Benfica will take a 2-1 aggregate advantage to Turin for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final following Thursday’s win over Juventus.
Ezequiel Garay opened the scoring after only two minutes following a Benfica corner, but midway through the second half Carlos Tevez notched an invaluable away goal for the Bianconeri.
The hosts snatched a late winner, however, when substitute Lima smashed an emphatic finish past a helpless Gianluigi Buffon.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|Benfica Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Benfica
Artur: Only a long-range save on Tevez to make in the first half.
M.Pereira: Not allowing Asamoah any joy down that flank.
Luisao: Made an absolutely vital intervention on Pirlo early in the opening frame.
Garay: Lost Bonucci at the far post to head the ball into the back of the net.
Siqueira: Creating all kinds of problems down the left-hand side.
Markovic: Ballooned a shot over the bar after trying to run past Chiellini.
E.Perez: Has so far completed 96% of his passes.
A.Gomes: Excellent distribution, but his booking means he’ll miss the second leg.
Sulejmani: Delivered the corner that Garay turned into goal.
Rodrigo: Only 14 touches in an anonymous period.
Cardozo: Less effective than Rodrigo.
Full-Time analysis for Benfica
Artur: Made a late, game-saving stop on Marchisio.
M.Pereira: Typical physical, but was well-beaten by Asamoah in the buildup to the Tevez goal.
Luisao: Completed 85% of his passes out of the defense and cleared several Juventus corners.
Garay: An imperious performance from the Argentine that also included a goal.
Siqueira: Touched the ball 73 times and caused Lichtsteiner and Caceres all sorts of problems.
Markovic: Did well running at opponents throughout the 90 minutes.
E.Perez: Released the ball that led to the Lima winner.
A.Gomes: Committed four fouls before being substituted.
Sulejmani: Completed each and every one of his passes before coming off in the 61st minute.
Rodrigo: Mostly anonymous.
Cardozo: See above.
Almeida: Contributed three tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Cavaleiro: Allowed Perez pass to go through him en route to Lima for the winner.
Lima: His emphatic finish was a worthy game-winning goal.
|Juventus Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Juventus
Buffon: Got a hand to Garay’s header but couldn’t prevent it from breaching the goal.
Caceres: Has so far won all of his aerial duels.
Bonucci: Well beaten at the far post by Garay for the Benfiac opener.
Chiellini: Did well to stick right with Markovic.
Lichtsteiner: Narrowly missed a diving header, but was called for offside, anyway.
Pogba: Has completed a game-high three tackles.
Pirlo: A sub-standard 80% pass-completion rate.
Marchisio: Only 19 touches through 45 minutes.
Asamoah: Seeing lots of the ball, although Pereira is mostly forcing him inside.
Tevez: If Juventus find an opening, it’ll likely be he who creates it.
Vucinic: The target-man has so far had only 11 touches of the ball.
Full-Time analysis for Juventus
Buffon: No chance on the Lima winner.
Caceres: Finished the match having won all of his aerial duels.
Bonucci: Completed 88% of his passes out of the defense.
Chiellini: Shanked a late volley from in close that might have restored level terms.
Lichtsteiner: Distribution was generally poor, and you feel this is a position in need of an upgrade ahead of next season.
Pogba: Put himself about, committing five fouls.
Pirlo: Finished the match with 87 touches of the ball and a pass-completion rate of 85%.
Marchisio: Really came alive in the second half.
Asamoah: Cut the ball back superbly for Tevez ahead of the away goal.
Tevez: Jinked his way past Luisao before slipping the ball into the back of the net.
Vucinic: A mostly frustrating evening.
Giovinco: Only 13 touches 24 minutes.
Osvaldo: Five touches in a brief cameo.