Benfica vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Live Player Ratings for Spurs

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13:  (L-R) Emmanuel Adebayor, Paulinho and Sandro of Tottenham Hotspur look dejected as Luisao of Benfica (not pictured) scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and SL Benfica at White Hart Lane on March 13, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur crashed out of the Europa League against Portuguese side Benfica on Thursday night in the last 16 second leg, only managing a draw as they tried to overhaul a 3-1 deficit from their home fixture a week ago.

Benfica were far superior and led 1-0 at the break after Garay's header, before two late Chadli goals gave Spurs a chance somehow heading into the last 10 minutes. A stoppage-time Lima penalty made it 2-2 at full time though, 5-3 to Benfica on aggregate.

Spurs Player Ratings

Quick first half Spurs analysis

FRIEDEL—Hasn't had much to do other than pick the ball out of the back of his net.

NAUGHTON—Getting forward when he can, but drifting infield. Needs to keep width.

FRYERS—Has performed well enough defensively but found wanting aerially.

SANDRO—Pushing play up and trying to squeeze Benfica well...but also unable to cope in the air, to Spurs' cost.

ROSE—Has been getting beaten by Salvio all night long. Raiding forward at times but no end product.

LENNON—Not at all involved in the game.

BENTALEB—Spurs' best player by a distance. Trying to hold the midfield by himself.

CHADLI—The best attacking option Spurs have. Has linked well and created a few half-decent chances.

SIGURDSSON—Sluggish in possession and not working anywhere near hard enough off the ball to be playing centrally.

TOWNSEND—Blind runs down the flank have been his only contribution.

SOLDADO—Desperate. No running in behind the defence, no control, no confidence in his sporadic shooting.

Quick second half Spurs analysis

FRIEDEL—Made two comfortable saves, not overly commanding on corners.

NAUGHTON—A little wasteful on the ball. Questionable decision making going forward.

FRYERS—Did relatively well out of position, but clearly not of the required standard.

SANDRO—Had a strange night; solid and aggressive all-round, but gave away both goals. Needless barge late on for the penalty.

ROSE—Disappointing going forward and absolutely slaughtered all night by Salvio.

LENNON—Utterly anonymous. Not what was required.

BENTALEB—Spurs' best player in their defensive work, he won the ball well and passed neatly for the most part, trying to get the team going.

CHADLI—One real quality player for the English side. Two goals just reward for his endeavour.

SIGURDSSON—Shocking display. No running off the ball, no closing down, no effort.

TOWNSEND—Caused a few problems in isolated incidents but poor overall.

SOLDADO—Sums him up that Spurs immediately threatened, and scored, after he left the pitch. 


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