Benfica vs. Real Madrid  5 - 2


Mourinho plays down Benfica defeat

28 July 2012 09:13

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has played down the importance of his side's 5-2 defeat to Benfica in the Eusebio Cup on Friday.

La Liga champions Real fielded an under-strength team at Estadio da Luz and were surprised by a rampant second-half display from the hosts after going into the break with the scoreline at 2-2.

After the match, Mourinho said he did not take a serious approach to the game and warned Benfica not to get carried away with the result.

"There is no such thing as heavy defeats in friendly matches," he told reporters.

"We knew the risk we were taking. Benfica did not wish to test new things, they played seriously.

"I hope this victory will boost their morale, but in a balanced way. Because if they give too much importance to this result, it could be negative for them.

"I hope to return here during the season, but to play an official match, and to win when winning matters."

Meanwhile, Fabio Coentrao said his former team Benfica were worthy winners on his return, one year after leaving the Portuguese club.

"It was a good game and a good spectacle," Coentrao said.

"We did not expect this result, but we were missing many players and we had several others from the Castilla (second) team. But Benfica deserved to win.

"I am a Benfica fan and I did not want to waste the opportunity to play in my stadium once again."


Eusebio relishes Benfica-Real friendly

27 July 2012 09:24

Portugal legend Eusebio is eagerly anticipating Friday's friendly between Benfica and Real Madrid.

The Lisbon giants take on Jose Mourinho's men for the Eusebio Cup, and the man whom the match was named after has nothing but praise for Real.

"I'm happy for Benfica supporters because they'll get a chance to see the best team in the world in action at their stadium. I think it will be packed," Eusebio told the official Madrid website.

"It says it all that they are the current Spanish champions. They had a spectacular season and this year’s may be even better given the progress they are making."

The 70-year-old then went on to discuss Cristiano Ronaldo, describing him as the complete player.

"He is a fantastic player who had a tremendous campaign. He is an all-rounder. He’s got it all. He is very, very good."

Ronaldo netted 46 goals in La Liga last term and a personal-best 60 in all competitions.

Primeira Liga table

# Team MP D P
1 18 +31 46
2 17 +36 45
3 18 +31 43
4 18 +17 37
5 18 +7 30

La Liga table

# Team MP D P
2 19 +20 42
3 19 +21 40
4 18 +15 32
5 19 +5 31
6 19 -5 29