Benfica vs. Juventus: Live Player Ratings

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Benfica vs. Juventus: Live Player Ratings
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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
Player Half-Time Full-Time
Artur 7 8
M.Pereira 7 6
Luisao 8 7
Garay 8 8
Siqueira 8 8
Markovic 6 7
A.Gomes 7 7
E.Perez 7 8
Sulejmani 8 7
Rodrigo 5 4
Cardozo 5 4
Almeida N/A 6
Cavaleiro NA 6
Lima N/A 8


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
Player Half-Time Full-Time
Buffon 5 6
Caceres 6 6
Bonucci 5 6
Chiellini 7 7
Lichtsteiner 6 6
Pogba 7 6
Pirlo 6 7
Marchisio 5 7
Asamoah 6 7
Tevez 7 8
Vucinic 5 4
Giovinco N/A 5
Osvaldo N/A 5


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.

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