Everton 0-2 Benfica

Javier Saviola and Oscar Cardozo scored as Benfica deservedly defeated Everton in the Europa League.
Saviola opened the scoring with a low finish early in the second half before Cardozo finished in the bottom corner. 
Cardozo appeared to be in an offside position but Benfica's attacking play was superb and earlier he hit the post and Tim Howard superbly denied Saviola. 
An unmarked Sylvain Distin had a chance for Everton from six yards late in the game but was denied by Julio Cesar. 
Benfica were full value for their victory, with Cardoza, Saviola and Angel Di Maria interchanging passes with great skill and understanding. 
The introduction of Argentine Pablo Aimar after the break only served to illustrate the difference in options between the visiting team and injury-hit Everton. 
David Moyes's team - who were thrashed 5-0 at Benfica two weeks ago - have not won in any competition since they defeated BATE on 1 October.   
But they remain second in their Europa League group and qualification remains in their own hands with two games left to play.

Everton manager David Moyes:
"We have tough games coming up and we knew the group was never going to be easy and it will prove that way, I am sure.
"I think Benfica are a good side and it was a tough game but it was tighter than the last one (where Benfica won 5-0). 
"We became a little open in the second half, maybe trying to score, and we got done on the counter for the first goal. We still had four defenders back though, and the goals weren't like the goals in Benfica. 
"One ricocheted off our player and fell to them, so I didn't think the goals were beautiful; they were poor defensive moments for us."