Champions League Match Preview: Anderlecht vs. Benfica

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Updated: November 20, 2013
Benfica

Match Date: 27 November 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Constant Vanden Stock

 

Earning a clean sheet from their joist against Belgian Anderlecht during the Champions League group stage (first leg), Benfica are brewing a possible progress in the tournament’s higher stages. Filip Djuricic and Luisao scored a goal apiece for the Portuguese club, making them the only scorers of the match, 2-0.

 

Early in the tourney, Jorge Jesus’ men were already the dominant forces in the meeting. The goal-less first four minutes was immediately filled out after Benfica opened the scoring via Djuricic. The striker bagged the ball in the center of the Anderlecht goal and dribbled it towards the scoring area with a close-range strike.

 

A feasible header by Aleksandar Mitrovic would have equalized the scoring, but goalkeeper Artur was quick to deny the shot. Anderlecht’s Silvio Proto was also the Belgian squad’s defense hero, after he was able to prevent Oscar Cardozo from converting his chances for a double Benfica lead.

 

Unfortunately for the Belgian troupe, Andre Almeida was able to find an opportunity to make a second goal into the fixture, which was efficiently converted by Luisao. Cardozo was on his way to give Benfica a third goal, but his long-range effort faltered over the crossbar.

 

On the period past the 30-minute mark, the match started to get dry of scoring. Chances were created by both sides, but none of them clearly materialized. Thus, the 2-0 result was carried over the match’s finish.

 

Football betting tip: Anderlecht and Benfica’s second leg of competitions seem to tell the same story as their first meeting. The Portuguese players would still find the net more aggressively than their opponents. Betting from 1.94 to 1.99 for the away side will be worth the risk.

 

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