Schalke 04 Finish First In Group


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33-year-old Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen striker RAUL GONZALEZ (7), the all-time leading goal-scorer for both La Liga giant Real Madrid and the national team of Spain, is tracked by Benfica Lisbon defender CESAR PEIXOTO, the 30-year-old who has been capped once by Portugal, at the Estadio da Luz in the Portuguese capital. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)
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The same two players who powered SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN to this past weekend’s 2-0 triumph over defending Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich struck again in the exact same order to sink SL BENFICA of LISBON by the exact same score at the Estadio da Luz in the capital city of Portugal.

Although the hosts had their way with a 16-6 count in the shots-at-goal department, Benfica forgot to bring their accuracy boots and only managed three efforts on target.

Spanish winger JOSE MANUEL JURADO, the off-season purchase of 13.0 million Euros from Atletico Madrid who scored his first career Bundesliga goal against Bayern Munich, popped in his second goal in as many matches after veteran Spain international and former Real Madrid striker RAUL GONZALEZ chested down the cross of Croatia international midfielder IGOR RAKITIC in the 19th minute.

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Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER (1) of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen shows good form in moving out to deal with the threat from Benfica Lisbon’s Argentina international striker JAVIER SAVIOLA at the Estadio da Luz. (Francisco Seco/AP)
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Germany U-21 international BENEDIKT HOEWEDES also scored in a second consecutive match for Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen against Benfica with a goal again initiated by Rakitic a little less than ten minutes from time.

This proved vital after Brazil World Cup reserve defender LUISAO pulled one back for Benfica in the 87th minute; Brazil international defender DAVID LUIZ did hit the post for the Lisbon club late in added time.

Nevertheless, Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen held out and, despite a dreary start to the Bundesliga season which sees manager FELIX MAGATH’s club fourth from bottom in the German top flight, finished first in Group B of the UEFA Champions League.

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Germany U-21 international defender BENEDIKT HOEWEDES (4) of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen celebrates a second goal in as many games while Benfica Lisbon goalkeeper ROBERTO (12), the former Spain U-21 international bought from Atletico Madrid for 8.5 million Euros this summer, stares off into the distance at the Estadio da Luz in the capital city of Portugal. (Armando Franca/AP)

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