• match commentary
  • Champions League
  • 20 November 2012, 7:45pm
  • Estadio da Luz
  • John, 7
  • Garay, 71
  • Samaras, 32

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90 mins:Watt drags a last-gasp effort wide.

90 mins:Salvio is replaced by Jardel for the closing seconds.

90 mins:Almeida is booked after tangling with Samaras.

90 mins:Magnificent stop by Forster to deny Cardozo another goal.

89 mins:Watt tries his luck from 25 yards out but his tame shot trickles through to Artur.

87 mins:Celtic are growing frustrated as Benfica try every trick in the book to hang onto their lead.

85 mins:Victor Wanyama picks up a late booking that means he will be suspended for the crunch clash against Spartak Moscow.

84 mins:A promising Celtic attack peters out when Mikael Lustig's poor cross is cleared before Commons' low shot is kept out by Artur.

82 mins:Cardosa's brilliant free-kick is tipped over the bar by the acrobatic Forster.

80 mins:Centic bring on Tony Watt for Ledley.

80 mins:Benfica appear to be in control of the match again now, Celtic saeem jaded.

78 mins:Benfica bring on Maxi for Nemanja Matic.

77 mins:Lorenzo Melgarejo picks up a booking for Benfica.

77 mins:Benfica are keen to finish this game off now as they swarm onto the attack in search of a third goal.

76 mins:Benfica bring on Nicolas Gaitan for Lima.

73 mins:The goal came just when Celtic seemed to have blunted the Benfica attack.

71 mins:BENFICA 2-1 CELTIC. Celtic switch off for a second allowing EZEQUIEL GARAY to lash a volley past Forster.

70 mins:Salvio contrives to miss the ball when all he had to do was force it home from six yards out, that was a clear opening for the home side.

69 mins:The game is much more even now after Benfica's explosing start to the second period.

69 mins:Forster gets down well to save the dangerous Lima's low drive.

67 mins:Celtic appear to have weathered the latest Benfica storm as they enjoy a rare spell of possession in the home side's half.

65 mins:Celtic make their second change as Brown limps off the pitch and is replaced by Kris Commons.

65 mins:Almeida gets into a good position on the right flank but his cross is too deep and Forster is able to clear his lines.

63 mins:Lima has the beating of Ambrose and he fires in another dangerous cross that no Benfica team-mate can latch on to.

61 mins:The home fans vent their frustration as a promising Benfica attack breaks down.

59 mins:Celtic are defending in numbers but Benfica's domination is total now as Luisao scoops a close-range effort over the bar.

57 mins:The pressure is growing on the Celtic defence now as Benfica step up the pace of the game.

55 mins:Lima beats Ambrose far too easily but Adam Matthews is in the right place to clear the Benfica man's effort off the line.

53 mins:Benfica win a corner but Efe Ambrose heads Silva's poor flag-kick away from danger.

51 mins:Benfica are now finding it much harder to break through Celtic's two bands of four defenders.

49 mins:Ledley becomes the second Celtic player to go into the referee's notebook.

48 mins:Benfica know that a draw isn't good enough for them, they need a win if they are to have any chance of progressing to the last-16 at Celtic's expense.

46 mins:Mulgrew has been taken off after complaining of feeling unwell, so Biram Kayal comes on to replace him for the second half.

46 mins:Celtic get the second half underway.


45 mins:Forster does well to save John's low drive with his legs.

44 mins:Benfica are ending the half strongly as they pour forward looking to regain the advantage.

42 mins:Nemanja Matic tricks his way into the area but Wilson gets back to block the midfielder's shot.

40 mins:Celtic win their second corner, but this time Mulgrew is unable to beat the first defender with his delivery.

38 mins:Samaras is booked after tangling with Perez, the second free-kick the Greek striker had conceded in a matter of seconds.

38 mins:Benfica have been knocked out of their stride by Celtic's equaliser as the rain gets much heavier.

36 mins:The goal has lifted Celtic who had looked very disjointed in the opening stages, as Samaras goes for goal again, although this time his low shot drifts wide.

34 mins:As it stands, Celtic will qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League tonight.

32 mins:BENFICA 1-1 CELTIC. Celtic win their first corner of the match and it results in a goal. Charlie Mulgrew's flag-kick causes Artur to flap at the ball and SAMARAS at the far post has the simple task of nodding it into the back of the net.

31 mins:Good chance for Cardozo who lashes a left-footed drive wide - should really be 2-0 to Benfica.

29 mins:Brown throws Lorenzo Melgarejo to the ground and is a little fortunate to escape a yellow card.

27 mins:John and Jose Lima appear to be Benfica's liveliest players and have been impressive in the opening stages.

25 mins:The game continues to be played in Celtic's half, although Benfica haven't created a chance since going ahead.

23 mins:The game is very flat. Benfica seem happy to slow the game down at every opportunity now that they're ahead, while the Bhoys don't look good enough to get back into the match.

21 mins:There's not been much quality on show so far, and it seems unbelievable, on this showing, that this Celtic side could have beaten Barcelona earlier this month.

19 mins:Benfica are happy to be patient, keeping possession of the ball well, before suddenly bursting into life when Celtic least expect it.

17 mins:Hooper is caught offside after tring to latch onto Ledley's long ball forward. Better by Celtic though.

15 mins:Celtic seem to have been set up to play for a goalless draw and are struggling to adapt to going behind.

13 mins:Celtic haven't started well at all, they seem unable to keep possession for any length of time.

11 mins:Benfica aren't afraid to go to ground at every opportunity although to be fair Eduardo Salvio was involved in a clash of heads with Scott Brown this time.

9 mins:Celtic need to be careful now as Benfica are on a roll after that early breakthrough.

7 mins:BENFICA 1-0 CELTIC. Fraser Forster is beaten low to his right by OLA JOHN's powerful right-footed drive.

5 mins:Unsurprisingly it's Benfica that have made the brighter start in front of their vociferous fans.

3 mins:Georgios Samaras loses possession in midfield, allowing Oscar Cardozo to charge forward and lash a long-range effort just over Fraser Forster's goal.

2 mins:Kelvin Wilson snaps into a tasty early tackle to let Benfica know what they're up against tonight.

1 mins:We're underway at a very damp Stadium of Light.

Spartak Moscow have already been beaten by Barcelona today, so Celtic are in a very strong position in their bid to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Neil Lennon has a full squad to choose from so Joe Ledley, Scott Brown and Gary Hooper all return to the starting line-up.

A fortnight after securing a famous victory against Barcelona, Celtic travel to Lisbon to take on Benfica in their latest Champions League clash.

team line-up

1Artur Moraes
25Lorenzo Melgarejo
24Ezequiel Garay
34André Almeida
18Eduardo Salvio91
35Enzo Pérez
21Nemanja Matic78
15Ola John
7Óscar Cardozo


13Paulo Lopes
20Nicolas Gaitán75
14Maxi Pereira78
8Bruno César


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team line-up

1Fraser Forster
23Mikael Lustig
4Efe Ambrose
2Adam Matthews
6Kelvin Wilson
16Joe Ledley80
8Scott Brown64
67Victor Wanyama
21Charlie Mulgrew45
9Georgios Samaras
88Gary Hooper


33Biram Kayal45
20Patrick McCourt
32Tony Watt80
15Kris Commons64
24Lukasz Zaluska


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match stats

possession %6732
shots on target85
shots off target124
tackles won415