Benfica – 14′ Dos Santos; 32′, 78′ Nuno Gomes; 73′ Karadas
Heerenven – 49′ Yildirim , 53′ (pen) Huntelaar
Group Stage – 21 October 2004 21:15 (Local Time)
BENFICA : Moreira; Miguel, Luisão, Ricardo Rocha e Dos Santos; Petit e Paulo Almeida; João Pereira, Zahovic e Simão; Nuno Gomes.
Substitutes: Quim, Amoreirinha, Argel, Geovanni, Fyssas, Manuel Fernandes e Karadas.
HEERENVEEN : Vanderbussche; Haarala; Hansson, Seip e Rzasa; Bruggink, Vayrynen e Raddmski; Yildirim, Huntelaar e Sikora.
Substitutes: Taberima, Breuer, Hestad, Hersi, Selakovic, Rose e Sanaras.
Benfica have beaten Heerenveen 4-2, this night at Estadio da Luz, with 2-0 at the end of the first half. Benfica took the expenses of the game since the starting and scored the first goal (14′) by Manuel dos Santos. Before, the Dutch team have made danger with a kick on the righ side of the but by Huntellar, and after the goal had new chance to score with a long shot which met the bar . At minute 31 Nuno Gomes scored a sumptuous goal after assistance of Zahovic. It was the 100th goal scored by Nuno Gomes in service of Benfica.
With 2-0 we saw a different Heerenveen at second half. The Portuguese team looked surprised and with goals scored by Yildirim (48′) from a freekick and Huntelaar (52′) this one from penalty kick, the game was level and open. During several minutes the Dutch team was at high level and they thought they could leave Portugal with a victory. Benfica recovered from some perturbation and Trapattoni put into the game (67′) Azar Karadas who five minutes after scored another excellent goal. Nuno Gomes (78′) scored his second goal and the fourth to Benfica in a counterattack. The match was solved. The players had good behavior and the Polish referee Jacek Granat had no problems. He showed yellow cards to Bruggink (42′) , João Pereira (68′), Haarala (72′) and Raddmski (74′).
The other match of this Group, Beveren was beaten in own home by Stuttgart for 1-5.
The favorites Benfica and Stuttgart have made their jobs and i think the third qualified will be decided from Heerenveen or Dynamo Zagreb.