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Luisao gives Benfica 1-0 win over Liverpool

February 22, 2006 03:50 IST

Champions League Last 16 first leg
Arsenal 1 Real Madrid 0
Benfica 1 Liverpool 0
Bayern Munich 1 AC Milan 1
Olympique Lyon 1 PSV Eindhoven 0

Benfica defender Luisao powered home a late header to give his side a 1-0 win over European champions Liverpool in the Champions League last 16 first leg match on Tuesday.

The Portuguese champions, who had been ineffective all night, finally made the breakthrough in the first knockout round tie when the Brazilian met a Petit free-kick after 84 minutes.

Liverpool, who began with inspirational captain Steven Gerrard on the bench with a 'dead leg', had looked comfortable until Luisao got in front of Sami Hyypia to grab the winner.

It was the first goal Liverpool had conceded in the competition since September but they will still be confident of turning the tie around at Anfield on March 8.

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