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UEFA Europa League
May 2, 2013
• Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz), Lisboa
Referee: S. Lannoy
• Attendance: 55402
N. Gaitán 9'
O. Cardozo 35', 66'
Benfica win Aggregate 3 - 2
D. Kuijt 23'
That's your lot for tonight. Benfica and Chelsea will lock horns in Amsterdam at the end of the month in the Europa League final, the Portuguese side making it thanks to Cardozo's double heroics. Be sure to stick to Goal for reaction and ratings from tonight's match in Lisbon but until next time, I've been Harry Slavin, goodbye!
FULL-TIME: BENFICA 3-1 FENERBAHCE. BENFICA WILL MEET CHELSEA IN THE EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL! The whole Benfica bench are on the pitch at the full-time whistle. They've secured their place in the Europa League final and deservedly so.
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Artur now has the ball in his hands. The home side think that should do it...
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Kuyt pulls the ball back across the area but no one is there to get on the end of it.
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Jorge Jesus is gesticulating wildly on the touchline. He's struggling to hide his emotions in these fraught final moments.
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Gaitan got the ball rolling tonight with his opener and he is coming off for the final moments to be replaced by defender Roderick.
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Korkmaz got the goal in the first leg and he is playing a centre forward in these final minutes. He gets on the end of Stoch's cross but his header is straight at Artur.
We are into 5 minutes of injury time now. Is there one twist left in this captivating tie?
Volkan Demirel smacks a free kick into the Benfica area but by the time Dirk Kuyt collects the ball, the only option the away side have is to play it all the way back to the keeper. Good pressing from the hosts.
The man of the moment Oscar Cardozo comes off to a standing ovation at the Stadium of Light. As it stands his two goals are sending Benfica to the Europa League final. Urreta comes on in his place.
Yellow Card Caner Erkin
It's more likely that this booking is for the protest rather than the foul but either way Caner is in the referee's notebook after a foul on Maxi Pereira.
The hosts want a penalty for a handball by Ziegler but Stephane Lonney waives the protests away. Moments later Salvio is down for an extended period of time. Considering the earlier injury to Gonul, we could be in for a decent chunk of added time in Lisbon.
The Benfica side are beginning to drop like flies as they try to wind down the clock in these final 10 minutes. Artur and Cardozo have both been down already, trying to disrupt any Fenerbahce momentum.
This is more like it from the visitors. Stoch fires in a vicious low effort from the edge of the area that almost catches Artur out at his near post. He parries it away to Sow but the former Lille man was lurking in an offside position.
Matic takes a tumble in the Fenerbahce area as he tries to control the ball after a free kick is delivered into the area. It looks a little suspect and his lack of protest backs up those suspicions.
Final roll of the dice for Fenerbahce as they bring on midfielder Stoch to replace centre-back Yobo.
Benfica are still having the lion's share of possession here and Fenerbahce haven't found a different gear since falling behind. They don't have long to save their final aspirations now.
Lima has the chance to effectively put the tie to bed but he shoots straight at the keeper after being played through one-on-one. He also had Cardozo screaming for it inside. That's the kind of miss that can be costly.
Before tonight, 5 of the last 6 Europa League finalists had to come from behind in their semi-final tie to book their place in the final. As things stand, it looks like Benfica are going to be the side to join that list of teams who have done it the hard way.
It's the first time that Benfica have been ahead on aggregate in this tie and I can't see them relinquishing it that easily. Can Fenerbahce find anything in the final 20 minutes?
Goal Ó. Cardozo
GOOOAAALLL!!! CARDOZOOO!!! Right place, right time and the Eagles are ahead. A long throw from Salvio falls to Luisao and his blocked shot falls kindly to the feet of Cardozo who takes a touch and lashes the ball beyond Demirel.
There is just a wall of yellow and navy shirts on the edge of the Fenerbahce box at the moment as they desperately try and keep out their hosts. all 11 players are behind the ball!
Jorge Jesus' side are undeterred by the break in play and are back on the hunt for that important third goal straight away. Nicolas Gaitan sneaks into the box and just about keeps the ball in play to find Lima. The striker's touch is too heavy though and this time the ball definitely goes behind for a goal kick.
