Juventus vs. Benfica: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 1, 2014

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 01:  Arturo Vidal (L) of Juventus  tackles Andre Gomesof SL Benfica during the UEFA Europa League semi final match between Juventus and SL Benfica at Juventus Arena on May 1, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Benfica will face Sevilla in the 2014 Europa League Final.

The Portuguese champions booked their place in the contest with a gutsy display away to Juventus, and despite finishing the match with nine men following the expulsion of Enzo Perez and injury to Ezequiel Garay they managed to h0ld on for a 0-0 draw.

Their 2-1 aggregate win means they’ll face Sevilla in Turin after the Primera Division outfit eliminated Valencia on away goals.

Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

Juventus Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Juventus

Buffon: Didn’t have to make a single save in the first half.

Caceres: Marking Lima out of the match.

Bonucci: Has so far won everything in the air on his 27th birthday.

Chiellini: He and Asamoah have looked after Markovic.

Lichtsteiner: His ambitious shot required a straightforward save by Oblak midway through the opening frame.

Vidal: Looking spritely in his return from injury and nearly opened the scoring from a headed opportunity.

Pirlo: Set pieces have been unusually poor, but he’s completed 90% of his passes.

Pogba: Fighting a pitched battle with Maxi Pereira.

Asamoah: Delivered a wonderful cross that set up a Pirlo volley.

Tevez: His own volley sailed just over the crossbar.

Llorente: Only 17 touches so far, but he did contribute an important defensive header.

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Full-Time analysis for Juventus

Buffon: Charged off his line to prevent Rodrigo connecting with Markovic’s pass.

Caceres: Won all of his aerial battles.

Bonucci: Completed 90% of his passes out of the defense.

Chiellini: Involved in a pair of late fouls that helped Benfica kill the clock.

Lichtsteiner: Missed a wide-open net and a chance to send his side through to the final.

Vidal: Was among his side’s more dangerous attackers but couldn’t play the full 90 minutes on his return from injury.

Pirlo: His stoppage-time free kick sailed right into the wall.

Pogba: He set up Osvaldo to score, but as the ball went into the back of the net he was called for offside.

Asamoah: Made four tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Tevez: Took a shot from in close that flew straight into the waiting arms of Oblak.

Llorente: Took two shots but didn’t trouble Oblak.

Giovinco: Just eight touches of the ball in 17 minutes

Marchisio: Completed 91% of his passes after coming on in the 73rd minute.

Osvaldo: Had the ball in the back of the net, but Pogba was offside upon passing it to him.

Benfica Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Benfica

Oblak: Made a spectacular save to deny Pirlo.

M.Pereira: Handling Pogba well enough, but Asamoah has been another story.

Garay: With every match he plays his transfer value continues to sky-rocket.

Luisao: Made an exceptional goal-line clearance to deny Vidal.

Siqueira: Has been over-run by Lichtsteiner and Vidal.

Markovic: Only 19 touches in the first half.

Perez: Distribution has been excellent, but he also committed a pair of fouls.

Amorim: He’s doing his best to contain Vidal.

Gaitan: Benfica will want to see more from him on the dribble after the restart.

Rodrigo: Made an active start to the match and is dropping deep to involve himself in the buildup.

Lima: Only 15 touches through 45 minutes.

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Full-Time analysis for Benfica

Oblak: Made a heroic, late save on Caceres to maintain Benfica’s advantage.

M.Pereira: Distribution wasn’t great but he coped well with the threat of Asamoah.

Garay: Was a colossus in central defense before being carried off with a facial injury.

Luisao: Didn’t put a foot wrong and made a pair of important tackles.

Siqueira: Much of what Juventus mustered came down the right, where he saw a lot of Lichtsteiner

Markovic: Came to life after the restart but was sent off after being substituted for a skirmish with Vucinic, who didn’t feature in the match.

Perez: Sent off for a pair of bookable offenses and will miss the final.

Amorim: Benfica required his physicality on this night.

Gaitan: Would have preferred to have been on the front-foot more often.

Rodrigo: A quiet second half ended when he was withdrawn following Perez’ ejection.

Lima: Played the full 90 minutes and managed to do absolutely nothing.

Almeida: Assumed defensive duties when Perez was sent off.

Salvio: He put in an efficient 13 minutes despite playing with a broken arm.

Sulejmani: Just eight touches in a brief cameo.


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