Benfica vs. Juventus: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 24, 2014

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 02:  Lima of Benfica in action during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between SL Benfica and Fenerbahce SK at the Estadio da Luz on May 2, 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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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.

Armando Franca

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.

Francisco Seco

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.