
  • 21'
    Yellow Card Rolando
  • 21'
    First booking of the night goes to Rolando. Rookie mistake from the Portugal international as he stops Cardozo from spinning around him high up the pitch.
  • 19'
    Jorge Jesus' men continue to struggle to get past Porto's midfield and the high levels of pressure.
  • 17'
    Benfica closing down the middle of the pitch quite well but every time Porto attacks through the wings, the home side's defence goes into shambles
  • 15'
    Fun fact: Hulk's goal signals the third time that he scores in the seventh game after being held scoreless for six.
  • 12'
    Benfica exchanging the ball around Porto's box with speed but it amounts to nothing as Helton easily collects
  • 12'
    Is Hulk's goal the goal of the season? Let me know @VicF77
  • 10'
    Lucho goes down injured, but is only shaken up. Porto fans do not have to worry about this one.
  • 9'
    Porto playing possession around Benfica's box, looking to double their advantage.
  • 7'
    Goal Hulk
    GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! OH MY WHAT A GOALLLL!!!!!!!! HULK!!!! PORTO 1-0! Hulk finally breaks the duck and scores in 2012 and what a goal it is! On the right, the Brazil international dribbled into the middle and struck a venomous strike towards goal, from outside the box, that Artur had no chance of defending! The shot was recorded at being struck at 108 kmph!
  • 5'
    Fun fact: Against Portugal's other three "big" clubs, Vitor Pereira has only won a single time this season in defeating Braga. Draws against Sporting and Benfica do not display a great "big game" record for Pereira's Porto
  • 5'
    Fun fact: Against Portugal's other three "big" clubs, Vitor Pereira has only won a single time this season in defeating Braga. Draws against Sporting and Benfica do not display a great "big game" record for Pereira's Porto
  • 2'
    Maicon nearly gives the ball away in a dangerous area to Nolito. Early nerves from the Brazilian.
  • 1'
    Porto are pressuring very high up the pitch, looking to force mistakes from their opposition
  • 1'
  • Hulk has not scored once in 2012. He will look to change that tonight and Os Dragoes definitely need him at his best tonight.
  • We're nearly underway at the Estadio de Luz..
  • The two rivals have already played once this season at the Estadio do Dragao during the first round of fixtures. Goals from Kleber and Otamendi were cancelled out by strikes from Cardozo and Gaitan as the two clubs fought to a 2-2 draw.
  • Last year, Porto defeated Benfica twice at the Estadio de Luz. For the season, Porto earned a 2-1 victory and celebrated winning the league title in their rivals' stadium. In the Portuguese Cup, Porto turned around a 2-0 deficit from the first-leg and earned a 3-0 victory at the Estadio de Luz to advance to the cup final
  • Porto substitutes: Bracali, Cristian Rodriguez, Kleber, James Rodriguez, Sapunaru, Alex Sandro, Defour
  • Benfica substitutes: Eduardo, Bruno Cesar, Nelson Oliveira, Rodrigo, Matic, Miguel Vitor, Saviola
  • Benfica XI (4-5-1) : Artur, Maxi Pereira, Garay, Luisao, Emerson; Javi Garcia, Witsel, Gaitan, Nolito, Aimar; Cardozo
  • Porto XI (4-3-3): Helton; Maicon, Rolando, Otamendi, Alvaro Pereira; Fernando, Lucho, Moutinho; Djalma, Hulk, Janko
  • Official lineups are in!
  • Porto fans! Benfica fans! Any predictions for tonight? Let me know on twitter @VicF77. Questions will be answered in the live!
  • Hello and welcome all to's LIVE text commentary of the Portuguese classico. Benfica and Porto will be clashing it was is sure to be another heated and entertaining matchup. I'm Victor Ferreira and I will be leading you through the chills and thrills of the matchup tonight.