Benfica v RB Leipzig – Live

Benfica v RB Leipzig – Live

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Welcome to Benfica v RB Leipzig minute by minutes report from the Emirates Stadium in London. The Futbolgrad Network is on location in what has been a highly entertaining friendly pre-season tournament in the British capital.

Press Conference:

Ralph Hasenhüttl spoke directly to Futbolgrad Live:

Bruma impressed.!

Finally Oliver Burke came into the Mixed Zone to chat about his time at RB Leipzig:

FINAL SCORE: SL Benfica v RB Leipzig 0:2

RB Leipzig finish the Emirates Cup 2017 with a well deserved win. Press conference awaits…… See you in 5 minutes!

82 Min:

Lisandro hits the RB upright, so close to an equaliser for the Portuguese side — Mvogo was beaten by the header from the corner, the woodwork saves Leipzig.

79 Min:

Kilian Ludewig is hacked down on the right hand side — Hasenhüttl is livid, turns away in disgust at the challenge.

76 Min:

Mitroglou wheels away in celebration after the ball hits the net — however, the assistant correctly identifies the Greek striker was offside, no goal. Leipzig still lead 0:2.

73 Min:

Oliver Burke’s game is complete — Substituted off, on comes Majetschak

70  Min:

This now has all the feeling of a preseason game. Both sides using the opportunity to get fitness into the legs.

65 Min:

A very settled game now, neither side carving out any real opportunity. Benfica haven’t registered a shot on target yet so far, Leipzig have had six.

61 Min:

Bruma tests Varela from distance but the shot takes a deflection and the Benfica GK deals with it – No problem!

56 Min:

Bruma is starting to pull the strings in the Leipzig midfield. The new signing from Galatasaray has looked very comfortable on the ball during the second half.

53 Min: 0:2 GOAL Leipzig

TOOORRRRRR Leipzig. The Bundesliga side get their second of the game — Compper with a cushioned header into the goal

50 Min:

The game has slowed down somewhat now.  Benfica with 74% possession in the first five minutes of the second half.

Second Half Underway!

Benfica resume the action here at the Emirates Stadium

Half Time thoughts?

Half Time: Benfica v RB Leipzig 0:1

Halstenberg’s 20th minute goal the difference in a medium paced first 45 minutes.

37 Min:

Oliver Burke receives a blow to the face. The young Scot goes clean through from the resulting free kick and is unlucky not to get RB’s second goal of the match — Varela scrambles the ball behind and out of danger.

33 Min:

Mvogo with a shaky moment, the young Goalkeeper loses possession on the edge of the 18 yard box. Benfica can’t find a shot to test the empty net.

29 Min:

Konate with another solid challenge breaks down the Benfica attack, the 18-year-old centre back has impressed so far.

26 Min:

Halstenberg again finds space inside the Benfica penalty area, similar situation to the goal but this time both Varela and his back 4 are wise to the danger.

20 Min: 0:1 GOAL Leipzig

TOORRRRRRR Leipzig. Marcel Halstenberg fires the ball into the roof of the Benfica net from 6 yards out. 0:1

15 Min:

The game has settled somewhat, Benfica have definitely found their legs now. RB have dropped back a touch.

11 Min:

Rafa crosses the ball inside the area from the left side but Raul Jimenez can’t quite get there. Benfica now finding their feet.

9 Min:

Rafa makes some space inside the Leipzig box but he can’t get his shot off, a warning sign for the young German side

7 Min:

Leipzig with the lion’s share of possession, Benfica slow to start. It’s a battle of the midfield so far

5 Min:

Oliver Burke gives the Benfica defence a scare but the Scot can’t capitalise.

Kick Off

We’re underway..! RBL kick off

Benfica v RB Leipzig – Buildup

25 minutes until kick off: Both teams are out warming up, it’s a beautiful day for football, can Leipzig get back to winning ways?

Benfica v RB Leipzig

Benfica and RB Leipzig warm up at the Emirates stadium – London (Photo – Chris Williams)

We’re in place, just over 45 minutes until kick off! Full rotation for Leipzig, a chance to see Bruma, Burke and Laimer. Dominik Kaiser has the armband for Die Roten Bullen