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  • Basel 0-2 Benfica: Cesar, Cardozo scored, Emerson red-card

    A slick move finished off by Bruno Cesar and an Oscar Cardozo free kick gave Benfica their second successive away win in Champions League Group C as they beat Swiss side FC Basel 2-0.
    Brazilian Bruno Cesar side-footed home in the 20th minute and Paraguay striker Cardozo, who had only been on the pitch for a few minutes rifled in a free kick for the second in the 75th minute.

    Benfica were the more polished side, although Basel also created several clear chances, visiting goalkeeper Artur securing the three points with an outstanding display.

    Unbeaten Benfica top the group with seven points from three games while Basel, who held Manchester United 3-3 away in their previous match, remained stuck on four after their first loss, a point behind the English champions.

    Xherdan Shaqiri was close for Basel with an early shot and Alexander Frei tested Artur with a deflected effort before Bruno Cesar broke the deadlock after a superb exchange of passes centered around Nicolas Gaitan.

    Marco Streller and Shaqiri were both denied equalisers by Arthur before halftime as Basel fought back. Gaitan then wasted a chance for Benfica after he fired over from the same position Bruno Cesar had scored from.

    Benfica appeared to be in control for most of the second half as Pablo Aimar and Emerson both had shots blocked by Yann Sommer.

    Streller then got clear for Basel but Arthur made another stunning save.

    Beanpole striker Cardozo secured the points for Benfica as his low free kick found its way through the defensive wall.

    The visitors had left back Emerson sent off in the 86th minute.


    Team Line-up:

    Basel: Sommer, Steinhofer, Abraham, Dragovic, Park, Shaqiri, Huggel, Granit Xhaka, Fabian Frei, Streller, Alexander Frei. Subs: Colomba, Chipperfield, Taulant Xhaka, Kusunga, Cabral, Kovac, Zoua.
    Benfica: Artur Moraes, Emerson, Luisao, Garay, Maxi Pereira, Gaitan, Javi Garcia, Bruno Cesar, Witsel, Machado, Aimar. Subs: Eduardo, Cardozo, Nolito, Matic, Miguel Vitor, Saviola, Luis Martins.


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