Bekir Irtegun replaces the injured Gonul who leaves the pitch on a stretcher. He was knocked clean out. Hopefully it isn't any more serious than that.
Gokhan Gonul is still down receiving treatment. They've shown the replay a few times now and I don't think there was any malice from Gaitan. Just a fantastic piece of defending from Gonul.
A lot of concern for Gonul. He puts his head in bravely as Gaitan goes for a volley and ends up taking the Benfica man's boot flush in the face. He hits the deck hard and looks to be out cold.
Aykut Kocaman's side have dealt with Benfica's pressure a lot more efficiently this half. Not nearly as many openings for the home side this half.
What an important header from Gonul! The right-back gets ahead of Garay as he looks to head the ball back across goal to an unmarked Cardozo.
Fenerbahce enjoy a spot of possession after that close call. They almost fashion a chance as well but Sow cannot control the ball over the top, Luisao making sure the forward doesn't have a moments peace.
Cardozo goes close! The striker is allowed to shift the ball onto his left once more and tries to whip the ball into the far corner but can't quite find the target. Not far off though.
Once again the home side come out looking to force the issue. Salvio delivers a long throw into the area but no team mate can get on the end of it.
Fenerbahce get the ball rolling again!
Fenerbahce's goal means that we have to reach a conclusion in 90 minutes tonight. Fasten your seat-belts for the next forty-five, this should be frantic!
The tie in Lisbon isn't the only finely balanced Europa League semi-final this evening. Basel have taken the lead at Stamford Bridge to level on aggregate there too. It's currently 2-2 over the two legs with Chelsea going through thanks to their two goals in Basel.
All the talk after the first leg revolved around Fenerbahce failing to take their chances. Once again they've missed a really good chance this evening as Sow failed to connect with Ziegler's cross and Kuyt should have done better with an unguarded net with the follow up. At least they've buried the penalty this time around.
HALF-TIME: BENFICA 2-1 FENERBAHCE. An incredible opening forty-five has left this tie beautifully poised. Benfica have been relentless but the visitors have that all important away goal. Who knows what the second half holds! I for one cannot wait!
Mehmet Topuz replaces the struggling Sahin in the middle of the park.
We have two minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half. Surely we can't see anymore action?
Selcuk Sahin is going to have to come off here. He is limping pretty heavily and wont even be able to see out the remaining minutes. A blow for the visitors.
Chances at either end! Fenerbahce almost level things up as Cristian plays Ziegler into the area with two to aim for but neither Sow nor Kuyt can finish from close range. At the other end Matic sends a curled effort just wide of Demirel's upright after being set up by Lima. Frenetic stuff!
The first half has been utterly breathless! We've still got five minutes until the break. Are there anymore twists to come before then?
The atmosphere has just turned up a notch inside the Stadium of Light. That goal has ramped up the urgency from Benfica on the field. The visitors don't quite know how to handle it at the moment!
Assist Enzo Nicolás Pérez
Goal Ó. Cardozo
GOOOAAAALLLL!!!!! BENFICA RETAKE THE LEAD ON THE NIGHT!!! Quick thinking from the Eagles. They're awarded a free kick midway inside the Fenerbahce half. The Turkish side switch off and a Perez's free kick finds Cardozo in space on the edge of the area. He's allowed to shift the ball onto his left foot before placing the ball into the opposite corner. We're back level on aggregate!
Yellow Card Enzo Nicolás Pérez
Benfica are furious. They want a penalty for handball now as Korkmaz kicks the ball against his own hand. It looks completely unintentional but considering what has gone before this evening they might consider themselves hard done by.
Yellow Card Cristian Baroni
That's not a clever challenge either. The Brazilian was in tears last week and will do well to hold back the tears tonight as he picks up a booking that means he too will miss the final.
Yellow Card Maxi Pereira
Maxi Pereira wont be playing in Amsterdam whatever the outcome tonight. He's just been booked for taking out Salih Ucan as he tries to create a breakaway for the Turkish side and is now suspended for the final.
The visitors are in again here! Gonul heads Moussa Sow in behind the Benfica back line. He's able to get his shot away but Artur is down smartly to keep a hold of it.
