Late strikes seal Schalke’s win over Benfica

G E L S E N K I R C H E N ,
Germany: Schalke 04
strikers Jefferson Farfan
and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar hit
second-half goals to seal a 2-
0 win over Benfica on
Wednesday to give their side
their first Champions
League points.
Neither the Bundesliga
hosts nor their Portuguese
guests were impressive in
front of the posts with
just two goals to show for
their efforts despite a string
of shots on goal for both sides
– 12 for Schalke, 11 for Benfica.
Schalke spent 14 million
euros bringing Huntelaar
from AC Milan and eight
million for Raul from Real
Madrid, but it was Peru
striker Farfan who got the
break through when he fired
across Benfica’s goal on 73
minutes.
It eased the pressure on
the Royal Blues who were

growing increasingly
desperate in the face of some
dogged defending by the Portuguese.
Huntelaar then scored his
first Champions League for
his club since his August
transfer from Milan when he
took a neat pass from US
midfielder Jermaine Jones
on 85 minutes to seal the victory.
“I am very satisfied. That
was a tough game, Benfica
are a class team,” said
Schalke coach Felix Magath.
“We needed something to
get into the game, but in the
second half we took control
and at the end deserved to win.”
The goals spared Schalke’s
blushes at the Veltins Arena
and gave their fans
something to cheer about
after their opening 1-0 defeat
at Lyon a fortnight ago in
Group B. — AFP

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