Benfica vs Manchester United Live Score and Commentary, UEFA Champions League 2017-18 BEN 0-0 MUN

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedOct 19, 2017 02:12 IST

Benfica 0-1 Man United (Rashford 65')


02:12 (IST)19 OCT 2017



United were pathetic in the first half and superb in the second... but it took a silly mistake from an 18-year-old debutant to break the deadlock - a defence that was superbly marshalled by Luisao and Ruben Dias deserved better... but such is the way of the world. Poor Mile Svilar will only learn from such bad experiences... onwards and upwards, young man. 

Manchester United maintain their 100% record and their stranglehold at the top of Group A; Benfica remain stranded at the bottom. 

That's all from me tonight. Thank you for reading... Anirudh Menon signing out. 


02:09 (IST)19 OCT 2017

94' Lingard goes into the book for  silly little push, and continued verbals with Alex Grimaldo. 

02:08 (IST)19 OCT 2017

93' Lukaku stands over it... and smashes it into Filipe Augusto's face in the wall. OUCH! 

02:07 (IST)19 OCT 2017

92' OH HO! LUISAO GETS SENT OFF FOR FLYING INTO McTOMINAY! He had done superbly to block Lukaku initially, but the follow-up foul was simply idiotic. Benfica will miss him at Old Trafford

02:06 (IST)19 OCT 2017

91' Valencia smashes one into the box in typically forceful style, but Slivar catches well. Meanwhile, Mourinho gives Scott McTominay a run out in the Champions League as he takes off the disappointing Henrikh Mkhitaryan

02:04 (IST)19 OCT 2017

90' Four minutes to be added on. 

02:04 (IST)19 OCT 2017

89' Jimenez sends one in speculatively but a Blind miscue allows Cervi to win a corner off Herrera. This time the corner is nodded away by Valencia and Grimaldo's followup flies well wide

02:02 (IST)19 OCT 2017

87' OH RUBEN DIAS, TAKE A BOW, YOU BRAVE MAN! United counter at supreme pace through Martial, but the centre-back does ever so well to keep up with the flying Frenchman and nick the ball off him

02:01 (IST)19 OCT 2017

86' Benfica win another corner as Cervi runs at Herrera... Smalling thumps this one clear. Cervi sends it back with interest, but Herrera rises high to thump it clear this time

01:59 (IST)19 OCT 2017

85' WOOF! Martial's insanely quick feet work some space where there ought to be one inside the Benfica box before he tees up Mkhitaryan, who is in turn closed down superbly by Ruben Dias

01:58 (IST)19 OCT 2017

84' Cervi's first contribution is to win a corner... from which Ruben Dias sends a flying volley into row Z! That was a difficult chance, but a chance nonetheless. Mourinho will be furious that the big centre-back was left unmarked in the box!

01:57 (IST)19 OCT 2017

83' Substitutions ahoy. Eduardo Salvio is off, Franco Cerci is on while Juan Mata is taken off for Jesse Lingard. 

01:56 (IST)19 OCT 2017

81' Herrera who has been brilliant this half wins the ball back inside his own half and plays it on to Martial, but the Frenchman's attempt to link up with Mkhitaryan is well read by Luisao. Zivkovic curls one into the box at the other end, but Smalling sends it clear with a spectacular header

01:54 (IST)19 OCT 2017

80' The resultant corner is rubbish

01:54 (IST)19 OCT 2017

79' Unfortunately for them, the corner is straight at Lukaku. United move forward purposefully and Lukaku swings it to Martial..... the Frenchman does what he does by sending Douglas to another postal code and racing into the box... he opts to try and beat Svilar from close range but the young keeper does well to keep the score at 1-0

01:52 (IST)19 OCT 2017

78' Benfica are certainly not out of this yet and Jonas wins a corner with a shot that's deflected off Lindelof. The crowd are trying their best to get behind their team.

01:51 (IST)19 OCT 2017

77' Martial's first bit of action is to smash one into Lukaku's chest, who in turn tries to tee up Herrera, but the Basque can do naught but win a corner in the face of some superb defending from Ruben DIas

01:50 (IST)19 OCT 2017

75' United make the substitution and Rashford's evil twin, Anthony Martial glides onto the pitch

01:49 (IST)19 OCT 2017

74' Grimaldo pings one into the box and Lindelof heads it clear well. This has been the Swede's best display yet in a United shirt... returning to Lisbon has certainly worked for him. Rashford, meanwhile, has gone to ground feeling his legs... he's probably going off now

01:48 (IST)19 OCT 2017

73' Salvio brings out a round of applause from the crowd as he slide tackles Blind and chases the resulting lost cause, but it's all futile

01:46 (IST)19 OCT 2017

71' Cries for handball as Zivkovic's pass is stopped by a prone Valencia (who'd slipped on the way to blocking him) but the ref waves play on... Benfica come back in numbers and Jonas turns on a dime and shoots at goal, but nothing doing

01:45 (IST)19 OCT 2017

70' OH LUISAO! The big Benfica captain does ever so well to keep pace with Rashford, steal the ball from his toes and pass it out of danger. Him and Dias have been absolutely splendid tonight

01:44 (IST)19 OCT 2017

69' Benfica, chasing that all-important goal now, throws on Jonas for a tired looking Diogo Goncalves. Benfica's faithful will be looking to their talismanic striker for a couple of goals now. But a Mourinho defence is the worst to play against when seeking an equaliser, isn't it?

