Champions League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
Benfica1Zenit St Petersburg0

Benfica 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Jonas celebrates scoring for Benfica
Jonas has scored 45 goals in 56 games for Benfica since signing from Valencia in 2014

An injury-time header from Jonas gave Benfica a 1-0 lead to take to Zenit St Petersburg for the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.

The Brazil striker nodded in a Nicolas Gaitan free-kick to give the Portuguese champions a slender advantage.

Jonas's 25th goal of the season came after Zenit defender Domenico Criscito was sent off for a second booking.

Benfica were the better side in the second half against a Zenit team that had not played for 10 weeks.

Zenit's last competitive fixture was their final group game in the competition on 9 December and Andre Villas-Boas' side looked short of their best following the winter break.

Domenico Criscito of Zenit St-Petersburg is sent off
Domenico Criscito has been capped 22 times by Italy

The Russian champions failed to create a serious chance but looked like going into the return leg as marginal favourites until Criscito committed a foul on Andre Almeida to concede the decisive free-kick.

Criscito is one of four players who will now miss the second leg on 9 March through suspension, with team-mate Javi Garcia and the Benfica pair of Almedia and Jardel also banned after picking up yellow cards.

Benfica, who last reached the quarter-finalists in 2012, struggled to force a breakthrough, although they should have gone ahead in the 69th-minute.

Argentine playmaker Gaitan cleverly made space for a shot but couldn't beat goalkeeper Yuro Lodygin and defender Jardel also shot wide following a corner before the predatory Jonas proved the difference.

What they said

Zenit St-Petersburg coach Andre Villas-Boas: "We were solid and wanted to keep the result as it was. We looked to be on track for the second leg. Unfortunately from the set-play we conceded.

"It's going to be a different game now. We will have to attack more and create more chances because we didn't create as much as we wanted.

"But at 1-0, the tie is still open."

Line-ups

Benfica

  • 12Julio César
  • 34Magalhães de AlmeidaBooked at 16mins
  • 14Nilsson-Lindelof
  • 33JardelBooked at 35mins
  • 19Eliseu
  • 7Samaris
  • 85Renato Sanches
  • 21Afonso FernandesBooked at 43minsSubstituted forCarcela-Gonzálezat 71'minutes
  • 17Gonçalves OliveiraBooked at 90mins
  • 10Gaitán
  • 11MitroglouSubstituted forJimenez Rodriguezat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ederson
  • 9Jimenez Rodriguez
  • 20Ganchinho Guedes
  • 28Silvio
  • 30Souza Conceição
  • 39Carcela-González
  • 50Cabral Semedo

Zenit St Petersburg

  • 1Lodygin
  • 2Anyukov
  • 24Garay
  • 6Lombaerts
  • 4CriscitoBooked at 90mins
  • 28WitselBooked at 32mins
  • 21Javi GarcíaBooked at 59mins
  • 17ShatovSubstituted forZhirkovat 81'minutes
  • 7Hulk
  • 10DannySubstituted forda Silveira Júniorat 87'minutes
  • 22DzyubaSubstituted forKokorinat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8da Silveira Júnior
  • 9Kokorin
  • 13Neto
  • 14Yusupov
  • 41Kerzhakov
  • 81Zhirkov
  • 92Dolgov
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
48,615

Match Stats

Home TeamBenficaAway TeamZenit St Petersburg
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home15
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Benfica 1, Zenit St Petersburg 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Benfica 1, Zenit St Petersburg 0.

Attempt saved. Andreas Samaris (Benfica) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.

Renato Sanches (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg).

Booking

Jonas (Benfica) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Benfica 1, Zenit St Petersburg 0. Jonas (Benfica) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicolás Gaitán following a set piece situation.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg) for a bad foul.

André Almeida (Benfica) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg).

Foul by Eliseu (Benfica).

Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Zenit St Petersburg. Mauricio replaces Danny.

Attempt missed. Mehdi Carcela-González (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andreas Samaris.

Attempt blocked. Renato Sanches (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez with a headed pass.

Offside, Zenit St Petersburg. Ezequiel Garay tries a through ball, but Javi García is caught offside.

Foul by Renato Sanches (Benfica).

Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Eliseu (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Nicolas Lombaerts.

Attempt missed. Eliseu (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Offside, Zenit St Petersburg. Danny tries a through ball, but Hulk is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Zenit St Petersburg. Yuri Zhirkov replaces Oleg Shatov.

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Domenico Criscito.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. André Almeida (Benfica) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Mehdi Carcela-González (Benfica).

Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Zenit St Petersburg. Alexander Kokorin replaces Artem Dzyuba.

Attempt missed. Jardel (Benfica) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nilsson-Lindelöf with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Juri Lodygin.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Mehdi Carcela-González replaces Pizzi.

Attempt missed. Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Andreas Samaris (Benfica).

Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

Attempt saved. Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonas with a headed pass.

Booking

Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

André Almeida (Benfica) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

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1Real Madrid65101931616
2PSG64111211113
3Shakhtar Donetsk6105714-73
4Malmö FF6105121-203

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolfsburg640296312
2PSV Eindhoven631287110
3Man Utd62227708
4CSKA Moscow611459-44

C

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1Atl Madrid6411113813
2Benfica6312108210
3Galatasaray6123610-45
4FC Astana6042511-64

D

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1Man City6402128412
2Juventus632163311
3Sevilla6204811-36
4B Mgladbach6123812-45

E

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1Barcelona64201541114
2Roma61321116-56
3B Leverkusen6132131216
4BATE Borisov6123512-75

F

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1Bayern Munich65011931615
2Arsenal6303121029
3Olympiakos6303613-79
4Dinamo Zagreb6105314-113

G

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1Chelsea64111331013
2Dynamo Kiev632184411
3FC Porto631298110
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv6006116-150

H

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1Zenit St Petersburg6501136715
2KAA Gent631287110
3Valencia620459-46
4Lyon611459-44
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