Fenerbahce 1 Benfica 0 – Europa League semi-final first leg match report: Egeman Korkmaz scores

Fenerbahce 1 Benfica 0: Korkmaz strike leaves semi-final in the balance as Chelsea await winners

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

20:59 GMT, 25 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:17 GMT, 25 April 2013

Egeman Korkmaz scored the only goal as Fenerbahce won the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie against Newcastle's conquerors Benfica in Istanbul.

The result leaves the match evenly poised heading into next week's second leg.

The winner will face either Chelsea or Basle in the final.

Winner: Egemen Korkmaz celebrates his second-half strike

Winner: Egemen Korkmaz celebrates his second-half strike

MATCH FACTS

Fenerbahce: Demirel, Gonul, Yobo, Korkmaz, Ziegler, Meireles (Ucan 64), Topal, Kuyt, Cristian (Sahin 86), Sow (Krasic 87), Webo.

Subs Not Used: Gunok, Irtegun, Senturk, Topuz.

Booked: Cristian, Topal, Webo.

Goals: Korkmaz 72.

Benfica: Artur Moraes, Maxi Pereira, Jardel, Garay, Melgarejo, Gomes (Carlos Martins 81), Aimar (Gaitan 46), Matic, John (Rodrigo 64), Cardozo, Salvio.

Subs Not Used: Paulo Lopes, Roderick Miranda, Lima, Urreta.

Booked: Gomes, Aimar, Maxi Pereira, John.

Attendance: 51,000

Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia).

More to follow…

Jesus walks: Benfica coach Jorge Jesus heads out onto the pitch before kick-off

Jesus walks: Benfica coach Jorge Jesus heads out onto the pitch before kick-off

Familiar faces: Ex-Liverpool duo Raul Meireles (left) and Dirk Kuyt (right) both played for Fenerbahce

Familiar faces: Ex-Liverpool duo Raul Meireles (left) and Dirk Kuyt (right) both played for Fenerbahce

Paying the penalty: Cristian's strike is saved by Artur

Paying the penalty: Cristian's strike is saved by Artur

Paying the penalty: Cristian's strike is saved by Artur

Turkish delight: Korkmaz is mobbed after his goal

Turkish delight: Korkmaz is mobbed after his goal

Turkish delight: Korkmaz is mobbed after his goal

Plenty to ponder: Jesus will hope to resurrect Benfica's hopes next week

Plenty to ponder: Jesus will hope to resurrect Benfica's hopes next week