Well that has certainly put an away-goal-sized cat amongst the pigeons. Fenerbahce hadn't threatened in the slightest before that call. Benfica's task has just got a little more tricky.
Penalty Goal Dirk Kuyt
GOOOAAAALLL!!! KUYT LEVELS FROM THE SPOT!!! The penalty is a soft one and I don't think Garay knows anything about it. The ball does bounce up and hit him after an aerial challenge with Caner though. Kuyt takes over penalty duties this week and makes no mistake.
PENALTY!!! Garay has been penalised for handball!
Dirk Kuyt volleys a wayward pass straight of play. You get the feeling the Istanbul side aren't going to see a lot of the ball in good areas this evening. They'll have to look after it better than that.
Maxi Pereira swings in a cross and Cardozo rises highest at the far post but the Paraguayan can't direct his header goalwards, Gonul doing just about enough to put the striker off.
Luisao uses his head at the other end of the field now as he stretches to reach a free kick. It's just too far in front of the central defender though and he nods the ball behind for a goal kick.
Luisao and Sow clash heads as they go up for a ball. Cristian checks both scalps to make sure there's no blood drawn. He gives the all clear and we're good to go again.
The Turkish outfit must already be thinking about those missed opportunties last week. They missed a penalty and hit the woodwork three times. They definitely can't afford to be as wasteful this evening.
When Aykut Kocaman was talking his side through the opening stages of tonight's match, this is probably the scenario they were looking to avoid. An early goal was always going to lift the hosts and they've deserved. They've been irresistible in the opening 10 minutes.
Goal N. Gaitán
GOOOAAAALLL!!!!! GAITAN LEVELS THE TIE!!! Just the start Benfica wanted. Just the start Fenerbahce didn't. Lima scurries away down the right and his cut back is perfect for Gaitan to run onto and guide home via the outside of his left boot. The fuse has been lit.
The Eagles may be virtually indestructible at home this year, but Fenerbahce's away form is something to be admired too. They're unbeaten away from home in Europe all season, keeping clean sheets in all their away legs since the group stages. Miserly.
First shot on goal! It's come from Oscar Cardozo who shows a neat bit of skill to tee himself up, chipping the ball up and volleying on the turn from outside the area. Volkan Demirel is on his toes however and makes his first save of the evening look rather comfortable.
Jorge Jesus' side have started quickly as you'd expect. They force an early long throw which Luisao and Garay both come up for. No chance emerged though.
Of course, as ever, I want to hear from you. All opinions and predictions are welcome. You can share them in the chat box in the match centre or, alternatively, you can tweet in direct to @harryslavin. The choice is yours.
French referee Stephane Lannoy gets us underway on a beautiful Portuguese evening. Let's hope the football can match it.
The teams are on their way out in Lisbon. Benfica haven't lost at home since Barcelona beat them in the Champions League group stages last Ocotber. They've played 19 games at the Stadium of Light since then, winning 17 of them.
Both sides have been forced into a couple of changes from the first-leg then. Benfica see Nicolas Gaitan overcome injury to replace the suspended Ola John, while Perez comes back in after missing the first-leg through suspension. Raul Meireles is out for the rest of the season after being stretchered off last week. 19 year-old Salih Ucan replaces him in midfield.
FENERBAHCE: (4-2-3-1) Volkan; Egemen, Yobo, Ziegler, Gokhan; Selcuk, Caner; Salih, Cristian, Kuyt; Sow.
BENFICA: (4-3-3) Artur, Luisao, Pereira, Garay, Almeida, Gaitan, Matic, Perez, Cardozo, Lima, Salvio.
The teams have been announced ahead of kick-off so let's take a look starting with the home side.
A week ago these sides locked horns in Istanbul, Fenerbahce emerging through the blood, sweat and Cristian's tears to take a slender 1-0 lead into the deciding leg. That leg takes place tonight at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica - The Stadium of Light to you and me - as Benfica look to make the most of home advantage.
Good Evening and welcome to Goal's coverage from the Europa League semi-final second-leg between Benfica and Fenerbahce! I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be here to take you through all the action from Lisbon as both sides battle for a place in the final in Amsterdam later this month.
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