01:42 (IST)19 OCT 2017

68' Mkhitaryan tries to ping one into Lukaku, but it's just a lazy prod that Ruben Dias has no trouble hacking away

01:41 (IST)19 OCT 2017

67' United are going to kill the game dead now, aren't they? 

01:41 (IST)19 OCT 2017

66' You have to feel for the goalkeeper here. Even worse, you've got to feel for the defenders; they haven't put a foot wrong all match!

01:39 (IST)19 OCT 2017


01:38 (IST)19 OCT 2017


01:38 (IST)19 OCT 2017

63' Douglas clotheslines Mkhitaryan in a manner that would make the Undertaker proud, and it's a freekick for United. Rashford to deliver... 

01:37 (IST)19 OCT 2017

62' United are passing the ball around with a lot more purpose this half and are creating all sorts of trouble for the Benfica defenders.

01:35 (IST)19 OCT 2017

61' OOHOHOHOHO AGAIN! Rashford tries another Olimpico that has Svilar scrambling to claw away! That really was close! The third corner is played flat and wide and is useless

01:35 (IST)19 OCT 2017

60' OOOHOHO! Rashford tries an Olimpico (or a direct goal from the corner) in the best traditions of Georgie Best - and Svilar has to be alert

01:34 (IST)19 OCT 2017

59' Benfica make their first change as Vitoria takes off Pizzi and flings on Zivkovic in an attempts to get more energy into those Benfica legs.Meanwhile, United win a corner off Douglas

01:33 (IST)19 OCT 2017

58' Herrera battles his way past a couple of challenges in a way that always endears him to the United faithful before laying it off to Matic who absolutely leathers one just over the Benfica goal!

01:31 (IST)19 OCT 2017

57' Rashford plays the ball to Lukaku, who in turn tries to bully his way past four red shirts, but the Benfica lads hold their ground supremely well. Seriously, 5-0 to Basel?

01:31 (IST)19 OCT 2017

56' Herrera raises his hand in apology as he sends a godawful pass into the Lisbon sky. Damn right he should apologise for that

01:30 (IST)19 OCT 2017

55' Valencia bursts into the Benfica third and whips in a cross that curls behind Valencia and Mkhitaryan... Benfica counter at pace and Pizzi's ball almooooost finds its way to Jimenez but the ball just had a touch more pace than the Mexican striker

01:28 (IST)19 OCT 2017

54' It's a delightful ball in that's well headed away by Smalling... Rashford runs onto it and breaks into the Benfica half... Goncalves sees the danger, puts two hands on the back of Rashford's collar and puls him down with the minimum of ceremony. Yellow for the Benfica lad. 

01:27 (IST)19 OCT 2017

53' To think this side lost 5-0 at Basel. Rui Vitoria's made sure his defense has collectively learned their lesson here! Meanwhile, moving forward Matic gives a freekick on Pizzi, and the playmaker himself will look to swing it in to the area... 

01:26 (IST)19 OCT 2017

52' OOO LA LA! Rashford makes an absolute mug of Douglas down the United left but he can't quite make enough of the move. Blind then tries to curl one onto Lukaku's noggin' but Svilar does ever so well to read it, come out, and grab it. 

01:25 (IST)19 OCT 2017

51' WOOF! Rashford smacks one at Svilar, but it's straight at the Belgian and he does well to handle it. United are stepping up the pressure here... till Matic's ball into Mata is a tad off and it rolls out for a goalkick

01:24 (IST)19 OCT 2017

50' OH! OH! Savio steams past Blind on the United left and smashes in a lovely little cross that is defended supremely well by Valencia who smacks it clear ahead of a lurking Raul Jimenez

01:23 (IST)19 OCT 2017

49' United have started at a far greater tempo this half, on and off the ball and some incessant high pressing wins them the ball back after a spell of Benfica passing only for the Portuguese giants to get it back via throw in

01:22 (IST)19 OCT 2017

47' OH! Rashford flies into the Benfica box, but once again that perfect high-line does the trick. At the other end Diogo Goncalves smashes one into the stands from twenty odd yards

01:21 (IST)19 OCT 2017

46' Blind plays in Rashford who squeezes Benfica back before passing it to Mkhitaryan, who in turn lays it off to Herrera - the Basque sends it spiralling into the night sky

01:19 (IST)19 OCT 2017

HELLO! WE ARE BACK! PEEP goes the ref's whistle

01:05 (IST)19 OCT 2017


Benfica have defended smartly, attacked energetically and have generally looked a better side than sloppy Manchester United. Mourinho will be absolutely furious with his players for the ease with which they often gave up possession. I suspect the hairdryer may be dragged out in the away team dressing room for the next fifteen minutes. 

Until then, let me go make myself a tea, eh

01:03 (IST)19 OCT 2017

46' United pass the ball among themselves for the duration of the sixty seconds. 

01:02 (IST)19 OCT 2017

45' One minute of time to be added on

01:02 (IST)19 OCT 2017

44' Mata tries to unlock the high-line with a lovely looking reverse pass that finds Blind onside. That's poor from the Dutchman, he should have timed that run better
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